SOURCE: Duncan Hines

December 13, 2010 05:00 ET

Inspired Holiday Desserts

MISSION, KS--(Marketwire - December 13, 2010) - (Family Features) 'Tis the season ... for baking. This year, make desserts that impress family and holiday guests with the help of a secret weapon -- professional-style glazes. Glazes add a new level of style to sweet treats.

Decorating showstopper desserts doesn't have to be hard either. By arming yourself with the right know-how and tools, you'll be glazing like a pastry chef in no time -- and with an innovative new product, Duncan Hines Amazing Glazes, it's never been easier. Simply heat, shake and pour to dress up desserts with professional, silky finished results.

Here are some glazing tips to make your holiday even sweeter:

  • Basic Training: Be sure to let your cake cool so the glaze sets on the surface. If the dessert is too warm, the glaze may be absorbed into the cake.
  • Fruit Fun: Looking for a simple, last-minute dessert? Heat the glaze, pour it into a bowl and dip fruit for a quick and easy fondue experience.
  • Wired for Success: Place cookies on a rack and drizzle vanilla or chocolate glaze in different patterns over each cookie for an eye-catching, variegated presentation. Glazing on a rack also allows you to catch the excess glaze rather than having it pool on a plate or tray. This works for cupcakes, brownies or cake slices, too.
  • Double Duty: When applying two glazes to a dessert -- to make a herringbone or spider web design, for example -- make sure both glazes are the same temperature. That way, when applied, they come together instead of layering on top of each other.
  • Completely Covered: Experiment with using a spatula to push the glaze over the edge of the cake for a completely glazed look. Also, when fully glazing a cake, let the excess glaze drizzle off, then before the glaze sets, remove excess from the plate to allow for a clean finish.

Get inspired to channel your inner creativity and to have fun with Amazing Glazes by watching these entertaining videos (