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Macarons, Sprinkles and the Swatch Pastry Chef Collection

Swatch Pastry Chef Collection: Macaron Watch

I have a lot of timers in my kitchen. They keep me on schedule and prevent me from forgetting to check my baked goods at the appropriate time. I have oven timers, microwave timers, cell phone timers and, of course, my watch. A watch is both a tool and a fashion accessory – and I have never seen watches that are more appropriate for bakers ... Read More »

Wilton Spoon Cookie Pan

Wilton Spoon Cookie Pan

Dipping a freshly baked cookie in a glass of milk, or into a mug of coffee or tea is one of life’s little pleasures. You might want to pair chocolate chip cookies with milk and save the biscotti for tea, but there is no wrong way to mix and match cookies with beverages. The hardest part about such a pairing is often getting the cookie ... Read More »

What are cake strips?

Cake Strips

There are many problems that you can run into when you are baking cakes. The cakes could turn out to be overdone around the edges or excessively domed, requiring a lot of trimming to get them down to layer-cake proportions. Some cake “problems” are simply the result of a recipe that isn’t the right fit for your project (some cakes dome more than others, for ... Read More »

Nordic Ware Filled Delights Baking Pan

Nordic Ware Filled Delights Baking Pan

One of the easiest desserts you can make during the summer is to pile whipped cream and fresh berries on top of a piece of cake. Store bought cake is always an option, and both bakeries and grocery stores make it easy for you by selling cakes with a depression on top that is just waiting to be filled with berries. These little cakes are ... Read More »

Nordic Ware Ruffled Medallion Cakelet Pan

Ruffled Pan

Miniature or single serving cakes can be baked in a few different types of pans, and the two most common are mini bundt pans and muffin pans. These two types of pans both have their advantages – muffins are small and it is easy to find a wrapper to use to line the pan, while mini bundts have a much more fun shape – and ... Read More »

Zoku Ice Cream Bowl

Zoku Ice Cream Maker

The Zoku Quick Pop Maker is a neat gadget that allows you to make popsicles in minutes, rather than hours. You do need to freeze the base in advance, but you can enjoy popsicles almost immediately when you get a craving. The Zoku Ice Cream Bowl is an new innovation from the same company that allows you to make ice cream just as quickly as those ... Read More »

Wilton Spray-N-Seal Crumb Sealing Spray

Spray n' Seal

When you are making a layer cake, one of the most important steps in decorating it is applying a crumb coat. The crumb coat is a very thin layer of icing that you cover the entire cake with, and the purpose is to contain any crumbs that might have come loose as a result of leveling the cake layers or might otherwise be sitting on ... Read More »

Nordic Ware Pinata Cake Pan

Nordic Ware Pinata Cake Pan

A pinata cake is a cake that has a surprise inside, just like the pinatas that you might find hanging up at a kids birthday party. The cakes are constructed to have a hollow space in the center and that space is filled with sprinkles, candies or chocolates, which come spilling out when the cake is sliced. It’s a fantastic effect to show off at ... Read More »

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