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The frosting or the cake?

Red Velvet Cupcakes

When it comes to cakes and cupcakes, which is more important: the frosting or the cake? Recently, a friend and I were comparing notes on some cupcake bakeries that we had tried. She mentioned how excited she was when she heard that a cupcake bakery was opening in her [previously cupcake-less] area and how she had rushed out to try them over the weekend. Unfortunately, ... Read More »

Banana Cinnamon Friands

Banana Cinnamon Friands

Friands are small cakes that are very popular in Australian bakeries and cafes. They’re not exclusive to Auz. and NZ, but the term does seem to be used exclusively there. They are actually a riff off of a french financier, a small pastry made with almond flour and lots of butter. The french cakes tend to be very tender, but friands are also very moist, ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

First on my list this week are the Redheads at Oatmeal Cookie Blog. The blog is all about oatmeal cookies, which gets a big thumbs up in my book to begin with, but these particularly cookies caught my eye because of their name. Redheads are spicy cookies with 5 types of ginger (ginger hair/red hair = redheads). They sound great – not that I’d be ... Read More »

Make your own pizza cake

I always get a kick out of food that looks like one thing, but is really another. I’m not talking about soy “meat” that bears a vague resemblance to chicken (since a lot of it always looks kind of like chicken regardless of what flavor it’s supposed to be). I’m talking about sweet desserts that are disguised as savory dishes. Dessert pizza is not a ... Read More »

Reynolds Fun Shapes Baking Cups

Reynolds Fun Shapes Baking Cups

Reynolds Fun Shapes Bakware are a line of small, shaped pans sold as disposable bakeware by Reynolds. I would venture to say that the little aluminum pans are a variation on traditional paper muffin cups, rather than a completely new concept in bakeware. No matter what you call them, however, a really versatile product. The pans come in star and heart shapes, as well as ... Read More »

Vanilla Brown Butter Cupcakes

Vanilla Brown Butter Cupcakes

Browned butter is easy to make and is a great way to infuse flavor into different baked goods. It has a rich, toasty flavor that is just delicious. The primary difference in working with browned butter instead of plain butter is that most cake and cookie recipes call for solid, softened butter. Browned butter can change the texture, as well as the mixing method, for ... Read More »

The Modern Baker

The Modern Baker

One of the realities of living in this day and age is that there aren’t always enough hours in the day. We have new technologies and tools – compared to, for instance, our grandmothers – to make our lives easier. And this includes making our lives easier in the kitchen. Baking from scratch at home is one of the most rewarding things you can do, ... Read More »

Strawberry Curd

A curd is a thick, sweet-tart type of sauce that is typically made with citrus juice, eggs and butter. It is known for being rich in flavor, with a very silky texture. I call it a sauce for lack of a better category, as curds are much thicker than most sauces (rather pudding-like). This version of a curd almost doesn’t fit the description above at ... Read More »

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