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4th of July Cupcake Flag

flag cupcakes up close

This 4th of July Cupcake Flag is the end result of all the chocolate and vanilla cupcakes I posted about earlier, and it would be a perfectly fitting dessert to bring to an Independence Day barbecue or other get-together. I was inspired by a cupcake flagthat I saw several months ago. I bookmarked the page with the flag’s picture, making a mental note that I needed ... Read More »

Easy Chocolate Cupcakes

 There are many, many different recipes for chocolate cupcakes out there and, as much as I like to be creative and try as many of them as I can, I also like to have an easy, reliable recipe to fall back on when I need cupcakes in a hurry.  This is my “old reliable” chocolate cupcake recipe. The cupcakes have a deep chocolate flavor and ... Read More »

Potassium bromate and banning flour additives

While there are many who are against the “food police,” the unspecific group of people who protest junk food  in school lunches, support banning fois gras and trans fats and, in general, want to keep an eye on what we’re eating for the sake of general wellness, there are many instances where their help can be appreciated. The debate over fois gras might be a ... Read More »

Vanilla Buttermilk Cupcakes

Vanilla Buttermilk Cupcakes

Everyone should have one good vanilla cupcake recipe and one good chocolate cupcake recipe. You’ll have to decide whether this will be your “one good vanilla recipe” or not, but it is an excellent recipe. Vanilla cupcakes should have a good amount of vanilla flavor to distinguish them from a “plain” cupcake and there should be a buttery flavor to the cakes, but without any ... Read More »

Tetris ice

tetris ice

Tetris is perhaps the single best-known electronic puzzle game of all time, so everyone should recognize it as the inspiration for these tetris-shaped ice cubes at Instructables. Just follow the instructions to have your very own set of video-game themed icicles. Once you have the mold set up, you can freeze just about anything in the shape of a tetris piece. Tetris popsicles would look great ... Read More »

Macadamia Nut Chocolate Chunk Cookies

  Traveling gives you the chance to try all kinds of new foods and local favorites. Having friends who travel can give you some of the same opportunities, provided they’re kind enough to pick up some of those local favorites and bring them back to you. Some of my friends brought back a box of chocolate covered macadamia nuts from a recent trip to Hawaii ... Read More »

Make your own cake stand

homemade cake stand

I almost always use a cake stand for presentation, or rely on a cake carrier if I am traveling with my cakes. Even though I have a few ways to showcase cakes already, I love the idea that I could create a stand for any size or shape of cake that I might need – not to mention that I could dress it up in a ... Read More »

How to keep brown sugar soft

sugar discs

Brown sugar can be a bit problematic because, when left unattended, the moist sugar can quickly transform into a rock-like state. This happens because the sugar dries out and the molasses used to keep it brown (most brown sugars are white sugars, with molasses added back) hardens and sticks it together like glue. There are several ways to avoid this problem. The easiest is by storing the ... Read More »

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