Melt 1 ounce unsweetened chocolate and 1 teaspoon butter over hot water. Remove from heat; blend in 1 cup confectioner's sugar and 1 tablespoon hot water. Place in a medium-sized mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer until smooth. If necessary, add hot water, a teaspoonful at a time, until of desired consistency. (I added an additional teaspoon of hot water.) Place into a piping bag and use for decorating iced or un-iced sweets. I use a Quick Tip method, since I do not have a piping bag. I cut a *very* small opening at the bottom of a quart-sized plastic bag and inserted some of the chocolate icing into the bag. I then squeezed the Chocolate Decorator's icing out of the small hole in the plastic bag to write my grandson's name on a cupcake. This icing will look much nicer with professional equipment, but you can always use this quick and easy method. You may use your Chocolate Decorator's Icing for more than writing names and messages; you may draw the outline of any item that you want to feature. You can also form it into items like florets that will hold their shape. This is a project that is a lot of fun to do with your children. I hope you enjoy this Chocolate Decorator's Icing!
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Beat 1 cup butter at medium speed with electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add 2 1/2 cups sugar, continuing to beat until light and fluffy. Add 6 eggs, one at a time, beating just until blended after each addition. Stir together 3 cups self-rising flour and 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder. Add to butter mixture alternately with 8 oz. sour cream, beating at low speed just until blended. Stir in 2 teaspoons vanilla and (2) 1-oz. bottles red food coloring. Stir until well blended. Divide batter into 4 equal parts, and pour batter into (4) 9-inch cake pans that have been greased and floured. Use 2 racks to bake the 4 layers in a 350 oven for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in each comes out clean. Remove cake pans from oven and set aside and cool to room temperature before frosting. Now, make your Cream Cheese Frosting. You will find an upload for this recipe in bettyskitchen, preceding this upload. Chill the Cream Cheese Frosting, and then assemble your cake. Remove each layer of cake from its pan, one by one, and place them on a nice cake stand. Spread Cream Cheese Frosting between the layers as you assemble your cake. Next, spread Cream Cheese Frosting around the sides of the cake, and finally on top. Swirl the frosting on the top and sides for a nice look. (I put 4 skewers, extending through the layers to make sure the cake would not shift before it had time to set up.) Place the cake in a refrigerator to firm up. This cake takes a lot of space, so you may have to dispense with the skewers or make only a 2-layer cake on a flat cake dish. (I removed a shelf from my refrigerator in order to accomodate the cake, after covering it with plastic wrap.) Keep the cake refrigerated, because the frosting is not meant to sit at room temperature. If you cannot use all of this cake at one time, you may cut it into usable chunks and freeze them. This is a gorgeous cake, and I think you'll love it! Happy Valentine's Day to Rick--and to all of you!!!
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In a large bowl, stir together 2 cups whole cashews, 1/8 cup sugar, 2 tablespoons melted butter, ½ teaspoon salt, 1/8 to ¼ teaspoon ground red pepper, and 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce. (Reduce the salt, if your cashews have already been salted.) Spread in a lightly greased 13-inch by 9-inch by 2-inch Pyrex dish or baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees (F) for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring once or twice during baking. (Bake only about 8 minutes, if your cashews have already been roasted.) Spread cashews on waxed paper to cool. Sprinkle cooled nuts with ½ tablespoon sugar. Pour into a nice serving bowl and serve when desired. You may store these for a couple of weeks in a jar with a screw-on lid, or in a zip-lock bag. Enjoy!!!
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In this video, Betty demonstrates how to make Spiral-Sliced Ham with Brown Sugar Crumb Glaze. The glaze is a recipe that has been in my family for year, and we use it for glazing country hams.
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