Hyde Park, NY – Spring
has arrived, with the glorious gifts of daffodils, tulips, irises, and
hyacinths. Chef Dianne Rossomando of The Culinary Institute of America has a
great suggestion for celebrating spring and summer—create a beautiful "bouquet"
of floral cupcakes. Bring all the wonderful colors of the garden together in a
centerpiece for your dessert table, or present the bouquet as a gift for
Chef Rossomando used the following recipes adapted from the Baking at Home with The Culinary Institute
of America cookbook for both the cupcakes and the buttercream frosting.
However, if you are pressed for time, the chef suggests using a box cake mix to
prepare your cupcakes and making frosting using the simple recipe on the box of
Frosting your cupcakes to look like flowers—such as Chef
Rossomando's sunflowers, zinnias, and chrysanthemums—is easy when you use a
pastry bag and a special "leaf" piping tip that you can find at most kitchen
and craft stores. To create a two-tone effect that mimics the looks of flowers
in your garden, alternate two complementary colored frostings side by side in a
Don't worry if they're not perfect. Everyone will love them
just because you made them.
Baking At Home with
The Culinary Institute of America (2004, Wiley), is available for purchase
at bookstores nationwide or online.
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Photo 1: CIA Chef
Dianne Rossomando '95. (Photo credit:
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Photo 2: Create a
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Founded in 1946, The Culinary Institute of America is an independent,
not-for-profit college offering associate and bachelor's degrees with majors in
culinary arts, baking and pastry arts, and culinary science, as well as
certificate programs in culinary arts and wine and beverage studies. As the
world's premier culinary college, the CIA provides thought leadership in the
areas of health & wellness, sustainability, and world cuisines &
cultures through research and conferences. The CIA has a network of 45,000
alumni that includes industry leaders such as Grant Achatz,
Anthony Bourdain, Cat Cora, Steve Ells, Johnny Iuzzini, Charlie Palmer, and Roy Yamaguchi. The college has
campuses in Hyde Park, NY; St. Helena, CA; San Antonio, TX; and Singapore.
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