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Wilton Heart Whoopie Pie Pan

Heart Whoopie Pie Pan

Cake-like, cream-filled whoopie pies are enjoying a huge surge of popularity right now as a retro treat at bakeries and restaurants. They’re easy to make at home, too, and while they’re usually just made free-form on a baking sheet (much like regular cookies), some cake pan manufacturers are now coming out with whoopie pie pans to speed the process along and help to give home ... Read More »

Beyond Gourmet Unbleached Baking Cups, reviewed

Unbleached baking cups

I have an extensive collection of baking cups and have a wide variety of sizes and colors that I choose from each time I bake. For holidays, it is usually easy to choose a themed cupcake wrapper, but for everyday baking, it can be nice to use something a little more understated, especially for baking a batch of simple bran muffins that doesn’t cry out ... Read More »

NordicWare Filled Cupcakes Pan

Filled Cupcakes Pan

Cream filled cupcakes are not difficult to make. All you need to do is hollow out the core of a baked cupcake using a paring knife or a cupcake corer and pipe in your filling. If you would rather have the pan do the work for you, than Nordicware’s Filled Cupcakes Pan might just be the perfect pan to add to your collection. This pan ... Read More »

Cook’s Country Rates Muffin Tins

Muffin Pans

At Cook’s Country, there are several features that they they look for in muffin tins and two are non-negotiable. They want muffin tins that have a nonstick coating for easy releases and easy cleanup, and they prefer tins that have handles or extended edges that make them easy to grab with pot holders on. In their most recent issue (Feb/Mar 2011), they rounded up a ... Read More »

What do the portion scoop sizes mean?

Portion Scoop

To get uniform cookie dough balls, you can either eyeball the dough and try to create mounds of equal size that will hopefully bake into cookies of equal size, or you can use a portion scoop to ensure that they are all measured out exactly the same. While it is possible to be extremely accurate when “eyeballing it,” it is more reliable to use a ... Read More »

Wilton Heart Cookie Pan

6 Cavity Non-Stick Heart Cookie Pan

Valentine’s Day is just and excuse to do lots of heart-shaped baking, but sometimes it’s nice to have the excuse because there are some great heart-shaped baking pieces out there to play with. One of them is Wilton’s Heart Cookie Pan. This nonstick pan has six shallow indentations for easily baking shaped cookies – no rolling or cookie cutters required. The designs look a lot ... Read More »

Boomerang Wok

boomerang wok

When you watch cooking shows on TV or see chefs working in the kitchen, you will probably notice that they have a few more trick up their sleeves than the average home cook. While many skills can be developed through practice, like better knife skills, some just look so easy that it’s impossible to resist giving them a try right off the bat. One of ... Read More »

Nordic Ware Bundt Cake Keeper

Bundt Cake Keeper

I usually recommend cake carriers as great places to store cakes of all kinds because they provide an airtight environment that will help keep your cake fresher and they make it easy to transport a cake. But we don’t always share our cakes and often bake them just for keeping around the kitchen, not just for taking out to dinner parties and family gatherings, and ... Read More »

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