Category: Cupcakes & Cake


​ This Will Change How You Bake! Posted on the wall in our test kitchen is the standard recipe for whipped cream. We use it so often that most of […]

Delightful Whipped Cream Topping




Are my breads, cookies, or cakes ready to come out of the oven? The ability to tell when products are baked properly seems to cause more trouble than almost any […]

How to Bake Almost Everything Perfectly


I stopped at a bakery café the other day and tried a slice of their zucchini bread. It was extraordinary. They had included pineapple, pecans, coconut, and citron. (It took […]

How to Make Ordinary Recipes Extraordinary










How much cocoa butter should my cocoa have? The cocoa bean consists partly of fat and partly of nonfat solids. In processing the two are separated. The cocoa butter, the […]

What’s the Big Deal with Cocoa Butter?



With only four ingredients and three steps, this is an easy flourless cake. And it’s scrumptious—perfect to make for your sweetheart. As with other flourless chocolate cakes, this is dense […]

Easy Flourless Chocolate Cake


Kelli Tracy, who worked in our test kitchen, has been making this chocolate zucchini cake for years.  It’s a hand-me-down recipe and has been around for years.  She was generous […]

Kelli’s Old-Fashioned Chocolate Zucchini Cake



This strawberry pie was made in about 15 minutes using a strawberry pie kit. When the Strawberries are This Good, Use Them Everywhere! In the last few days, I’ve used […]

Make Better Strawberry Desserts in Less Time


Use fondant to make beautiful cupcakes in a hurry.  There is no frosting.  Just roll out the fondant, cut the fondant into shapes, and lay the fondant on the cupcakes. […]

Make Beautiful Cupcakes with Fondant



By Casey Archibald and Dennis Weaver These are adorable cupcakes but the spun sugar nests are tricky.  The rest of the cupcakes are straightforward.  Be sure and look at the […]

Birds Nest Easter Egg Cupcakes


Valentine’s Day is just days away. Are you ready to wow your sweetheart? We have dinner in restaurants often. That’s nice, but we do it often enough that it doesn’t […]

A Guy’s Blueprint for Valentine’s Day



Add this recipe to your kitchen arsenal.  It will be a “go to” recipe for years to come, an impressive dessert for busy days. The beauty of cheesecake squares is […]

How to Make Cheesecake Squares


FREE! Learn what they teach in culinary school–without the tuition! Baking is both an art and a science.  Learn how ingredients work, learn the secrets of the pro’s—all for free.  […]

How to Bake: The Art and Science of Baking