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Tips for Fixing and Decorating Desserts

Made a mistake while baking? We’re sharing our secret dessert decorating tips to help you fix these common baking conundrums.

When you’re decorating desserts and making fun memories in the kitchen, there are bound to be some mistakes. But that doesn't mean your hard work has to go to waste!

We’ve learned some tricks along the way and now we want to share them with you. With these dessert hacks, you can bounce back from the three most common baking conundrums.

Cracks in Cookies, Brownies, or Cheesecakes?

A dusting of HERSHEY’S Cocoa Powder or powdered sugar always provides a gorgeous finishing touch. And it doubles as a way to mask small imperfections!

For those larger fixes, add a dollop of whipped cream and garnish with chocolate shavings, cocoa dusting or a few chocolate chips. Just make sure your dessert is completely cooled off before applying any toppings.

Cocoa Crinkle Cookies

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Frosting not Panning out Perfectly?

Noticing bits of cake coming off as you try frost it? No worries!

Reserve one-half cup of your frosting in a separate bowl. Microwave it for 20-30 seconds until it becomes more runny. Then, top the half frosted cake with your choice of chopped candy bars, nuts, mini marshmallows, crumbled cookies or any combination desired. The texture of these added ingredients will mask any imperfections!

Once you have those additional ingredients in place, drizzle the still warm, melted frosting over the cake in an organic pattern. The frosting will coat the extra toppings and ensure they stick to the cake. Allow to cool completely before serving.

Layered cake with toppings

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Cake Sinking in the Middle?

If you’ve waited patiently for your cake to bake, only to find something went wrong inside the oven, we know that sinking feeling... But you don't have to start over from scratch!

To fix a sunken cake, simply fill in the center. Choose a filling like fruit, nuts, sprinkles or candy. (You could also go all out and choose a homemade frosting, like you would with a filled cupcake.) Then cover it with the frosting you’ll be using to frost the rest of the cake. It will look good as new, and it will taste even better!

Espresso Filled Mini Cakes

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Fixing your baked goods is as easy as these dessert decorating hacks. With some Hershey products you already have at home, you can save your cookies and cakes. Because it’s about a taste of happiness, not perfection!

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