Category Archives: Sweet Stuff

Creative cake for a bbq

hot dog cake

When I first saw a picture of this undeniably creative hot dog cake, my first reaction was that it would be great to take to a barbecue or other cookout where real hot dogs are already on the menu. The cake is made by sculpting a pound cake into a hamburger bun shape and laying a generously frosted cake hot dog in the middle of it, ... Read More »

Deep Fried Cookie Dough wins fair food contest

All fair foods get their start in one of two ways: as an idea floating in the back of someone’s mind or when someone accidentally drops something unusual in their deep fryer. The The entries this time around included seven deep fried treats: Deep Fried Latte Fried pastry topped with cappuccino ice cream, caramel sauce, whipped cream and instant coffee powder. Fried Cookie Dough Cookie ... Read More »

Car-Baked Chocolate Chip Cookies, step by step

Last week, I drew up some guidelines to follow if you wanted to try baking cookies in your car. This past weekend, since the temperatures were well over 100F out here, I decided to give the technique a try myself. I parked my car in full sunlight in the middle of the day, sliced up some cookie dough and started to bake. I previously noted ... Read More »

Get grilling for Labor Day

Labor Day weekend might be considered to be the end of the summer holiday season, but it sure doesn’t feel like summer is ready to go. In my neck of the woods, for example, the highs have been in the triple digits for over a week now and the nights haven’t offered much relief. I am lucky enough to have a cool kitchen with good ... Read More »

Consumer Reports tests non-sugar sweeteners

The new October issue of Consumer Reports has all the details on a test that the magazine did of non-sugar sweeteners in baked goods, like cookies and cakes. Their test focused on low or reduced-calorie artificial sweeteners, and included Domino Pure D’Lite Sugar Blend, Splenda Sugar Blend for Baking, Splenda Brown Sugar Blend, Equal Granular and Estee Fructose. Fructose, which is the type of sugar ... Read More »

Funfetti brownie how-to

homemade funfetti brownie

In spite of the fact that the mix looked so promising, the results of my own venture into making a homemade version were not particularly exciting. The brownies were excellent, of course, but the sprinkles didn’t add the same sort of festive look that they lend to funfetti cupcakes. I mixed rainbow sprinkles into the batter of one of my best brownie recipes and discovered that ... Read More »

Funfetti brownie mix

funfetti brownie mix

I’m not necessarily one to endorse using boxed mixes instead of baking from scratch, but there are certainly some decent mixes out there to choose from. Brownie mixes tend to be consistently good, for example, and it’s not bad to have one on hand for chocolate emergencies (especially if you have kids who don’t really want to wait around while you fiddle with butter and ... Read More »

National Rum Day

I’ll always say that vanilla is my very favorite flavor, but lately I find myself reaching for Baileys, Kahlua, rum or other liqueur as flavoring when I bake. Recently, for instance, I splashed some into my coconut macaroons, the filling of my strawberry tart and soaked many, many raspberries in it. I have plans for other spiked treats – but then I always have a long ... Read More »

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