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Fun da-Middles, reviewed

FUN da-Middles from Betty Crocker

Filled cupcakes are probably my favorite kind of cupcake. Whether they’re Devil’s Food filled with vanilla cream, Red Velvet filled with cream cheese or Lemon Cupcakes filled with homemade lemon curd, I like them all because the filling adds more moisture and more flavor to a cupcake. I often make my own filled cupcakes, using an easy method where a small portion of the cake ... Read More »

Nordic Ware Tiered Cakelet Pan, reviewed

Tiered Cakelet Pan

Multi layer tiered cakes are a feast for the eyes, as well as for the stomach, and I suspect that the number of cake decorating shows on tv has only made them more popular. Elaborate cakes were once only seen at weddings, but now they’re making appearances at birthdays and other special occasions, as well. The downside of these cakes is that they are time ... Read More »

Wilton Doughnut Twist Pan, reviewed

Doughnut Twist Pan

Donut and mini donut pans are a fun piece of bakeware to have in the kitchen. Baked donuts tend to be lower in fat than their deep fried counterparts, and they’re even easier to make. Wilton introduced a Doughnut Twist Pan a few months ago that bakes twist-shaped donuts (also called crullers at many donut shops, even though they’re not made the same way as ... Read More »

Cuisinart Supreme Ice Cream Maker, reviewed

Cuisinart Supreme Ice Cream Maker

Ice cream is easy to make at home with the help of an ice cream maker. Many models are small and quite inexpensive, making them a good investment if you’re planning to make ice cream on a regular basis. I had a small Cuisinart machine that I used regularly for a number of years with great success. Like many at-home machines, that model came with ... Read More »

Reynolds StayBrite Baking Cups, reviewed

Coffee Cake Muffins

Most muffin and cupcake wrappers are designed to keep your baked goods from sticking to the pan, making them easy to remove and easy to pick up and eat. The design options when it came to these wrappers used to be very limited. These days, you can really get creative with your cupcakes just by using a variety of multi-colored or unusually patterned cupcakes. The ... Read More »

Gold Medal Imitation Vanilla, reviewed

Gold Medal Imitation Vanilla Extract

I use real vanilla extract and real vanilla beans when I’m baking – and I generally use a lot, because not only do I love the flavor of vanilla, but I love how it interacts with other flavors. A couple of years ago, an issue of Cook’s Illustrated (March 2009) conducted a taste test of vanilla extract and found that imitation vanilla can be just ... Read More »

Norpro Silicone Ice Pop Molds, reviewed

Homemade Push Pops

There are many fun and interesting popsicle molds out there that you can use to make homemade popsicles or fudgsicles at home. There aren’t too many like these Norpro Silicone Ice Pop Molds, however, and that is what originally attracted me to them. These silicone sleeves don’t require any popsicle sticks. Instead, you simply fill up the silicone tube with your popsicle mixture (or plain ... Read More »

Consumer Reports rates brownie mixes

Homemade brownies are unquestionably delicious, but box mix brownies are a standby for even avid at-home bakers (and chefs on reality TV shows who are scared of baking) because they are reliable, take seconds to mix and generally turn out a finished product that will satisfy any chocolate craving. I generally like box mix brownies better than box cake mixes, and I know that I’m ... Read More »

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