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Fall Cookie Stamps

Drop cookies are probably more popular than cutout cookies, if for no other reason than they are easier to make. It’s not that cutout cookies are difficult, they just involve a longer prep time while you wait for the dough to chill, roll out the dough and finally cut your shapes out. Using cookie cutters to slice up the dough is the most time-consuming part ... Read More »

Peace of Cake Pan

Filled cake pans have never really jumped out at me. The designs that feature bowl-like shapes, or hollowed out interiors, always looked like things I could reproduce myself with a spoon, or perhaps with a knife. The Peace of Cake pan caught my eye with its very cute name and the design really grew on me the more I looked at it. The pan is ... Read More »

Cake Stand with Nonslip Pad

Cake Stand with Nonslip Pad

Cake stands can be slippery. This isn’t a bad thing when you only use cake stands for serving, but when a cake stand is used as a cake decorating table, it can make putting the frosting on very difficult since the cake might move around a bit. Obviously, it wouldn’t be a good thing if the cake slid right off the stand, either. The traditional ... Read More »

Illusion Dessert Bowls

Illusion Dessert Bowls

It really is true that we “taste with our eyes” to some extent when a plate of food is set in front of us. Appearance alone doesn’t trump taste, but it can really help elevate a dessert from being very tasty to being unforgettable. In other words, I’m happy to eat a brownie that has crumbled into bits after I tried (unsuccessfully) to remove it ... Read More »

Pumpkin Patch Pan

Pumpkin Patch Pan

It must be fall when a new generation of pumpkin shaped pans hits the shelves at kitchen and home stores. These pans always have a special appeal for me because there are so many pumpkin breads and pumpkin cakes out there that need absolutely no frosting to be delicious. This means that the pumpkin shapes of the pans usually have more impact than those of ... Read More »

Reynolds Fun Shapes Baking Cups

Reynolds Fun Shapes Baking Cups

Reynolds Fun Shapes Bakware are a line of small, shaped pans sold as disposable bakeware by Reynolds. I would venture to say that the little aluminum pans are a variation on traditional paper muffin cups, rather than a completely new concept in bakeware. No matter what you call them, however, a really versatile product. The pans come in star and heart shapes, as well as ... Read More »

Funnel Pitchers

Funnel Pitcher

Getting batter from the bowl to the baking pan is not always an easy task. Thicker batters, or doughs with a thick consistency, are actually pretty easy to handle at this stage. Cookie dough can be scooped and shaped with relative ease before being plopped onto a pan. Muffin and cake batters, on the other hand, can make quite a mess when you try to ... Read More »

Bear Silicone Baking Cups

Bear Silicone Baking Cups

While I will always have a preference for paper baking cups over silicone cups – or even for just greasing the tin directly – when I am baking muffins or cupcakes, I have to give the makers of the silicone products credit for coming up with some really cute ideas that paper cups just can’t recreate. One good example of this are the Witch Feet ... Read More »

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