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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 »

Push-n-Pull Tool

Push-n-Pull Tool in action

Imagine this: you’re baking a pair of 8-inch round cakes, intending to make a layer cake once they have baked and cooled. The cakes are in the oven cooking away and you notice that they are browning unevenly. You open the oven, reach inside to adjust the pans and after moving the first pan, jump back with a yelp because you accidentally touched the¬†wall of ... Read More »

Make your own cookie cutters

Make your own cookie cutters

It’s not hard to find cookie cutters in just about any shape you might want to bake a cookie in. All you need to do is Google around until you find a webstore that carries your design of choice – and there are thousands out there. Now, if you want to head out to the store and pick up an unusual cookie cutter, or are ... Read More »

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