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What is a silpat?

Silpat

Many baking recipes call for lining a pan with parchment paper, but parchment paper isn’t the only thing that you can use to line a pan. Silpats are non-stick baking sheets made of a blend of food-safe silicone and a fiberglass mesh. They’re incredible versatile because nothing sticks to them, they can be used thousands of times and they work at a very wide temperature ... Read More »

Frieling Soccer Ball Pan

Frieling Soccer Ball Pan

There are all kinds of pans out there for sports fans and even stadium-shaped pans for fans who want to get a little bit of the stadium experience at home. I like a lot of sports, but I’m a soccer fan and with the Los Angeles Galaxy home season opening this past weekend, I decided that a batch of soccer ball cakes was in order. ... Read More »

Amish Cake Tester Broom

Amish Cake Tester Broom

Toothpicks are the standard thing to use when testing cakes and other baked goods for doneness. They are something that just about everyone has in their kitchen and they are reliable. But there are occasions when you might want something longer than a toothpick to test the doneness of a bundt cake or other deep baked good. These are situations when a piece of an ... Read More »

My Little Cupcake Cake Pop Mold

Cupcake Pop Mold

Cake pops are popping up everywhere these days. They are on blogs, in bakeries that want to make good use of leftover cake and frosting and are even sold at Starbucks. There are several books available that guide you through the process of making them, too. They are not difficult and most are shaped by hand – but as with all hand-shaped things, the look ... Read More »

How shaped cake pans are made

Shaped Cake PAns

Standard cake pans are usually round or square, and they are used for all kinds of cakes, cookies and other desserts. If you’re going to have just one pan, it’s a good idea to have one of a standard size because it gives you the most versatility. But the standard pans aren’t the one ones on the market. There are specialty pans in every theme ... Read More »

Giant Whoopie Pie Pan

Giant Whoopie Pie Pan

Whoopie pies seem to be all the rage right now, and even governments are arguing about them. They’re so popular that companies are coming out with a variety of pans specifically designed to bake these cake-like treats. The regular pans actually work very well, easily creating uniform cakes with minimal effort and ensuring that you get picture perfect whoopie pies. They also actually maximize yield, ... Read More »

The OCD Chef Cutting Board

The OCD Chef Cutting Board

I don’t want to play down the seriousness of OCD as a condition that many have to deal with, but if you’ve ever tried to really learn the knife skills that classically trained chefs have used for generations, you’ll know that a small element of OCD might actually be helpful in mastering them. OCD in this case, of course, stands for “obsessive chopping and dicing,” ... Read More »

Wilton Doughnut Twist Pan

Wilton Doughnut Twist Pan

Donuts are a delicious treat and, even though they’re deep fried, they are well worth working your your diet as an occasional indulgence. If you want to have donuts more often, you might have thought about adding a donut pan to your kitchen equipment. These pans allow you to bake donuts easily in the oven, not only giving you the option of having donuts any ... Read More »

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