Easy Flourless Chocolate Cake

Flourless chocolate cake is one of our favorites. It’s dense, chocolatey, and elegant–almost more like a brownie than a cake. This flourless chocolate cake is the easiest cake in the world with only four ingredients and three steps. It’s scrumptious and perfect to serve to your sweetheart. Tips for Your Flourless Chocolate Cake We’ve made dozens of these flourless chocolate cakes and served them to our customers in the store plus we’ve used them in classes. There are two keys to success: really good cocoa and a springform pan with a tight seal. We recommend a silicone springform pan.” Dennis …

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What People Want Most in a Sweet Roll and How to Make Them from a Donut Mix

Everyone loves a soft, fluffy sweet roll hot from the oven and packed with lots of flavor. We thought the easiest way to get this was by using a bread mix, but we were pointed in a different direction: sweet rolls from a donut mix. Here’s how we got to the perfect sweet roll mix. The Customer’s Secret: Cinnamon Buns from a Donut Mix One day, there was a customer in our store with her arms full of just one type of mix. “Looks like a party,” one of our associates in the store said. She was buying a bunch …

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Maple Bacon Cupcakes

I wasn’t sure about maple bacon cupcakes but I must admit, they’re good.  It’s no wonder—chocolate, bacon, and maple are a good, balanced combination with the rich, the sweet, and the savory. These maple bacon cupcakes are made with our Very Fudgy Baby Cakes Dessert Cupcake and Cake Mix.  The cake is a cream cake—denser than the box cakes in the grocery store and about half as dense as a pound cake. You need a dense, moist cake with substance—not to mention, chocolate pieces–to balance with strong flavors of bacon and maple. The Maple Bacon Cupcakes Recipe To Make and …

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Three Essentials for Making Bread

When it comes to making bread, I believe it is an art, and like all art forms, there are a few essentials that I would never go without. Here are a few tools that I consider essentials in my kitchen for making bread. But first, consider the Art and Science of Baking. The Art and Science of Baking Baking bread is not hard, but it pays to know the essentials and the science about baking. We’ve written a book by that title: How to Bake: The Art and Science of Baking. If you are serious about baking, read that. But …

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How to Make Homemade Soda Pop

It’s fun to make homemade soda pop! Soda pop is just carbonated punch but you can do better than that. Try carbonating your favorite lemonade or frozen fruit juice concentrate. Carbonating Beverages: You Can Do So Much! When we were kids, we made homemade root beer with yeast. The yeast created the carbon dioxide bubbles in the beverage. There is an easier way—dry ice which you can buy at many grocery stores. With dry ice, you can carbonate: Juice beverages made with frozen fruit juice concentrates. Kool-Aid® and other beverages (not unlike many commercial soda pops). Fresh fruit beverages like …

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Lemon Cream Pie Filled Cupcakes

These are wonderful creamy cupcakes with a bright, lemon flavor. The cake is lemon, the filling is lemon, and the frosting is a buttercream frosting to balance the flavors. How to Make Lemon Cream Pie Filled Cupcakes The Cupcake Recipe Ingredients Vanilla Bean Baby Cakes cake mix 1 teaspoon lemon flavor Directions: Add the lemon flavor to the cake mix. Mix and bake according to package directions. About the Lemon Pastry Filling Use our Lemon Pastry Filling to fill your lemon cream pie filled cupcakes. Clip a corner on the two-pound pack of lemon filling and squeeze about 1/3 ounce …

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How to Make Stuffed Braided Bread

You can braid nearly any bread—including your favorite recipe. We often grab a mix—that makes it even easier. And you can stuff your bread with either a sweet or a savory filling. Cherry Braided Bread With Cream Cheese Frosting For this project, we made a cherry bread with a cream cheese frosting. We used a Buttermilk White Bread Mix but you can use any mix or recipe you like. We used a cherry pastry filling but a pie filling or Chubby Cherry would have worked well. Instructions: Follow the package directions or a recipe if you are using one. You …

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Nine Ways to Make Stuffed Burgers

(Updated from June 9, 2015) We discovered stuffed burgers a long time ago.  But they were simple affairs. We would grind up a block of cheese and mix it into the burger.  Maybe we would chop up onions and peppers and mix those in.  Occasionally, we would look to meatloaf recipes for inspiration. They were good but we found another way to make stuffed burgers. It’s a stuffed burger press.  Instead of mixing the fillings into the meat, you create a stuffing pocket in the middle of the meat. This is what a stuffed burger press looks like: Learn how …

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How to Cook Burgers on a Rack in the Oven

(Updated From May 10, 2014) Get a FREE brownie or snickerdoodle mix! Add it to cart and use code “Z333” at checkout. What if it rains this weekend, and I can’t make burgers on the grill? Don’t worry; I found just the trick. Making burgers in the oven means you can cook them rain or shine. When you cook your burgers on a rack in the oven, you don’t have to turn your food. The air circulates under the food and cooks the food from above and below. Cooking times are reduced. Without turning, your burgers are incredibly juicy. There …

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A Baker’s Cookie Guide

Ingredients Cookies are wonderful concoctions of flour, sugar, and a fat—usually butter and eggs. To these basic ingredients, we add fruit, nuts, and flavors. If we start out with compromised ingredients, the cookies from any recipe will be inferior. Sugars Sugars not only sweeten, they add moisture and tenderness to the cookie and help the cookie brown. Always use the type of sugar called for in the recipe. Since superfine sugar melts faster than does granulated, it will create more spread. Brown sugar adds a caramel flavor and more moisture than granulated. Powdered sugar has added cornstarch and makes a …

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Five Essential Frosting Recipes that Every Cupcake Lover Should Have

These are your “go to” frosting recipes.  These are all you’ll need for most of your cupcakes. Basic Buttercream Frosting Chocolate Buttercream Frosting Best Fudge Frosting Light and Fluffy Cream Cheese Frosting Browned Butter Frosting The first four would make anyone’s list and I’m just in love with browned butter frosting.  It’s too good not to include. We also use buttercream frosting mixes for both vanilla and chocolate buttercream. They are nearly foolproof and save loads of time. Basic Buttercream Frosting Use this on cakes and cupcakes.  It can be piped or spread.  Add color and flavor to it to …

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Easy Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

This is an easy cake that is absolutely scrumptious.  You simply add three ingredients to our Vanilla Bean cake mix.  We served this in the store as a sample to customers and they loved it.  Nearly everyone asked for the recipe. Make this recipe as a cake or turn them into cupcakes. The Cupcakes 1 Vanilla Bean Baby Cakes cake mix 1 teaspoon baking powder 3/4 cup grated carrots 2 teaspoons cinnamon 3/4 cup nuts Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Make the baby cakes as directed on package adding the baking powder, carrots, cinnamon and nuts to the batter. Bake …

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Grandpa Grumpy Cupcakes

Grumpy Cupcakes are the creation of the Just Baked bakery chain in Michigan.  Our version is made with a moist cream cake cupcake filled with Bavarian cream and frosted with a buttercream frosting.  Then the top of the cupcake is dipped in ganache made with gourmet chocolate.  The ganache melts the buttercream just a bit to make pillowy mounds of chocolate covered buttercream. There is also a version made with ice cream in the “Ice Cream Filled Cupcakes” section of this book. The Cupcakes Very Fudgy Baby Cakes cake mix Mix and bake cupcakes according to package directions.   The …

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Cupcakes

Did you know that you can make ganache with peanut butter? You can! And since ganache is easy, this is an easy topping. We added chopped pretzels as a coating.  The pretzels created a spark of salt and crunch (I thought we needed more pretzel pieces but both Kelli, in the kitchen, and Leslie, from Production, said it was just right). The Cupcakes Vanilla Bean Baby Cakes cake mix Mix and bake cupcakes according to package directions.   The Filling Chocolate Bavarian Crème Clip a corner on the two-pound pack and squeeze about 1/3 ounce through the top of each baked …

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Chocolate Raspberry Buttercream Cupcakes

This cupcake is definitely for raspberry lovers. It is made with a chocolate cake mix and chocolate chips added to the batter. Then we filled them with raspberry pastry filling, frosted them with vanilla raspberry buttercream and topped them off with a fresh raspberry. If you are a raspberry lover, then you will love these cupcakes. The Cupcakes Very Fudgy Baby Cakes cake mix 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips Bake the cupcakes as directed on the package, adding the chocolate chips before baking.   The Filling Raspberry Pastry Filling Clip a corner on the two-pound pack of filling and squeeze …

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Banana Pudding Cupcakes

Anyone who is a fan of bananas will love these cupcakes. They are made from a vanilla cake mix, filled with banana pudding, frosted with banana buttercream and topped with a fresh banana slice. To give the cupcake a little crunch, we placed a Nilla Wafer in the bottom of the cupcake tin before baking and then topped the completed cupcake with crushed Nilla Wafer pieces. Can you say “yum?” The Cupcakes Vanilla Baby Cakes cake mix 1 tsp. banana flavor Nilla Wafers Place one Nilla Wafer cookie in the bottom of each cupcake cup in the baking sheet. Pour …

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Black Forest Cupcakes

Black Forest is a mixture of chocolate and cherry.  We used a boxed cake mix and filled the cupcakes with cherry pastry filling.  We then used a chocolate buttercream frosting mix and added a teaspoon of cherry flavoring.  We sprinkled the cupcakes with Black Forest bark topping. The Cupcakes Make a batch of chocolate cupcakes with a boxed cake mix such as our Very Fudgy Baby Cakes Cake Mix.  Let them cool on a rack. The Filling Cherry Pastry Filling Snip a quarter-inch corner off the 2 lb. pastry bag. Insert the snipped corner into the top of a cupcake.  …

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How to Make the Best Chunky Monkey Cupcakes Ever

Dennis Weaver We have a store in Rigby, Idaho. Most of our business is online but the store is such a great way for us to connect with customers and get suggestions. We serve samples to our customers and learn what they love and what they aren’t so crazy about. They love Chunky Monkey Cupcakes. One sweet lady picked up a Chunky Monkey Cupcake to eat on the way home. I chatted with her for a few minutes before she left. She was back to the store in about fifteen minutes. “Give me everything I need to make those cupcakes,” she …

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Five Easy-as-Pie Ways to Delight Your Sweetie Pie

So your sweetie pie likes pie . . . and chocolate. So why not combine the two? I love smooth, silky chocolate pie. Here are five pies that will delight any sweetheart. If you’re not comfortable making pie crusts from scratch, use our just-add-water pie crust mix. It’s easy and it’ll make you a hero. Most professional bakers use a pie crust mix; they don’t make their crusts from scratch. At the end of the section, you will find a recipe for a chocolate pie crust that you can use instead of a white pie crust. For any chocolate desert, …

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Six Scrumptious Brownies You Can Make

Here are six ways to make super scrumptious brownies! What You Need You can make scrumptious brownies too.  They make great desserts for a busy day.  Keep a couple mixes on hand and a couple tubs of premade frosting and you’re ready to go. Uncle Bob’s Extra Moist Brownies. This is our most popular brownie mix. Seriously Fudgy Brownies. This is a just-add-water mix so it’s super quick. Coconut Macaroon Cookie Mix. Use this for the filling for the Caramel Macaroon Brownies. Chubby Cherry Filling. Here’s your cherry topping. Chocolate Fudge Frosting (2 lb tub) Salted Caramel Frosting (2 lb …

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