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.

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

Use a mix to make carrot cake or carrot cake cupcakes five ways. Start out with a cream cake mix.  Add grated carrots, cinnamon, and nuts and you have a traditional carrot cake.  Add cinnamon chips, coconut, candied ginger, or pineapple to make scrumptious variations.  Bake then as cupcakes or a sheet cake. But the real killer is the frosting.  Everyone likes cream cheese frosting but it’s dense and rich. Use the following whipped cream frosting and it’s light and dreamy. It’s the best frosting that you can put on a carrot cake. While you can use most carrot cake …

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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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Whipped Cream Cakes and Cupcakes

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. The frostings are made with whipped cream.  But not ordinary whipped cream.  They are loaded with fillings and flavors, often cream cheese, and sometimes nuts or fruits.  In the cake above, there is a little caramel poking out between the swirls. The frosting is lighter and not as sweet as buttercream.  It melts in your mouth.  It’s like ice cream that’s not …

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Scrumptious Cheesecake Bars

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 Mix and the filling with cream cheese. The fruit accents are made with our premade pastry fillings. The fruit …

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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

Whipped cream makes scrumptious frosting–better than butter or shortening-based buttercream frosting.  And it’s easy to make fabulous whipped cream. How to Make Fabulous Whipped Cream We use caramel whipped cream in place of vanilla whipped cream regularly.  To make caramel whipped cream, simply substitute brown sugar for the white and caramel flavor for the vanilla.  We always add a tablespoon of meringue powder to retard melting and keep the whipped crisp and fresh looking. One of my favorite whipped creams is caramel nut whipped cream.  Make it as above but add chopped snacking nuts.  The salty against the sweet and …

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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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How to Make 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 Secret Almond Crunchy Topping …

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How to Make Frozen Leprechaun Pies out of Limeade

By Dennis Weaver St. Patrick’s day is like the beginning of Spring around here and we are ready to start seeing some green after the white and brown of winter. These fun little pies bring in the green even if Mother Nature doesn’t deliver. Plus, the limeade has such a fresh, happy flavor that they even taste like Spring. These are individual frozen limeade pies made in cupcake pans instead of one spring-form pan. The cupcake pans are great because they don’t take as long to freeze, and nobody has to endure the headache of slicing a frozen pie. These …

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Cupcake Methods: Raspberry Cream and Caramel Fudge Cupcakes

These are really good cupcakes. They are both made with a chocolate cake mix but one is filled with a chocolate fudge frosting and the other is filled with raspberry cream. The chocolate filled one is topped with a caramel flavored frosting and drizzled with caramel sauce. The raspberry cream filled one is topped with a raspberry frosting and drizzled with a raspberry sauce. Sound good? Dessert Cupcakes We’re into making cupcakes that taste good, dessert cupcakes we call them. We want them good enough that you could take them to a dinner party. We make a lot of them. …

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How to Make Easy Strawberry and Other Berry Shortcakes

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 half way between the fluffy mixes and a pound cake.  Technically, they’re a cream cake.  With more substance, we think they …

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