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Comfort-Food Hors d'Oeuvres

Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, plus more for ramekin
  • 6 slices good-quality white bread, crusts trimmed, torn into cubes
  • 5 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 4 1/2 cups (about 18 ounces) grated sharp white cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups (about 8 ounces) grated Gruyere cheese
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 pound elbow macaroni, cooked 2 to 3 minutes less than package
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Rose-Water Madeleines

Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon rose water
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons sanding sugar
  • Pink powdered food color, any shade
  • Butter-flavored cooking spray
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Trio of Savory Madeleines

Ingredients
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, plus more for pans
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh sage
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pitted olives
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon finely chopped oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes
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Meringue Cakes: Chenille Panel Cake

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Tissue Paper-Wrapped Wedding Favor

Use paper to give favors colorful details, then decorate with rubber stamps for one-of-a-kind ...
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Mini Angel Food Cakes

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Chocolate Cakes: Chocolate Petal Cake

Ingredients
  • 1 each 6-, 10-, and 14-inch-diameter round contoured layers of Mocha Spice Cake, each 3 inches high, set on corresponding-size 3/16-inch-thick foam board
  • 1 recipe Ginger-Infused Simple Syrup
  • 2 recipes Chocolate Buttercream
  • 16 4-inch-long 1/4-inch-diameter wooden dowels
  • 1 20-inch-round cake board, 2 inches high
  • 6 feet of 2-inch-wide ribbon
  • 6 feet of 1/4-inch-wide ribbon
  • Chocolate Petals
  • Sugared pansies and johnny jump-ups
  • Filling amounts for chocolate buttercream: 6-inch tier, 1 cup between each split layer; 10-inch tier, 1 3/4 cups between each split layer; 14-inch tier, 3 1/2 cups between each split layer.
  • Icing amounts for chocolate buttercream: 6-inch tier, 2 cups; 10-inch tier, 4 cups; 14-inch tier, 5 1/2 cups.
  • Approximate amounts for ginger-infused simple syrup: 6-inch tier, 1/4 cup; 10-inch tier, 1/3 cup; 14-inch tier, 3/4 cup.
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Coconut Cupcakes

Ingredients
  • 3 cups cake flour (not self-rising), sifted
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 12 ounces (3 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 5 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 3 cups sweetened shredded coconut
  • Swiss Meringue Buttercream
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