Category Archives: Baking

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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 »

How to make Vampire Cupcakes (video)

Nicole's Vampire Cupcakes

A few years ago, I published a recipe for Vampire Cupcakes. I absolutely love these cupcakes as a Halloween treat and I make them every year. They’ve also been a big hit with Twilight fans, True Blood fans and anyone who likes vampires in general. They also inspired me to create other vampire treats for Halloween, like Vampire Cookies and even Vampire Pancakes. Nothing beats ... Read More »

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Eating SF‘s Brown Sugar Cake looks very simple at first glance, but just because a cake doesn’t have a half dozen layers doesn’t mean it can’t pack in a lot of flavor. This cake is made with brown sugar and a mixture of all purpose, whole wheat and amaranth flours, which all come together to give the cake a bit of a nutty flavor in ... Read More »

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Cinnabon cinnamon rolls are popular for a reason. They’re sweet, soft and smothered in a cream cheese frosting that is likc-your-fingers good. When they’re fresh, like most things, they at their best and you can’t get any fresher than baking your own Cinnabon Knock-off Cinnamon Rolls, like Tartelette did, in your own kitchen. These rolls are perfect for a weekend breakfast or afternoon snack – ... Read More »

Fresh Pumpkin vs Canned Pumpkin in baking

Pumpkin Purees

Canned pumpkin is a fall baking staple, used for everything from pumpkin pancakes for breakfast and pumpkin pies for dessert. But is fresh, homemade pumpkin puree any better to bake with than canned pumpkin?  There are a couple of reasons that canned pumpkin puree is so popular. First, it is very convenient and readily available to anyone with a well-stocked grocery store. There are both ... Read More »

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