Category Archives: Baking

What is cake flour?

Box of Cake Flour

All purpose flour is the standard flour for home baking, but a glance down a well equipped grocery store baking aisle is enough to tell you that there are many other types of flour available for baking. Cake flour is one of them and, if you like to bake, it should be a staple in your kitchen. Cake flour is a low protein flour that ... Read More »

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If you’re a bit tired of serving pumpkin pie in the fall and want another way to enjoy that lovely pumpkin flavor, you might try Sticky Gooey Creamy Chewy‘s Pumpkin Flan. This flan is a little denser and smoother than some other recipes, with a hint of cheesecake flavor to it thanks to the presence of cream cheese and cornstarch. Add in a little pumpkin ... Read More »

Rodelle Vanilla and Organic Vanilla Extracts, reviewed

Rodelle Vanilla Extracts

Any baker will tell you that vanilla is one of the most essential ingredients that you can have in your pantry. Although only a small amount goes into most recipes, vanilla can improve the flavor of just about everything it touches. I try to keep a good supply of vanilla on hand, both extracts and vanilla beans, and even make vanilla sugar with previously used ... Read More »

What is coffee cake?

Coffee cake is a moist, tender cake that is usually topped with some kind of streusel topping and served alongside coffee or tea at breakfast. Coffee cakes stand apart from other cakes because of their streusel topping and because, although they might have a little glaze drizzled on top, they are not frosted. Some have a swirl of streusel in them, and others are filled ... Read More »

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and it is easy to get into the spirit by doing something pink to draw awareness to the issue. Køkken69 made some delicious looking Raspberry White Chocolate Pops. Raspberry flavored white chocolate is poured into a mold and allowed to set up with a popsicle stick inside. You could eat them as they are, but these pops are meant ... Read More »

How to make a pumpkin-shaped cake

Pumpkin Cake

There are several ways to make a pumpkin shaped cake for fall entertaining, whether you want a cake jack o’lantern for Halloween or a simple spice cake that doubles as a centerpiece for Thanksgiving. The easiest option is to buy a pumpkin-shaped pan. This is all well and good if you have space to store one during the off season, or simply plan on baking ... Read More »

What is a bench scraper?

Bench Scraper

A bench scraper is one of my favorite tools to have around the kitchen. It’s not something that will steal the spotlight from a shiny stand mixer, but it is something that comes in handy a lot when you work with breads and pastries. A bench scraper a rectangular tool that is used to scrape work surfaces clean in the kitchen. Although there are plastic ... Read More »

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The black and orange Chocolate Orange Layer Cake from Bakingdon has got to be one of the most beautiful Halloween desserts out there (though I admit I’m still partial to vampire cupcakes!). The cake is made of many thin layers of chocolate cake and orange cake, all sandwiched together with a chocolate filling. To finish it off, the cake is frosted with a bright orange ... Read More »

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