Category Archives: Gear and Gadgets

Virtual baking with Cake Mania

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Reading a food blog about cakes and baking could be deemed “virtual baking,” but even though you can often see the process from start to finish, it’s a pretty passive experience. To get your virtual hands a little dirtier, you might want to check out a game called Cake Mania. It’s a computer game (now available for Nintendo DS) where you run your own virtual ... Read More »

Silicone or metal whisks?

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There has been a definite upswing in the number of silicone products in the kitchenware department of most stores. Some of the products, like spatulas, basting brushes and pot holders, work wonderfully. Others don’t. Silicone bakeware, for example, continues to pop up in new shapes and sizes despite the fact that it never performs as well in comparison tests with more traditional (metal, glass, pyrex, etc.) bakeware. One silicone ... Read More »

USB cup warmer and cooler

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 The more time you spend in front of your computer each day, the more likely you are to have a drink by the side of your keyboard. It may not be the greatest idea to keep a latte, Diet Coke or glass of water next to such an important piece of equipment, but unless you’re really accident-prone, spills are (thankfully) few and far between. Generally speaking, a much greater concern is ... Read More »

Beehive Bundt

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 Bakeware manufacturers are getting more and more creative with their pan designs, which means that we have many more options for cake design – even if our cake-decorating skills are a bit rudimentary. The trend at the moment is to design cakes that are baked in two pieces and are then “glued” together with an edible frosting or syrup, resulting in a beautiful, shaped cake with next-to-no work ... Read More »

I dream of cupcakes blanket

Eating in bed isn’t the best idea because of the potential for getting crumbs all over the sheets before you sleep in them, so instead of taking actual cupcakes to bed with you, the sew-on cupcakes of the I dream of cupcakes blanket from Uncommon Goods are a better choice. The delightful little pink-frosted cakes are the focal point – helping you to “dream of cupcakes,” as the blanket’s ... Read More »

A few holiday gift ideas

I’ve been working on a lot of gift lists to suit various themes, but I still feel like I haven’t hit upon some of the best gifts that are out there. So, I’ve decided to make up a little list for fans of bakingsheet that has some of the best gifts that I can think of. These are all things that I have, have used, ... Read More »

A new toy: Shun Santoku Knife

I have a lot of knives. From no-name knives I’ve had forever to Henkels and Global knives, mine run the gamut from inexpensive to premium. But I think it’s safe to say that I like my newest knife, a 6 1/2 inch Shun Santoku, the best. I love everything about it, from the look, to the feel, to the impossibly sharp blade. Knives are a ... Read More »

Rocky Road Brownies and Baker’s Edge

Ever since I saw the s’mores brownies in an issue of Cook’s Country last year, I wanted to try them. Unfortunately, not only did I completely forget about them, but when I finally got around to trying the recipe, I didn’t have any graham crackers to make the crust with. Rather than make my own grahams, I decided to go a different route by making ... Read More »

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