Basic Buttercream

INGREDIENTS
4½ cups sugar
2½ cups egg whites
3 pounds butter
DIRECTIONS
Place a medium sized sauce pan over medium heat, add 2 cups water and bring to a simmer. In large heatproof bowl add sugar and whites, blend. Place bowl over water and continually stir with whisk until temperature is 145°F to 155°F. Take off heat. If using, kitchen [...]

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Chocolate Cake

Makes one cake
INGREDIENTS
2 cups flour
1 cup cocoa
1½ teaspoons baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
1 cup light brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
3 eggs
1½ teaspoons vanilla
1½ cups buttermilk
Basic Buttercream, for frosting
DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Prepare 2 sheet pans with non-stick spray and parchment paper. Set aside. In a large bowl, sift all dry ingredients together. [...]

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Gianduja Buttercream

Makes about 1 cup buttercream
Ingredients
125 grams (4½ ounces or 1 stick + 1 tablespoon) unsalted butter, softened
70 grams (2½ ounces or 5 tablespoons) granulted sugar
3 egg yolks at room temperature
2 ounces gianduja
Directions
Melt the gianduja along with 2 tablespoons water in a double boiler. Set aside to cook to room temperature.
Beat the butter until smooth.
In a [...]

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Hazelnut Sponge Cake

Makes one cake
INGREDIENTS
12 eggs, separated
8 ounces light brown sugar
14 ounces hazelnut flour
4 ounces all-purpose flour
Pinch of salt
4 ounces granulated sugar
Basic Buttercream, for frosting
Chocolate block, for decorating
Chopped hazelnuts, for decorating
DIRECTIONS
Preheat to 350°F.
Butter 2 half-sheet pans and line them with parchment.
In a metal bowl, with electric beater, whisk or in the bowl of a Kitchen Aid Stand [...]

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Lime Buttercream

Makes about 1 cup
Ingredients
125 grams (4½ ounces or 1 stick + 1 tablespoon) unsalted butter, softened
70 grams (2½ ounces or 5 tablespoons) granulated sugar
2 tablespoons water
3 egg yolk at room temperature
2 teaspoons key lime juice
1 teaspoon key lime rind
Green food coloring (preferably paste)
Directions
Beat the butter until smooth.
In a separate bowl, beat the egg yolks with [...]

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Pumpkin Buttercream

Makes about 2 cups (enough for about 4 dozen macarons)
Ingredients
2 large egg whites
2⁄3
Pinch salt
6½ ounces (13 tablespoons) unsalted butter, slightly cooler than room temperature, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup canned pumpkin puree (at room temperature)
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
Large pinch ground cloves
Orange food coloring, preferably paste or gel
Directions
Beat the egg [...]

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Vanilla Cake

Makes one cake
INGREDIENTS
3 cups cake flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
½ pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter
2 cups sugar
5 eggs
1½ teaspoons vanilla
1¼ cups buttermilk
Lemon curd, for filling
Basic Buttercream, for frosting
DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Prepare 2 sheet pans with non-stick spray and parchment paper. Set aside. In a large bowl, sift all dry ingredients together. In another bowl, [...]

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