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Fancy Cupcakes

From classic and elegant to whimsical and fun, these 30 stunning beauties convey the message that this is indeed a special occasion.

Our Best Sugar Cookie Recipes

Martha's Favorite Cake-Baking Tools

How do professional cake bakers produce such wondrous creations -- and make it look easy in the process? Part of their secret is having all the right tools at their disposal.<p>Martha recommends keeping these essential tools handy to help you bake impressive cakes with less effort.<p>Cake Pans<br>Cake pans …

How to Make Pate Brisee

• 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour<br>• 1 teaspoon salt<br>• 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, cold, cut into small pieces<br>• 1/4 cup ice water, plus more if needed<br>• Food processor<br>• Rolling pin<br>• Glass pie plate or metal pie tins

Ian Young's Cream Cheese Frosting

Top Sweet Zucchini Cupcakes with this frosting, submitted by reader Ian Young of Oakland, California.

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

This recipe, from the How Sweet It Is bakery in New York City, is used to make delicious .

Expert tip! This is the best extra virgin olive oil to buy at Trader Joe's: http://thekitc.hn/1mwRJ4s

10 ways to make a pork butt last all week (or just all day, really): http://thekitc.hn/1hariuq

Cake Slideshow

Any way you slice it, cake is the perfect dessert. From cupcakes to layer cake, here are 30 fabulous recipes for treats big and small<p>Any way you slice it, cake is the perfect dessert. From cupcakes to layer cake, here are 30 fabulous recipes for treats big and small

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