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  • My Best Easter Dessert Ideas

    Cupcake Project
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:25 pm
    Just in case you’ve missed a couple of my best Easter dessert ideas, I have put them all in one place.  I hope that everyone who is celebrating has a sweet weekend! I’d love to see your best Easter dessert ideas, too!  Please post pictures to the Cupcake Project Facebook page.Read the full article here
  • Easter Desserts

    My Sweet and Saucy
    9 Apr 2014 | 3:13 pm
    Easter time is upon us and we always love coming up with cute treats for you to have at your celebrations!  Pricing on everything is at the bottom.  We will have some Easter desserts at the front counter the Wednesday before Easter and through the weekend, but we will be closed on Easter day.  We also recommend if you want a lot of desserts or anything in particular that you call ahead or email with an order since we do tend to sell out quickly of certain items! Up first our naked carrot cake with cute little embellishments. French macarons are super popular and so we made lots of…
  • Return to Shanghai

    Nonstop Honolulu
    Melissa Chang
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:57 pm
    Part of 1933 Shanghai If you’ve been following my blog, you know that I visited Shanghai last year as a detour off Hawaiian Airlines’ inaugural flight to Taipei, Taiwan. My niece Cymri lives there, so it’s natural that I would want to see her in her habitat. This time, my youngest niece Morgen is visiting Cymri, so I have two nieces to run around with. Since I had already hit most of the first-time tourist spots last time, we thought we’d do some different things on this trip. The first place we visited was the Jewish Refugee Museum, located in Changyang — the…
  • Chocolate Fudge “Blackout Cake”

    Flourish - King Arthur Flour's blog
    PJ Hamel
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Chocolate cake. Yeah, chocolate cake. If those words (and this picture) don’t cause a significant uptick in your baking adrenaline, then you might as well stop reading right now. Because you’re simply not a chocolate cake fan. And this post is ALL about chocolate cake. In fact, it’s about one of the best chocolate cakes I’ve ever made. Just ask my family; the guys at the auto shop, and the volunteers at our local nature preserve. Each and every one of my impromptu taste testers said, “Oh, man, this is THE BEST chocolate cake I’ve ever had!” Now given,…
  • Brown Sugar Bundt Cake

    BoB - Bake or Break
    Jennifer McHenry
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:18 am
    For a while now, I’ve been thinking about the beauty of simplicity. I’ll spare the philosophical discussion and just stick to how it applies to baking and cooking. Sure, there are delicious things out there that feature a dozen different flavors coexisting in some elaborate way. But, you know what I like to make and eat? The simple things. My […]
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  • Return to Shanghai

    Melissa Chang
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:57 pm
    Part of 1933 Shanghai If you’ve been following my blog, you know that I visited Shanghai last year as a detour off Hawaiian Airlines’ inaugural flight to Taipei, Taiwan. My niece Cymri lives there, so it’s natural that I would want to see her in her habitat. This time, my youngest niece Morgen is visiting Cymri, so I have two nieces to run around with. Since I had already hit most of the first-time tourist spots last time, we thought we’d do some different things on this trip. The first place we visited was the Jewish Refugee Museum, located in Changyang — the…
  • “Bill & Ted” and the best of “Slacker Cinema”

    Brian Watanabe
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:44 pm
    In high school, I didn’t know what I wanted to be when I grew up. But I knew exactly what I was. I was a slacker. This Wednesday, “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure” is back on the big screen, part of Consolidated Theatres Hana Hou Picture Show. Before Wayne and Garth, there was Bill and Ted, forerunners of a genre of movies I call, “Slacker Cinema.” These films about spectacular underachievers gave a voice to Generation X, inspired a new wave of filmmakers, and ensured I’d be going to a state college. So to celebrate the 25th anniversary of “Bill & Ted’s Excellent…
  • Aloha Beijing! Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City

    Melissa Chang
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:52 pm
    To help you learn more about China’s history and culture, Beijing tours will always have The Forbidden City and the adjacent Tiananmen Square on your list of sights. The Forbidden City, built from 1406 to 1420, was the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming dynasty to the end of the Qing dynasty and housed 24 different emperors. The Forbidden City is so named because for centuries, it was not just forbidden to enter, you couldn’t even walk near the area as a commoner — yet, the place is so huge that it was home to tens of thousands of people (who were also forbidden to leave).
  • Best moments @ the Bruno Mars concert

    Amanda Stevens
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:53 am
    Nonstop Honolulu’s Amanda Stevens and Tyson Joines both were among the lucky thousand who snagged tickets to Bruno Mars’ Friday concert at Blaisdell Center. Both loved the show; here are their top moments: Tyson Joines 1. Musicianship: I realize listing “musicianship” as a stand-out moment seems extremely vague, but it needs to be addressed. His musicianship as a male performer is unmatched in the current market. I can’t think of another artist out there right now male or female, who writes their own music; can play the drums, guitar, and piano; dance nonstop for…
  • Night Market fashion show: Issa de’ mar

    Amanda Stevens
    20 Apr 2014 | 2:53 pm
    Honolulu Night Market was aptly themed Recharge with its new location on Cooke Street Saturday, and offered a fresh element to the fashion show layout, sans the runway and stage. Featured swimwear brand Issa de’ mar, complemented by ready-to-wear clothing brand, Escape, showcased their Spring/Summer 2014 collections. I don’t know if it’s because Coachella fever is still in the air, but I loved the boho festival-meets-the-beach feel of the show, with tribal pants, cut-off sweaters and fun neon pieces, topped off with loose braids and sun-kissed make-up by Team Motives Hawaii.
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  • Chocolate Fudge “Blackout Cake”

    PJ Hamel
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Chocolate cake. Yeah, chocolate cake. If those words (and this picture) don’t cause a significant uptick in your baking adrenaline, then you might as well stop reading right now. Because you’re simply not a chocolate cake fan. And this post is ALL about chocolate cake. In fact, it’s about one of the best chocolate cakes I’ve ever made. Just ask my family; the guys at the auto shop, and the volunteers at our local nature preserve. Each and every one of my impromptu taste testers said, “Oh, man, this is THE BEST chocolate cake I’ve ever had!” Now given,…
  • Banana Bread French Toast

    MaryJane Robbins
    19 Apr 2014 | 12:01 am
    Behind every great invention is a great inventor. Behind that person are two people saying “Pshaw, it will never work;” three people saying, “Ha! I’ve been doing that for years,” and 10 people saying, “Now why didn’t I think of that?!” That’s exactly how I see Banana Bread French Toast. I confess to being in the third party; I NEVER thought to use banana bread for French toast, since I’ve always made Yeasted Banana Bread for my pain perdu. Now’s your cue to tell me you’ve been doing this for years and boy, howdy – have…
  • Stained Glass Cookies

    MaryJane Robbins
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:58 am
    I have to admit that when it comes to holiday candy, I’m a “day after” kind of gal. I shop for my Valentine’s chocolates on Feb. 15, I shop for my Halloween fun-sized goodies after November 1st, etc. etc. etc.  However, there is one exception… Easter candy. I love Easter candy and will start buying jelly beans and gumdrops as soon as they start appearing on shelves. I truly believe that chocolate bunnies are meant to be scoops for peanut butter and that a Reese’s peanut butter egg is the best shape ever for a peanut butter cup. (It just tastes better that…
  • Hobo Stew

    MaryJane Robbins
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:10 am
    Ah, the Ides of April. The taxman cometh, death and taxes, etc., etc., etc.  I promise you I was honest on my tax return, but I’ve already fibbed in this post. I’ll tell you where my little white lie lies at the end. I’ll be honest, too, that when the idea of a Hobo Stew post came up in our blog planning meetings, I had never heard of it. Having taught pre-school for years, I was very familiar with Stone Soup, but not a clue about the stew. Fellow blogger PJ sent me some online links to get me started, and I was relieved to see that Hobo Stew and Stone Soup had a lot in…
  • Cheddar, Herb, and Garlic Biscuits

    PJ Hamel
    10 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Five minutes. The amount of time it takes to, what? Eat a quick breakfast. Scan your inbox between meetings. Run a mile, if you’re a pretty good marathoner. Or, as I recently discovered, put together Cheddar, Herb, and Garlic Biscuits, from scratch. Yup, 5 minutes – more or less. Keep reading, you’ll see what I mean. Now, the clock isn’t starting until I’ve gathered my ingredients, OK? Plus, I’d best get my oven going; it’ll take longer than 5 minutes to preheat to 425°F. Here we have King Arthur Unbleached Self-Rising Flour, a nice, “soft”…
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  • Brown Sugar Bundt Cake

    Jennifer McHenry
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:18 am
    For a while now, I’ve been thinking about the beauty of simplicity. I’ll spare the philosophical discussion and just stick to how it applies to baking and cooking. Sure, there are delicious things out there that feature a dozen different flavors coexisting in some elaborate way. But, you know what I like to make and eat? The simple things. My […]
  • Strawberry No-Bake Cheesecakes

    Jennifer McHenry
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:09 am
    Cheesecake has long been a personal favorite, dating back to when my mother would make those no-bake box mixes. Over the years, I’ve made many a cheesecake myself, although I tend to like the homemade versions better. It’s simple to make your own cheesecakes, especially if you go the no-bake route. This particular recipe combines just a handful of ingredients […]
  • Cinnamon-Shortbread Icebox Cookie Stacks {Plus a Duchy Originals Giveaway}

    Jennifer McHenry
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Back in the early days of BoB, I shared the always-popular classic Chocolate Wafer Icebox Cake. If you aren’t familiar with it, the idea is quite a simple one. Cookies are layered with sweetened whipped cream, refrigerated, and then quickly devoured. Recently, Duchy Originals sent me some of their shortbreads to try. I quickly decided that they were so good […]
  • Blueberry Shortcake Cookies {Plus a Q Squared Giveaway}

    Jennifer McHenry
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:25 am
    Fresh local blueberries are still a little while away here, but luckily my usual grocery spot had some really nice non-local ones recently. I’ve so been looking forward to berry season, so I just couldn’t resist. These cookies are a bit of a breakfast-dessert hybrid. They’re almost biscuit-like, yet they’re sweet enough to work well for dessert. That’s baking versatility […]
  • BoB’s Best Easter Desserts

    Jennifer McHenry
    13 Apr 2014 | 8:54 am
    When it comes time to think about a special dessert for Easter, the first thoughts I have are usually of fruity or creamy desserts. I like to see beautiful cakes, delicious cheesecakes, fruity cobblers. It’s about the only time of year I dial down the chocolate. If you’re looking for a special dessert for Easter, I am here to help! […]
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    The Fresh Loaf

  • Having Problems Scoring (bread, not drugs, that is!)

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:28 am
    Having Problems Scoring (bread, not drugs, that is!)Submitted by Greggy_bread on April 23, 2014 - 7:28am.Hi all,I've been making bread for a little over a year now and I have never been able to score my bread properly. I've tried a bread knife, a sharpened cook's knife, a home made lame (chopstick and razor) and nothing I do seems to cut through the dough like bakers seem to in the countless videos I have watched on how to score bread.My standard recipe is this.100% white bread flour65% water2% yeast2% saltRetarded overnight and left to rise first time 3 hours second time 1 1/2 (in well…
  • Chestnut Sourdough...

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Chestnut Sourdough...Submitted by SallyBR on April 23, 2014 - 7:00am.Hello, everyone  Long time no see!   I just made a very nice sourdough bread, recipe originally from Farine's blog, and would like to share it with you here.   I messed up the recipe a little (what else is new?) but in the end it worked quite well...   If you have access to chestnut flour, this is a must make breadLink to my blog for those interested in the full recipe
  • Hi from Aus

    23 Apr 2014 | 2:02 am
    Hi from AusSubmitted by Messybaker on April 23, 2014 - 2:02am.I attempted my first loaf of bread in Jan 2014. Unfortunately, lower leg surgery kept me out of the kitchen from 30 Jan until this past week. I'm still really baking on one leg. My sourdough culture died from lack of feeding while I was laid up but my new culture looks like it will be ready to use tomorrow. in the meantime, I've been experimenting with a preferment white dough with 80% hydration. I've only just got my first banneton and will be ordering more, plus a decent lame shortly. I look forward to getting to know some of…
  • Artisan Loaf

    23 Apr 2014 | 1:43 am
    Artisan LoafSubmitted by Kathyellen on April 23, 2014 - 1:43am.I live in Warwickshire and have just found the site, looks very helpful for a beginner bread maker.I am experimenting with Artisan loaves and am finding that I sometimes have a thicker layer at the bottom of the loaf with fewer air bubbles.Have increased the cooking time but wondering if it would improve if cooked on a brick rather than a tin tray?A second problem is sourcing large nice looking bags to put the loaves in to give to friends.With thanks.Kathy
  • NYTimes article on artisanal bakeries

    22 Apr 2014 | 10:57 pm
    NYTimes article on artisanal bakeriesSubmitted by Felila on April 22, 2014 - 10:57pm. I hated using the word artisanal, but that is all I could think of for bakeries like Tartine, which do it the old old way, which is now new way.
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  • Meditation for Beginners

    22 Apr 2014 | 3:19 am
    Something I’ve been meaning to talk about on Sugarlaws for quite a while: Meditation.  About six months ago, at Chad’s suggestion, I started meditating for 15 minutes each day.  I was skeptical at first — I’m one of those people who’s constantly multitasking, and the idea of taking fifteen minutes to think about nothing (when there is so much on my to-do list at any given moment) was, quite honestly, a little overwhelming. But I started it anyway.  New research comes out every day that meditation lowers blood pressure, amps up your immune system,…
  • pretty in pink

    21 Apr 2014 | 3:31 am
    I just realized that this is basically the perfect Easter dress, but I have to be honest: I had mild contractions all weekend, so I pretty much sat around in my pajamas from Friday afternoon until Sunday night. My mom had me 11 days early (her first baby) and my little sister three weeks early, so the idea that I might go all the way to my due date honestly never even registered in my mind.  But now, with the date fast approaching in just a few days, I’m starting to confront the possibility, and… ugh. So, pity party for me this weekend.  I keep trying to distract myself…
  • Stripes and Sequins

    18 Apr 2014 | 3:53 am
    I always assumed that when I hit 35 weeks or so, I’d basically go into hiding for the last few weeks of pregnancy, given that it’s not the most flattering time and I probably wouldn’t really be in the mood to photo-document it.  But then… I started getting excited that I finally looked so very pregnant.  Sure, none of my clothes fit.  Sure, my feet are swollen and high heels are less comfortable than they were eight months ago.  But it’s kind of fun to see this big belly in photos, and I found myself getting even more excited about taking…
  • Baby Bump: 37 Weeks!

    16 Apr 2014 | 3:54 am
    The other night, as I was getting in bed, I was complaining about some little annoying pregnancy-related issue — the fact that I can’t take full breaths anymore, or my fleeting but excruciating back pain, or one of the other many symptoms that have made me a little bit whiny for the last few weeks. And Chad looked over at me and goes: “You know… you won’t be pregnant forever, and then you’ll have the rest of your life to not feel like this.  Why not enjoy the last few days of this pregnancy while you can?” I kind of looked at him,…
  • The Cake that Wasn’t…

    15 Apr 2014 | 8:16 am
    From Instagram: This is why you don’t let a pregnant lady go grocery shopping without a list… So, here’s how I feel about pregnancy cravings, or basically any craving: When you’re talking about an actual craving, whether it’s for mangoes or broccoli or cheeseburgers or birthday cake, that is your body and brain, together, deciding that you need to consume that item right now.  And when that happens, I listen up.  I go out to the store and grab a green apple or a cake pop and happily consume it, enjoy it, and then let the craving pass. Here’s what…
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    My Sweet and Saucy

  • Easter Desserts

    9 Apr 2014 | 3:13 pm
    Easter time is upon us and we always love coming up with cute treats for you to have at your celebrations!  Pricing on everything is at the bottom.  We will have some Easter desserts at the front counter the Wednesday before Easter and through the weekend, but we will be closed on Easter day.  We also recommend if you want a lot of desserts or anything in particular that you call ahead or email with an order since we do tend to sell out quickly of certain items! Up first our naked carrot cake with cute little embellishments. French macarons are super popular and so we made lots of…
  • How Sweet it is to be a Mom!

    27 Mar 2014 | 10:03 am
    So excited to be partnering with Annie Vovan Photography and offering her sessions at our bakery!  She is titling the shoot “How Sweet it is to be a Mom”! She will be shooting 2 days and has limited spots so check out her website for the full details here!
  • Valentine’s Day Desserts

    4 Feb 2014 | 5:11 pm
    Valentine’s Day at Sweet & Saucy Shop is one of our favorite times!  Who doesn’t love hearts, xo’s, and lots of pink and red!  Well we have lots of yummy  treats below for you that you can pick up in store at both of our locations and we can also ship some of them out of state as well so make sure and pre order your goodies today! Ombre horizontal ruffle buttercream – 6″ – $80, 8″ – $100, 10″ – $140. Rosette buttercream 6″ – $65, 8″ – $85, 10″- $125.   Red velvet naked layer cake with gold…
  • Our new bakery! Sweet & Saucy Shop Bixby Knolls

    28 Dec 2013 | 4:50 pm
    Well this post is WAY too long overdue, but my life is crazy busy these days so I do most of my posting on instagram and facebook, but I definitely wanted to share the photos of our move to our new Long Beach bakery in Bixby Knolls!  We started out at our humble location 4.5 yrs ago on Stearns & Palo Verde and had many great memories throughout those years!  The journey has been amazing, super hard, exciting, overwhelming, and fabulous all rolled into one! I have been so blessed to have my mother as my business partner & co-owner and I wouldn’t want it any other way!  My…
  • Christmas Desserts

    6 Dec 2013 | 4:58 pm
    Well it is full swing over here at Sweet & Saucy Shop!  Christmas season is upon us and we have tons of fun and delicious treats for you to order for your various celebrations!  At the bottom is a price list and you can call into either shop or email for your order!  We do carry some stuff in the front on a daily basis, but it sells out quick and we definitely recommend pre-ordering to make sure you get what you want this holiday season! Christmas cake pops in ornaments, santa hats and snowmen! Cutest Christmas french macaron options below! New naked layer cake options!  Gingerbread…
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    Real Baking with Rose Levy Beranbaum

  • Vegan Chocolate Has Arrived

    19 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    Vegan Chocolate: Unapologetically Luscious and Decadent Dairy-Free Desserts When people ask me about recipes for vegan baking, which is not my area of expertise, I direct them to my good friend and colleague Fran Costigan, known as "the Queen of Vegan Desserts, and who is listed under the favorites section of this blog's home page as Fran Costigan. I have known Fran for many years and have great respect for her integrity as an expert in the subject, as a teacher, and as an author. When the book arrived, I was struck by large number of gorgeous photos and delighted by the way in which the…
  • The Rose Scale by Escali

    12 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    As most of you know, I am a major proponent of weighing ingredients rather than using volume. My first book, The Cake Bible, was the first cookbook for the home baker to use ounces and grams as well as cups. That was over 25 years ago and gradually the wonderfully precise and near effortless process of weighing for baking has caught on. I knew that it was here to stay when Escali, maker of the finest scales for laboratory and home baking, contacted me about producing a scale with my name and criteria. The Rose Scale is a beautifully designed scale of the highest quality and durability. Its…
  • The Secret Shelf Life of Arrowroot

    5 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    Arrowroot is used as a thickener for sauces and glazes. It is made from a tropical rhizome (underground stem). I like using it for glazes to top fruit on a tart, pie, or cake because it has a slight sparkle and also because it starts to thicken long before the boiling point so does not cause the fruit to soften. Although cornstarch, also an effective thickener (when allowed to come to a full boil), has an indefinite shelf life if stored in an air-tight moisture-proof container, I have found arrow root to have a limited shelf life. As a result of my move from New York, I discovered I had three…
  • My Birthday Cake at the Lincoln

    4 Apr 2014 | 8:29 am
    As so many people asked the inevitable question: who is baking your birthday cake?here is the answer: To begin with, we had an astonishingly delicious dinner at the Lincoln Ristorante at Lincoln Center. This was my first visit for dinner, having had a glass of wine at the bar awhile back accompanied by an assortment of bread and one of the best olive oils I had ever tasted. I have to confess that I had made a serious error by reserving at the Smith at Lincoln Center and only discovered this when I called the Lincoln to tell them that after driving 2 hours from NJ we were still caught up in…
  • 14th Annual Great American Pie Festival

    2 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    This sounds like so much fun I've volunteered to be a judge next year! Event: 14th Annual APC Great American Pie Festival Who: American Pie Council Location: Celebration, FL Date: Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27, 2014 Time: 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Saturday, and Noon to 5:00 p.m. Sunday Description: The town of Celebration, Florida will become the Pie Capital of the World on Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27, 2014, when thousands of pie lovers, tasters and bakers gather together for the 14th Annual American Pie Council's Great American Pie Festival. Help preserve America's pie…
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    Nosh With Me

  • The Counter #theNEWgoods and a Giveaway

    10 Apr 2014 | 10:51 am
    Disclosure: The Counter provided me with gift cards to enjoy a meal for the purpose of this blog post. I happen to love The Counter, so I jumped at the chance! I’m what some people may consider a picky eater. I’m very particular about what I like and don’t like, and that coupled with the […]
  • Passover Desserts

    4 Apr 2014 | 2:59 pm
    Are you in charge of desserts for the Passover seders? Have no fear, I’ve got you covered with lots of delicious treats! Our faves are the Chocolate Walnut Cookies, Chocolate Chip Meringues, and of course, Matzo Brittle. Have a great Pesach! Flourless Chocolate Walnut Cookies Passover Mandelbrot Chocolate Chip Meringues Flourless Chocolate Cake Matzo Brittle […]
  • Chocolate Tour of Beverly Hills

    23 Mar 2014 | 8:57 am
    A few months ago, I noticed a deal on Amazon Local for a chocolate walking tour of Beverly Hills. As you know by now, I love sweets, especially chocolate, so this was right up my alley! Plus, I hadn’t tried half of the shops on the list, so this was the perfect excuse to finally […]
  • Baked Cinnamon Sugar Donuts

    25 Feb 2014 | 3:44 pm
    I haven’t been posting much lately, but that is about to change. I’ve been working at home for myself since last April, so I haven’t had regular guinea pigs to try new recipes out on. But…I’ll be starting a new job next week which means lots of coworkers who hopefully like sweets! And coworkers who […]
  • One Bowl Chocolate Cake

    26 Jan 2014 | 12:47 pm
    I love baking, but doing the dishes is a whole other story. When I find complex recipes that I know I must try, I tend to break up the steps and get as much stuff done in advance so I don’t have to wash and rewash dishes all day. So when I discover recipes like […]
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    Sweet Happy Life

  • Lyrid Meteor Shower 2014: Perfect for Little Scientists!

    15 Apr 2014 | 7:52 am
    Ever since we visited the Hayden Planetarium in December, the munchkin has been fascinated by space. And while this morning's blood moon happened behind a cloudy sky here in Vermont, fingers crossed we won't miss the annual Lyrid meteor shower.
  • Fluffy & Sweet Snacking Bread

    3 Apr 2014 | 6:02 am
    This fluffy and sweet snacking bread was inspired by a traditional recipe for Portuguese Sweet Bread, as well as my reading of Brandon Sanderson's 'The Way of Kings.'
  • Can You Canoe? (Song of the Month)

    22 Mar 2014 | 1:28 am
    We recently discovered the folksy tunes of the Okee Dokee Brothers and our favorite song is 'Can You Canoe.' Have you heard it? It's become one of those songs we always sing together in the car or while baking in the kitchen.
  • The Many Uses of a Simple Homemade Blueberry Sauce

    21 Mar 2014 | 1:21 pm
    I love recipes that can turn even the simplest meal into something special. Take this no-fuss homemade blueberry sauce. It requires only a few minutes to put together and a mere handful of ingredients. When it's done cooking, you can store it in the fridge for up to two weeks and use it on everything from waffles and pancakes to ice cream and yogurt.
  • Sinister Liquid (Watercolor Painting with Droppers)

    13 Mar 2014 | 6:39 am
    The other day we tried a new art activity where we used droppers to drip watercolor pigments onto paper. I called it 'Dropper Painting' but within a few moments the munchkin decided it was something else entirely. This was not dropper painting. Oh no. It was something far more 'sinister.'
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    Baking Bites

  • What is clear vanilla?

    22 Apr 2014 | 3:59 pm
    There is more than one type of vanilla flavoring on the market. There is vanilla extract, which is made by macerating vanilla beans in an alcohol solution to extract the beans’ natural flavors, and there is imitation or artificial vanilla extract, which is produced with synthetic vanillin, the same compound that is naturally found in vanilla beans. You can also find alcohol-free vanilla flavorings, if you want to get the vanilla flavor without even a trace of alcohol. Most vanilla extracts and other vanilla products are brown in color, the color of the extracted vanilla bean seeds.
  • Nordic Ware Pinata Cake Pan

    22 Apr 2014 | 7:04 am
    A pinata cake is a cake that has a surprise inside, just like the pinatas that you might find hanging up at a kids birthday party. The cakes are constructed to have a hollow space in the center and that space is filled with sprinkles, candies or chocolates, which come spilling out when the cake is sliced. It’s a fantastic effect to show off at a gathering when you go to slice the cake, and people of all ages will love it. The most difficult part of making the cake is getting that interior cavity just right. It can be hard to cut out space while maintaining the structural integrity of…
  • PB&J Whoopie Pies

    21 Apr 2014 | 2:03 pm
    Soft, cake-like whoopie pies are so much fun to eat that they make me feel like a kid again – even though I didn’t really eat whoopie pies as a kid. That sense comes from the fact that whoopie pies are finger food and are often a bit mess to eat, as filling ineviatably squishes out from one side or the other and gets onto your fingers. These PB&J Whoopie Pies also have an additional tie-in to my childhood, as they’re a riff on a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, which was one of my favorite lunch options growing up. The whoopie pies are made with a soft, tender peanut…
  • Mug Cakes: 100 Speedy Microwave Treats to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

    21 Apr 2014 | 7:09 am
    Mug cakes are quick and easy cakes that are perfect when you want to bake up just one or two servings of dessert instead of a whole sheet cake or batch of cupcakes. They’re mixed in a mug and baked in the microwave – which might sound like a strange way to bake a cake until you’re digging in to a tender, warm dessert just minutes after mixing your ingredients. Mug Cakes: 100 Speedy Microwave Treats to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth is a book that is chock full of recipes for mug cakes that will allow you to expand your repertoire from the one or two recipes that you may have tried…
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  • Hello world!
    13 Apr 2014 | 8:51 pm
    WordPress へようこそ。これは最初の投稿です。編集もしくは削除してブログを始めてください !
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    Cream Puffs In Venice

  • Buona Pasqua! Happy Easter! 2014 Edition.

    20 Apr 2014 | 7:45 am
    From Cream Puff and family, I am sending my wishes for a happy and healthy Easter to all of you. I hope the sun is shining and that the flowers are in bloom, wherever you are! I'll be back tomorrow with recipes for all these wonderful treats. Buona Pasqua! Happy Easter!
  • Small Cookies. Big Dreams.

    9 Apr 2014 | 7:23 pm
    I’m sure we have all heard the adage that good things come in little packages. I am managing to survive these still-too-cold early days of Spring by focusing on this concept. My theory is that if I think of the arrival of Spring as a series of small packages that Nature will give us, one warm day-at-a-time and bit-by-bit, that I will inspire myself to make it through yet another day of wearing my winter coat. I look forward to seeing tiny buds unfurling on trees (soon) and the colourful heads of tulips peeping out from the ground (soon). To be added to the list of small and pretty things…
  • Let There Be Cake. Beautiful Cake.

    30 Mar 2014 | 8:26 pm
    In the long, dark and cold stretch that was this past winter (it has passed finally ... right?!), cake was the light. Cookies have always been my joy, but in these past months I have found a new pleasure in baking and decorating cakes. This desire to make cakes has manifest itself in many, many delicious creations, but the ones I have enjoyed the most, have been the simplest. I have found no-end of pleasure in swirling cake batter to create the a marbling effect. What Nature does to stone over thousands and thousands of years you can do to cake batter with the lightest touch of a knife. And I…
  • World Nutella Day: I’m Late. I Bring Doughnuts to Make Amends.

    8 Mar 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Sometimes it's hard for me to believe that there was a time in my life when I could be counted on for never, ever being late. In fact, I could usually be counted on to arrive early. I was always the one to get there first and buy the movie tickets or secure the table for the group. Not so much these days. Case-in-point: I am seriously (hopefully not inexcusably late) for World Nutella Day. (Hangs head in shame.) Before I beg for your forgiveness, let's take a moment to thank Sara of Ms. Adventures in Italy and Michelle of Bleeding Espresso for creating this event. As the World Nutella Day…
  • Love Treats

    8 Feb 2014 | 7:51 pm
    It is almost Love Day (that's what I like to call Valentine's Day). I think it's probably one of my favourite celebrations of the year to bake for. I decided to get in the mood with one of my very favourite coookies. I have some other treats that I can't wait to get to as well. If you're in the Toronto area and want some last-minute treats for a loved one, let me know! I'm here to help ...
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    Cupcake Project

  • Nutella Cupcakes with Triple Cream Cheese Frosting from Goodlife Eats – Pin of the Week

    23 Apr 2014 | 6:56 am
    This week’s Pin of the Week chosen by Outstanding Explorer Faye Rodriguez is Nutella cupcakes by Goodlife Eats.  The pin was repinned over 400 times on our Nutella Cupcake Pinterest board – and with good reason.  A Nutella cupcake on its own is totally lovable, but this one has a swirl of three different cream cheese frosting flavors on top: vanilla, almond butter, and Nutella.  Swirling three flavors onto one cupcake is not as hard as it sounds.  Katie from Goodlife Eats has a great tutorial on swirling multiple frostings that walks you through the whole thing – easy…
  • I Am Now the Crazy Lady Who Makes Cupcakes for Her Chickens

    21 Apr 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Our family jumped on the urban chicken bandwagon about a year ago and we haven’t looked back.   Our five chickens are family members who provide us with daily fresh eggs with deep golden yolks.  We like to spoil them with our kitchen scraps – apple cores, collard greens, mango skins to pick clean, and basil and cilantro stems.  Admittedly, our chickens don’t concern themselves much with aesthetics.  They are happy to eat directly off their wood chip- (and poop-) laden coop floor, but as we move  into peak laying season, I thought our ladies deserved an extra special and…
  • My Best Easter Dessert Ideas

    17 Apr 2014 | 8:25 pm
    Just in case you’ve missed a couple of my best Easter dessert ideas, I have put them all in one place.  I hope that everyone who is celebrating has a sweet weekend! I’d love to see your best Easter dessert ideas, too!  Please post pictures to the Cupcake Project Facebook page.Read the full article here
  • Chocolate Mousse Pie with Coconut Macaroon Crust

    7 Apr 2014 | 11:35 am
    You’ve been invited to a Passover dinner or a Passover seder and you don’t know what to bring.  This chocolate mousse pie with coconut macaroon crust is your answer.  Every bite of this Passover dessert delivers rich, silky chocolate with a chewy coconut macaroon finish.  This chocolate Passover dessert is by far the best way that I’ve ever found to serve coconut macaroons. Passover Pie Tips Read the full article here
  • Chocolate Chai Cupcakes from Bakingdom – Pin of the Week

    1 Apr 2014 | 10:07 am
    This week’s Pin of the Week chosen by Pinterest Explorer Heather Duff is chocolate chai cupcakes from Bakingdom.  I love the whole idea of Bakingdom: Bakingdom is about having fun and exploring new, and old, recipes. It’s about good food, beauty, and knowing that ruling the kitchen is easier to do than you think. I’m simply here to eat, drink, and be merry, to try and find joy in the small things, and to have fun in this short life.Read the full article here
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    David Lebovitz

  • Wild Garlic (or Ramps) Pasta

    22 Apr 2014 | 4:11 am
    I’ve become weary – and wary – of the American aisles in European supermarkets. And have come to the conclusion that people think we all eat badly because we live on bottled salad dressings, orange cheese in squirt bottles, and strawberry Fluff, which is something I’ve never seen in America. And I like Fluff just fine. (Just the plain, though. The red scares me. However truth be told, I’ve been known to succumb to the magic of Lucky Charms, a long time ago.) But when that’s the sole image representing American food, it’s sad to me, because we’ve…
  • Bacon and Radicchio Risotto

    16 Apr 2014 | 11:14 pm
    I don’t make risotto nearly as much as I should. I never order it in a restaurant unless I’m absolutely sure they’re going to do it right because there’s nothing worse than a not-very-good risotto. But there’s nothing better than a good one. Especially a good one with bacon in it. One night, back when I was working at Chez Panisse, Paul Bertolli, one of the world’s great cooks (Italian, and otherwise), was standing over the stove, tending to steamy pots of risotto for diners. So I go over to him and ask him for a lesson. And he was happy to teach me. As he…
  • Lillet

    14 Apr 2014 | 4:45 am
    I’m not sure how I discovered Lillet, an orange-infused apéritif wine, made in a town on a road between Sauternes and Bordeaux, but I remember driving through the area and making my friend screech to a halt when we (almost) passed the Lillet factory. Factory probably isn’t the best word, but macerbatorium probably sounds a little dodgy, but when we walked in, we found ourselves in front of an astounding amount of oranges and shards of bark, bobbing up and down, as they macerated in vats of wine. While that was certainly a riveting sight, equally enticing was the silver daddy who…
  • My Paris Kitchen book tour

    11 Apr 2014 | 1:39 am
    I’ve finally reached a milestone in my life because I am actually going on a book tour. Yes, I can barely believe it myself. After years of publishers hiding me, aka “the loose cannon,” they are releasing me into the wild. I’ll be heading to the U.S. and Vancouver for a series of events to mark the release of My Paris Kitchen. While I’d love to go everywhere*, there’s only one (1) of me, and fifty (50) states – not to mention the provinces, territories, and wilds of Canada. However, if anyone can get me to Hawaii and arrange an event close to the beach, I…
  • The Making of My Paris Kitchen

    7 Apr 2014 | 11:33 pm
    (Photo by Ed Anderson) My Paris Kitchen is finally here! It’s taken me a few years to get to this day, and I thought I’d give you a little look behind-the-scenes of how the book was created. There’s a certain amount of conversation about blogs versus cookbooks, and since I have a foot in both, I am keenly aware of the connection between the two, but also what makes them different. There’s a lot of talk about whether food blogs are overtaking traditional cookbooks. What’s changing – in my view – is that people are looking for something else in a cookbook…
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  • April 23rd: Lenny & Larry's Complete Cookie Range

    James Edwards
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    American snacks aren't all about gluttony ya know!! That's what Lenny & Larry's would lead you to believe anyway:"Lenny & Larry’s was founded by two friends with a passion for fitness, having fun and the first to truly bake with protein. Combining a fitness background with an interest in nutritional baked goods and promotional fun, we decided to create and market high protein muffins, cookies and other all natural baked goods"We've actually featured them on the website before, reviewing their Lenny & Larry's Muscle Brownies back in July 2013 (See HERE). Well our friends over…
  • EASTER FIGHT NIGHT SPECIAL ... Malteasers MaltEaster vs MerryTeaser

    James Edwards
    19 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    The ultimate Maltesers battle is on ladies and gentlemen!!!As the years go by we are finding that Christmas and Easter chocolate stocks are progressively overlapping in our local UK supermarkets!No greater evidence of this is this fun little feature we have put together for you all today - MaltEaster vs MerryTeaser!!As we are are sure you are all aware these are the seasonal 'Limited Edition' chocolates from Mars's Maltesers brand. Well for the first time ever one of our beady eyed team members spotted BOTH being sold in our local Tesco at the same time. Being the curious folk we are we had…
  • April 18th: Easter 2014 Bits & Bobs

    James Edwards
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    It's been a long time since we last did you all a Bits & Bobs ChocolateMission special but the Easter season has given us the opportunity to make amends.Today we are going to looks at some of the NEW smaller treats on offer from Kinder, Thorntons and Lindt. Sit back, relax and enjoy some Easter fun filled mini reviews.Kinder Chocolate LadybugKcal ? Fat ? Fat(sats) Carbs ?Ladybugs!? Easter!? We see how they link in with the Spring season but they aren't the first thing you think of when contemplating the Easter season are they!? This 15.0g treat came with a £0.60p RRP and was described on…
  • April 16th: Kit Kat Baked Pudding Flavour

    James Edwards
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Kcal 64 Fat 3.6g Carbs 7.4f (per 11.6g mini)You just know the product in question has to have come from JList when you find yourself looking it up on the internet to verify whether it's an April Fools joke or not! Well that's exactly the situation we found ourselves in earlier this month when we were offered the opportunity to review these all new Kit Kat Baked Pudding Flavour. After establishing Peter @Jlist was very much for real there was no way on earth we were turning this one down.To undertake the first ever ChocolateMission requiring an oven we were sent a large multi-bar pack…
  • Competition Time - Win a Chocolate Making Workshop Experience Day!!

    James Edwards
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:01 am
    Hi AllTo celebrate the incoming Easter holidays we are having an onsite competition for all @ChocMission readers!!Our pals Virgin Experience Days are offering you readers the fantastic opportunity to learn how chocolate is made with this awesome Chocolate Making Workshop Experience Day ... here are the details ...'Cut, dip and decorate your own Chocolate creations with this Organic Chocolate Making Workshop in London, Brighton or Manchester. You will learn new chocolate crafting skills and gain knowledge which you can later use to impress your friends and family. You may become the new…
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  • How to make a cake ball cake

    Farwa & Abeer
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:43 am
    When it comes to decorating cakes and cake balls, I will be the first to admit that I prefer working on actual cakes more than cake pops… But today, I am sharing a fun way to merge both into a “cakeball cake” I have made this “cakeball cake” many times. Sometimes, I use real cake… [read more...] Author information Farwa & Abeer We are 2 of the biggest cake lovers you'll ever meet and obsessed with baking and cake decorating. We blog about all this and much more at Cakewhiz. TwitterFacebookGoogle+ The post How to make a cake ball cake appeared first on…
  • 9 “Egg-stra” Special Easter Cupcake Recipes!

    Hilari Schaefer
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:42 am
    Can you believe Easter is this Sunday? Me either. If you’re in a bind {like me} for creative Easter dessert ideas, look no further! I’ve rounded up my favorite Easter cupcake recipes sure to make your guests smile and your table festive this weekend! Easter Cupcakes 1: How fun are these Easter basket cupcakes? They are… [read more...] Author information Hilari Schaefer This is such a natural fit for me, because I absolutely L-O-V-E all things sweet. I blog over at Be Sweet, my happy place for all things desserts, crafts, gift ideas, and party inspiration.
  • How to Use a Silicone Pearl Mold

    16 Apr 2014 | 5:10 am
    I use my silicone pearl molds almost every week for cake borders and I’m asked over and over again about how to use them.  So a few weeks ago I took some pics while working on a cake and today I’m sharing How to Use a Silicone Pearl Mold. The tools required are pretty simple.  Here’s what… [read more...] Author information Rose I'm Rose and I blog over at Rose Bakes. I'm baker, cake decorator, wife, and homeschooling mommy to 6 wonderful children! My love of cakes started at the age of 13, I started a business in 2009 then my blog was born in 2012! It's how I to…
  • Self Packaging Boxes Review and Giveaway

    Farwa & Abeer
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Disclosure: sent me a few of their samples for this review. All opinions expressed in this post are 100% mine. is an online shop that sells cute boxes for packing your sweet treats like cupcakes, cookies and cake pops. These boxes are great to use for packing edible gifts. You can also use them… [read more...] Author information Farwa & Abeer We are 2 of the biggest cake lovers you'll ever meet and obsessed with baking and cake decorating. We blog about all this and much more at Cakewhiz. TwitterFacebookGoogle+ The post Self Packaging Boxes…
  • How to make pirate cupcake toppers

    11 Apr 2014 | 5:13 am
    Who doesn’t love a little pirate themed birthday?  These pirate cupcake toppers are really quite easy to make with minimal tools and can be customized to your child’s favourite colour. Here is What I used: Coloured fondant (ivory, black, white, and red) rolling pin gum glue black edible marker Zacto Knife circle cutter (large enough… [read more...] Author information Diane Diane is a co-write for CakeJournal. She is a self taught cake decorator and sugar flower artist since 2009. Diane lives in Ontario, Canada and is very excited to be joining our team. FacebookGoogle+ The…
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    Ice Cream Ireland

  • Ice Cream Sundae

    1 Apr 2014 | 7:17 am
    A little video about our sundaes… Sorry about the audio quality for the last part! Click here to view the embedded video. Bookmark to (click here): Hide Sites
  • Toasted Oats Ice Cream Video

    14 Mar 2014 | 11:17 am
    Here’s the latest from the Murphy’s studios. Click here to view the embedded video. Bookmark to (click here): Hide Sites
  • A bit about our Sea Salt Ice Cream

    5 Mar 2014 | 8:49 am
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  • Our Dingle Shop is on the map…

    22 Jan 2014 | 1:40 am
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  • My First Ice Cream Gif

    11 Sep 2013 | 3:10 am
    The geek in me has been dormant for a little while, but I’m happy today because I figured out how to make an animated gif using photoshop. It’s chocolate and brown bread ice cream, if you were wondering… Bookmark to (click here): Hide Sites
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    dolce cupcakes | by eunice

  • Unruffled!

    21 Apr 2014 | 9:16 am
    This has been a quietly eventful few weeks, in a quietly eventful year! I am happily nestled down into working at Excel Collegia, a place in the most part led by my father and offering razzle dazzle Business courses which make my head spin with possibilities of how young people can make a difference in this ol’ world in the time we have here at college! My baking has taken on a slightly more relaxed tone; I don’t bake a million cakes a week and my fingers are barely in the kitchen. Instead I roll more on the keyboard (I design, I manage, I now teach too) and baking on weekends is…
  • Black Sesame Ice Cream (without an ice cream maker!)

    13 Mar 2013 | 8:35 am
    Hi everyone! I hope the week so far has been great! Last week, I came home from Australia and my heart was strangely very discontent, because I had made a batch of black sesame seed ice cream and I did not stay long enough to eat it up! So coming home last week, I was very excited to try out the recipe. Black Sesame Ice Cream, without an ice cream maker! I had guests over, and together with my family, they devoured EVERYTHING! Everyone was happy to have a second cup, which was great because I had doubled the recipe. The recipe works because you stick it in the freezer overnight or for 4…
  • 2013 – Hello!

    17 Feb 2013 | 9:47 pm
    Dear Diary, So hello! I have been missing in action from my beloved blog for the past 2 years, wha? What has happened! Oh so much growing and waiting – learning to wait upon God and His timing! And at the same time, learning to be a brave and responsible adult! SCARY! HA. I love how I’m growing old! Just a bit more time to find out what matters, what doesn’t, love others and keep doing it! I feel this constant need to keep blogging with all that is within me. I sometimes don’t completely defrag what has happened until I blog it out! BLAH BLAH BLAH! Oh boy, have I…
  • Manchester United Cupcakes, the right team, oops, THEME!

    3 Apr 2012 | 2:19 am
    Delighted to receive an order from Jolyn, for her sweetheart who happens to support the team that also receives ALL the support in my household, including mine! The story goes how my wayward brother almost left to support Arsenal, and how he almost camped under the stars that night.. he was brought back home to support the team above, and we have all lived happily ever after. Well, football has been how we’ve connected happily as a family… and these cupcakes are just a pleasure to make! *designs of the logo made not by me but a team member, T!
  • Happy CNY 2012!

    30 Jan 2012 | 8:06 am
    Hey. Before we forget.. dolce cupcakes* wants to wish you a very very very very very happpy… Chinese New Year! God bless you all! <3
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    Cupcakes Take The Cake

  • Video: How To Make A Cupcake Bouquet

    22 Apr 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Cake Cetera in Scotland sent us this short video on how to make a cupcake bouquet.
  • Frosted: Cupcake and Bakery News

    22 Apr 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Here's some links to things you may enjoy. Kim Celano of KC Bakes is producing a Cake Pop Con in Philadelphia. Check out the schedule and register now. It will be from November 7-9th. TECHmunch NY is May 20th at Home Studios. I will be leading one of the panels.Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafato are the co-owners of Baked and honestly some of the sweetest bakers you will ever need. I am so happy to hear that they are opening a second location in Tribeca. Allison Robicelli shows Nick Lachey how to make coconut macaroons on VH1 Morning Buzz.
  • 101 Best Cupcakes 2014 from The Daily Meal

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:35 am The website The Daily Meal just came out with this year's ranking of the best cupcakes in America (last year's top 50 here). "Using last year's list as [their] basis, [they] re-entered all 50 into a network of over 100 other cupcakeries vetted from every state’s best-of lists. [They] then ranked them according to five different categories, assigning them a value of one thru 20 (20 being the highest) and tabulating the highest ranking cupcakes." I've eaten at many of these cupcakeries and I have to…
  • Cupcake Haiku For National Poetry Month

    22 Apr 2014 | 7:17 am
    For the rest of April, I will be posting cupcake haikus to celebrate National Poetry Month. If you have a cupcake haiku, tweet us at @cupcakeblog. The haiku below is from ICookedToday The photo of the choco banana cupcake is by Desirée Galiano. Cupcakes are charming. Almost too pretty to eat... but only almost!
  • New Cookbook Giveaway: Sweet And Unique Cupcake Toppers

    21 Apr 2014 | 10:17 am
    Lynlee North Beckett will make you love fondant! Fondant is used for cupcake decorating. Rolled fondant is a sweet dough mostly of sugar, water and corn syrup. She has compiled over 80 cupcake toppers using fondant for any holiday or celebration in her new cookbook, Sweet & Unique Cupcake Toppers .We're giving a way of copy of this fun and creative cookbook. Enter by Tuesday, April 29th. a Rafflecopter giveaway
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    Cookie Madness

  • Frosted Fudge Brownies — Hershey’s Ultimate

    22 Apr 2014 | 8:29 am
    Most of the fudge brownies I make are so rich and dense they don’t need frosting, but every so often I crave the contrasting textures of a chewy base topped with a sweet, feathery-light chocolate icing. There are a few other frosted brownie recipes I like, but this week I tried a new one called […]
  • Oatmeal Raisin Cookies with Indonesian Cinnamon

    20 Apr 2014 | 1:18 pm
    It’s been a while since I posted a good oatmeal raisin cookie, so here’s one I made today using some Indonesian cassia cinnamon — and a lot of it! I used a whole teaspoon and a half, but the cinnamon wasn’t overpowering at all. Maybe because Indonesian cassia is just not a very strong cinnamon? […]
  • Chocolate Topped Peanut Butter Bar Cookies

    16 Apr 2014 | 7:09 am
    If you need a little baking therapy, but don’t have the energy to go shopping for ingredients, chances are this recipe will be just the ticket. It was for me. I didn’t have chocolate chips and had to use chopped milk chocolate for the topping, but other than that there weren’t any issues and I […]
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    Pink Cake Box Custom Cakes & more

  • Happy Easter!

    Anne Heap
    19 Apr 2014 | 8:40 pm
    Easter Basket Cake with French Macarons & Cupcakes For those that celebrate, we hope you and your family have a wonderful Easter! This cake was for our Easter celebration at home with the family. The Easter basket cake was filled with French macarons and is surrounded with cupcakes. The cupcake with the cute bunny on top was for my son. JJ’s bunny Easter cupcake Happy Easter! The post Happy Easter! appeared first on Pink Cake Box Custom Cakes & more.
  • Nicole’s Bridal Shower Dessert Table

    Anne Heap
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:46 pm
    We created a complete dessert table for Nicole’s bridal shower this past weekend at the Harvard Club in NYC. Bridal Shower Dessert Table – Macarons, Cake Pops, Cookies and Cake The dessert setup was partially inspired by this ballerina themed table created a few years ago. The centerpiece of the collection is the 3 tier round cake with dark pink bands, a white oval monogram and bride cake topper. The bride to be is wearing a long lace veil and a Vera Wang Esther strapless dress. She is holding a bouquet of pink flowers. Along with the cake we included pink monogrammed wedding…
  • Mad Hatter Bridal Shower Cake

    Anne Heap
    10 Apr 2014 | 7:53 pm
    This whimsical setup which includes ribbon rose cupcakes, monogrammed cookies and a two tier top hat cake. The collection of goodies were created for a bridal shower at Stony Hill Inn in Hackensack, NJ. The cake is topped with a glittery silver top hat, ivory cummerbund and a small cluster of ivory and white flowers draped in a white veil. The hat sits atop two light violet tiers with additional clusters of blue hyndrangea and white and ivory roses. Flavors and fillings included coconut with lemon cream cheese and coconut with raspberry chambord buttercream. Update: We were thrilled to see…
  • Mini Doggy Baby Shower Cakes

    Anne Heap
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:37 pm
    Mini Doggy Baby Shower Cakes How cute are these little guys? For Wendy’s baby shower we worked to create ten of these mini cakes for each of her girlfriends to take home with them at the end of the shower as favors. Each mini cake included a cute puppy topper with either a sky blue or celadon green bow tie and matching band at the bottom tier of the cakes. All cakes were chocolate hazelnut with hazelnut frangelico. Congratulations Wendy! The post Mini Doggy Baby Shower Cakes appeared first on Pink Cake Box Custom Cakes & more.
  • 10 Creative 1st Birthday Cake Ideas!

    Ashley Mastroianni
    4 Apr 2014 | 8:36 pm
    First birthdays are a big milestone for your little one (and perhaps even more so for the parents…). Whether you are planning a large celebration with family and friends or a smaller more intimate gathering, choosing the perfect cake that fits within the party theme can help pull the party together. Over the years we’ve created a wide variety of first birthday cakes ranging from large and detailed multi-tier topsy turvy cakes down to single tier celebration cakes. Here is a selection of some of our favorite First Birthday cakes from the past 10 years! 1 Over sized Giraffe (or your…
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    Baking Obsession

  • Raw Carrot Mini Cakes

    15 Apr 2014 | 8:35 pm
    If you are like me – reluctant to toss organic carrot pulp into the compost after juicing the carrots, this recipe might be worthy of your attention. The flavor and texture of these cakes come pretty close to a conventional carrot cake despite the fact that there are no processed sugar, wheat flour, eggs, dairy, […]
  • Raw Sun-Dried Tomato Zucchini and Olive “Bread”

    26 Mar 2014 | 11:54 pm
    Yes, I know, they look like crackers, but these things are quite pliable and the texture is soft, so they are referred as bread in the raw foodists world. I dried the bread in a dehydrator, but you can achieve similar results in an oven on a very low setting, although I do recommend a […]
  • Chocolate Chia Pudding with Orange Flavoured Prunes

    16 Feb 2014 | 5:53 pm
    It always helps me to tame the chocolate cravings without consuming any processed sugar. Surprisingly, even a small serving is quite satisfying. The pudding takes no time to make, it just needs a couple of hours in the refrigerator to chill and firm up. I like to divide the pudding between small Mason jars with […]
  • Cinnamon Brownie and Dulce de Leche Ice Cream Sandwiches

    1 May 2013 | 10:21 pm
    This ice cream is the best dulce de leche ice cream I’ve tried. It’s better than the Häagen-Dazs’, no kidding. And it’s extremely easy to make. The recipe is adapted from the Gourmet who is, in its turn, adapted it from Mariana Crespo, Buenos Aires. I paired the ice cream with the cinnamon brownies. These […]
  • Pig Cake Tutorial Inspired by Minecraft

    25 Apr 2013 | 10:55 pm
    This is a very adaptable project. It can be easily scaled up to suit your serving needs. In this tutorial I’m illustrating step-by-step how to build a supporting structure, carve the cake, and decorate it with tiny mosaic gum paste tiles. I want to inform any potential buyers that this project is a time-consuming and […]
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    Recipe Girl

  • Microsoft Surface 2 Tablet Giveaway ($449)

    Lori Lange
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:27 am
    Hope you all had a very Happy Easter!   I’m partnering to host a big giveaway today- for a MICROSOFT SURFACE 2 (Retail $449)- to help celebrate Carrian from Oh Sweet Basil‘s birthday! I don’t have one of these tablets yet, but it looks awfully fun. Here are a few details: It’s lightweight- only 1 1/2 pounds, thin, and it can power out up to 10 hours of video playback. It has a kickstand, so you can use an external keyboard/mouse, or you can type right on the tablet itself for the touch-screen keyboard. It has a speedy quick start-up time. You can pull up two screens…
  • Ham and Cheese Baked Gnocchi

    Lori Lange
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Here’s a recipe that makes good use of leftover ham > HAM AND CHEESE BAKED GNOCCHI Who’s having ham this Easter Sunday?  Me!  Me!  Me!  Ham is my favorite main dish to serve on Easter Sunday.  It’s so easy to get one already spiral-cut… just heat it up, add the glaze, and it’s good to go!  So easy to prepare and serve, so you can focus on getting the rest of the dinner ready.  Smithfield Ham recently sent me one of their spiral hams to try- and it was absolutely fabulous.  We served it with roasted asparagus and cauliflower puree for a big family…
  • Stuff I’ve Gotta Share and You’ve Gotta See

    Lori Lange
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:06 am
    Here’s another edition of Stuff I’ve Gotta Share and You’ve Gotta See! >> Here’s what I shared on Parade Magazine‘s blog this week, and I’m having a really tough time not buying a million strawberries to make every single one of these recipes!! >> 6 DELICIOUS STRAWBERRY DESSERTS.  Don’t they all look amazing?!  That PIE is calling my name. I can’t get over how gorgeous this photo is from Lindsey of Cafe Johnsonia:  LEMON CHICKEN WITH TOMATO SALAD.  It’s the newest post on my other blog, Culinary Covers.  The recipe comes…
  • Carrot Cake Cheesecake Cake

    Lori Lange
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Here’s your cake for Easter! >> CARROT CAKE CHEESECAKE CAKE It occurred to me the other day that I haven’t given you a fabulous dessert to make for Easter Sunday!  And it also occurred to me that I haven’t shared a new cheesecake cake in quite some time, so… it’s time.  This cake has been in my head for a LONG time.  Every time Easter rolls around, I think… man, I should make a carrot cake cheesecake cake, but then I never do it.  But guess what?  I did it!  My oh-so-fabulous  in-laws were visiting us last weekend, and I baked-up this cake for…
  • Key Lime Fudge

    Lori Lange
    10 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Today I’m sharing what looks to be a very spring-like recipe for:   Key Lime Fudge The best part of spring is the green.  Where I live now (near Lake Tahoe) everything but the tall pine trees turns rather brown in the winter and the land looks pretty bare.  The lawn goes dormant, the flowers die and most of the rest of the plants drop their leaves.  It’s not such a pretty sight unless there is snow covering the ground.  77 degree temps tell me that winter is over and spring has sprung.  We didn’t have a terribly cold winter anyways this year, so the grass is on its…
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  • Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad Recipe

    21 Apr 2014 | 9:14 am
    Adding pasta to chicken Caesar salad is a nice change from the classic Caesar lettuce salad. This recipe consists of grilled chicken with pasta and lettuce that is tossed with a Caesar salad dressing. The best part about this recipe is, of course, the homemade dressing. The Caesar salad dressing gets a lot of its flavor from ingredients such as lemon juice and minced anchovies. If you do not have a blender to prepare the dressing, whisking the ingredients together in a bowl will work fine. For the chicken, you can grill it or bake it in the oven. If you want to save time, the meat from a…
  • Shrimp with Garlic Sauce Recipe

    15 Apr 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Shrimp with garlic sauce is a recipe that uses common Chinese ingredients to create a delicious meal that is both sweet and spicy. Most of the heat comes from the chili sauce and the sweetness comes from the sugar. This dish is so easy to prepare, the shrimp are stir-fried and then mixed with the sauce ingredients. If you want you could add some vegetables to the stir-fry such as broccoli. You can either choose to remove the shrimp tails or leave them on. You will want to use shrimp for this recipe that are already peeled and deveined. Shrimp with garlic sauce goes great served with egg rolls…
  • Biscuits and Gravy Casserole Recipe

    12 Apr 2014 | 8:44 am
    Biscuits and gravy casserole is a great dish to prepare for breakfast or even dinner. Normally the sausage gravy would be served separately on top of biscuits but this recipe adds the gravy right into a casserole dish with the biscuits. The process to preparing this casserole is very simple— the gravy is first prepared in the pan and then poured over a layer of biscuits in the casserole dish. The gravy is then topped with oven more of the flaky biscuits and placed into the oven and cooked until golden brown. You can use different flavors of pork sausage for this recipe depending on your…
  • Ham and Gouda Grilled Cheese Recipe

    8 Apr 2014 | 12:02 pm
    This grilled cheese recipe combines sliced ham, crispy bacon and smoke gouda cheese. The combination of flavors makes this sandwich a delicious option for dinner any night of the week. The sandwich has a nice smoky flavor from the bacon and gouda cheese. What helps to make this sandwich stand out is the mustard-mayonnaise spread that goes on it. The mustard mayonnaise spread is a combination of mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, horseradish and Worcestershire sauce. You will want to make sure you cook on sandwiches on low heat otherwise the cheese will not melt much at all. If you are using a block…
  • Cocktail Sauce Recipe

    5 Apr 2014 | 11:17 am
    You can easily purchase cocktail sauce from the grocery store but it is actually very easy to make your own. Cocktail sauce combines a few simple ingredients which you may already have on hand. This delicious sauce is a combination of ketchup, horseradish, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. I prepared breaded shrimp for dinner and decided I wanted a dipping sauce to go with them. I did not have anything on hand so I decided to prepare this cocktail sauce recipe. This sauce goes great served with cooked shrimp or cooked breaded shrimp. Enjoy. Cocktail Sauce Ingredients: 1 cup…
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    Bake My Day!

  • April Bread Baking Babes: Pretzel Croissants

    16 Apr 2014 | 1:06 pm
      This month Heather over at girlichef is our host and she asked us to marry her. Or wait… she introduced her recipe and then asked if we wanted to marry her? I am not sure but it had something to do with pretzels, croissants, butter and marriage. Something. Not sure which was first. Butter and croissants is always a good idea. Reading a recipe before you pick a day to bake is a good idea. No, make that reading your recipe thoroughly especially when you plan is a very good idea. Certainly when those recipes involve something with puff pastry and dough. (Cautionary advice; it wouldn’t…
  • Bread Baking Babes make a splash; Floating Dough

    16 Mar 2014 | 3:28 pm
    This month we wrapped our dough in a teatowel, tied a pretty twine around it and called it a day!please join us as a Bread Baking Buddy! Let Elle  know how you wrapped your dough by the end of this month....Hehe, we did a little bit more than that but you guessed that already. Elle over at  Feeding My Enthusiasms        was our host this month and we gathered around her kitchen table while she spun us a story about how to wrap your dough and sink it off in a bucket of water....The dough was a very rich dough, quite the amount of butter, sugar…
  • and again with results: Baking Rgaïf....

    18 Feb 2014 | 3:42 am
    I was so proud to be able to stretch the dough thin, almost see through thin. Then I folded the sides inwards just like the pictures at Lien's show you.Right from the get go I can tell you that it was so much easier than I thought! What a dork am I to let my fear hold me back. Then again, this being a flatbread... this flatbread did exactly what all flatbreads do to me:they puff.At that point they already started to look puffy. Touching  the hot surface of the pan (I used a crepe pan) up up they went. Barely touching the surface they tiptoed through their baking time. The result was a…
  • Celebrate the Babes! Stretching my deadline for baking Rgaif from the Bread Baking Babes!

    17 Feb 2014 | 12:06 am
    Blame it on the non-existing winterdays here in the Netherlands but I completely missed that our posting date was this weekend. It didn't help that I was partnered to throw a birthday party for my sister's oldest boy this weekend as well, the noise 6 over-excited 5yr olds make.... I really needed my husband to remind me that some time ago our boys had been 5 as well but still I can't believe they were that loud!Sunday was spent nestled in the couch, baking a couple of loaves, handquilting a bit, drinking a cup of tea, watching the Olympics not for one moment realising that…
  • Bread Baking Babes went to the Dark side... Chocolate Prune Bread

    17 Jan 2014 | 3:43 am
    Humhum... not sure if this is going to work as planned but I successfully accessed an out-of-the-house camera, transferred pictures through a screen I never saw before and got them safely (or that's what I am thinking right now) on to my tablet. Hah! Take that employers that do not wish to look beyond age, job-hiatus and allegedly not up to date computer skills!With age comes grace, flexibility, inventivity (because contrary to popular belief you don't get stuck in your ways when over 30, because at over 40 you know that things don't always go as planned and you invent ways to get things…
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    Cheese Underground

  • On Location: Ticklemore at Sharpham Dairy in Devon

    cheese underground lady
    5 Apr 2014 | 9:55 am
    Sharpham Dairy Owner Mark Sharman with a wheel of Ticklemore, made just that morning. If you've had the opportunity in the United States to taste Ticklemore, a pasteurized goat's milk cheese made at Sharpham Dairy in Devon, England, you are likely familiar with a creamy, white rinded cheese shaped liked a flying saucer that is often oozy around the rind and packs a flavor punch.Turns out, that cheese doesn't exist in England. In its home country, Ticklemore seems much younger, is a firm and crumbly cheese, with gentle, floral notes."I've eaten it in the United States, and I've got to say,…
  • On Location: Fighting Cheese Mites at Quickes Dairy

    cheese underground lady
    3 Apr 2014 | 3:36 pm
    Quickes Dairy Sales Manager Tom Chatfield demos the Mite Buster for us. Tom is just about the nicest, most efficient and one of the youngest sales managers in the business. I keptwanting to feed him a cookie.Ever since hearing stories from Wisconsin cheesemaker Bruce Workman about the fun of shrink wrapping random objects in a cheese cryovac machine, my husband has always dreamed of having his very own. Here's a typical conversation -- Me: what do we need a cryovac machine for? Husband: Who doesn't need a cryovac machine?Well today, I've found a new random object to covet that would make…
  • On Location: Duckett's Aged Caerphilly at Westcombe Dairy

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    2 Apr 2014 | 3:29 pm
    Westcombe Cheesemaker Tom Calver stands in thedoorway to the family's underground Caerphilly aging cellar in Somerset County, England.Perhaps without even realizing it, a maverick, next generation cheesemaker at Westcombe Dairy is rapidly changing the face of Old World cheesemaking in Somerset, England, bringing a fresh perspective and energy to the region's traditional cheeses.While cheesemaker Tom Calver may be best known for making Westcombe Traditional Farmhouse Cheddar - one of only three unpasteruized farmhouse cheddars left in England - today, he also crafts the amazing Duckett's Aged…
  • On Location: Tasting Montgomery Cheddar with Neal's Yard Dairy

    cheese underground lady
    1 Apr 2014 | 3:20 pm
    Neal's Yard Dairy Cheese Buyer Bronwen Percival and Cheesemaker JamieMontgomery compare notes during the dairy's monthly cheese tastingto select wheels for retail, wholesale and export. Just when you begin to believe you might know something about cheese after eating, breathing and writing about it for 10 years, the buyers from Neal's Yard Dairy turn up, promptly taste 30 cheeses in 60 minutes, pick out their favorites for retail, wholesale and export to the United States, and readily demonstrate that you actually know very little about your life's pursuit.Such was my morning spent today at…
  • Workshop: Goat and Sheep Milk Cheeses of Spain and Portugal

    cheese underground lady
    29 Mar 2014 | 7:41 pm
    This just in from the Wisconsin Center for Dairy Research: a few spots are still open for the April 15 Goat and Sheep Milk Cheeses of Spain and Portugal class in Madison.The short course features a special guest coming from Portugal: Mariana Marques D'Almeida, an industry consultant, technical judge and small ruminant expert from Lisbon. Attendees will learn from both lectures and a focus on hands-on learning with a 3-hour cheesemaking lab with recipes from Spain and Portugal included. The staff at CDR are super excited about the class, and encourage artisan cheesemakers to enroll.Bénédicte…
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    Have Your Cake and Eat It Too

  • Cloudy Bay Wine Pairing Food Trail

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Certain invitations make you want to do cartwheels, it's like an opera fan being invited to watch Pavarotti, (when he was alive), or a social activist being invited to lunch with philantropist like Ros....... I mean, Bill Gates.  Getting an invite from Geometry Global, for an MHD (Moet Hennessy Diaego) event, well, to me, is always a treat, that I would gladly cancel work related appointments for, especially when the line up of restaurants include Culinary Luminary Isadora Chai's Bistro A Table.They really do know how to party in style, (they meaning GG and MHD), and we were chauffeured…
  • Way Modern Chinois, Chinese Cuisine, Clearwater, Damansara Heights

    15 Apr 2014 | 10:08 pm
    As I get older, I find my palate becoming more partial to Asian cuisine.  Very rarely do I hanker these days for that piece of braised lamb shank, wagyu cheek, or fancy foamy meals with deconstructed items.  I am a peasant and plebian, so I like simple comfort foods.  To me, the simplest of Chinese stir fries and steaming and braising, are enough to satisfy. Hence I find it intriguing that there is still room to reinvent the wheel, as I discovered when invited by the Makan Fairy Godmother to have lunch at Way Modern Chinois, run by the same people who run Ploy, that fun, fresh…
  • Santa Margherita Wine Pairing Dinner, Villa Danielli

    13 Apr 2014 | 5:12 am
    The journey to Sheraton Imperial is always fraught with "danger" from where I come, because traffic is always so unpredictable, but I've become an expert at turning into the one way street behind the hotel, entering illegally from the other end, rather than waiting to enter Jln Sultan Ismail which is perpetually jammed.  But I always enjoy the dinners there, hence, I plough on, with the tenacity of an arctic explorer.The sight of prosecco to greet us is much needed as a relaxant, after spending harrowing hours in the car.  Actually I probably exaggerate, the traffic that particular…
  • Torii, A Toriific Yakitori Experience In the Easy To Park Part of TTDI

    6 Apr 2014 | 10:03 pm
    Years ago, in an apartment unit high above the ground, in the quiet tranquilness of Pantai Hillpark, a few strangers gathered together, almost under the shroud of secrecy, at "Raymond's" place.  That group of strangers subsequently became known as the "Everyone Loves Raymond" group, akin to new couples dating, the enthusiasm and the excitement of new love flamed the fires which fuelled regularly meet ups for eating etc.  Then as years go by, that flame wanes, as everyone gets caught up in their own lives, some give birth, others invent underwater casings for Iphones, some got…
  • Something Big & Fishy Happens In Jusco 1Utama ...The Norwegian Salmon Launch

    1 Apr 2014 | 10:42 pm
    Spawned by great stories of innumerable health benefits, and magical oils, the once humble Salmon, (I presume it was humble back in the day when it was the staple of the grizzly bear and polar bear) has now been elevated to King Fish status, almost. Then it got the bad rap, for being farmed, injected with dyes to make it more pink, or orange, or whatever color you please, so one wondered when was Salmon the real deal.  Now I know.  When it's Norwegian! Makan fairy godmother invited me to the Norwegian Salmon launch at 1 Utama. Highlights of the event included a cooking demo by Chef…
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    Technicolor Kitchen - English version

  • Macadamia and white chocolate chip cookies (with a touch of iron)

    21 Apr 2014 | 3:22 pm
    I'm not one who repeats sweet recipes often - aside from household favorites such as Alice Medrich's cocoa brownies and Nigel Slater's lemon and thyme cake, for instance, I get thrilled to try new things, or at least pimped up versions of baked goods and desserts I once tried and loved. I hadn't baked white chocolate macadamia cookies in ages, and was pretty happy with my go-to recipe, but
  • White chocolate, lemon and lime mousse and the trailer for "Gone Girl"

    16 Apr 2014 | 11:25 am
    The trailer for Gone Girl has finally been released and boy, does it look good: the scenes, the colors, the music (the poster!), everything seems tailor-made to turn the already great book into a very interesting movie. Fincher is one of my favorite directors and he’s perfect for dark, somber stories, not to mention that I love the fact the he doesn’t give a rat’s ass for the Oscars and makes
  • Pear and almond muffins and the joys of fall

    14 Apr 2014 | 12:44 pm
    I know that many people feel sad when they look out the window and see a cloudy, rainy day, but not me: I actually feel joy in my heart when the weather is like that, as it is today here in Sao Paulo (for the record, I do like sunny days when the weather is cold – I think it’s the best of both worlds). It’s fall here now (but let’s keep it down or the temperatures might decide to go over 30°C
  • Sticky chicken wings and comfort zones

    12 Apr 2014 | 4:50 am
    I admire people who step out of their comfort zone: it’s not an easy thing to do, not everyone’s ready for it, so kudos to those who do it. But at the same time I wonder that if you’re doing something really well, why not l keep doing it? Life is about balance, I suppose. That came to mind when I saw the poster for Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars – there he is again, working with Robert
  • Lemon Madeira cake and the power of syrup

    10 Apr 2014 | 10:37 am
    Yes, I have baked another lemon cake. Again. It’s an addiction, I can’t control myself. :D Cakes are my favorite thing to bake, lemon is my favorite flavor, and I usually have one or two around in the fridge, so it’s a no brainer. However, when this cake cooled and I sliced it, I felt it needed something else – it was a plain cake (the kind I love), but it needed a lift: it needed to be
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    Im Topsy Turvy

  • Tzatziki Sauce Recipe

    23 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    this post, Tzatziki Sauce Recipe first appeared on Im Topsy Turvy I received a sample box of yogurt to try, all opinions are my own I love Greek food, LOVE it. So naturally I love Tzatziki sauce. I love to make Gyro’s, Greek Salad and I’m currently working on a Greek Burger. So I’ve made like 4 batches of this recently while I’m recipe testing! Mmmm This recipe is based off of a THICK greek yogurt, if your yogurt isn’t thick enough you’ll need to strain it for awhile. It all depends on how thick you like your sauce. You can either use a tea towel, gather…
  • Crochet Eyelet Apron Pattern

    22 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    this post, Crochet Eyelet Apron Pattern first appeared on Im Topsy Turvy Hello Topsy Turvy readers! It’s Lindsay again with another simple, yet fun crochet pattern! Last month, we started out working on the basic single crochet stitch to make the Sailor’s Knot Crochet Belt. Did anybody try it? How did you do!? Like I mentioned last month, we are going to be working on basic crochet stitches with each pattern that I share. I wanted to take it one stitch at a time so that we can all really perfect our craft! Once you have your single crochet mastered, the next step is the half…
  • Spicy Deviled Egg Recipe

    17 Apr 2014 | 12:30 pm
    this post, Spicy Deviled Egg Recipe first appeared on Im Topsy Turvy This is a sponsored post, Kraft Foods sent me jars of MIRACLE WHIP and this recipe to try as part of the #proudofit campaign I am a MIRACLE WHIP lover!  We never even had mayo in the fridge growing up.  when I got married my husband came from a mayo family, but I quickly converted him and he is now a MIRACLE WHIP lover as well.  And of course we’re raising our kids right as well! BUT there are a few classic recipes, like Deviled Eggs, I never thought to make the swap to MIRACLE WHIP… But that is changing!
  • Dressing for a Wedding

    17 Apr 2014 | 4:30 am
    this post, Dressing for a Wedding first appeared on Im Topsy Turvy Hello again! It’s me, Deidre from Love, The Skinnys. Last month I was talking about Easter Color Blocking. If you still don’t have an Easter dress for this Sunday go check it out! This month I am focusing on the entire wedding season that is sneaking up this very second. It seems like everyone is getting engaged and sending out their wedding invitations. With wedding season coming so quickly we all need to start thinking about what sort of items are appropriate for wedding attire. And we also need to make sure we…
  • How to Replace Wiper Blades on the Car

    Cher Texter
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:30 am
    this post, How to Replace Wiper Blades on the Car first appeared on Im Topsy Turvy Hello, there! This is Cher with Designs by Studio C. With the arrival of Spring and the rainy season upon us (depending on which part of the country you live in) it may be time to change the blades on the car’s windshield wipers. Never done this before? Let me show you how easy it is to replace wiper blades on the car! Let’s start by finding the correct sizes of wiper blades for the car… Have you ever noticed the books near the wiper blades in the Automotive section of the store? This book is where you…
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    ZOMG, Candy!

  • Nestle FruTips – Chinese Assortment

    18 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    On Monday, I reviewed the mango, grapefruit, and lychee FruTips that I bought in China. Today, I’ll review their regular flavor assortment. The regular FruTips were the same size and texture as their specialized flavor counterparts, and they also contained lychee flavored jellies (white). You can refer to Monday’s review for my notes on texture and the lychee FruTips. Yellow was lemon. It tasted tart and zesty with lots of bitey lemon zest flavors. Orange was orange and tasted of candied citrus. It, too, was quite zesty, but its flavor profile was more rotund and orangey. Green…
  • Keep a candy bar handy for relationship bliss

    17 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Via my friend Neil, a new study shows that low blood sugar may prompt more aggression towards your significant other. Researchers suggest eating a candy bar before touchy conversations to keep things on a more even keel.
  • Beautiful Easter Eggs

    16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Via David Lebovitz on Facebook, Vanity Fair France has collated the most beautiful edible Easter eggs in France. They’re absolutely stunning and almost a shame to eat.
  • Nestle FruTips – Mango, Grapefruit, and Lychee

    14 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    As previously mentioned, I’m way overdue for a review of Nestle FruTips from China. When I was in Shanghai this March, I bought of couple of fresh tubes to cover today and Friday. I’ll start with the Mango, Grapefruit, and Lychee tube. The FruTips were thumbnail-sized flat disks that were covered in gritty sugar sand. The chew started off mostly soft with a bit of tension, then became softer and stickier as I chewed. The texture was smooth and felt like limpid jelly on my tongue. Grapefruit was a white with a greenish tinge. It was tart with a slight pithiness that highlighted its…
  • Everyburger

    11 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    This box of Everyburger was an impulse buy at my local Asian grocery store. I couldn’t read a word on the package besides “Everyburger”, but the box was shelved with other chocolate+cookie treats, so I assumed that these were some sort of chocolates+cookies shaped to look like hamburgers. Fortunately, my assumption was correct, and I didn’t accidentally buy some weird shelf-stable normal burgers in a tiny box. The Everyburgers were made of two nickel-sized cookies sandwiching a chocolate patty that was topped with a little schmear of frosting cheese. The cookies had a…
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  • Vivani Vollmilch Waldbeer Crunchy

    22 Apr 2014 | 10:03 am
    For some reason, there’s absolutely no shortage of Vivani bars in Eastern Canada. The German company is well represented in quite a few local shops and I’ve happily eaten them too. But I’d never seen this particular bar until recently so it naturally caught my eye. I’m very happy that the people at Vivani didn’t go with any of those dubious health claims for their Vollmilch Waldbeer Crunchy bar. After all, just adding some granola to a bar of chocolate isn’t going to turn it into some kind of superfood. But that’s basically what this is – 33%…
  • Happy Easter!

    20 Apr 2014 | 4:44 am We’d like to wish a Happy Easter to all our readers! We hope you received (and shared) some suitably amazing chocolate eggs and bunnies! We thought we’d share this short video we found from the recently released British Pathé archive. It’s a fascinating glimpse into how Easter Eggs were made in 1931. The clip shows roasting, melanging and roll refining of cocoa beans, followed by the hand decoration of the eggs themselves. We thought it would be interesting to compare it to our own trip to Thorntons a few years ago where we saw…
  • Hotel Chocolat Easter Egg Selection

    16 Apr 2014 | 3:17 am
    With Easter rapidly approaching it’s probably a good time to give you a quick review of some of Hotel Chocolat’s Easter Eggs. I was sent as small selection to try, and for a change I found myself getting involved with the sweeter end of their 2014 Easter Collection. First up is a box of four ‘Goose Eggs’ – three of which are made from Hotel Chocolat’s high cacao white chocolate (one flavoured with strawberry) and the fourth is made from their Caramel Chocolate (which seems to be getting into a lot of this year’s Easter Eggs). Not being the greatest…
  • The Chocolate Festival Easter 2014

    13 Apr 2014 | 9:55 am
    This weekend saw Yael Rose’s Chocolate Festival return to London for its annual Easter outing, and for the first time the event moved indoors. Islington’s Business Design Centre hosted a very different festival that was small, but busy. If you couldn’t make it along, here’s a few photos to give you a taste. Click on a photo to enlarge it, and use the arrow keys to navigate between pictures. The post The Chocolate Festival Easter 2014 appeared first on Chocablog.
  • Rococo Bird Of Paradise Eggs

    8 Apr 2014 | 10:32 am
    Time for some more Easter chocolate treats, this time from Rococo Chocolates. Rococo have always been good at “small and quirky” seasonal gifts, and this box of treats is no exception. Contained within an old fashioned style egg box are 12 mini eggs, each filled with flavoured caramel. There are three flavours in all; Kalamansi Lime, Passion Fruit & Rosemary and Mandarin & Tonka Bean. Rococo’s Head Chocolatier, Barry Johnson has become known for these zingy flavoured caramels since taking on the role a couple of years ago. They’re a firm favourite of mine,…
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    Sara Bakes Cakes blog

  • This Book was a Tree giveaway winner!!!

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:17 am
    8 days in, and the cosmos seedlings are taking off. Still no sign of the sweet pea sprouts, but I'll give them a couple more days in their little egg incubators before giving up hope. Thanks to all who entered the giveaway for Marcie's book - picked Anne as the lucky winner!   And by the way, I agree with Sarah - Nellie Oleson was my favorite too. She was so evil, but her curls were so perfect!    Yesterday was spent in the backyard doing another project - this time dyeing eggs, our fingers and the dog. Best tip ever - use a cupcake tin to hold the dye.
  • This Book Was a Tree / Cackleberry Sprouts! / Giveaway!!

    8 Apr 2014 | 10:14 am
    My good friend Marcie's book came out this month and I'm so proud to write about it and be part of her blog tour! This Book Was a Tree: Ideas, Adventures and Inspiration for Discovering the Natural World is magical. It's filled with get-out-there-and-experience-the-world-around-you projects of all shapes and sizes. Want to make a magnifying glass out of a water bottle? Create your own sundial? Turn old wool sweaters into felted flowers? Marcie knows how to do that and shares her wisdom and hand drawn art throughout. But most importantly, she encourages her readers to put down the screens, and…
  • Running - favorite things

    5 Jan 2014 | 5:53 pm
    I've been challenged by my good friend Britta over at Hudson & Hill to write a blog a week for the month of January. Seems easy, right? I mean - the woman just had twins and now has 4 kids under 5, if she can do it, I can, right? Then again, she's amazing and interesting and enlightening posts seem to just flow out of her, but I'm going to try my damndest to keep up. Here goes! Running - always said it was something I didn't do. Previously I'd get on a treadmill and jump off around around .45 mile mark, gasping for breath with a major stitch in my side. But I tried the whole running thing…
  • Movies? For kids? Have I got a list for you!!!

    23 Jul 2013 | 9:55 am
    We've been on a movie kick lately - I'll pretend and say the reason I haven't posted here since mid-flippin-March is because we've been watching so many movies. But that would be lying. Anyway - my boys and I watched a bunch of movies in fall 2011 when I was in the bowels of first-trimesterness with little guy #3, but we kind of stopped movie nights since then. Not sure why, because there's nothing better than curling up together in a dark-ish bedroom and watching a movies with kids. If you happen to nod off in the middle, no worries - make it a movie you've seen before and you'll still have…
  • The BEST buttercream

    20 Mar 2013 | 12:24 pm
    I love my buttercream recipe. This isn't the "fancy" buttery one (aka Swiss meringue or Italian meringue), but the one that reminds me more like the yummy grocery store-type frosting, but with better ingredients. Fortunately my good friend Sheri happens to agree with me. Check out her recent post for details (ps - go overboard on the vanilla, more vanilla can only make things taste that much better). Thanks for the love, Sheri! (and while you're at it, spend some time checking out her blog - everything this woman does looks and tastes amazing - I'm perpetually in awe)
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  • A Rainbow Connecting Hawaii and New York

    21 Apr 2014 | 11:05 am
    cakelava.comOn November 13, 2013 Hawaii Governor, Neil Abercrombie signed a bill legalizing gay marriage, and same-sex couples were allowed to marry starting December 2nd. Having spent my childhood through high school years on Oahu, I recall back in the early '90s when Hawaii was at the forefront of states allowing same-sex unions, but then later amended its constitution to ban those same unions in 1998. The topic of gay marriage is a divisive one, and if you are in the wedding industry in one of the 17 states plus the District of Columbia where same-sex marriage is legal, it is likely at…
  • Dragon Cake - The Cake Bucket List Gets Shorter!

    19 Apr 2014 | 1:24 pm
    cakelava.comLast month, cakelava observed 9 years in business! In each of those 9 years, Rick made hundreds of beautiful custom cakes, and I've had the pleasure of communicating with each and every client. Those hundreds of cakes each year, has turned into thousands of unforgettable memories that we will treasure as we move forward towards our first decade! About a week before cakelava's 9th birthday, Rick sculpted an amazing gold dragon cake for a client who gifted the cake to several of her male friends for their birthdays. The cake was delivered to a huge catamaran near Waikiki on a Friday…
  • Maya's Kangaroo Birthday Cake

    19 Feb 2014 | 5:33 pm
    cakelava.comWe have a long history of making cakes for Maya and her family. Six years ago, Maya celebrated her 3rd birthday and Rick made a "messy cake" for her party. It was a fun and colorful cake that Rick designed to look intentionally messy and like it was created by a child. The colors were bold with plenty of contrast. The following year, our client ordered another messy cake for Maya. The first one was such a hit with everyone, she decided to keep the same theme for her daughter's 4th birthday.  This time, she asked if Rick could do a pretty "messy cake" in girly colors fit for a…
  • Non-Traditional Wedding Cakes: Plants vs. Zombies

    8 Feb 2014 | 1:12 pm
    cakelava.comIn the past few months, we've been regularly posting non-traditional wedding cakes, most recently a stack of books made for Regi and Jeff who were married on December 29th. That was one of the last cakes we made in 2013. Just two weeks later, Rick made one of his most unusual non-traditional wedding cakes to date, a "Plants vs. Zombies" video game theme for Jovi and Brandon. The couple approached us months earlier to make their cake. At the time, neither Rick and I knew much about "Plants vs. Zombies", but all that changed as soon as we accepted the order. Like most gaming…
  • I Scream for My Ice Cream Cone Cake!

    6 Feb 2014 | 1:42 pm
    cakelava.comFor 364 days of the year, minus a couple major holidays, my focus is on other people's special celebrations. Their birthdays, their weddings, their graduations, their cakes. It's the part of my job I love the most, getting to work with our clients as they plan some of the most memorable days of their lives. I feel honored to see their cake being designed and made before its big reveal and think about how elated they will be when they see it!There is one day during the year when the tables are turned and I'm left completely in the dark during the cake design process. That one…
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    Dessert First

  • Fluffy Marshmallow Creme Macarons for Easter

    14 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Happy almost Easter! I'm looking forward to Isabelle's first Easter egg hunt, since she was too little last year to go hunting for eggs. She's still too little for Easter candy, fortunately: hopefully when she's older and finds out I kept all the chocolate bunnies and jellybeans from her she won't hold it against me! So since we're not stocking our place with Easter candy yet, what sweets to have for the holiday? What about macarons? I got an invitation from Sucré, a bakery in New Orleans, to sample their famous macarons and make my own spin on them. I never say no to macarons so I thought…
  • Marking a Milestone: Chocolate Whipped Cream Cookie Sandwiches

    31 Mar 2014 | 11:18 am
    Dear readers, I’m back! Apologies for my extended absence, as the last few weeks were given over to finishing edits on my third cookbook. It’s with a sense of relief and anticipation that I let go of the manuscript, and let the publisher take over. I’m looking forward to sharing more about the book as it gets closer to release…stay tuned for more details! It’s been a tricky juggling act trying to work on the cookbook while caring for an increasingly mobile and precocious toddler, and attempting to tend to life’s other responsibilities. Although I’m a…
  • {Review}: Sweet Subscription Boxes (and a Giveaway)

    7 Mar 2014 | 12:00 am
    I love getting things in the mail. Growing up, I was obsessed with the book/stamp/sticker/etc of the month clubs and heading out to the mailbox every day in anticipation of packages for me. Now the modern version of those clubs, subscription boxes, are calling my name. Hey, on the days I’m at home with the baby, a package on your doorstep is a big event, know what I mean? Although there are subscription boxes for pretty much every interest and need imaginable, there weren’t any sweet-related ones that really caught my eye. However, recently I was introduced to two sweet…
  • Kouign Amann with Praliné Noisette

    24 Feb 2014 | 1:06 am
    Kouign amann: this tongue-twistingly named pastry is also one of the tastiest things I have ever eaten, and seems to inspire such instant devotion wherever it pops up. Essentially an amped-up croissant with lots of extra butter and sugar added in, this pastry is not for those without a sweet tooth, or plenty of stomach space! Although kouign amann comes from France, its name is from Breton, which is a Celtic language. This pastry is a specialty of Brittany, where the Bretons settled after emigrating from Great Britain, way back in the 6th and 7th centuries. The name translates to…
  • Pink Ombre Cake for Baby’s 1st Birthday

    6 Feb 2014 | 12:00 am
    A couple weeks ago Isabelle turned one year old. One! How did my inaugural year as a mom pass so quickly! I meant to post another update in between her six month milestone and now, but I guess a mega-ish update will have to do. Hopefully these periodic updates are still enjoyable! I keep a separate, private baby journal I try to update daily– although it might sound very dedicated, it really came about because I realized I literally could not remember things anymore. When I was younger I used to pride myself on having a pretty good memory – I was the person who remembered everyone’s…
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    Joe Pastry

  • Lemon Meringue Pie and PTSD

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:12 am
    Ask typical home bakers about their experience with lemon meringue pie and the response is likely to be something along the lines of a haunted thousand-yard stare. The weeping...the weeping... The things just ooze. Most infuriatingly, they do it in two directions: up (as a result over over-heated meringue) and down (caused by under-heated meringue and/or a broken custard). And what happens when meringues and custards weep? Soggy crusts, sticky, gummy toppings, grainy fillings...the whole custard pie bag of horrors. ...Read on...
  • Up Next: Lemon Meringue Pie

    22 Apr 2014 | 12:08 pm
    This is another one from the request file, something else I can’t believe I’ve neglected for so long. Forgive me, all you contributors to my request post from last month, I’m skipping around a bit. I was actually planning on doing sfogliatelle this week but then realized I was fresh out of leaf lard. Time to get the rendering oven fired back up again! Oh, and I’m also looking for a good recipe for a “mud cake”, a request from reader Nokanen in Finland. He sent me a link to one but it’s in Finnish, and Finnish is one of...Read on...
  • Holiday Baking Triumphs & Disasters

    21 Apr 2014 | 11:05 am
    This isn't so much a post as a request for submissions from anyone who might have experienced either one during Easter or Passover. Geek Lady made the excellent suggestion since she had a little of both over the weekend. Post-holiday posts like this might make a good tradition here on Joe Pastry, but let's see how this one goes first. Make any submissions via the email link on the upper left and I'll put 'em up! Feel free to include supplemental comments if desired...though keep them on the short side if you will!...Read on...
  • Viva la Ropa Interior

    21 Apr 2014 | 7:43 am
    I can't remember a better Easter weekend here in Louisville. We spent a good chunk of it indoors of course, but after the last service was over yesterday morning we were free to revel in it. We threw an Easter party in the afternoon and evening as we usually do, and as per usual the attendance was heavily Spanish-speaking (note to self: learn Spanish for next year...or hire translators). Spaniards dominated, though I was delighted when two Cuban women we know walked in: a student of Mrs. Pastry's and her 80-year-old aunt who always has stories to tell about the Cuban Revolution. ...Read on...
  • Back Monday

    17 Apr 2014 | 6:14 am
    It’s Holy Week and there’s lots to do: services to attend, prayers to say, stuff to bake, plastic eggs to fill with candy. But Easter or no, it promises to be a lovely spring weekend here in the hemisphere…I hope you have a splendid one!
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    Cake Talk

  • Hot Cross Buns

    Marys Cakes
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:30 pm
    One of our most delicious breads, hot cross buns, are made from a rich dough full of eggs and butter, and dotted with currants. They are soft, slightly sweet, and delicious. We make them at Easter. Ever wonder why they...
  • One Word: Extraordinary

    Marys Cakes
    12 Apr 2014 | 7:27 am
    Extraordinary: adj. Extremely good or impressive. Very unusual or remarkable. Extraordinary. That's our mantra. When I preach it at the bakery I describe it as "The Rule of One." The Rule of One states that any given person or customer...
  • One Word: Local

    Marys Cakes
    9 Apr 2014 | 2:47 pm
    Before we asked our customers to describe Mary's Cakes in a single word, we came up with one of our own: Local. Back in December, I wrote a post on The Meaning of Local. Here's a bit more (and we're...
  • What's Happening in APRIL...

    Marys Cakes
    2 Apr 2014 | 11:45 am
    Here's what's going on in April at Mary's Cakes & Pastries: ART NIGHT is the first Thursday of the month in Historic Downtown Northport. Mary's Cakes will be featurning Aubrey and Jonathan from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Aubrey and Jonathan are Tuscaloosa's...
  • Making Potica!

    Marys Cakes
    25 Mar 2014 | 5:45 pm
    Potica is not something you see everyday, Unless you happen to live in Slovenia, where it is a national culinary treasure (really, it's even featured on a postage stamp!). Potica (pronounced po-TEET-za) is a rolled nut bread from Slovenia (and...
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    Get Off Your Butt and BAKE

  • Hummingbird Cupcakes with Vanilla Bean Marshmallow or Cream Cheese Frosting

    Get Off Your Butt and BAKE
    9 Apr 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Oh the internet . . . it's a blessing . . . it's a curse! Have you ever found yourself thinking; I'll just look at Pinterest for a minute or two, before I vacuum or dust? Two hours later, you realize that it's two hours later! One of those pictures took me to Saveur the other day, where I came across this yummy recipe for Hummingbird Cake.
  • Orange Coconut Pull-Apart Bread

    Get Off Your Butt and BAKE
    3 Apr 2014 | 1:08 pm
    Winter does give us a few perks. I believe that we don't need to stress out quite as much, when it comes to our wardrobe. 1. We can just throw on a nice winter coat & a stylish pair of boots and we are set. 2. Toes don't need to look perfect . . . nobody sees them. 3. Legs aren't shaved quite as often, and we don't seem to care. Lastly . . . for me . . . the best perk of winter . . . a husband who is home earlier in the evening. Summer seems to kidnap him and forces him to work 16 hours a day. I have to be careful not to let myself sing the summer b-l-u-e-s. If you are or have been a…
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    Wild Yeast

  • YeastSpotting 4.18.14

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:01 am
    Loaves and Rolls, First Batch Loaves and Rolls, Second Batch Flat Breads, Sweet Breads, and More YeastSpotting is a periodic collective showcase of yeasted baked goods and dishes with bread as a main ingredient. For more bread inspiration, and information on how to submit your bread, please visit the YeastSpotting archive. © Wild Yeast, 2014. | Permalink | No comment
  • YeastSpotting 4.11.14

    11 Apr 2014 | 7:44 am
    Loaves and Rolls, First Batch Loaves and Rolls, Second Batch Flat Breads, Sweet Breads, and More YeastSpotting is a periodic collective showcase of yeasted baked goods and dishes with bread as a main ingredient. For more bread inspiration, and information on how to submit your bread, please visit the YeastSpotting archive. © Wild Yeast, 2014. | Permalink | No comment
  • YeastSpotting 4.4.14

    4 Apr 2014 | 12:01 am
    Loaves and Rolls, First Batch Loaves and Rolls, Second Batch Flat Breads, Sweet Breads, and More YeastSpotting is a periodic collective showcase of yeasted baked goods and dishes with bread as a main ingredient. For more bread inspiration, and information on how to submit your bread, please visit the YeastSpotting archive. © Wild Yeast, 2014. | Permalink | No comment
  • YeastSpotting 3.28.14

    28 Mar 2014 | 12:01 am
    Loaves and Rolls, First Batch Loaves and Rolls, Second Batch Flat Breads, Sweet Breads, and More YeastSpotting is a periodic collective showcase of yeasted baked goods and dishes with bread as a main ingredient. For more bread inspiration, and information on how to submit your bread, please visit the YeastSpotting archive. © Wild Yeast, 2014. | Permalink | No comment
  • YeastSpotting 3.21.14

    21 Mar 2014 | 11:47 am
    Loaves and Rolls, First Batch Loaves and Rolls, Second Batch Flat Breads, Sweet Breads, and More YeastSpotting is a periodic collective showcase of yeasted baked goods and dishes with bread as a main ingredient. For more bread inspiration, and information on how to submit your bread, please visit the YeastSpotting archive. © Wild Yeast, 2014. | Permalink | No comment
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    The Cupcake Blog


    22 Apr 2014 | 8:28 am
    Make your own Happy Hour treat with these Meyer lemon limoncello cupcakes. The limoncello in the batter and the frosting turn these into an adults only treat that should not be served to kids. Of course you can always make a batch or two without the limoncello, but where’s the fun in that? These cupcakes are flavored with the aforementioned limoncello, fresh Meyer lemon juice, and Meyer lemon zest. They are filled with homemade lemon curd, and topped with cream cheese frosting – there isn’t much sweetness in these cupcakes! Source Tartelette

    21 Apr 2014 | 8:28 am
    Chai latte cupcakes are a great fall or winter cupcake, especially when you tire of the classic chocolate and vanilla flavored treats. What’s unique about this recipe is that it uses instant chai powder, rather than requiring you to mix the spices on your own. This gives them a stronger, more robust flavor. Other seasonings, like cardamom and vanilla, are used in the batter as well. The frosting is a buttercream that has been flavored with cinnamon and more cardamom. Talk about your unique, yet tasty, combinations! Source A Spicy Perspective
  • Vanilla Cupcakes with a Surprise Inside!

    20 Apr 2014 | 8:28 am
    What’s better than a vanilla cupcake? One with a surprise inside, of course! These homemade vanilla cupcakes (made from vanilla extract, eggs, flour, unsalted butter and sugar, among other things) are baked in festive cupcake liners. Once they have a chance to cool, the fun begins – slice out a hole in the center and pour in a batch of mini m&m’s, before replacing the top of the cupcake and frosting like normal. Source I Am Baker

    19 Apr 2014 | 8:28 am
    Forget peanut butter and chocolate – the new combination that everyone is raving about is pumpkin and chocolate. These cupcakes take the best of both worlds by combining something delicious (chocolate) with something delicious and healthy (pumpkin.) The rest of the batter is easy to make, as it consists of yellow cake mix, brownie mix, and several additional ingredients. While these treats are baking, whip up some vanilla bean buttercream frosting to make them complete. Source Picky Palate

    18 Apr 2014 | 8:28 am
    Sometimes the classics are the best. Even though you can make cupcakes that contain everything from squash to spinach, and in flavors like Nutella, pineapple and rose (yes, rose) there are some that are infinitely better than the others. Look at these chocolate chocolate cupcakes, for example. They consist of chocolate batter, flavored with chocolate powder and vanilla extract, and are topped with chocolate icing and a few chocolate shavings. Classic, yet perfect. Source Naturally Ella
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    Bunny's Warm Oven

  • A Delicious Blueberry Cake for Two ( Can be Doubled or Tripled as well)

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:16 am
    This dessert for two is packed with a terrific blueberry flavor!  The recipe can be doubled or tripled without any problem at all and still be mixed and ready for the oven in 10 minutes To Read More,Click On The Recipe TitleBeing the blueberry lover that I am, I was so happy to find a recipe that makes two serving with the capability of making more if the need a rises.    Your going to love this recipe for two reasons,it can be made in literally minutes, which is great for last minute dessert options and the flavor ,for such a fast dessert is amazing!  Blueberry…
  • Parmesan Crusted Chicken

    17 Apr 2014 | 7:16 am
    Another Fantastic way to make chicken!To Read More,Click On The Recipe Title.We eat a lot of chicken in this house so when my friend Beverly gave me this recipe she's been making for 40 years I was anxious to try it.  After making it, I can see why she's held on to it and been making it for as long as she has! I loved the mild Parmesan flavor and how very tender the chicken was!  I used chicken legs and thighs, we prefer the dark meat in chicken.  I buy leg quarters when they're on sale and cut them into legs and thighs and freeze them or use right away.  The ingredient…
  • Boston Cream Poke Cake

    14 Apr 2014 | 12:42 pm
    This is a 9 inch cake, because sometimes a big cake is just to much.To Read More,Click On The Recipe Title.There are those times when you want cake but a 13x9 inch is just too big.  That happens a lot here because there are only two of us.  For some reason for the last two days my mind has been occupied with the flavors of a Boston Cream Pie.  When that happens, those flavors have to hit my taste buds to satisfy my craving.  How do I get the flavors I want without having a ton left over plus save some time in the kitchen. Scaling down to meet my craving and going semi…
  • A Delicious Soft 100% Whole Wheat Bread

    11 Apr 2014 | 10:52 am
    A delicious soft 100% whole wheat bread recipe!To Read More,Click On The Recipe Title. We have two food bloggers in this big food loving family. Today I'd like to introduce you to Paul's son Zephaniah , the author of the blog Bread +Bourbon. He is also a teacher, musician, singer, song writer, baker and lover of good food.  Like this delicious cooked to perfection southern fried chicken from his blog Bread+Bourbon.   Zeph came to visit from Tennessee a couple of weeks back and we decided to bake together.  Since neither one of us had ever made a 100% whole wheat bread, we…
  • Pasta Salad My Way

    9 Apr 2014 | 6:44 am
    Pasta Salad My Way means there's lots of "stuff" added to make this more a meal than a side dish for the warmer summer months to come.To Read More, Click On The Recipe Title.When the weather starts warming up I start thinking about ways to cool down.  Pasta Salad is the perfect warm weather food for us.  And when the garden comes in full swing it's the perfect way to incorporate more fresh veggies into what we eat.  Pasta Salad with out "stuff" in it is just pasta with dressing, no fun at all.  I've loaded this one up with everything but the kitchen sink, and it was…
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    Love & Flour

  • Field Trip: Bar Cocoa

    Love &#38; Flour
    19 Apr 2014 | 12:40 pm
    I ate dessert for dinner this week. And it was divine. Bar Cocoa in the Ritz-Carlton hosted a group of Charlotte bloggers, and I had the good fortune to attend. It was a lovely experience, and it started with macarons. Bridges and bridges of macarons. Blueberry-lavender is newest member to the Bar Cocoa macaron family, and I can vouch […]
  • Slow-Cooker Chicken with Lime, Honey and Soy

    Love &#38; Flour
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:28 pm
    When I read a recipe from a slow cooker cookbook,  I expect to use only my slow cooker. Imagine my surprise when the original version of this recipe called for frying the chicken, sauteing  an onion, and boiling a sauce all before slow cooking. Help me. Still, I liked the idea of using Chinese Five Spice, honey, […]
  • Greek Lentil Soup

    Love &#38; Flour
    13 Apr 2014 | 5:58 am
    Welcome to the simplest soup recipe of all time. I have been working my way through a page of soup recipes I tore from a magazine upwards of four years ago. I started with winter tomato soup and followed it with a carrot and sweet potato soup spiced with ginger. Savory Moroccan soup is right up there on […]
  • Banana Walnut Cookies {Secret Recipe Club}

    Love &#38; Flour
    6 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    I suspect most of us are familiar with “it’s 5 o’clock somewhere” as an excuse to stretch the parameters of  the socially acceptable time to throw back a drink. I tend to have an “it’s 8 o’clock somewhere” attitude when cookies are involved for breakfast. I do not know if this is a terrible (because […]
  • Green Apple & Macadamia Quinoa Salad

    Love &#38; Flour
    5 Apr 2014 | 9:49 am
    Quinoa salad with green apples and macadamia nuts is now my favorite way to eat quinoa. I was not sure about an apple and a green pepper in the same salad. Add to that combo a green onion and a cucumber, and I was definitely not on board. The fact that I like things that stray […]
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    Gourmet Cookie Bouquets Recipe Blog

  • Fastest Types of Cookies to Bake

    Rae Ann
    10 Apr 2014 | 7:11 am
    That bake sale hit you faster than you expected, didn’t it? If you need a recipe that’s as quick as it is easy, here are a few of the most popular. Don’t worry – they’re delicious too! Quick Chocolate Chip Cookies – From Betty Crocker These are a fast way to your favorite. To get started, you’ll need a half cup of softened butter, ¾ cup of brown sugar, ¼ cup of sugar, 2 teaspoons of vanilla, an egg, 2 ¾ cups of Bisquick baking mix, and a cup of semisweet chocolate chips. Heat your oven to 375 degrees. Cream butter, sugar, vanilla and egg. Add the Bisquick and chocolate chips.
  • Why Do People Choose Gluten-Free?

    Rae Ann
    27 Mar 2014 | 8:17 am
    It seems like you can’t turn on a cooking show these days without seeing another celebrity chef preparing a gluten-free recipe. One quick look at the aisle of any grocery store is equally likely to convince you that the entire world has gone gluten-free. Wonder why so many people are headed in this direction in terms of nutrition? The answer is more complicated than you think. What is Gluten? Before you can understand the reason so many people have moved toward a gluten-free lifestyle, it’s important to understand exactly what gluten is. It’s actually just a type of protein that can be…
  • Easter Egg Hunt Cake

    Rae Ann
    13 Mar 2014 | 9:57 am
    It’s so much fun to hunt for Easter eggs. This year, why not carry the tradition inside as well by making an Easter egg hunt cake? This delectable dessert is made to look like Easter eggs are hidden amidst the frosting. There are many ways to decorate this cake, so get creative. You can do miniature cakes, mufins or cupcakes instead of a whole sheet cake too. Grab some food coloring, coconut, and jelly beans and have a ball. Be sure to involve the kids as that’s half the fun. Here are some easy recipes for you to try. Easter Egg Hunt Carrot Cake (Courtesy of This cake…
  • Healthy Party Food Ideas

    Rae Ann
    27 Feb 2014 | 12:36 pm
    There’s nothing quite as fun as throwing a party. The most difficult part, though, is choosing what to serve. Many these days are choosing to include healthier party food fare to serve quests who would prefer options other than high calorie party food. Here are a few choices that can help. Remember to use reduced fat dressings and dips wherever possible. Choosing hummus, for example, over a sour cream based dip is a good choice. You can also often replace the sour cream or mayo in a dip with fat-free yogurt so you can serve your favorites without the additional calories. For dessert, you…
  • Pink Ribbon Dessert Ideas

    Rae Ann
    13 Feb 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Breast Cancer Awareness month hits every October, and while there are lots of different ways to show your support including runs, walks, and benefit dinners, there are some simple things you can do, too. Here are some dessert ideas to take to that Pink Ribbon party or even your church potluck to help increase awareness. Pink Lemonade Dessert Think fluffy, cool, and pink, and you have the perfect dessert during October. Start by heating your oven to 350 degrees. In your food processor, crush 2 cups of broken pretzels with ¼ cup of sugar. After 20 seconds, drizzle ½ cup of melted butter…
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  • Giveaway! Eat More Dessert by Jenny Keller (Marian (Sweetopia))
    31 Mar 2014 | 5:51 pm
    I have a fun little giveaway for you today! (No April Fool’s trick on this one!). Jenny Keller, of, has a new book being released on April 8th – Eat More Dessert, with... Visit to view the entire post.
  • Sweet Pea Cupcake Toppers (Marian (Sweetopia))
    22 Mar 2014 | 7:19 pm
    Hello friends! Almost 3 months since my last post – a first for me! I’ve never missed a month in 5 years of blogging (February was Sweetopia’s 5 year anniversary too!), and I have... Visit to view the entire post.
  • Pastel Christmas Cookies & Barn Light Electric Graniteware Bowls (Marian (Sweetopia))
    23 Dec 2013 | 7:46 am
    Last batch of cookies for this year! Chocolate sugar cookies covered in pastel royal icing, ready to hand out in my new Barn Light Electric enamelware bowls. Inspired by their beautiful delphite blue... Visit to view the entire post.
  • Northern Lights Cookies (Marian (Sweetopia))
    20 Dec 2013 | 8:44 pm
    Thrilled to be enlisted by gorgeous clothing company Aritzia to make DIY Northern Lights Cookies, these were simple to create using an edible ink image printer. You can check out the article here and... Visit to view the entire post.
  • Winter Hat & Mitten Decorated Cookie How-To (Marian (Sweetopia))
    19 Dec 2013 | 9:56 am
    Whether or not you’re in an area which receives snow during the holiday season, making these hat and mitten decorated cookies will put you in a festive mood – and if you’re sharing... Visit to view the entire post.
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    HowToCookThat : Cakes, Dessert & Chocolate

  • Spaghetti Birthday Cake

    18 Apr 2014 | 2:40 am
    I get lots of requests for easy birthday cakes, this one is so easy that my kids made it for their dad’s birthday. His favourite meal is spaghetti and his cake of choice is carrot cake. Spaghetti Birthday Cake Recipe … Continue reading →The post Spaghetti Birthday Cake appeared first on HowToCookThat : Cakes, Dessert & Chocolate.
  • Giant Gummy Bear Kit Kat and m&m cake

    11 Apr 2014 | 2:42 am
    “I made a giant gummy bear Kit Kat and M&M cake today while you were at school, do you want to see a photo?” “Woooaaahhh that’s awesome, can I have some when we get home?” “I gave it away” “What!!! … Continue reading →The post Giant Gummy Bear Kit Kat and m&m cake appeared first on HowToCookThat : Cakes, Dessert & Chocolate.
  • How to Make Chocolate Easter Eggs Recipe

    4 Apr 2014 | 1:36 am
    Learn how to make home made chocolate Easter eggs with a surprise inside.  Easter egg hunts are so much fun, with the biggest egg always last.  One year when I was a child my mum carefully set up an Easter … Continue reading →The post How to Make Chocolate Easter Eggs Recipe appeared first on HowToCookThat : Cakes, Dessert & Chocolate.
  • Divergent Movie Cake

    28 Mar 2014 | 1:42 am
    Which Divergent movie faction are you? Candor: I don’t want to write out this recipe tonight, I want to go to sleep. Honest Abnegation: Someone may want to make this cake and they’ll need the recipe so you must help … Continue reading →The post Divergent Movie Cake appeared first on HowToCookThat : Cakes, Dessert & Chocolate.
  • Pet Dragons & Castle Cake Tutorial

    21 Mar 2014 | 1:29 am
    The best pet is one that sheds no hair, makes no mess and is not too noisy.  Meet my pet dragons.  They live inside the castle cake but will be just as happy residing anywhere in your home. To make … Continue reading →The post Pet Dragons & Castle Cake Tutorial appeared first on HowToCookThat : Cakes, Dessert & Chocolate.
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    Super Happy Cupcakes

  • Gluten Free Cupcakes

    Lainie LIberti
    4 Apr 2014 | 11:49 am
    Gluten Free Girl and the Chef – Playing With Our Food A slice of gluten-free pizza. Our cookbook, GlutenFree Girl Every Day, is born into the world today. Danny teases me often that I get crushes on different glutenfree flours. The words that burrow in. What is family dinner like in your house. Gluten-Free Cupcakes by Elana Amsterdam – Random House – Book – eBook With fifty cupcake recipes plus a variety of frostings to mix and match, Gluten-FreeCupcakes offers delightful cupcake alternatives—as tasty as their traditional counterparts—to anyone in need of a little cupcake…
  • Your Essential Tools For Making A Layer Cake

    Lainie LIberti
    8 Jan 2014 | 11:37 am
    Layer cakes are our kind of cakes. Why go for a slim sandwich sponge when you can get more baked goods for your buck by piling up the layers? The only thing better than cake is more cake, so put the kettle on and settle down for a cuppa and a slice of sky-high sponge.   Layer cakes may look complicated to pull off, but they’re surprisingly easy, if you’ve got time to spend – it’s almost exactly the same as making a normal sponge…you’re just stacking up layers. It’s a great opportunity to get creative with a piping bag and some shimmery baking accessories.   When it…
  • Golf Green Cupcake

    Lainie LIberti
    7 Feb 2013 | 2:57 pm
    An avid golfer and greens keeper at a golf course just turned a year older and to commemorate, the baker came up with a deliciously fantastic idea! The baker made a banana cake decorated with a golf course’s green surrounding. The birthday boy was genuinely surprised and only made a tiny “professional” comment: “in our circles, that would be called fertilizer burn, not a sand pit.” At least we know better now, for improvements in the future! In any case, this one’s a yummy delight for golf enthusiasts. Hole #19 is the club house! Dig in and eat! By…
  • Pink Ribbon Cupcakes

    Lainie LIberti
    5 Feb 2013 | 2:52 pm
     This batch of cupcakes was baked for a strong woman named Linda, a breast cancer survivor and golf enthusiast. Linda also started up CCBB, which began as a hobby and soon became  successful business. Linda makes beautiful jewellery in which 50% of her profits are donated to York Region Breast Cancer Friends (see for more). Since January 2005, she has already donated more than $90,000! To celebrate this success, the baker came up with pink fondant breast cancer ribbon toppings for vanilla buttercream and chocolate cupcakes. She also made fondant decorations…
  • Fruity Cupcake Set

    Lainie LIberti
    3 Feb 2013 | 2:28 pm
     These are vanilla cupcakes with chocolate ganache icing. For toppings, we have adorable little fondant fruit decorations. Need we say more? These are, undoubtedly delicious and delectable, and very clearly mouth-watering! The combination of chocolate and vanilla makes this cupcake set irresistibly good. This fruity cupcake set was made for a company named Purkel Products Inc. Starting top left in clockwise direction, we have: grapes, peach, strawberry, apple, cherries, lime, banana, pear, orange, lemon, and Purkel logo in the centre! With the fruity cupcake assortment, you can dig…
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  • Pesto Genovese and Homemade Linguine

    21 Apr 2014 | 8:29 am
      “Pesto has a pronounced, delicate spice to it from the use of fresh garlic.  Paired with toasted pine nuts and sweet basil, it’s full of complex flavors from anisette […]
  • Step by Step-Making Pasta at Home

    18 Apr 2014 | 8:41 am
    “As opposed to pasta made from a box,  fresh pasta has a very subtle sponginess to it that takes sauce perfectly, is easier to cook to a proper al dente and, let’s […]
  • Bavarian Cream and Raspberry Charlotte

    11 Apr 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Rolled slices of biscuit roulade and raspberry preserves, molded into a dome and then filled with fresh vanilla bavarian cream.  This entire recipe, with the exception of the preserves, was […]
  • Cream Cheese Pie and Tart Crust

    6 Apr 2014 | 10:34 am
    Cream Cheese pie crust is hardy, dense and flaky.  Almost like a danish or puff pastry, it’s one of the few crusts family and guests never leave a scrap of […]
  • Vanilla Bavarian Cream

    27 Mar 2014 | 11:34 am
      This is post #2 of our raspberry and bavarian cream Charlotte, which was put together using recipes from Rose Levy Beranbaum’s Cake Bible.  The recipe is very similar to our […]
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  • My first Blythe doll

    sarah kay sugar
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:07 am
    I’m honoured to present you my first Blythe doll. I love her brilliant eyes expression ^^ Totally handmade with sugarpaste. Sarah Kay Sugar The post My first Blythe doll appeared first on The Cake Lovers.
  • Mariposa Lily Cake

    21 Apr 2014 | 9:21 am
    An elegant 3 tier cake with mariposa lilies, bougainvillea, and Asian ground orchid. Bottom layer is tufted billow weave! The post Mariposa Lily Cake appeared first on The Cake Lovers.
  • Carousel Cake

    20 Apr 2014 | 10:48 pm
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  • Anna stand up Frozen cake

    Patrick Mcgaw
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:18 am
    Anna stand up Frozen cake Anna of Arendelle movie Frozen cake by Batter Up Cakes.  Batter Up Cakes are located in Huntersville, North Carolina.  They specialize in making wedding cakes, cupcakes and all occasion cakes.  This... The post Anna stand up Frozen cake appeared first on The Cake Lovers.
  • Elsa Princess Disney Frozen Cake

    Patrick Mcgaw
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:05 am
    Elsa Princess Disney Frozen Cake Here is a stand up Elsa Princess Disney Frozen cake created by Amy Long.  Amy Long bought the Elsa doll from Target. A Great doll to use since her outfit is... The post Elsa Princess Disney Frozen Cake appeared first on The Cake Lovers.
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  • How to Make Easy Chocolate Mousse

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:10 am
    Posted: Friday, April 18, 2014 - 10:45amSolo Foods wants to share one of the most decadent ways to eat chocolate. Imagine a creamy, rich concoction to share with the ones you love!Chocolate mousse is the perfect dessert dish to make for your family or that special someone as a delicious treat. It’s light, it’s decadent and it is super easy to make! All you need is a few ingredients to make the perfect chocolate mousse.
  • The Great Debate: Cake vs. Pie

    11 Apr 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Posted: Friday, April 11, 2014 - 1:45pmIt seems that the Cake vs. Pie debate is as polarizing as any political issue. The most easy-going dessert fan bristles up, ready to defend their champion. Thankfully, we love all desserts and would happily eat either cake or pie. But what makes some dessert eaters prefer one dessert over the other?Why Pie Takes the Cake:
  • 8 Spring Dessert Recipes–Cakes, Cookies and More!

    20 Mar 2014 | 7:33 am
    Posted: Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 9:00amSpring (and dessert) is in the air! Can you feel it? The warm weather, greener trees and pretty flowers are blooming everywhere you turn. Looking for a way to celebrate the first day of spring? Check out these deliciously easy desserts you can make to celebrate springtime. Get creative with fresh, fruity flavors and with the help of some awesome bloggers, you’ll be baking a delicious dessert in no time.
  • How to Make Hamantaschen

    13 Mar 2014 | 4:02 pm
    Posted: Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 5:00pmBaking RecipesIf you’re a fan of Purim, you’re a fan of the deliciously fruit-filled cookies, Hamantaschen. These little triangles of goodness are the quintessential cookie to make during this Jewish holiday and are extremely versatile in flavor and filling. Although traditional Hamantaschen are normally filled with poppyseed filling, they can technically be made with any kind of fruit or dessert filling your heart desires.
  • How to Make Ice Cream Bread

    7 Mar 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Posted: Friday, March 7, 2014 - 2:00pmCraving bread, but don't have a loaf in your house and are all out of the ingredients you need? Then turn to our old friend ice cream to make a delicious bread recipe!Ice Cream Bread Ingredients
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