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How can I make a last-minute birthday cake without using artificial flavor or color?

The options are very wide. You are not telling us what kind of cake you have in mind, so I'll be making a few assumptions here. But once you start thinking outside the box that equals "birthday cake" ...
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My netting is not, perhaps, the best

Take a plastic zip top bag, and put it inside a pint glass or tall quart size container. Fold the top of the bag down over the outside of the mug/container. Essentially, you're just using the mug to ...
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War-zone chocolate brownies (edible decor)

Consider using fondant toppings. Fondant is a confectionery topping with a consistency similar to modelling clay. It should be possible to cut a sheet of it into shapes such as firearms, bombs, ...
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How can I pipe multicolored flowers?

There are a few different methods to achieve this. The end goal is to get layers of different colored frosting in rings in your piping bag. The method I ended up preferring uses a piece of cling film/...
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How can I make a last-minute birthday cake without using artificial flavor or color?

Since it's last-minute, I'm guessing it'll be tough to work out natural colorings, so I'd avoid doing color-based decorations altogether. You can use chocolate chips or shavings, nuts, fruit (fresh ...
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War-zone chocolate brownies (edible decor)

First, pick a scale and more detailed theme: I'd go for battlefield scale, so a person would be an inch or two high (3-5cm). This means you can cast moulds from toys. A few soldiers might need to ...
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How can I make a last-minute birthday cake without using artificial flavor or color?

What you are seeking are natural food dyes (or natural food colorings). These are commercially available and you may find them at a local health or natural foods store or even a quality grocers. ...
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Why is syrup added to a cake before frosting?

Brushing a cake with simple syrup before frosting is done to prevent the cake from drying out too quickly, and sometimes to add flavour (if a flavoured syrup is used instead of just water+sugar).
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War-zone chocolate brownies (edible decor)

Tank trap barricades These have a definite warzone vibe. How do you make them? Thin chocolate sticks. In the UK we have Matchmakers, but other places may have local equivalents. You could use ...
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Making Bacon Spirals

Roll the bacon into its spiral and set it on end in a muffin tin to bake. You can use the toothpicks as "spacers" to keep the edges apart, and then easily pull them out the side once everything is ...
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Savoury version of caramel or sugar cage

You can make some pretty delicate cages using pastry, which is (or can be) pretty neutral in flavor. An example is posted on a foodie blog post about a dinner they had at the restaurant L'Heritage in ...
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War-zone chocolate brownies (edible decor)

Chocolate. Lots and lots of chocolate. Without the proper treatment, chocolate doesn't gloss. That's perfect if you want to have a matte, dirt-appearing surface. With such a matte black and brown mix, ...
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How can I make a last-minute birthday cake without using artificial flavor or color?

Takes very little turmeric to give a bright yellow colour - not enough to have a noticeable taste, especially if you use flavouring. Got any beets around? They give a lovely magenta red colour to food....
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How to do icing swirl effect (a bit like marbling)?

I can't be sure, but it looks like there are two different things going on here. For the ice cream cake, notice that there is no white chocolate in the bottom swirl (the white there is a reflection of ...
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War-zone chocolate brownies (edible decor)

I don’t know how blatantly obvious you need to be about it, but the most simple thing that I can think of to represent a war zone is a barrier of some sort. At first I was thinking mine fields and ...
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War-zone chocolate brownies (edible decor)

(Disclaimer: ChrisH had the idea of a beach/landing in a comment.) Cookie crumb topping for sand and dirt. This will be tasty (better than fondant) and also have a lot of artistic potential, but also ...
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Savoury version of caramel or sugar cage

I wonder if you could modify a recipe for cheese crisps. The recipes I'm familiar with involve heating cheese through the melted stage and to a crispy crusty stage. It's usually done in disks or ...
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How do I practice piping icing without wasting icing and money?

I practiced originally with pure shortening back when I was learning how to pipe. Just scrape it back into the shortening container, as long as you use a spotless surface. Its also excellent for ...
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How can I make a last-minute birthday cake without using artificial flavor or color?

Suggestions: Using a stencil, a seive and some icing sugar, you can create simple decorations known as cake dusting Consider using chocolate icing Fruit can be arranged on top to make wonderful ...
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Why is syrup added to a cake before frosting?

The syrup is added to the cake before frosting so that is remains moist throughout. Also you can add flavours to your simple syrup to enhance the flavour like cinammon or star anise in banana cake and ...
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Less sweet / lower sugar alternative to icing?

It's loaded with fat but less sweet: Cream cheese icing (example recipe) goes very well on some cakes (like a rich chocolate cake). It does however need to be refrigerated so is best for use on cakes ...
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How to place nuts on top of the cake so that they stay symmetrically?

Many cakes have the nuts applied after cooking, held down with some sort of glaze. That will keep them where you put them so long as the top is reasonably flat. It will also prevent them burning, as ...
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Reducing butter levels in Swiss or Italian Buttercream

If you are ok with a slightly less stable version (mainly an issue when piping fine details, swirls and such are no problem), and a more cream-ish color as opposed to the white meringue-based types, “...
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How can I decorate jelly

Look for two molds shaped as Wobbles eyes. Fill the mold's border and center with black gelatin and leave it in the fridge until it's set. Add white gelatin for the eyeballs. Leave it in the fridge ...
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How can I make a last-minute birthday cake without using artificial flavor or color?

Jam or Jelly Got a jar of jam or jelly in the fridge or pantry? For jam, you may want to run through a sieve to remove seeds. You may need to add a bit of water or liquor to thin it out enough to ...
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Pattern in carrot's body

It is a symptom of unusual growth conditions not variety or anything Over-watering is the most likely culprit. This resulted in rapid growth. As carrots grow from the center, the formerly small outer ...
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How can I attach printed rice paper decorations to cakes / cookies?

A cake teacher taught me this method and it works beautifully. Trace your image onto the rice paper (bumpy side up) with edible ink. Cut the image out with about an 1/4 inch border left on. Place ...
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Meringue Imitation to practice decoration

they make this stuff called Presto Pastry Pride ready to whip topping. It's pretty similar in consistency and can be piped very well. It's also pretty great as frosting. I think it would be perfect ...
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Multi-nozzle piping rig?

Food safe zip ties do exist. A thin rolling pin or knife steel could make a handle crossbar for a couple of piping guns, and palette knives or narrow cutting boards could be useful as structural ...
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How do I practice piping icing without wasting icing and money?

I used to do cake decorating, just for friends, even wedding cakes with intricate patterns and lacework. Other than the wedding cakes (which were done with royal icing), I always made the Wilton "...
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