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Cake and cookie decorating

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Lion Cake

Ingredients
  • Butter, for pans
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder, plus more for pans
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 cups hot water
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • Caramel Buttercream
  • Food coloring, preferably brown, orange, peach, copper, and egg yellow
  • 1 licorice shoelace, cut into 6 equal lengths
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Umbrella Sugar Cookies

Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons ( 3/4 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cups granulated sugar, plus 2 additional tablespoons
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean, split, seeds scraped and reserved
  • Finely grated zest of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 large egg
  • Fine sanding sugar, for sprinkling
  • 2 1/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 7 1/2 teaspoons meringue powder
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Sugar Cookies

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Tiny Brownie Wedding Cakes

Ingredients
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted, plus more for baking pans
  • 12 ounces unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 4 cups granulated sugar
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Confectioners' sugar, for decorating
  • Vegetable-oil cooking spray
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Snow-Swept Gingerbread Cottage

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Coconut Cream Cheese Pinwheels

Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut
  • 1/3 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • Granulated sugar
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Stained Glass Trees

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Snowball Cupcakes

Ingredients
  • 3 ounces best-quality bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons low-fat buttermilk
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs, plus 1 large egg yolk
  • Snowball Frosting
  • Fine sanding sugar, for sprinkling
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Linzer Sandwiches

Ingredients
  • 5 ounces unblanched hazelnuts (1 cup)
  • 1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, plus more for work surface
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon table salt
  • Confectioners' sugar, for dusting
  • 2/3 cup raspberry or cherry jam
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Peppermint Icicles

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