Category Archives: Sweet Stuff

The frosting or the cake?

Red Velvet Cupcakes

When it comes to cakes and cupcakes, which is more important: the frosting or the cake? Recently, a friend and I were comparing notes on some cupcake bakeries that we had tried. She mentioned how excited she was when she heard that a cupcake bakery was opening in her [previously cupcake-less] area and how she had rushed out to try them over the weekend. Unfortunately, ... Read More »

Make your own pizza cake

I always get a kick out of food that looks like one thing, but is really another. I’m not talking about soy “meat” that bears a vague resemblance to chicken (since a lot of it always looks kind of like chicken regardless of what flavor it’s supposed to be). I’m talking about sweet desserts that are disguised as savory dishes. Dessert pizza is not a ... Read More »

Corn syrup vs. golden syrup

Corn syrup is a syrupy sweetener that is made through the production of cornstarch. In fact, when it was first introduced to the public over 100 years ago, it was often sold as a health food because it originally came from corn. The sweetener is primarily glucose and has a very mild flavor. It inhibits crystallization and, as a result, is very useful in the ... Read More »

What are cacao nibs?

cacao nibs

Dark chocolate bar with cacao nibs. Milk chocolate bar with cacao nibs. Chocolate covered cacao nibs. Cacao nibs are turning up in more and more places, but with little explanation as to what they are because they are almost always an add-in to some other product. Cacao nibs are basically raw chocolate, pieces of cacao beans that have been roasted, hulled and prepped to the ... Read More »

Starbucks Mocha Dark Chocolate, reviewed

Starbucks Mocha Dark Chocolate

It’s been a couple of months now since Starbucks released their chocolate line – the line that is sold in non-Starbucks stores, like Target – and I’ve been wanting to try several of the options since I first spotted them. The chocolates are a result between the collaboration of Hershey’s and Starbucks, and after reading good things about them on Candyblog, I was even more ... Read More »

Dove Silky Smooth Milk and Dark Chocolates, reviewed

Dove Silky Smooth Milk and Dark Chocolates

For some, there are two kinds of chocolate: those for eating and those for baking. In my kitchen, the two tend to be one and the same. I’ve used chocolate bars like these Dove Silky Smooth Milk and Dark Chocolate Bars in baking before and have had great results. I tend to use bigger bars than these for things like chocolate chunk cookies, but for ... Read More »

How to pour honey and other sticky things

Pouring honey

Honey, molasses, maple syrup, agave syrup and other similarly thick, sticky and sweet liquids can be great to bake with. They all add moisture and lots of subtle flavors to a baked good, moreso than you can get with sugar alone. Unfortunately, they’re not all that easy to work with because it’s hard to measure them – or more accurately, it’s hard to get the ... Read More »

Troubleshooting homemade ice cream

Vanilla Gelato, churning

Making homemade ice creams and frozen yogurts is fun, but even when you have a good quality ice cream maker, there can be some difficulties with the process. The top two concerns that people have are (1) the ice cream is too soft and (2) the ice cream is too hard. Ice cream made in a machine designed for home use often doesn’t freeze ice ... Read More »

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