Category Archives: Gear and Gadgets

Push-n-Print Valentine Cookie Hearts

Cookie stamps are great little tools, giving all kinds of plain cookies – especially butter cookies or shortbread – a lot of dimension. They also save you a lot of time when it comes to decorating cookies, since all the work is done for you before the cookies get into the oven and you don’t really need to bother with frosting or sprinkles to still ... Read More »

Knife Hook

knife hook

Every cook has a time when he or she has just been boiling – and I’m not talking about water. I’m talking about the times when your brownies have overcooked, your veggies just won’t turn out quite right and your roast won’t hit its mark on the meat thermometer even after an extra hour in the oven, on top of which your microwave won’t work, ... Read More »

Sweethearts Cake Pan

Sweethearts Cake Pan

There are two things that jump to mind when someone mentions a filled cake. One is a simple layer cake, sliced in half and filled with jam or buttercream. The other is a molten center cake – always a Valentine’s Day favorite – that is a chocolate cake with a chocolate truffle center, which melts as the cake bakes and leaves you with a rich ... Read More »

Getting a clean cake slice

flexible cake spatula

After mentioning the bake-in pie spatula, I began to wonder if there was an equivalent product for cakes, and if there wasn’t, why not. The first slice of a cake is at least as difficult to get out of the pan as the first slice of a pie, especially for homemade cakes, which are often frosted and served straight from the pan. It’s hard to ... Read More »

Fill n’ Stack Pancakes

Be still my heart. Williams Sonoma is offering up a pancake mold that does more than just help control the spread of pancake batter. The Fill n’ Stack Pancake mold actually allows you to take breakfast to a whole new level of design by creating a tower of pancakes with a ready-to-fill well in the center that can be a jumping off point for hundreds ... Read More »

Flower Basket Cake Pan

Flower Basket Cake Pan

The only thing lovelier than a beautiful bouquet of flowers is a beautiful bouquet of edible flowers, or at least, it certainly is to some people. This is why products like chocolate roses and Edible Arrangements have taken off in recent years. For a baker, the same concept can be realized with this Flower Basket Cake Pan. The ring-shaped pan has large cupcake-type depressions, each ... Read More »

Pizza stone kits tested

Villaware Pizza stone set

When it comes to baking pizzas at home, a baking stone is crucial for getting a great crust. The stone draws moisture out of the pizza dough as the crust bakes, preventing steam from getting trapped beneath the crust and causing your pizza to get soggy (or, at least, not entirely crisp). Even top-quality baking pans don’t give you the same effect, so it’s worth ... Read More »

Crown Heart Cupcake Pan

heart crown cupcake pan

Cupcakes are so cute in their natural state that it almost seems unnecessary to try and cute them up any more. Note that I said almost. This Crown Heart Cupcake Pan from Williams Sonoma does a fine job at doing just that. The muffin pan has heart-shaped depressions around the top of each cup, which allow the batter to spread into them as the cake ... Read More »

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