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World’s Heaviest Fruit Cake

In Romania this week, a Guinness-approved record was set for the world’s heaviest cake. Normally, being “heavy” is not a real selling point for a cake. Cakes are expected to be light and tender. Even pound cakes, which are known for their tight, dense crumb, are still expected to on the light side. The one exception to this general rule is the fruit cake. These ... Read More »

Baking Bites, baking powder and baking soda on Ask Aida

Here’s a big thank you to everyone who submitted questions to the Food Network’s Ask Aida through this site when I put out a call for them a few weeks ago. One of our questions made the finished video clip! The question is “What exactly is the difference between the effects of baking powder and baking soda?” and it was submitted by Laura. On the ... Read More »

Mother’s Cookies brand bought by Kelloggs

Hearing about the closing of the Mother’s Cake & Cookie Co. in California just a few weeks ago was devastating to fans of their excellent and unique cookies. News that their beloved Circus Animal Cookies wouldn’t be on shelves for much longer actually caused something of a rush on them in some markets. Fortunately, Kellogg’s has just purchased the Mother’s recipes and trademark to their ... Read More »

Tim Tams in the US!

Tim Tams in the US

Tim Tams are known as “Australia’s Favorite Cookie,”  and for good reason. These little cookies are nothing short of amazing. The building blocks are simple: a chocolate mousse filling is sandwiched between two chocolate wafer cookies and the whole thing is dunked in a thin layer of chocolate. It’s a fantastic combination of rich, crispy and creamy – especially when you do the Tim Tam ... Read More »

McCain’s cookies win contest

Every presidential election year, Family Circle magazine publishes two favorite cookie recipes – one from each of the new potential First Ladies – and lets readers cast their vote for their favorite. The vote isn’t to see who should end up in the White House, but whose cookies are better. This year, the contest was between Michelle Obama’s Amaretto Shortbread Cookies and Cindy McCain’s Oatmeal ... Read More »

No more Circus Animals: Mother’s Cookies closes

Childhood favorites, remembered

If you’re a fan of Mother’s Cookies’ famous pink and white-frosted circus animal cookies, now is the time to stock up. The 92-year old company has just closed its doors and stopped cookie production completely. There was virtually no warning about the company’s closure, so fans of the cookies – not to mention the employees of the company, who were supposed to get a 60-day ... Read More »

A record setting birthday cake

Lots of candles!

At your last birthday, someone made a joke about the number of candles on the cake being a fire hazard. It doesn’t matter if there are two candles or eighty two – there’s just one at every party, isn’t there? But every once in a while, even the most hackneyed joke comes close to being true. A new Guinness World Record was just set for ... Read More »

New rules take the cakes at baking competitions

Our home kitchens are not necessarily the cleanest cooking environments out there, as much as we’d like to think so. Pets might wander through, countertops aren’t necessarily sterilized, food storage might not be ideal and how often do you clean under the refrigerator? Things like this are reasons that many states won’t allow you to sell food prepared in a home kitchen; it’s an unregulated ... Read More »

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