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How to Bake with Nectarines

How to Bake with Nectarines

Nectarines are a wonderful fruit to eat and they’re a wonderful fruit to bake with. These stone fruits are in season through early fall, and they are often at their best towards the end of the growing season. Nectarines have a very sweet, floral flavor to them and a firm, yet juicy, flesh that really shines in most desserts – yet peaches tend to be ... Read More »

What is a Baked Alaska?

Black Forest Baked Alaska

A Baked Alaska is a dessert with a long – and delicious – history. It is made by topping a piece of sponge cake with a generous scoop or slab of ice cream, then covering the whole thing in a thick layer of meringue and baking it. The meringue insulates the ice cream while the dessert is browning and you end up with a delicious ... Read More »

How to Substitute for Self Rising Flour

Scooping flour

Self rising flour is an ingredient that appears in many recipes for cakes and biscuits. It is a premixed blend of baking powder, salt and flour that is handy to have in the kitchen because it allows you to bake without having to make too many separate measurements. As a recipe writer, it can also allow you to streamline recipes by bundling all those components ... Read More »

What is an Ombre Cake?

How to Frost an Ombre Cake

Ombré cakes are colorful cakes where the colors used are graduated from light to dark. Typically, this refers to the colors of the frosting on the outside of a cake, however the individual cake layers can also be colored to create a gradient. It’s a fun and easy frosting technique that anyone can learn to give your cakes a pretty and chic finish. Ombré cakes can ... Read More »

How to Make Your Own Cake Stands

How to Make Your Own Cake Stands

Cake stands are a great way to present – and accessorize – your cake when you’re ready to serve it. It can be boring to use the same cake stands all the time, though. One way to change things up is to buy a variety of cake stands. The problem with this is that your pantry space and your kitchen budget get eaten up with ... Read More »

What is the Best Frosting for Ice Cream Cake?

Ice Cream Cake with Whipped Cream Frosting

Ice cream cakes are fun to make at home because it is easy to customize them with your favorite flavors of cake and ice cream, so you’re not bound to the small handful of options that they have at the nearest ice cream shop. It isn’t difficult to stack up the layers of cake and ice cream, whether you’re making a sheet cake or a ... Read More »

Can I Substitute All Purpose Flour with Coconut Flour?

Coconut Flour

Coconut flour is a gluten free flour made from powdered dried coconut. The flour is popular for gluten free and low-carb baking, since it is low in carbohydrates and very high in fiber, and it is becoming more widely available at markets. Many gluten free “flours” – such as almond flour/meal – are easy to work with because they can be substituted for part of ... Read More »

How to Make Strawberry Sugar

How to Make Strawberry Sugar

Vanilla sugar is the most common flavored sugar, and it’s one that you’ve probably made – it’s a great way to use up spent vanilla beans – or sprinkled on top of hot or cold cereal for breakfast. I keep a big container of it in my pantry and use it to add extra vanilla flavor to cookies and quick breads, too. But vanilla sugar ... Read More »

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