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This Week in the Betty Crocker Kitchens: April 28-May 2

Take a peek behind the scenes to see what Betty’s industrious test-kitchen experts are working on this week.

This Week in the Betty Crocker Kitchens: April 28-May 2
  1. Never ones to forget all the avid space-opera fans out there, our passionate bakers dreamed up a super-cool set of Star Wars cupcakes to celebrate the unoffical Star Wars Day (aka May 4). May the Fourth be with you, indeed! 
  2. A great cake-decorating tip from our kitchens: roll out a gumdrop in a handful of sugar—to keep the gumdrop from sticking to the rolling surface—and cut into the desired shape. Our experts have used this technique on not only the Star Wars cupcakes (Luke’s hair is the best!) but also the ears on our darling elephant cake
  3. Behind the scenes in the Betty Crocker photo studios with one of our incredible food stylists, making sure our official birthday cake of summer—the five-star Flip-Flops Cake—is anything but a flop. 
  4. Throwing a beach party and looking for a little extra, edible flair? Melt white chocolate, pour into seashell molds (we found ours at a craft store), cool the filled mold in the fridge for a couple of hours, and pop out the edible seashells and arrange on a plate or in a bowl. Your guests will do a double-take! 
  5. We’ve got summer parties on the brain, and no backyard soirée’s complete without BLT rollups. To make our favorite version, start with an Old El Paso flour tortilla, then smear on a layer of mayo that’s been mixed with diced sun-dried tomatoes. Top with shredded romaine and bacon crumbles, roll up, slice and serve. 
  6. Each month our kitchen experts find inspiration in cooking their way through a new cookbook. In April they tackled blogger Catherine McCord’s approachable “Weelicious: 140 Fast, Fresh and Easy Recipes.” While the overnight slow-cooker oatmeal and wild rice and chicken casserole were favorites, our experts loved all of McCord’s ideas and recommend the cookbook to families with kids of any age.

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