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Silicone brushes are useful for brushing syrup onto cakes. They are easier to clean than any other type of brush and are practically indestructible. Because the brushes retain odors, reserve a separate one for baking.

A small number 9 sable artist’s paintbrush is the perfect implement for brushing glaze onto berries and for other decorative uses. The softest possible makeup brush, reserved only for this use, works well to restore the shine to Dark Chocolate Lacquer Glaze. A large soft silk brush is invaluable for brushing excess flour from dough.