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Peeps Cupcake Pan

Peeps Cupcake Pan

I have a little bit of a thing for Peeps. Part of the reason I like them is that the sugar-coated marshmallows are fun to eat. The other part is that they’re simply too cute to resist. Peeps were the very first thing that sprang to my mind when I spotted Wilton’s Mini Bunny Cake Pan because the shape of each cake cavity is almost identical ... Read More »

Toothpicks versus cake testers

metal cake tester from C&B

Toothpicks are the gold-standard of cake testing. Most, if not all, recipes call for them and even though there are other ways to test for doneness (for instance, lightly pressing the top of a muffin/cake to see if it springs back into place), checking to see if a toothpick inserted into the center of a baked good comes out clean is consistently reliable. But many ... Read More »

Decorative cupcake wrappers?

It’s easy to compulsively buy cute cupcake and muffin papers when you see them in the baking aisle. You go through a package with every batch or two of cupcakes you bake, so you’re never really overloaded with them, and the seasonal ones make baked goods look oh-so-festive. I use them about three-quarters of the time, as while they make the cupcakes easy to handle, sometimes I just ... Read More »

Chocolate Paddle Thermometer for Tempering Chocolate

Chocolate Paddle Thermometer

The most important thermometer you can have in your kitchen is an oven thermometer, as if your oven isn’t accurate you’re not going to get a whole lot of cooking and baking done. Following that, meat thermometers and candy thermometers are also very helpful. I use meat thermometers both for meat and for testing the internal temperature of baked bread. Candy thermometers I use for ... Read More »

Loose Leaf Tea Tumbler

Both coffee and tea are staples in my diet, with breakfast, with baked goods and with dessert. I also often take an insulated mug or thermos out with me when I’m on the go, especially on chilly mornings. This works best with coffee, as tea bags left in thermoses will easily oversteep, and loose leaf teas take extra time in their preparation. When I saw ... Read More »

A Measuring Gaggle

A Measuring Gaggle

When I buy measuring cups, I always go for something functional rather than something funky and I usually opt for sets that are on sale somewhere – largely because I have a hard time resisting kitchen stuff I like when it’s on sale. There are times when I wish I weren’t so practical, however. This is the exact feeling that struck me when I saw ... Read More »

Dessert for Two Heart Pan

I can’t resist throwing in yet another cute Valentine’s Day-appropriate bit of baking gear, and because the holiday is more-or-less about indulging your heart’s desire, I’m not going to feel too guilty about it. The Dessert for Two Heart Pan is a little pan that turns out two heart-shaped cakes that can be stacked together and served as one miniature – and romantic – layer ... Read More »

Measuring Spoons with Heart

A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down. What does a spoonful of love do? Officially – or as officially as these matters get - the answer is nothing, but just about every food is going to taste best when it is made with a little bit of love and the extra care that comes with it. Love can’t really be measured and the closest ... Read More »

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