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Cooks Illustrated reviews cake strips

Cake Strips

Cake strips are bands of material that wrap around the exterior of a cake pan, providing insulation and keeping cakes from baking unevenly. At least, this is what cake strips intend to do. Cakes usually bake from the outside in, with the edges of the cake baking before the center of the cake because the batter bakes faster when it is in contact with the ... Read More »

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Pastry Pal‘s White Chocolate Raspberry Tart is one of those showstopping desserts that your eyes will keep drifting to on the dessert table long before it is sliced. The tart is actually relatively simple and much easier to put together than it looks. It starts with a buttery tart shell that is spread with a thin layer of raspberry preserves and then piled full of ... Read More »

How to get sprinkles to stick to cookies

Cookies with Sprinkles

Adding sprinkles seems like an easy way to decorate a batch of butter cookies or other relatively plain-looking cookies for holiday or some other festive occasion. They’re bright, colorful and, unlike frostings and glazes, need no prep time. But sprinkles can come with their own problems because they don’t always end up where you want them to be; frequently, when you’re applying sprinkles, you end ... Read More »

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What better way to combine two of the tastiest flavors of the holiday season than to put them in a batch of muffins? Photo a Day baked some Eggnog Cranberry Muffins. The muffins are made with eggnog and fresh cranberries, and they’re topped off with a simple cinnamon streusel topping. The recipe comes together easily and this is the kind of thing that makes a ... Read More »

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Torrone is a nougat typically made with sugar, honey, egg whites and toasted nuts that is popular in both Spain and Italy around the Christmas holidays. The candy looks difficult to make, but a little patience and you can recreate Piece of Cake‘s Cranberry-Pistachio Torrone with no difficulty. The light, sweet candy is full of cranberries, pistachios and coconut, which give it a very festive ... Read More »

What is red velvet?

The term “red velvet” gets tossed around a lot these days.  It is  – arguably – the hottest cake flavor out there if you watch food focused TV programming where all the presenters go ga-ga over a slice of the cake. But for every time I hear the praises of red velvet cake sung, I also hear someone complain about a bland cake, a cake ... Read More »

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Trifle is a dessert made by layering cake with whipped cream and custard, with fruit or berries often added in for more color and flavor. Technicolor Kitchen‘s Raspberry Trifle Cupcakes are a variation on a more classic trifle. The cupcakes start out with a moist vanilla cupcake that is packed with fresh (you could use frozen, too) raspberries and then topped with a generous amount ... Read More »

How to keep a pie crust from shrinking

Imperfect Pie Crust

When you put the effort into making a homemade pie crust for a Caramel Banana Cream Pie or other recipe that calls for a prebaked crust, it can be very disappointing if the crust that you worked so hard to make shrinks and gives your pie a less-than-perfect presentation. There are two ways that pie crusts can shrink and a couple of things that you ... Read More »

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