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 Frosting the Cake Is Completely Optional
The "naked cake" trend has gone mainstream
, much to unfussy bakers' delight. And while Strachan loves to embellish with frosting as much as the next baker, she also says there are more stunning ways to decorate a cake without icing (that will also save you time): Cover the baked cake with chocolate shards
; stick some striped paper straws in it and tie mini bunting between them
; or, lay some edible flowers on top. No one will miss the frosting.