What the Woman Behind My Cupcake Addiction Wants You to Know
Elise Strachan, YouTube star
and author of a new book on desserts and entertaining
, has the advice you want to hear, whether it's your first time playing host or you're practically a pro.
Photo: Courtesy of Elise Strachan
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That You Already Have the One Tool That Makes Every Decorating Job a Snap
The unsung hero of almost every showstopping dessert that Strachan pulls off isn't an expensive item she picked up at a specialty baking shop—it's a plain old zip-top bag. She uses these jacks-of-all-trades in so many ways. One of her favorites is to store leftover candy melts
(which she uses to make cake pops and to decorate cupcakes with); she pours the melted chocolate into a bag, flattens it out, lets it cool and refrigerates or freezes it. Then, she just breaks off whatever she needs for another project
. Strachan also loves to turn the bags into piping tools for frosting cookies
and cakes. Snip a small triangle off one corner to make a hole and either squeeze the frosting straight through, or insert a piping tip for a star, petal
or other shape.