5 Tips for National Cake Decorating Day

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So… I am in Lake Como, Italy staying at the amazing Grand Hotel Tremezzo this week, and I was on the plane Saturday so I didn’t get to post this. Before I do, here is just one o my views today.

Grand Hotel Tremezzo

Back to a few days ago, I wanted to share that Chicago’s French-inspired patisserie, Vanille, and their 5 tips for decorating the perfect buttercream cake for National Cake Decorating Day, which was Saturday. Owner and baker, Sophie Evanoff, shares some of her best buttercream cake decorating tips on my blog to inspire and make the best cake decorator of everyone. Check out her 5 tips for national cake decorating day below:

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5 Tips for Buttercream Cakes

  1. Rustic buttercream– Easier to accomplish than a smooth sided cake and still looks professional.
  2. Add bought décor to cover up any problem areas. For example, chocolate décor, sugar flowers.
  3. Add nuts, sprinkles, chocolate curls to the side of cake, this will cover up any mishaps and don’t require a smooth finish.
  4. Add organic fresh flowers to any cake for a simple yet elegant touch.
  5. Combed finish- Makes any cake look even and finished.

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Founded in 2002, Vanille specializes in French-inspired artisanal pastries, desserts, and cakes. Owned and operated by Sophie Evanoff, Vanille prides itself on its premier quality and taste. From the ever-popular French macarons to the freshly baked croissants and handmade chocolates and candies, every creation shows Vanille’s true dedication to its craft. Vanille currently operates two Chicago locations; one at 2108 N. Clark St. in Lincoln Park and one at the French Market located inside Ogilvie Metra Station at 131 N. Clinton Ave. A third store opens this September at 3243 N. Broadway in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood.

Baking Kitchen Shortcuts

I am always looking for kitchen shortcuts, quick cooking ideas and any helpful tips to make getting dinner on the table easier. You know… busy working mom with 3 kids. Pot-Sized Pasta from Ronco is my latest find. It comes in a pantry-friendly, top-opening box for easy storage. The pasta has been cut in half so it goes into the pot straight out of the box. Now you don’t have to break it, or deal with the mess. Despite its cute and easy size, each box still contains a full pound of pasta. Head over to Facebook for Ronco’s “Show us your shortcut promotion”  to vote for my kitchen shortcut (hint: how to quickly soften butter for baking). You may vote up to once per day for a chance to win one of 6 weekly drawings for a $100 American Express gift card. Vote here and good luck!