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Wilton Spray-N-Seal Crumb Sealing Spray

Spray n' Seal

When you are making a layer cake, one of the most important steps in decorating it is applying a crumb coat. The crumb coat is a very thin layer of icing that you cover the entire cake with, and the purpose is to contain any crumbs that might have come loose as a result of leveling the cake layers or might otherwise be sitting on ... Read More »

Go Bold Spring Pillsbury Baking Giveaway! (closed)

Pillsbury Giveaway

One of the reasons that everyone looks forward to spring after a long, cold winter is that everything starts to explode with color this time of year, as plants come back to life and flowers burst open. The baking aisle happens to be brightening up with lots of colors, too, thanks to Pillsbury’s FunfettiĀ® Bold Cupcake & Cake Mixes and Frostings. This new line is ... Read More »

Vanilla Crumb Cake

Vanilla Crumb Cake

A coffee cake with a buttery crumb topping is hard to resist. Most crumb toppings include cinnamon or other spices, both because spices add a great aroma to a cake while it is baking and because darker spices give a crumb topping a darker color to contrast with the rest of the cake. This Vanilla Crumb Cake is for vanilla lovers and you won’t find ... Read More »

Honey & Oats: Everyday Favorites Baked with Whole Grains and Natural Sweeteners

Honey & Oats: Everyday Favorites Baked with Whole Grains and Natural Sweeteners

Baked goods are an indulgence, especially when you’re talking about desserts and not about simple loaves of bread. Between layers of frosting and generous amounts of sugar, many people feel guilty about eating desserts because of that indulgence, even though it never hurts to indulge at least once in a while! Honey & Oats: Everyday Favorites Baked with Whole Grains and Natural Sweeteners is a ... Read More »

Lemon and Lavender Shortbread

Lemon and Lavender Shortbread

You can never go wrong with a buttery batch of shortbread cookies. They’re delicious plain, where you get a generous dose of butter flavor, and they can also be a blank canvas for other flavors. This Lemon and Lavender Shortbread is a great example of how a few simple additions can take a shortbread recipe from something good to something special without even trying. It ... Read More »

Blood Orange Margarita

Blood Orange Margarita

Blood orange season typically runs from December through March, but this year I had a few oranges that tenaciously hung onto the tree branches until late spring and I could only think of one way to celebrate the last oranges of the season: Blood Orange Margaritas. These drinks get their vivid red color from fresh blood orange juice, which makes them really stand out if ... Read More »

Trader Joe’s Chocolate Chip Scone Mix, reviewed

Trader Joe's Chocolate Chip Scone Mix, reviewed

Some scone mixes require you to add cream. Others require you to cut in butter and add additional ingredients, which is one step away from making scones from scratch (which will likely be less expensive than using the “mix” consindering how much you have to add in yourself). The easiest scone mixes require nothing but water and Trader Joe’s Chocolate Chip Scone Mix falls into ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

Bites from other Blogs

A slice of Cappuccino Marble Cheesecake with Fudge Sauce is probably not the first thing that comes to mind when you think about eating a little bit lighter, but Taming of the Spoon was able to lighten this decadent cheesecake a little bit by using reduced fat cream cheese. The cheesecake doesn’t feel any less rich, but you might find that you feel a little ... Read More »

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