Tag: Baking

9 Absolutely Adorable Ideas for Kids’ Birthday Party Treats

by in Family, Recipes, July 12th, 2017

Pull-Apart Beach CupcakesAs the mom of four small kids, I’ve thrown my share of birthday parties. And as each birthday approaches, you can count on me to be scouring the interwebs, relentlessly looking for ideas that guarantee show-stopping results—while also being realistic and doable. These are some of my favorites.

Pull-Apart Beach Cupcakes (pictured above)
We made this beach scene for a pool party and WHAT A HIT! With cupcakes baked right into the cones, there was no waste, not even a paper liner to toss in the end.

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Your Weekend Project: 5 Desserts to Sweeten Your Weekend

by in Recipes, View All Posts, March 10th, 2017

Tiramisu Layer CakeWeekends were made for baking. It’s the perfect time to master a recipe for a sweet treat (or two!) to last you through Sunday night’s TV lineup. This time swap your usual dessert for a recipe you’ve never tried before. You’ll add something new to your repertoire – and who knows, it might become your next go-to.
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Over-the-Top Cute Christmas Desserts

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 7th, 2016

Dial up the cute factor at your holiday table with these fun and creative holiday desserts, ranging from easy Santas crafted from strawberries to ambitious baking projects like a buche de Noel. Turn on some festive tunes, gather the whole family, and put even the littlest hands to work stirring batter and decorating with candies. The more the merrier!

Transform ordinary brownies into Prancer, Dancer and Vixen with our recipe for Christmas Reindeer Brownies (pictured above) decorated with mini marshmallows, wafer cookies and candies. Read more

Mint Chocolate Layer Cake: A Craveable Flavor Combo in Cake Form

by in Holidays, Recipes, December 6th, 2016

Mint Chocolate Layer CakeOne of my favorite things about December is embracing all things mint. We add that glorious flavoring to hot cocoa, brownies, cookies and most definitely cake. This cake in particular features four moist layers of dark chocolate cake and a delicate minty buttercream slathered between the layers. The cake is covered in chocolate buttercream and topped off with a mint-green chocolate curl for both decoration and an extra boost of mint flavor. Check out the decadent recipe below.

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8 Recipes to Get You in the Holiday Baking Spirit 

by in Holidays, Recipes, November 26th, 2016

Now that the turkey’s been carved (and made into countless sandwiches), sweets season is officially upon us. We’ve all got visions of sugarplums, cookies, cakes and doughnuts dancing in our heads — so kick off your December baking with these sure-to-please recipes.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Thumbprint Cookie (above)

Katie Lee takes a traditional (and adorable) cookie and makes it even more playful by reimagining it in the flavors of your favorite childhood sandwich.

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Prep for Holiday Pie Season with These 4 Tips (and a New Recipe)

by in Books, November 8th, 2016

Art of the PieThe chill in the air can mean only one thing: It’s pie season. If you’re a pie veteran, someone who rolls up his or her sleeves and pulls on an apron enthusiastically each fall, we’ve got the perfect book for you. And if you’re a pie rookie, someone who shudders at the thought of crusts crumbling and fillings overflowing, we’ve got the perfect book for you too. They’re one in the same: Art of the Pie by Kate McDermott.

Art of the Pie is full of tips that are as simple to implement as they are effective in taking your pies to the next level. It features all the classics you’d expect to find (Blueberry Pie, Quintessential Apple Pie, Lemon Meringue and Pumpkin Pie, to name a few) as well as some new and some forgotten dishes, like a Shaker Lemon Pie, Chess Pie, and rhubarb paired with spices and berries and custard — oh, my! McDermott is a veteran at coaxing the best out of pie bakers (experienced and novice alike) at Pie Cottage, the studio where she teaches the recipes and techniques featured in Art of the Pie. Our favorite bites of advice are below, as is McDermott’s recipe for Cranberry Pie (pictured above) for you to try at home.

Here are our picks for the best of McDermott’s pie-making tips:

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Up Your Pie Game with These 8 Tools

by in Product Reviews, October 19th, 2016

Let’s face it: Homemade pies are a labor of love. Between getting the dough just right, choosing the right filling, rolling out the dough, blind baking the crust and finally crafting a pretty top crust, making pie from scratch requires some serious effort … and a few tricks. These clever gadgets will help you bake the perfect pie and enjoy the entire delicious process from start to finish.

Sure, you can spend time painstakingly cutting and weaving a pretty latticework pie crust. Or, you can simply lay a single sheet of dough over the oh-so-handy Lattice Piecrust Cutter ($20; pictured above) and use a rolling pin to press the dough into the pattern. Voila: near-effortless pie perfection.

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Naked Pumpkin Cake with Cinnamon Buttercream

by in Recipes, October 14th, 2016

Naked Pumpkin Cake with Cinnamon ButtercreamMy husband proposed to me again after I made him this cake. It was a complete shock to me, as he is not a big sweets eater. We have come to a comfortable understanding in our lives: I make desserts every day, I ask him to sample them, and he nods that they are fine.

But not with this cake!

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7 Unexpected Crusts to Totally Transform Your Favorite Pies

by in Recipes, September 24th, 2016

Here’s a brilliant way to change up your seasonal pie baking without having to skip all your favorite flavors: Don’t change the filling; change the crust. We’ll always love a traditional pastry or graham cracker base for a pie, but one of these crust alternatives just might become a new classic in your house.

Crispy Rice Cereal

A little peanut butter is all it takes to morph crunchy cereal into a moldable mix for a playful pie crust. We topped this version with strawberry ice cream and fresh strawberries to mimic everyone’s favorite childhood sandwich.

Get the recipe: 4-Ingredient Peanut Butter-Strawberry Ice Cream Pie (above)

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Naked Apple Layer Cake with Caramel Frosting and Mini Butterscotch Apples

by in Recipes, September 23rd, 2016

Naked Apple Layer Cake with Caramel Frosting and Mini Butterscotch ApplesThis is the cake for fall. The cake that will make people take their phones out and share it on social media, tagging you with #AmazingCake #BestBaker #CakeGoals #Wow. The cake no one will let you cut into until they have the perfect picture for Instagram. (Helpful hint: The Hefe filter is amazing for this cake!) This is the cake that will boost you to “legendary” status among friends and family. This is the cake that people will love to look at but love to eat even more. This is the cake that will make you the most-popular baker in the neighborhood. This is the cake that everyone will talk about — all the time. It’s just that good!

OK, so what is this cake? It’s a fresh apple-cinnamon beauty, and it’s the perfect way to usher in fall. It takes advantage of the “naked cake” trend and reveals its thick, rich layers of moist, apple-studded cake and fluffy frosting — that perfectly sweet caramel buttercream is the ideal complement to the traditional fall flavors of apple and spice. But here is where it gets decadent: the homemade mini butterscotch-dunked apples adorning the top of the cake. The final touch? Caramel drizzled over every nook and cranny, of course!

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