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How to make your own colored sugars

red sugar

While I enjoy icing cookies by hand, drawing little designs and other decorations (especially for gingerbread cookies), I always use a fair amount of colored sanding sugar around the holidays. Colored sugars are perfect for finishing off sugar cookies and butter cookies, giving them a fun and festive look for the holidays. In fact, it has always been a bit of a tradition for my ... Read More »

Baking breads with softer crusts

Do you prefer bread with a really crackly, crispy crust or bread with a soft and tender crust? The more bread I bake, the more I find that people fall into one of these two categories with their preferences and, while they may enjoy other breads, they ultimately want the one with their crust of choice.  As people start to bake their own breads, the ... Read More »

Can I use salted butter for baking?

One question I get asked all the time is whether it is acceptable to use salted butter in baking, since most recipes either don’t specify salted or unsalted, or explicitly recommended unsalted butter. The simple answer is that yes, it is fine to use salted butter in baking. That being said, there is a reason that bakers – myself included – and just about all ... Read More »

Giant Hostess Cupcake, step-by-step

giant hostess cupcake, innards

I’ve mentioned before that I’m a fan of the Pimp That Snack website, where people submit their supersized versions of conventionally smaller snack foods, so when a good friend of mine asked me if I could rework my Devil’s Food Cupcakes with Vanilla Cream Filling into a giant Hostess cupcake lookalike, I didn’t hesitate before agreeing to give it a shot. The result is the cake ... Read More »

How to make filled cupcakes, step-by-step

cupcake, filled

“Filling in the cupcake” should be an expression in the same vein as “icing on the cake.” Both are added bonuses that you don’t need, but can take a treat to the next level. Icing is a bit more common than filling and since it may not be something you do every time you bake, I put together this photo tutorial to give you an ... Read More »

How to prevent a cake from sticking

foil wrapped cake

A common problem that bakers encounter is having a cake, or other baked good, stick to the bottom of the pan when they try to remove it. Even greasing the pan isn’t guaranteed to work 100% of the time. Sometimes, the high sugar content of the food you’re baking, such as brownies, leads to a high amount of caramelization – and therefore stickiness – along ... Read More »

Make your own cake stand

homemade cake stand

I almost always use a cake stand for presentation, or rely on a cake carrier if I am traveling with my cakes. Even though I have a few ways to showcase cakes already, I love the idea that I could create a stand for any size or shape of cake that I might need – not to mention that I could dress it up in a ... Read More »

How to keep brown sugar soft

sugar discs

Brown sugar can be a bit problematic because, when left unattended, the moist sugar can quickly transform into a rock-like state. This happens because the sugar dries out and the molasses used to keep it brown (most brown sugars are white sugars, with molasses added back) hardens and sticks it together like glue. There are several ways to avoid this problem. The easiest is by storing the ... Read More »

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