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Friday
Sep122014

Baker's Dozen: A Batch of Sweet Links!

Guest Post, Milk Shake Factory

Today is National Chocolate Milkshake day! Enjoy this sweet recipe (pictured above).

Because, quite frankly, it still feels like summer to me: how to make ice cream without an ice cream maker.

It's not something I have ever thought about, but it's true: before there was cooking, there was just food.

A sweet recipe for French "conversation" tarts--and the conversation-starting story behind them.

How to turn your art into greeting cards! 

Add collage to your pen and ink work: a sweet tutorial by me.

Nostalgic snack round-up: how many of these do you remember?

Shoe Bakery. OMG WANT IT ALL.

Fun read: biggest food flops of the boomer generation.

Helpful if you're making pie: apple buying guide.

The history of cornstarch and corn syrup. An interesting read. Pecan pie recipe included.

Strawberry pudding cheesecake cookies. OMG!

An awesome collection of historic NYC restaurant menus.

Biscuits with sugar butter. Yes, it's a good idea.

Book of the week: The Ministry of Thin: How the Pursuit of Perfection Got Out of Control by Emma Woolf. This beautiful book describes our obsession with looks. In addition to touching on creepy plastic surgery and beauty standards, there is also a huge chunk of the book devoted to the obsession with being skinny. Basically, it amounts to this: food and joy are so much better than skinny.

Friday
Sep052014

Baker's Dozen: A Batch of Sweet Links!

Rugelach, Whole Foods, Santa Fe

I got the above cookie (chocolate rugelach) at Whole Foods in Santa Fe. It tasted better than I thought it would--in fact, it tasted really, really good. 

This link has literally nothing to do with cake. But it has something to do with a magical unicorn that paid a visit to hospice families, and it warmed my heart to the max.

I find LeAnn Rimes extremely unfortunate. However, I *love* her birthday cake.

School's back in session, but it's still HOT. You deserve a fashionable ice cream pop.

It's late for Labor Day, but still prime time for grilled desserts while the weather still permits!

How to add motion to your illustrations. A helpful guide for artists!

In case you missed it: awesome creative prompts for artists of all sorts.

A fantastic article about the history of eating out in New York.

How to draw mixed media flowers. Vibrant and cool.

Emulsify like a pro with this sweet breakdown of emulsification in baking

Somewhat related: the many purposes of eggs in baking.

Can you use waxed paper in baking? Yes and no...it depends on what you're doing. Find out more here.

Book of the week: Ovenly: Sweet and Salty Recipes from New York's Most Creative Bakery. I had never heard of the establishment which published this eponymous book, but I'd like to visit, after discovering this treasure trove of recipes including (but not limited to) blueberry cornflake muffins, banana nutella coffee cake, burnt sugar cookies, mustard spice cookies(!), and more.

Friday
Aug292014

Baker's Dozen: A Batch of Sweet Links!

Let your garden be your muse: a sweet art tutorial (no cake involved, but still pretty sweet)

Tree nut star tarts. Yum.

Did you miss the awesome roundup of my recent edible adventures?

These cinnamon rolls in Nebraska have an interesting story.

Learn a bit more about Racine Kringles.

10 awesome pug cakes. Seriously.

A love letter to crullers, both the cake doughnut and the eggy French sort.

"Autumn Blaze Bubble Bread". Don't you love the name?

Make your cakes sparkle--literally. How to use edible glitter on cakes!

Tips for adding emotion to your original artwork. Helpful and sweet!

Marvelous marble swirl cake.

Chocolate covered cake on a stick!

Book of the week: Alpha-Bakery Gold Medal Children's Cookbook. Did you have this cookbook growing up? I did, and I just found it again at a used book store. It has cute illustrations and surprisingly easy and good recipes for every letter of the alphabet. Aside from the nostalgia, I'm just happy to own it again. Bring on the "X-Tra Special Celebration Cake"!

Thursday
Aug212014

Baker's Dozen: A Batch of Sweet Links!

In case you missed it: brown sugar swirl cake. Brown sugar frosting. #winning

Homemade gluten-free pizza dough: tips and tricks.

Best ice cream I've had in a while: Sylas and Maddy's, in Lawrence, KS.

I'm going to New Glarus, Wisconsin. Naturally I will hit up this bakery.

My birthday is on Tuesday. If I have any leftover cake, I promise to make birthday cake French toast.

Or I suppose I could use the leftover cake in one of these clever and tasty ways.

But with a cake like this, there probably will not be leftovers. 

Dear heavens: oreo banana pudding. Make me a vat!

Just about the best frosting ever, if you ask me.

Homemade ho-hos. Wait, what did you call me?

For fun: reminisce with me about how I killed a bunch of Little Debbie Snack cakes that one time.

A free doughnut e-guide. All things doughnut: recipes, decorating tips, etc! 

How to test cream of tartar for freshness.

Book of the week: My book! The Secret Lives of Baked Goods: Sweet Stories & Recipes for America's Favorite Desserts! Because it's my birthday this week and this book includes the story behind, plus a recipe for, birthday cake. Awesometown!

Friday
Aug152014

Baker's Dozen: A Batch of Sweet Links!

Baby elephant ears. Delicious babies.

Why didn't I ever have a class trip like this when I was young? 

OMG, you guys. My mom wrote an amazing post for Craftsy about preparing an illustration for publication. She's a famous illustrator in case you didn't know!

This thing. It's what I wish I was eating right now.

Strawberry cream cake: doesn't it look so summery and just...happy?

Cookie stuffed crescent rolls: I am so, so very down with this.

Barbecues are all about sides and desserts. Here's the tasty guide I made to all these things on the side.

This guide to the food of Lisbon includes a lot of valuable info on sweet specialties. Maybe I should go there next?

Stir-fried desserts? Why not?

101 amazing doughnut shops from around the USA.

When is it time to declare an illustration finished? Here's how to know.

Though it's just a picture, I'm linking because it made me so happy to know it existed: Danger Mouse Cake!

Do we still care about bacon in desserts? If so: Chocolate bacon ice cream

Book of the week: Craft-a-Doodle: 75 Creative Exercises from 18 ArtistsThis is really a wonderful book for anyone who loves to create--the creative prompts get your mind working in a way that is productive for any type of art, from baking to writing to, of course, drawing. I'll admit this is a slightly self-serving suggestion: I'm one of the contributors who came up with prompts for the book!

Friday
Aug082014

Baker's Dozen: A Batch of Sweet Links!

Reading cookbooks as history. Unlock the past, deliciously!

If I ever have kids, I hope they are like these kids who launched a "Candy Unicorn Mini-Mart".

Would you eat an ice cream sundae in a can?

I think it's time to add to my United States of Ice cream compilation. What's your favorite place to get ice cream? Either comment on this post, the post linked to, or send me an email. 

In case you missed it: a dessert you never ever have to share.

Would-be robbers don't get money, but do get some doughnuts.

Ombré ice cream pops. Don't you want one right now?

An interesting little background on the story of one of the most important food volumes there is.

Sausage and apple pie. Dinner, or dessert? Depends on if it's a la mode, I suppose.

I would like someone to throw me this exact Hello Kitty themed party, but for my 33rd birthday instead of my first.

Mistakes happen. However, if your mistakes are in watercolor, I can help you fix them.

You all know how devastated I was to hear of the closing of Angel Food Bakery in Chicago. BUT the story is not over: the owner is now offering classes in how to make her bestselling treats!

Speaking of Angel food, the cake, not the bakery, here's an interesting insight into its history.

Book of the week: Fix It In Foil. This book is all about foods that you can grill (or bake) nestled in foil. Because if you enjoyed my cakes grilled in orange shells, the dessert chapter in this book has awesome ideas along the same lines...s'mores burritos? Banana boats? Apple crisp? Yes, yes, yes. 

Friday
Aug012014

Baker's Dozen: A Batch of Sweet Links!

Oreos smiling

Salt and pepper cookies: sort of like fancied up homemade oreos.

I tried to make a dull subject (perspective in art) exciting and cute. Did I succeed?

Donut doubt my devotion to these holey treats.

I'm in Puerto Rico right now, so I'm enjoying these plantain recipes in their natural element.

Although this is from 2008, this is an interesting piece on the phenomenon of shrinking ice cream cartons in stores.

I was expecting more from this collection of houses that look like cakes, but I like the idea.

I also like these cakes inspired by real buildings!

In case you missed it: a fun donut activity to distract you from work.

Add some color to your life with this exploration of ways to color in your illustrations, written by *me*.

Individual apple crisp recipe. You know what that means: it's all for you.

If you need a little Christmas, right this very minute...snowballs are tasty any time of year.

Peanut dacquoise with peanut butter mousse and glaze? I am so down with this.

Post of the week: 10 Commandments of Guilty Pleasure Desserts.

How to make buttercream even better. Yes, it's possible!

How to make cake in a mug in the microwave.

Book of the week: Peeps: Recipes and Crafts to Make with Your Favorite Marshmallow Treat. I mean, I'm just happy that the book exists, but all the better that it has adorable crafts that expand your peeps artistry beyond torturing the things in the microwave. Peeps sushi, anyone?

Friday
Jul182014

Baker's Dozen: A Batch of Sweet Links!

Perfect peach pie. Plain and simple.

Chocolate zucchini snack cake. Trust me, it's not health food.

Better together (and wrapped in pie crust): Peanut butter cup pocket pies.

Awesomely whimsical wonky cakes.

Ever heard of Humpty Dumpty's Off the Wall Toast? AKA egg in hole toast or a zillion other names. Always tasty.

Want to know my thoughts about the best paper for illustration? Look here.

A forever favorite that always disappears quickly after baking: Houdini bars.

Look at this cute cartoon. It involves ice cream.

Cornmeal blueberry bar cookies. Because both corn and blueberries are so good in the summer where I'm from (NJ).

I love the trivia section of the Ice Cream Sundae site.

I'm OK with bringing a bit of fall into a summer treat: pumpkin cheesecake popsicles.

A fun interview with...well, me!

Cool kitchen gadget alert: Baking Steel. I wonder what sweet treats you could make with it?

Just saying: lots of stuff on sale on the CakeSpy online shop.

Book of the week: The Wizard of Oz Cookbook: Breakfast in Kansas, Dessert in Oz. Primarily because, well, it exists, but also because it has kitschy recipes and movie trivia.

Friday
Jul112014

Baker's Dozen: A Batch of Sweet Links!

Cookie cake pie.

Whoa, Crumbs is closing forever and ever? I hate seeing bakeries close.

Brilliant baked goods worth lining up for in Melbourne. Yum!

Queen Latifah has cake recipes? This one is amazing!!! (thanks, Delany!)

Every Friday, I have cake for lunch. What's your cake tradition?

Does rain affect cake baking? An interesting exploration.

A great skill to have: how to make a purple ombré cake.

I could also do some damage to this peanut butter ombré cake.

Am I the only one who could go for a slice of cupcake cream pie right now?

DIY gremlins. You could use this tutorial to make a fondant Gizmo. Just saying.

Dark chocolate cherry breakfast bread. Since it has fruit, it is a Health Breakfast.

Baileys chocolate cream pie. Intoxicatingly delicious.

The progress on my recipe page continues! Enjoy the index photos, sweeties.

A look at the history of the Heath bar.

Book of the week: Licking the Spoon: A Memoir of Food, Family, and Identity by Candace Walsh. Do you love foodie memoirs as much as me? This one is a beautiful story, full of the effed-up stuff that happens in families, a struggle for identity, and plenty of tasty food. This one is worth a read.

Friday
Jul042014

Baker's Dozen: A Batch of Sweet Links!

Happy 4th of July! We have a couple of links appropriate for the holiday, but they're all awesome.

Hartford election cupcakes: an American classic.

American flag cake: because, well, of course.

If you have any leftover, make a cake shake.

A great collection of food quotes, including one by ME.

How could cherry pie get better? UM, PUT IT IN A CHOCOLATE CRUST.

If this cake doesn't make you smile, I don't know what will. 

Coconut sugar banana pudding popsicles. They sound vaguely healthy but I think I could rally.

Dark chocolate ice cubes. I'm obsessed, you?

Hazelnut poppyseed cookies. Don't they look amazing?

In case you missed it: Candy Warhol, a tutorial on how to make a fine art inspired candy mosaic.

A retired woman bakes a pie a day and gives each to someone. I love this story! 

Everyone wants a unicorn in roller skates on their t-shirt. Here's how to make one yours.

This is not sweet, but it's one of the best savories you'll try this summer. Mexican street style corn!

I adore this homemade ice cream cake

Book of the week: Butter Baked Goods: Nostalgic Recipes From a Little Neighborhood Bakery. Not only is this book pretty as a picture, with a color scheme which will make you ache to wear a party dress and hold a tea party, but it's got a solid collection of classic recipes, including the best homemade marshmallows I've ever tasted and some especially wonderful lemon squares.

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