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Safari Cupcake Wrappers

Safari Cupcake Wrappers

Grocery stores, as a general rule, have a very limited supply of cupcake wrappers to choose from. Plain white, silver and an assortment of pastel pinks, yellows and blues are the standards. They serve their purpose, but when you spend the time baking cupcakes from scratch and decorating them by hand, you want your wrapper to look just as good as the cake inside of ... Read More »

Wilton Football and Helmet Pans

Wilton Football and Helmet Pans

While I really like Nordicware’s Stadium Pan for its great design and versatility for celebrating sporting events of all kinds, it’s not the best pan to pick up if you really want to show support for your favorite team. It is a bit difficult to decorate in your team colors, for instance (and looks so good plain that you never really need frosting anyway). To ... Read More »

Collapsible Cupcake & Cake Carrier

As much as I love my cupcake carrier, there is one thing about it that I don’t like. It is very large and it takes up a lot of storage space when I’m not using it. This is true of all of my cake carriers, too, but because the cupcake carrier has more than one rack inside for stacking cupcakes, it’s not easy to stack ... Read More »

Norpro Heart-Sicle Pan

Cakesicles are popsicle-shaped cakes that bake in a unique pan and, when finished, can be skewered with popsicle sticks to give the cakes (or cookies) you bake with the pan a fun look. Norpro’s Heart-Sicle Pan offers another variation on this unique type of cake. This nonstick pan features heart-shaped molds that are a similar size to the popsicle molds, and the cakes baked in ... Read More »

Whoopie Pie Pan

The most difficult thing about making sandwich cookies, whether you’re making an Oreo-type sandwich with crispy cookies or a whoopie pie with cake-like cookies, if getting all the cookies to be about the same size and shape. When they’re not, your sandwiches will look less than perfect, and you’ll often end up with a cookie leftover that just doesn’t fit well with anything else. My ... Read More »

Mini Cupcake Maker

Mini Cupcake Maker

If you had an Easy Bake Oven growing up and liked it for the fun of baking small batches of miniature dessets, but are now a little bit too old to appreciate the unique flave and texture of the teeny cake mixes that come with such a gadget (or are looking for something a little hotter than a lightbulb to do the baking), you might ... Read More »

Wilton Valentine Cookie Pan

Wilton Valentine Cookie Pan

Cookie pans seem to be getting more and more popular as time goes by. The pans allow you to stamp cookies with different designs and bake cookie dough into different shapes without picking up a single cookie cutter or rolling in. They’re reminiscent of shallow cupcake pans, with designs in the bottom of each cup. Cookie dough is dropped into the molds and bakes in ... Read More »

Nutmeg Mill

Nutmeg grater

Spices are at their best when they are fresh. I find that this is especially true of nutmeg, a spice that is often called for in baking in only small amounts. Its delicate, peppery flavor begins to dissipate shortly after it has been grated and you won’t get the same result with previously ground nutmeg. Whole nutmegs are easy to find in most grocery and ... Read More »

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