Category Archives: Sweet Stuff

What is buttercream?

Chocolate Chip Layer Cake with Chocolate Chip Buttercream

You can top a cake with whipped cream or glaze it with ganache, but the most popular way to finish off a cake is with a layer of buttercream frosting. Buttercream is a sweet frosting that is rich with butter and has a silky texture that melts against your tongue when you bite into it. There are several types of buttercream and some are far ... Read More »

Girl Scouts to Limit Palm Oil Use in Cookies

Several months ago, two Girl Scouts started a campaign to encourage the Girl Scout organization to remove palm oil from their cookies. Rhiannon Tomtishen and Madison Vorva were working on a project to raise awareness of endangered orangutans and discovered that part of the reason that their habitat was being destroyed was to make way for  palm oil plantations. Palm oil is a popular fat ... Read More »

Dark Brown vs Light Brown Sugar in Baking

Brown sugars

Brown sugar is white sugar that has had a small amount of molasses added to it. The molasses gives it a richer, deeper flavor than white sugar and also makes the sugar very moist. Dark brown sugar has a very strong molasses flavor, while light brown sugar is a little drier and has a much milder flavor. The two most common brown sugars are light ... Read More »

Enjoy Life Semisweet Chocolate Mega Chunks, reviewed

Enjoy Life Chocolate Chunks

You’re probably used to seeing the same types of chocolate chips in markets over and over, so when I saw the bright white packaging of Enjoy Life Semisweet Chocolate Mega Chunks, it caught my eye and I picked one up to try. Enjoy Life products are made without the eight most common food allergens – wheat, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, egg, soy, fish and shellfish ... Read More »

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 »

What is confectioners’ sugar?

Powdered sugar

Confectioners’ sugar, also known as powdered sugar or icing sugar, is a ultra fine sugar with a smooth and powdery consistency. Confectioners’ sugar is available in several degrees of fineness, from XX to 10X, and the finest is 10X. 10X is type that you are most likely to see in the market or baking supply store because it is the most widely available and the ... Read More »

How to make ice cream with dry ice

Dry Ice Ice Cream

Homemade ice cream is a wonderful treat, but you really do need an ice cream maker for the best and most consistent results. There are many affordable ice cream makers out there (and plenty of more expensive ones!) that will pay for themselves if you make ice cream yourself regularly. If you don’t make ice cream on a regular basis, however, you probably don’t want ... Read More »

What is fruit butter?

Fruit butter is a very thick, smooth fruit puree. It is made by slowly cooking fresh fruit with sugar until the fruit is so tender that it can easily be made into a puree. There is no butter in the recipe, and the name comes from the fact that puree has a smooth, silky texture to it. In terms of flavor, fruit butters have a ... Read More »

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