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“Will You Measure Me?” Ring Spoons

Diamond Ring Measuring Spoons

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend and these diamond ring measuring spoons are a baking girl’s best friend – or, at least, a more affordable way to bring a few new diamonds into your life. The spoon set is actually called Will You Measure Me and they do make a cute gift if you want to propose to someone special that you want to do ... Read More »

Cook’s Illustrated rates Food Processors

Food Processors

Food processors are an undervalued kitchen appliance, something that many of us think of as a tool for little more than chopping. They can actually be used for everything from making homemade peanut butter to whipping up cake batter and even kneading pizza dough. Cook’s Illustrated tested seven models in a recent issue to see which were up to the task and which didn’t make ... Read More »

Nordic Ware Funny Face Treat Pan

Funny Face Pan

Once in a while, I spot a pan that really makes me smile and Nordic Ware’s Funny Face Treat Pan is one of them. This pan bakes 12 muffin top-sized treats and prints a variety of funny faces and cute phrases onto them. It’s almost like getting conversation hearts in the form of baked goods! The pan can be used to bake cookies, brownies, cakes, ... Read More »

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 »

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