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How to Assemble a Cake

Written on March 19, 2012 at 10:51 AM, by

Today I’m going to back up a bit. Let’s talk basics. If seeing a tutorial on this topic makes you yawn . . . keep reading! You might learn a thing or two, or you might see something critical that I missed, and you can let us all know in the comments section. Either way,Continue Reading

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Written on August 18, 2011 at 3:50 PM, by

Why yes, I already have a chocolate chip cookie recipe on this blog. It’s good of you to remember. That recipe isn’t too bad, but it’s buried in the darkest corner of the archives, and if you were to poke around a bit, you’d see that it’s the oldest post on the site – backContinue Reading

Troubleshooting Recipes for Baking – Part 1

Written on February 23, 2011 at 4:34 PM, by

It doesn’t happen often, but occasionally I hear from a disgruntled reader saying something like, “I tried your recipe for whatever, and it was just awful and it didn’t turn out at all, and it burnt a hole in the ozone, and my kid ran away from home. . . ” I’m really sorry. RestContinue Reading

Tutorial – Eiffel Tower in Royal Icing

Written on February 9, 2011 at 5:12 PM, by

I realize this is months after the fact, but I’ve had a lot of requests for an Eiffel Tower tutorial. And hey, Valentine’s Day is coming up. Aaand, I’m sure the Eiffel Tower and Valentine’s Day have something in common. I actually hadn’t planned on doing a tutorial, so I didn’t get a great photoContinue Reading

Plum Coffee Cake

Written on December 22, 2010 at 11:47 PM, by

I’m going to ignore my calendar for now, and assume that it’s not too late to talk about Christmas morning breakfast. Christmas breakfast! You can totally do it. I’m going to show you the quickest and most painless way to put together a gorgeous, yeasted plum coffee cake for Christmas morning. First, the yeast. IfContinue Reading

The Perfect Pie Crust in Eight Steps

Written on November 22, 2010 at 5:13 PM, by

I was going to call this “Pastry Dough for Dummies.” And then it occurred to me — you guys are all outrageously intelligent! I know there are a bajillion pie crust tutorials out there in the food blogging world (ooh, especially this month), and yet pastry dough is still notorious for being so intimidating toContinue Reading

Schnazzing up a cake mix

Written on April 28, 2009 at 5:28 PM, by

Cake mixes — we should all hate them, right? They’re filled with all sorts of crazy preservatives and radioactive substances that you wouldn’t want to meet in a dark alley. BUT! But. But when it’s your sister-in-law’s birthday, and you’ve been asked to make the birthday cake, and you get home from church and haveContinue Reading

Hello Everyone!

Written on December 22, 2008 at 3:37 PM, by

I think I may be the last person in the solar system to figure out how to make chocolate chip cookies that aren’t all flat and crispy. But I’ve finally done it. Here is a list of things I’ve learned about the mighty chocolate chip cookie, during my crusade against flatness and crispiness. Rules forContinue Reading