5 Hacks Every Baker Should Know
These time-saving tricks from Erin Gardner's new book will help you create delicious—and beautiful—desserts without stressing out.
The Candy-Aisle Move to Dress Up Any Cake
Gardner has a simple trick for elevating ordinary candy on a cake: Line it up. Somehow, inexpensive confections look modern and sleek when you arrange them in lines, rows, grids or other patterns. Some of her favorites are licorice allsorts, chewy taffy candy and jelly beans. You can leave them whole, or cut them into thin slices (lightly grease the blade of your knife with shortening before cutting the candy to avoid sticking).