Scrumptious Cheesecake Bars

Get the Vanilla Bean Baby Cake Mix for $1. Add it to cart and use code “ZVBEAN” at checkout. The best part about these cheesecake bars is that you can do them your way. What flavors do you think your family will love the most? Mix and match flavors until you find a new family favorite. The options are endless. You can use either a vanilla or a chocolate crust. Some of our favorite ones are cherry vanilla, black forest, lemon, pineapple, and raspberry. The crust is made with our Vanilla Bean Baby Cakes Mix or our Fudgy Baby Cakes …

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How to Make Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes in 15 Minutes

Get the Vanilla Bean Baby Cake Mix Now for $1. Add it to cart and use code “ZVBEAN” at checkout. These are my favorite cupcakes—and you can make them a batch of 18 in 15 minutes prep time, about 30 minutes elapsed time with baking. Boston cream pie cupcakes are made with a vanilla bean cake mix, filled with Bavarian cream, and topped with chocolate ganache. Here’s how to make them with step-by-step pictures. Step 1: Bake the Cupcakes Mix the batter as directed on the cake mix package. We used our vanilla bean cake mix and our stand-type mixer. …

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How to Make Whoopie Pies

Extraordinary Whoopie Pies and How They’re Made Get the Cake Mix for $1. Add it to cart and use code “ZVBEAN” at checkout Whoopie pies won’t go away. They’ve been around for decades and unlike most food fads, these just stick around. That’s usually a pretty good sign that they’re worthwhile. These are not your ordinary whoopie pies. We served whoopie pies in our store. Instead of two cake-like cookies sandwiched with frosting, we filled them—chocolate cookies with cherry filling and others with strawberry frosting and cream cheese centers. Very yummy and very easy. We dipped each whoopie pie in …

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How to Use a Mix to Make Carrot Cake that Will Rock Their Socks!

Get a Vanilla Bean Cake Mix for the Base for $1. Add it to cart and use code “ZVBEAN” at checkout. This is not your ordinary carrot cake; it’s so much better. Whenever we served it in the store, our customers would go crazy over it. This is sure to be the best carrot cake you’ve ever made. Carrot cake is a great variation of the typical vanilla cake, and now you can make it different ways with a carrot cake mix or even a vanilla bean cake mix. Learn how to use a cake mix to make carrot cake …

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How to Make Easy Strawberry and Other Berry Shortcakes

Get the Vanilla Bean Baby Cake Mix for $1. Add it to cart and use code “ZVBEAN” at checkout. Every day is a baking day at The Pantry. We bake, we test, and we share the good stuff with our customers in the store. We made cakes using our Vanilla Bean Baby Cakes mixes and then topped them with fresh or frozen fruit, sauces, and flavored whipped cream. When we got them right, they were luscious. The Vanilla Bean Baby Cakes mixes are cream cake mixes— denser and moister than the fluffy mixes from the store. They are about halfway …

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Whipped Cream Cakes

These cakes are absolutely scrumptious. We have served them to hundreds of people in our store and repeatedly we hear, “Best cake I’ve ever had.” The cakes are good but it’s the frostings that folks are finding heavenly. All you have to do is make a regular vanilla cake in a 9×13 pan, mixing your preferred flavors into the batter, cut the cake half, stack the halves on top of each other with your preferred fillings or frosting in between, and topped with your favorite whipped cream frosting. The Whipped Cream Frosting is to Die For The frostings are made …

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How to Make Muffins Better than the Bakery

Make High-Domed muffins Every Time With this Free Strawberry Cream Muffin Mix. Add it to cart and use code “ZMUFF” at checkout. Do your muffins fall flat or won’t come out of the pan? We can help. Click either link to learn: How to Make Bakery-Style Muffins >> How to Remove Muffins from the Pan>> How to Make Bakery-Style Muffins My muffins never come out right. They’re sad, deflated lumps by the time they come out of the oven. It’s really disappointing. I don’t understand what’s happening.” –Anonymous We feel your pain. There’s nothing more disappointing than a muffin that …

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Brownie Sundaes in Ice Cream Cones

An example of brownies baked in ice cream cones and then topped with ice cream. These have added chocolate fudge sauce.

Want More Fun? Get a free ooey, gooey caramel popcorn kit. Plus get free recipes for pigs in a blanket, homemade playdough, painted cookies, corn dogs, and peanut butter brownies in an ice cream cone. Tell us where to send it! Brownies and Ice Cream — The Perfect Marriage You can buy ice cream with brownie chunks. Or you can pile ice cream on top of a brownie–a brownie sundae. But you probably haven’t thought of baking the brownies inside ice cream cones. One of our readers wrote and asked if the peanut butter brownie cupcake recipe could be baked …

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Fabulous Orange Marmalade Cakes

Marmalade cake

What else would you like to make with your marmalade? From Marmalade Cookies to Chinese Chicken to Egg Rolls, get our Marmalade Recipe Collection, six recipes that your family will love includes the “Quickest and Easiest Marmalade Recipe on the Planet.” Just tell us where to send your collection. Get your collection! It’s under construction. We’ll send it to you once completed! Fabulous Orange Marmalade Recipe These are made from our vanilla bean cake mix. Each mix will make four loaves in pans three inches wide by five inches long for cakes about 3 1/2 x 6 inches. Cut these …

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How to Make Ordinary Recipes Extraordinary

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 me a while to identify the citron.) Yesterday I tried a cranberry orange muffin. It was extraordinary. They had added frozen cranberries, not dried. They call these “inclusions”—ingredients that are added to the basic recipe. They can make all the difference. Today we would like to share some somewhat random inclusions that we’ve used Fresh and frozen fruit Use every opportunity to slip in some seasonal fruit. Frozen is almost …

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How to Make Delightful Frostings with Whipped Cream

One Saturday, I was tinkering in the test kitchen. I had a ripe pineapple and we were serving cupcakes downstairs in our store. What’s a baker to do? I sliced and trimmed the pineapple. Then, using a chef’s knife, I minced the pineapple. I put the pineapple in paper towels and wrung the juice out of it. Then I made our standard whipped cream frosting—the recipe follows. After whipping, added strawberry flavor and a couple drops of pink food coloring and then folded in the pineapple. I used a little more meringue powder for stabilizer because of the residual moisture …

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Make Beautiful Cupcakes with Fondant

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. You can buy colored fondant but you can get exactly the colors you want with food color gels—and you can choose from 41 colors. Use a cookie or biscuit cutter to cut shapes large enough to cover your cupcakes.  Use different colors and cut smaller shapes and strips for decorating. Find Your Favorite Colors Here Tips for success: Tint the fondant the desired color by kneading food color gels or food color paste into the fondant.  Be …

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Birds Nest Easter Egg Cupcakes

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 kitchen tips after the recipe.  For the Cupcakes For the cupcakes we used one package of our Vanilla Bean Baby Cakes. Make the cupcakes as directed on the package and let cool.  For the Filling and Caramel Frosting Bavarian Cream Pastry Filling  Caramel Frosting  1 c. caramel ice cream topping, softened 1/2 c. butter 1 1/2 c. powdered sugar 1/2 tsp. caramel flavor 2-4 tbs. milk or cream Directions Fill …

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How to Make Cheesecake Squares

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 that you don’t have to stop and frost them. You load them with pastry filling before baking. And they’re very good. Cheesecake Squares Recipe This is an easy way to make a fancy, formal dessert in a hurry. A cream cake is a denser cake, usually with pudding in the mix, not quite as dense as a pound cake.  The light, fluffy mixes found in grocery stores don’t work too well; …

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Pumpkin Cake with Whipped Cream Frosting

We originally designed this recipe for a pumpkin sheet cake with a very good cream cheese frosting recipe.  But we used this to make our whipped cream layer cake and it was perfect.  You’ll find both frosting recipes here. We used a Vanilla Bean Baby Cakes Mix. It makes a cream cake, denser than store mixes but lighter than a pound cake.  It is the perfect density for a pumpkin cake. You add spices, nuts, and canned pumpkin. You may substitute one tablespoon pumpkin pie spice for the cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg listed in these instructions. 1 Vanilla Bean Cake Mix …

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How to Make Back-to-School Brownies

Every kid (and big person) loves brownies and there is not much easier on a busy day than a brownie mix. But brownies can be messy with crumbs on the floor and sticky fingers too. So why not put them in a paper cup like with a muffin? No more mess, easy to pack, and you can decorate them too. Stick them in a school lunch, use them as an after school snack, or just anytime. Neat idea. But baking brownies in paper liners is different that baking cupcakes in paper liners. Baking times and temperatures may be different, maybe …

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Pennsylvania Dutch Streusel Cake with a Fruit Filling

We’ve made many versions of streusel cake or streuselkuchen. This is one of the best. Like most, this one has a layer of fruit filling tucked under the streusel top. Serve it as a dessert or as a coffee cake. It’s easy to make with premade pastry fillings. The one in the picture was made with a cherry filling but you can use any of the following fillings: Cherry Apple Blueberry Lemon Raspberry Strawberry Peach You can also mix a fruit filling with a Bavarian cream filling or a cream cheese filling, about half of cream filling and about half of fruit filling, to …

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How to Turn Your Whipped Cream into Frosting

Make the Best Cakes with Whipped Cream Frosting! It’s better than buttercream frosting! Make whipped cream frosting now with a free stabilizer! Add it to cart and use the code “ZPOW at checkout, Whipped cream is so good you could eat it out of the tub or can, but what if I told you that you could make your own whipped cream and never have to run into an empty can or tub and out to the store again. Better yet, you can make that luxurious whipped cream into frosting. Whipped cream frosting is absolutely scrumptious —better than butter or …

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Celebrate the 4th of July with these fun summer treats

By Casey Archibald The 4th of July is filled with memories for most people. For me, the memories that flash through my mind include the time when I accidently shot a bottle rocket at my high school boyfriend (don’t worry, he was fine) going out on my good friend’s boat to the middle of Lake Washington to watch fireworks, and riding my bike with my cousins at our annual family 4th of July party. The 4th is coming and it’s time to make new memories with these fun and delicious red, white and blue treats. It’s gotten me in a …

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Crunchy Almond Topped Cakes and Muffins

We’re serving crunch cake in our store this week: blueberry lemon, caramel peach, raspberry chocolate, mixed berry. The crunch comes from a layer of toasted, sliced almonds on top of the cakes. The crunchy topping works for muffins and sheet cakes too—as in the picture to the right. If you don’t know how to make these crunchy topped cakes, this post is for you. In this post, you will learn how to make: • Crunchy almond toppings for you cakes and muffins • Peach Crunch Cakes • Gingered Peach Crunch Cake • Double Decker Peaches and Cream Crunch Cake The …

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