Category Archives: Sweet Stuff

Baking Bites for Craftsy: Homemade Pop Tarts

Baking Bites for Craftsy: DIY Pop Tarts

Pop tarts were a favorite on-the go breakfast item when I was a kid. I didn’t have them all that often, so the jam-filled pastries were always a treat. They’re also one of those foods that don’t taste quite as good as I remember them tasting when I eat them now. Fortunately, it is possible to make a very similar  breakfast pastry, from scratch, using ... Read More »

Baking Bites for Craftsy: Semi-Naked Cake Frosting Techinque

DIY Semi-Naked Cake

As someone who enjoys low-maintenance cake decorating, naked cakes are one of my favorite styles of cake to make. Naked cakes are layer cakes that have frosting between the layers, but not on the sides of the cake. They give you a nice cake-to-frosting ratio and are very on-trend right now. But they have a very casual look to them that you might not want ... Read More »

Baking Bites for Craftsy: All-Purpose Vanilla Cupcakes

Baking Bites for Craftsy: All-Purpose Vanilla Cupcakes

Vanilla cupcakes are one of my favorite go-to recipes. They’re easy to make and they appeal to just about everyone. They can be topped off with any flavor of frosting – which means that it isn’t difficult to get chocolate-lovers to go for them – and they can even be eaten completely plain by those who don’t have much of a sweet tooth. There are ... Read More »

Girl Scouts Add No New Cookies to 2016 Lineup

Girl Scouts Add Three New Flavors to 2016 Lineup

Girl Scout Cookie season is something that many of us cookie-lovers look forward to every year and it starts right after the holidays, with the first cookie sales getting underway in mid-January. The Girl Scouts mix up their cookie line up and add new cookies that offer regular customers something a little different almost every year. In the past, the Girl Scouts have added low ... Read More »

Baking Bites’ Top 10 Recipes of 2015

10 New Baking Bites Recipes of 2015

This year was a big year here at Baking Bites, with over 160 new recipes posted over the course of the past 12 months! You better get your ovens fired up now because I suspect that 2016 will yield at least as many new recipes, as well as the continuing story of my new kitchen renovation. Looking back over the year, it seems fitting to ... Read More »

Baking Bites for Craftsy: Classic Eggnog Pound Cake

Baking Bites for Craftsy: Classic Eggnog Pound Cake

A very traditional pound cake is made with a pound each of butter, flour, sugar and eggs – and not much else. This combination will make a dense, rich cake, but a very plain one. These four ingredients are a great starting point building a cake with a lot of flavor, though, as they are great building blocks for all kinds of different desserts. I’m ... Read More »

Baking Bites for Craftsy: Peppermint Whoopie Pies

Peppermint Whoopie Pies

Peppermint hot chocolate is one of my favorite holiday drinks and I love taking those flavors and transforming them into other holiday treats. While I love a mug of hot chocolate, it simply isn’t quite as convenient to take to a holiday party as a bundt cake or a plate of cookies. These Chocolate Peppermint Whoopie Pies perfectly capture both the chocolate and peppermint elements ... Read More »

Baking Bites for Craftsy: DIY Vanilla Extract

Baking Bites for Craftsy: DIY Vanilla Extract

I go through a lot of vanilla extract in my kitchen and, while I do have a favorite brand, it isn’t the only brand that I use. In fact, sometimes the vanilla extract that I use is Baking Bites brand – meaning that I make it myself at home! Vanilla extract is made by extracting the vanilla flavor, produced by a compound called vanillin, from ... Read More »

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