Valentine's Day Cake Decorating for Dummies

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Doreen McCallister is cake decorator to the NPR stars.

McCallister, an editor at Morning Edition, has baked delicious cakes for NPR's staff and family members for 18 years. She's also a certified Wilton Method cake instructor. The Wilton Method dates back to 1929 when Dewey McKinley Wilton began teaching cake-decorating techniques that emphasized perfecting and building upon basic fundamentals.

But for many amateur bakers, even mastering the basics can be frustrating, leaving cakes dotted with splotchy stars and lopsided flowers.

McCallister showed Liane Hansen how to decorate a fun, festive cake for Valentine's Day using basic decorating techniques.



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