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Trader Joe’s Elegant Cocoa Pearls, reviewed

Trader Joe's Cocoa Pearls

Trader Joe’s frequently rotates their inventory, dropping products that aren’t particularly popular with consumers and replacing them with new and different things. Lately, their baking line has been getting a little bit bigger and one of the newest introductions is Baker Josef’s Elegant Cocoa Pearls. These tiny cocoa and off white pearls are small sprinkles that are intended to give home bakers a natural option ... Read More »

Mich Turner’s Cake Masterclass

Mich Turner's Cake Masterclass

Cake decorating is an art form that is slightly more difficult to master than the televised cake-decorating competitions make it seem. Leveling cakes perfectly, getting a flawless layer of fondant and making a realistic looking rose out of sugar or icing are techniques that take more than a little bit of practice. The best way to learn the art of cake decorating is with a ... Read More »

How shaped cake pans are made

Shaped Cake PAns

Standard cake pans are usually round or square, and they are used for all kinds of cakes, cookies and other desserts. If you’re going to have just one pan, it’s a good idea to have one of a standard size because it gives you the most versatility. But the standard pans aren’t the one ones on the market. There are specialty pans in every theme ... Read More »

How to cover a cake in fondant

Smoothing fondant

Covering a cake with fondant can seem intimidating if you’ve never tried it. It’s the same way that frosting a layer cake can seem intimidating if you’ve only ever spread frosting on top of a sheet cake that is still in the pan it was baked in. But just like getting past that first layer cake, covering a cake with fondant isn’t as difficult a ... Read More »

Duff Goldman Cake Decorating Products

Duff Cakes

It’s hard not to be inspired to bake when you’re watching a show like Ace of Cakes on the Food Network, where Duff Goldman and his team create edible works of art out of little more than cake, frosting and fondant. Duff now has a whole line of cake decorating equipment, from box cake mixes to texture tiles that give fondant a finished look, out ... Read More »

How to make Coconut Grass

Coconut Grass

Coconut grass seems to be a key decorating element of Easter desserts, or desserts for any spring holiday. It’s easy to see why, since its color can really add a splash of brightness to a display, and it is a lot more appropriate (and versatile) for accenting food than the plastic Easter grass you can buy for filling up Easter baskets. Coconut grass is nothing ... Read More »

Baking Bites 2nd Annual Holiday Cupcake Contest!

It’s that time of year again – time for holiday treats, Christmas cookies, big retail sales and jingle bell-centric music. It’s also time for Baking Bites 2nd Annual Holiday Cupcake Contest! I kicked off this contest last year and enjoyed seeing everyone’s creative holiday entries so much that I’ve decided to make it a tradition. All you have to do to enter the contest is ... Read More »

What is a crumb coat?

Crumb coat being applied

A  crumb coat is a term that comes up fairly often for those of us who like to bake cakes, but it is not often well defined in recipes. Sometimes, it isn’t mentioned at all, although anyone who has ever tried to frost a cake and ended up with lots of crumbs stuck in the frosting would certainly find that knowing how to apply a ... Read More »

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