Margaret Braun

Vanilla Buttercream
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This is what's referred to as an Italian meringue buttercream—it's light and delicious. The softened butter is beaten into a fluffy meringue; it looks like it will never come together when you first start beating, but then it gradually turns into a silky, creamy frosting.Plus: More Dessert Recipes and Tips
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Royal Icing
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Royal Icing
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When making Gingerbread Girls, you'll want the icing to be fairly stiff for piping designs, trim, outlines or faces, or for gluing fondant shapes or dragées in place. For painting larger areas, thin the icing slightly with water so it's the consistency of paint. More Cookie Recipes
This simple recipe makes two moist chocolate cakes. Stash the second one in the freezer for another day when you need a quick homemade dessert.Plus: More Dessert Recipes and Tips
Candied Oranges
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Entranced by the candied oranges she tasted in Barcelona, Margaret Braun devised this recipe on her return home.  More Citrus Dishes