Greasing and flouring vs. greasing a pan

Just about all cake-baking recipes, as well as those for quick breads and muffins, call for the pan to be prepped in such a way as to prevent your finished product from sticking to the inside of the pan. Nonstick cookware is supposed to do this on its own, but it’s not foolproof. Recipes recommend that you either grease your pans with butter or cooking ... Read More »

Carrot Bundt Cake

Carrot Bundt Cake

 Some cakes are classically bundt cakes. Others are classically layer cakes. Carrot cake is one that I would put firmly in the latter category. The cake is usually made to be very moist and very dense – a combination that doesn’t really make for an appetizing, tall cake. Shorter layers keep the cake from seeming too heavy and the addition of frosting to break up ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

I have come to the conclusion that I must have been deprived, to a degree, of marshmallow fluff as a child because I can’t seem to resist any dessert that features it. For instance, Cake on the Brain made a batch of Marshmallow Fluff Filled, Chocolate-Dipped Madelines. They sound like the grownup version of a moon pie or other similar marshmallow treat. Excuse the drool ... Read More »

Hotel Chocolate Engraved Easter Egg, reviewed

Hotel Chocolate Easter Egg

Hotel Chocolat’s Engraved Easter Egg is, hands down, the most beautiful chocolate Easter egg I’ve ever had. This particular egg is made of 72% dark chocolate and, while it is hollow, the shell is generously thick. It stands about 6 inches high and ships on its own little display stand. Truth be told, I was tempted just to leave it sitting around so that I ... Read More »

Egg-cellent Easter Pans

i like egg puns

We’re coming down to the wire on Easter and if you’re at all interested in baking some Easter-shaped goodies, this will be your last excuse to go out and pick up a neat specialty pan for doing so. Personally, I’m the type that might hold out until they’re on sale right after Easter, though I know that usually means I’ll have to hang on to ... Read More »

Cadbury Creme Egg Muffins

Cadbury Creme Egg Muffins

 Chocolate is a staple in any baker’s kitchen. Chocolate chips, chocolate chunks, white chocolate – and from the standard baking fare, it is not a big leap to move onto other chocolate candies. I’ve used chocolate malt balls, peanut butter cups and chocolate covered toffees before, amongst other things. While you can cook with a lot of different types of candies, some are always overlooked for ... Read More »

See’s St. Patrick’s Day Potato Candy

See's Irish Potato Candy

It’s called a potato and it looks like a potato, but you’re not going to find any “real” potato here. Just a potato look-a-like. See’s Candies’ St. Patrick’s Day Potato is a special treat that the candy company puts out every March. The 2.5-oz. potato has a large, irregular mound of nougat at it center. The nougat is soft and not too sweet, despite being ... Read More »

The Sweet Melissa Baking Book

The Sweet Melissa Baking Book

 Sweet Melissa Patisserie is one of the most popular bakeries in New York City (or, at the very least, one of the most well-praised), a bakery founded with the intention of creating the best versions of everyone’s favorite desserts. This translated to a menu of pastries and baked goods that were familiar – chocolate chip cookies, devil’s food cake – but had a touch of something ... Read More »

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