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Using a hand mixer to whip store bought frosting.

Whip Store Bought FrostingWhipping store bought frosting with your mixer will increase its volume and give you more frosting for the money. This is a page about whip store bought frosting.

 

3 Ingredient Fondant ingredients

3 Ingredient Fondant RecipeFondant is used for detailed cake decorating. Make your own fondant with this quick and easy 3 ingredient fondant recipe.

 

An angel food cake made with cake flour.

Converting All Purpose Flour into Cake FlourThis is a page about converting all purpose flour into cake flour. The lightest cakes are made with this flour. You can turn all-purpose flour into cake flour with addition of corn starch and sifting.

 

Dome shaped cake decorated like a soccer ball with green frosting along the base to mimic grass

Making A Soccer CakeA soccer ball shaped cake may just what your want for an upcoming birthday or athletic banquet event. This is a page about making a soccer cake.

 

Fondant Sushi Cupcake Toppers - place one piece of sushi on top of each cupcake

How to Make Fondant Sushi Cake ToppersMake your own fondant sushi cupcake toppers and save lots of money. If you can model with play dough, you can create your own decorative entrees with this pliable edible dough.

 

House shaped cake with the end slice off.

Decorating a Cake Shaped Like a Building?Creating a building shaped cake and adding the details can be a challenge. Your choice of frosting and techniques can help achieve an exciting result. This is a page about decorating a cake shaped like a building.

 

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How to Make Sushi Cakes - serving tray with sushi cakes and condiments

How to Make Sushi CakesYou don't have to be a professional baker to make professional looking decorative cakes. Sometimes you just have to find the right products to add to your cakes to make them shine. I made these sushi cakes using regular cake batter, frosting, and candies you can find at any shop. It cost me 1/10th of the price that I would have paid had I ordered them from a custom bakery and they were absolutely delicious!

 

Decorating cupcakes with a frosting bag.

Decorating CupcakesCupcakes are cooked in a muffin tin instead of a cake pan, for individual small cakes. They are often used for parties instead of a traditional birthday or wedding cake, and can be decorated in all sorts of different themes for any event.

 

tiered teal cake with pink gumpase flowers on a cake stand

Making Gumpaste FlowersLearn how to make lovely gumpaste flowers to decorate your next cake. Supplies list and directions follow.

 

Decorated cake with icing roses.

Making Roses for Decorated CakesFrosting can be piped into a variety of floral designs, including roses. This is a page about making roses for decorated cakes.

 

Frosted white cupcakes.

How Do I Prevent Cake Frosting From Melting?Your cake must be cool before you frost it so the icing does not melt. This is a page about how do I prevent cake frosting from melting?

 

Round sponge cake on a white plate with a piece cut out.

Baking a Sponge Cake Advice?When making a sponge cake be sure your mixing bowl and baking pan are very clean. Fold the batter into the pan, and try not to shake it as you put it in the oven. This page contains baking a sponge cake advice.

 

A birthday cake that resembles a bowling alley.

Bowling Alley Birthday CakeMake this cute bowling alley themed cake for the bowler among your friends and family. This is a page about decorating a bowling alley birthday cake.

 

Chocolate cake in a spring form pan.

Why Does My Cake Rise Higher in the Middle?One of the most common causes of the dome in the center of a cake is too high a temperature. Try reducing the temperature to 325F rather than the typical 350F. This is a page about, "Why does my cake rise higher in the middle?".

 

Football Cake

Making a Football CakeIt is easy to make a football shaped cake if you have an oval baking pan. This is a page about making a football cake.

 

Shamrock cake surrounded by St. Patrick's Day decorations

Making a Shamrock CakeIf you are planning to make a shamrock cake for St. Patrick's day or someone that is Irish, here are a few ideas. This is a page about making a shamrock cake.

 

Farewell Party Cake

Farewell Party Cake Ideas for an Irish PriestA farewell cake is a great way to show your priest how much you appreciated their service. Check out these farewell party cake ideas for an Irish priest.

 

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How to Make a Driver's License Cake TopperA wonderful idea for a 16 year olds cake topper is to make it a drivers license. This is a page about how to make a driver's license cake topper.

 

Cupcakes that look like hamburgers with toppings.

Making Hamburger CupcakesCupcakes can be made to look like all sorts of things, even hamburgers! This is a page about hamburger party cupcakes.

 

Sprinkle Hearts on a Cake - spreading sprinkles

Adding Sprinkle Hearts to a CakeA quick and easy way to decorate a cake is to use a cookie cutter and add sprinkles inside the shape. This is a page about adding sprinkle hearts to a cake.

 

Frosting in Ziploc bag.

Using a Ziploc Bag for FrostingIf you need to frost something but don't have a pastry bag, you can use a ziplock bag as a quick and easy substitute. This is a page about use ziploc bag for frosting.

 

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Two chocolate cake layers in pans on a cooling rack

Preventing Cakes from Sticking to a Cake PanThis is a page about preventing cakes from sticking to a cake pan. It is extremely frustrating to spend the time baking a cake only to have it stick to the pan.

 

Dump Truck and Mountain Cake

Making a Dump Truck and Mountain CakeThis is a page about making a dump truck and mountain cake. Your little truck enthusiast will be delighted with the birthday cake.

 

Colored Cake Frosting

Painting Cake Frosting With Food Coloring?This is a page about painting cake frosting with food coloring. Decorating a cake can be done by using food color, and painting your design on the frosting.

 

angel food cake on glass plate

Making Angel Food CakeThis delicious airy white cake is generally easy to make and will be a favorite with the family. This is a page about making angel food cake.

 

piping on a cake

Food Decorating with Ziploc BagsThis is a page about food decorating with ziploc bags. You don't have to have special cake decorating tools to create unique icing decorations on your cake.

 

Making Frosting

Making FrostingThis is a page about making frosting. Finish a cake, cupcake or sweet roll with a creamy icing for a delicious treat.

 

Woman Enjoying Cake Decorating

Simple Cake DecoratingThis is a page about simple cake decorating. You don't have to be a graduate of a cake decorating class to simply and beautifully decorate your next cake.

 

Castle Cake

Making a Castle CakeThis is a page about making a castle cake. Fulfill your child's princess or knight fantasies with a delightful castle cake for their next birthday or other special occasion.

 

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Name for Kitchen Tool Used to Put Icing on a Cupcake?What are those things called that you use to put icing on a cupcake?

 

Nightmare Before Christmas Baby Shower Cake

Nightmare Before Christmas Baby...This page contains Nightmare Before Christmas baby shower cake. A Tim Burton's animated classic can make a fun cake for a baby shower.

 

A girl who just decorated her own cupcake.

Decorating Cupcakes at a Birthday PartyIf you are looking for a fun birthday party activity, have the guests decorate their own party cupcakes. It is both an activity and the birthday cake. This is a page about decorating cupcakes at a birthday party.

 

Leprechaun Trap

Leprechaun Trap CakeThis is a page about making a leprechaun trap cake. Many of our children have made leprechaun traps at school to catch the wily little guy and get his stash of gold. Improve upon that idea and make a delicious St. Patrick's Day leprechaun trap cake.

 

Lion Cake

Making a Lion CakeThis page is about making a lion cake. A themed cake can be made for a birthday or special occasion.

 

Angry Birds Cake

Making an Angry Birds CakeMake your child, or anyone who enjoys playing the game, this delightful cake for a birthday or other special occasion. This is a page about making an Angry Birds cake.

 

Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

Baking Cupcakes in Ice Cream ConesThis page is about baking cupcakes in ice cream cones. Having cake baked in a cone can add delicious fun for parties.

 

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Cake Decorating Supplies

Organizing Cake Decorating SuppliesThis is a page about organizing cake decorating supplies. If you are an avid cake decorator you probably have quite a few supplies in your pantry.

 

Making a Plants vs. Zombies Cake

Making a Plants vs. Zombies CakeThis is a page about making a Plants vs. Zombies cake. Fans of the game, Plants vs. Zombies, will love to have a cake decorated after the game.

 

Gender Reveal Cake

Making a Gender Reveal CakeThis page is about making a gender reveal cake. An entertaining way to share whether you are having a boy or a girl is in a cake.

 

Googly eye cake

Making A Googly Eye CakeLooking for a fun Halloween party or birthday cake idea? Make a googly eye cake, it will make you smile. This is a page about making a googly eye cake.

 

Thomas the Tank Cake

Making Character CakesThis is a page about making character cakes. Delight your children, or even adults, with character cakes for birthdays and other special occasions.

 

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Shopping for Royal Icing Decorations?Where can I buy royal icing flowers and decorations at a discounted price?

 

Decorated Chocolate Cake

Cake Decorating Tips and TricksThis page contains cake decorating tips and tricks. There are many creative ways to decorate that special cake.

 

Fondant cake.

Decorating Cakes With FondantThis is a page about decorating cakes with fondant. Decorating cakes with fondant is all the rage now.

 

A beautifully decorated cake.

Frugal Cake Decorating IdeasThis is a page about frugal cake decorating ideas. A beautifully decorated cake is the centerpiece for celebrations such as birthdays, weddings, anniversaries and many more.

 

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Using Candy Melts Without a Mold?I want to make a dinosaur skeleton for my son's birthday cake that will lay in the cookie crumb topping like it's a dinosaur dig. It was suggested to me that I use candy melts to pipe bones out on wax paper. If I'm not using a candy mold, will it just run all over or spread?

 

Halloween cupcake with pumpkin decoration.

Halloween Cupcake IdeasThis is a page about Halloween cupcake ideas. Cupcakes are a great treat that can easily be decorated to fit any holiday. There are many ways to decorate cupcakes for Halloween.

 

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Add Cake Trimmings To Frosted Middle LayerWhen making cake frosting and filling, set aside a portion of it for the filling. When you have to level your cake layers, just make the trimmings into crumbs and add them to the filling portion.

 

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Best Dye for Fondant?For fondant, what is better to use for dye? Powdered or gel/water? Does anyone know how much it costs?

 

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How Do I Make an Open Book Shaped Cake?I would like to know how to make an open book shaped cake without a book shaped pan. Also, how do I ice an open book cake?

 

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Using Paraffin Wax and Chocolate on a Cake?Can paraffin wax and hard chocolate be mixed and drizzled on cakes?

 

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Use a Marshmallow as Cupcake FrostingNeed a quick frosting for your cupcakes? Three minutes before they are done carefully open the door to the oven, slip a large marshmallow on top of each one. Use rainbow marshmallows for some color or the flavored ones for some flavor.

 

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Using Cream Cheese Icing Successfully?Can I ice a cake with cream cheese icing successfully?

 

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Mario Galaxy Birthday Cake?Does anyone have a picture of a Mario Galaxy birthday cake?

 

Cake Decoration Pattern for Baby Trainers?Can you help me with a pattern for little trainers for my grandson's christening cake? I want to use them as a topper.

 

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How Do I Make a Guitar Cake?I need to make a guitar cake, fast. It has to be easy. I have a party to do tomorrow and I am so sick. Please help.

 

Fairytale decorated Cake

Fairytale CakeVery tasty cake and icing. Combine butter, shortening, and cream cheese. Mix on high until smooth. Add vanilla and salt. Mix well.

 

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Dragees (Silver Ball) Cookie and Cake Decorations?Is anyone else having trouble finding "dragees"? These are the little silver balls for cookies and cake decorating.

 

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Fondant Patterns?I am looking for fondant patterns for the Build-A-Bear Cakes, especially the Christmas pattern. If anyone has some, it sure would be great, or a web site that has free patterns. Thanks.Cricket Girl

 

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Making a Doll Cake?How do you make those cakes that have the doll standing up in the middle of the cake. Thanks for the help folks.

 

Video: Decorating "Octomonster" CupcakesThese are a great cupcake design for a birthday party or Halloween.

 

Muffins decorated as alien faces with fruit and candy.

Decorating Alien MuffinsA fun way to decorate muffins with dried fruit!

 

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Titanic CakeI am looking for a recipe for a titanic cake.

 

tackle box cake

Tackle Box CakeThis is a birthday cake a friend (Denise) made for my husband, an avid fisherman. Yes, the fish were edible.

 

"Grill" Decorated CakeThis is my grill cake I made for a cook out. I baked a chocolate cake with chocolate frosting. Then I used decorator frosting to make the grill. I purchased 3 chocolate mint patties to represent the hamburger patties.

 

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Have Kids Decorate Their Own CakesOur Grandchildren were visiting last week. I wanted to do something different for their party. This was the highlight of the party (the children attending were 2, 3, 5, 6 and 12 years old).

 

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Cake Ideas for a Newly Ordained Pastor?I'm looking for a unique saying for the top of a cake for a newly ordained lady pastor in our church. Thanks for your help.

 

handbag cake

Handbag Cake Recipe in Just 1-2-3!Totally tasty! A yummy gift for your loved ones. Make up cake using directions on packet and pour into a greased and lined 205x205mm square cake pan.

 

School Bus CakeA school bus cake I made for a school carnival. The bus is made from a loaf pan cake and the cab is a miniature loaf, the lights are spice drops cut in half, the driver, and children are HEB buddy graham crackers.

 

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Cupcake in a ConeGreat for children's parties! Instead of preparing cupcakes using the paper liners, you can eliminate a waste of paper as well as making the cleanup a snap when serving them to your little guests with this tip I have used.

 

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Using Candy Melts on a Cake?I would like to use the candy melts to cover a cake. What can I add to the melts to keep them from hardening so much? I need them to dry so they won't stick to your hands while eating the cake.

 

Decorate Holiday CupcakesI decorate cup cakes with cute little marshmallow holiday treats. I just make my own icing from powdered sugar (1 box), 1 cup Crisco, a few Tbsp. milk and 1 tsp vanilla flavoring.

 

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Pool Theme Birthday Cake?I am making a birthday cake with a pool theme. On the top will be a pool (of course) with a beach ball and sour ring candy for a floaty and maybe a pool noodle. However, around the pool is giving me a bit of trouble.

 

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Making Ladybug Antenna for a Cake?Any suggestions for making ladybug antenna using candy melts, for a cake? Thanks!

 

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What Kind Of Cake Icing Is Best In Warm Weather?What is the best icing for an outside wedding in warm weather?

 

Pretty In Pink Shower CakeThis is a photo of a Baby shower cake that I recently baked and decorated. I'd call it "Pretty in Pink", definitely for a baby girl. I sectioned it off in big blocks. some pink with white dots and some white with pink dots. It had a bib, a gift, a heart, baby booties, a bear and a butterfly.

 

Icing a Cake to Look Like a Book?I want to ice a cake in fondant so it looks like a book and want to turn the icing back in the corner so it looks like the page of a book is turned back.

 

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Graduation Cake Ideas?I need a unique idea for a college graduation cake. One idea I am considering is a graduation hat cake. My daughters graduation isn't till May of 08, but since I am planning on making and decorating the cake myself, I am planning to make some practice runs at it. Her degree is in higher math, so theres not a lot there that I can use for inspiration. Any ideas?

 

Ball and Chain Cake

Ball and Chain Wedding Shower CakeI made this for my daughter's wedding shower. The ball was a Styrofoam ball that I just covered in a #32 tip with black royal icing. I purchased some chain link at a local hardware store, it went over very well!

 

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Basketball Themed Birthday Cake?I am throwing my 11 year old son a birthday party and he wants a basketball theme cake. does anyone have any ideas what to make the basketball hoop out of? I am making the cake myself to save money. Thanks

 

"The Punisher" Birthday CakeFinding the right cake for a 16th birthday party for my son was impossible. So I browsed websites my son likes, found "The Punisher" picture to look at while forming, decorating his cake.

 

teddy cake

Teddy Bear CakeHere's a Teddy Bear Cake I made and decorated for my Grandaughter Amy.

 

Lime Green Wedding Cake

Lime Green Wedding Cake with Fresh FlowersJust wanted to share a picture of my daughter's wedding cake. I really was concerned about the lime-green color, but it turned out very pretty.

 

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Pirate Theme Birthday Cake?I want to know how to make a cake that is easy for a pirate theme birthday party. It would be great if you could send a picture with it also.

 

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Easy Photo Cake TipWhen you are decorating a special cake and would like to put a picture on it, just laminate the picture and frost around it! This will make any cake extra special.

 

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Marzipan GarnishMarzipan is not just used for cake decorating. You can buy premade sheets of marzipan and use them the same way you would use modeling clay to make any shape you want. Marzipan looks great garnishing any kind of cake or cookie.

 

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Putting Chocolate Curls on CakesAlmost any cake or pudding looks great garnished with dark or white chocolate curls. Simply use a paring knife to slice the curls off of a chunk of chocolate that has been cooled in the fridge in a while.

 

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Silky Looking CakesProfessionally decorated cakes always seem to have a molten, silky look. To achieve this look at home, frost as usual and then use a hair dryer to "blow-dry" the frosted surfaces (on low) until it looks right.

 

Elmo Cake and TipsThis is an Elmo Cake with the Buttercream icing tip. I recently made a cake for a birthay party of 40 people or a friend. The theme was Elmo. Rather than make 2 Elmo cakes, I decided to make a big sheet cake and make Elmo as 3-D on top of the cake. It was a yellow cake with buttercream icing.

 

A cake decorated with Hello Kitty.

Hello Kitty CakeMy daughter said to me "you're the best mom in the whole world!"

 

Icing Beautiful Cakes - Scoobie CakeTo ice beautiful cakes like this by yourself, after cooling completely, and removing from pan, freeze the cake. Then when you're ready to frost it, remove from freezer and decorate, it is much simpler that way!

 

Treasure Chest Birthday CakeThis was a huge hit at my son's Luau party. And it was super easy to make. You will need:

 

Butterfly Birthday CakeThis cake is simple and delicious! A crowd (especially little ones) favorite. You will need:

 

Race Car CakeI made a 9 x 13 cake for the base of the car and made a 8x8 cake for the roof and windows. After cutting the top of the smaller cake at an angle, I centered it on top of the bigger cake, then decorated it using a toy race car as a model. In mine, I used Oreo cookies for wheels.

 

DIY Turntable Cake - finished cake

DIY Turntable CakeI'm not a professional baker or cake decorator, but I do love making personalized desserts for my friends and family. I made this cake for my band bassist who adores collecting vinyl records (and playing them on his turntable all day). I've made it so the tunearm can be moved on and off the record, while staying 100% edible.

 

4th of July Heart Cake

4th of July Heart CakeI made this birthday cake for my daughter last year. She is so lucky to have a 4th of July birthday, so I tend to go a little crazy playing on the red, white, and blue theme.

 

How to Make Sushi Cakes - serving tray with sushi cakes and condiments

How to Make Sushi CakesYou don't have to be a professional baker to make professional looking decorative cakes. I made these sushi cakes using regular cake batter, frosting, and candies you can find at any shop. It cost me 1/10th of the price that I would have paid had I ordered them from a custom bakery and they were absolutely delicious!

 

4th of July Red and Blue Velvet Cake

4th of July Red and Blue Velvet CakeWe recently bought a boxed cake mix for red and blue velvet cake. I made a buttercream frosting for the filling, sides, and shell border. I topped it with stabilized whipped cream. Then covered it in sliced strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries. It was the perfect balance of sweet!

 

UFO Cow Abduction Cake - finished cake photo shot against a black backdrop

UFO Cow Abduction CakeThis UFO cake is just out of this world! The saucer and grassy ground area are two different cakes, so there is plenty for a big party. I saved a couple hundred dollars making this cake from scratch instead of calling up the local cake artistry. Plus, it was super fun. Here are the steps on how to make your own!

 

'Sharky' Goldfish Birthday Cake - finished sharky goldfish cake

'Sharky' Goldfish Birthday CakeWe had a "sharky" goldfish themed birthday cake for our son's 3rd birthday. I made him this cake using fondant. He loved it!

 

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Blue Ombre Smash Cake

Ombré Smash CakeHere is the perfect smash cake for a first birthday, in a beautiful ombré design. Learn how to make it in this short video.

 

Candy Corn Vampire Teeth Cupcakes

Candy Corn Vampire Teeth CupcakesHere is a super simple decoration for Halloween cupcakes, using candy corn and marshmallows. Learn how to make them in this short video.

 

marshmallow skeleton

Marshmallow Skeleton CupcakeThis is a quick and easy cupcake to throw together at the last minute, yet still cute!

 

Leprechaun Trap CakeMany kids have an opportunity to make a leprechaun trap at school when they are young.

 

Angry Birds Cake

Angry Birds CakeHere is an Angry Birds cake we made.

 

Questions

Birthday Cake Decorations for a Hunter

Birthday Cake Decorations for a Hunter?My husband is a hunter and I saw a picture (on Pinterest) of cupcakes with shotguns shells made out of fondant on top of them. I am not good with fondant, so I was wondering what candies I could use to make them look like shot gun shells.

 

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Using Whole Eggs in a White Cake Mix?Is the point of using egg whites in the Duncan Hines white cake mix just because it may change the color? I'm going to use food coloring so I would rather use whole eggs if it's all the same.

 

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Using Expired Cake Mix?How much baking powder or baking soda can I use to add to an expired box of Duncan Hines cake mix to help with the rising?

 

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Cake Crust Above Top?When I bake a cake and take it out of the oven to cool, and give it plenty of time before taking it out of pan I find that the crust is way above the cake. I then have to pull the crust off of the top and flip the cake bottoms up to glaze. Even my pound cakes.

 

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Making Pound Cake from Boxed Cake Mix?When making the pound cake, can a regular pound cake pan be used or must it be a tube pan?

 

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Baking a Pound Cake?I have baked pound cake many of times, but with a bundt pan. But this time the pans are square with no hole. How do I get it to bake in the middle without drying the outside of the cake?

 

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