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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.

Friday
Jun272014

Baker's Dozen: A Batch of Sweet Links!

Well, yes, this peanut butter ombré cake is a thing.

The absolute cutest collection of canine themed cakes.

Tips for creating beautiful painted illustrations.

Chocolate chip cookie milk shooters. YES!

Life doesn't get much better than my mom's Blueberry Pie recipe.

Tips for arranging flowers...on cakes!

OMG alert: salted caramel ding dong cake.

Let's taco about it: An illustrated guide to tacos.

Think ink: an overview of pen and ink illustrations. If you're thinking about getting into pen and ink, this is a very helpful post I wrote!

Edible cupcake wrappers. I'm so down for this.

If you're interested in illustration, you may also have an interest in this post I did about the best types of paper for illustration.

I'm keen to try these Mississippi Mud cookies.

Book of the week: Marshmallow Madness!: Dozens of Puffalicious Recipes. From the puffy cover to the recipes for creative marshmallows (buttered rum, root beer float), I'm in love with this fantastic offering from Shauna Sever via Quirk Books.

Friday
Jun202014

Baker's Dozen: A Batch of Sweet Links!

Inspired by Jameson FinkLattice entertain you: how to make an easy yet impressive lattice crust.

AMAZING: cinnamon rolls stuffed with chocolate chip cookie dough.

FYI: you don't need an ice cream maker to make ice cream at home.

Who says these limes are only for pie? Key lime white chocolate cookies.

Baltimore versus the Big Apple: look to the cookie(s).

Definitely love this: apple pie tacos.

Ever heard of "Trench Cake"? An old timey wartime treat.

Why drink one color of tea when you can have several in one cup? Thai iced tea. 

Seriously love: German chocolate banana bread

Pop-rocks cookies. Perfect for your upcoming 4th of July celebration!

What are cake stamps and impression molds, and how do you make cake decorating magic with them?

Interesting read: what it's like to be the chief baking officer at Magnolia Bakery.

For those who love drawing as well as sweets: Tips for making your pen and ink illustrations super sweet.

Book of the week: The Harvey House Cookbook: Memories of Dining Along the Santa Fe Railroad. Have you ever heard of Harvey Houses? This book details the fascinating story of self-starter Fred Harvey, who literally changed the way the West ate. Many of the recipes from his establishments have remained favorites. This book beautifully melds history with food, which in my opinion is a very winning combination. I can't put it down!

Friday
Jun132014

Baker's Dozen: A Batch of Sweet Links!

Look at this dress my mom made for me based on one of my sketches! OMG! Buy her stuff (illustrations, not fashion design) on Etsy!

Obsessed with this 2-ingredient no-bake cake.

Is Hummingbird the best cake ever? Bake this one, and decide.

Only YOU can prevent dessert desertion

Things that are not dessert

STILL AMAZING: 50 Ways to Kill a Twinkie.

These brownies have beer! And mole! They are officially PARTY brownies! Woot!

A loving look at the hazy history of the Nanaimo bar.

Chocolate chip cookies with avocado. No, really.

If you are what you eat, be magical and sweet. These "magic bars" will help.

Rainbows! Unicorns! Cookies! Madness!

I'm crazy about this pie dress.

I love Federal Donuts, and they are doing some good. Won't you support them?

Curious about what they ate for dessert on the Titanic? Find out here.

Book of the week: CakeSpy Presents Sweet Treats for a Sugar-Filled Life. Because I wrote it, and you know what? It holds up. If you don't already own 12 copies, buy it!

Friday
Jun062014

Baker's Dozen: A Batch of Sweet Links!

Those things are not dessert (see above). Now for more links...

Homemade fudgesicles!

Hey! I'm teaching a kids' cooking class in Santa Fe, NM! Read all about it!

Why cupcakes are nutritious. Disclaimer: I am not a nutritionist.

Savory, yes, but still totally sweet: tips for making the perfect grilled cheese.

Sweet tips for making birthday cakes for kids. (I would accept any of these cakes, too)

Pretty sure Elvis would approve: Banana meringue pudding.

Secrets: celebrity baker tips for making perfect "surprise inside" cakes

When is the last time you made shortbread?

Fascinating food pairing: chili and cinnamon rolls. What do you think?

Yes, apparently it is a thing in the plains states. Who would have thought? Chili and cinnamon rolls??

Speaking of odd: wild rice dessert topping.

Lovelovelovelovelove: Donut doubles.

Make cake, in a mug, in the microwave. Cake science!

Book of the week: American Home Cooking: Over 300 Spirited Recipes Celebrating Our Rich Tradition of Home Cooking. I. Love. This. Book. I was just lucky enough to meet one of the authors, and it reminded me of how much I love this book. It profiles different dishes from all around the USA, including a ton of fascinating and tasty dessert recipes with great backstories. Because you know what I always say: it tastes better with a backstory!

Friday
May302014

Baker's Dozen: A Batch of Sweet Links!

Butter ice cream

In case you missed it: ice cream made with butter instead of cream.

Update: I am revising my recipe page to include index pictures. Isn't it looking good so far?

Burmese semolina cake! Reminds me of the Basbousa we sold at the restaurant I worked at in college.

According to Time Out London, old fashioned desserts are big (again).

How to stamp designs on cookies! Cool!

What is cream of tartar and what does it do?

SOMEONE PLEASE BUY ME THIS BATHING SUIT RIGHT NOW.

My hipster unicorns are news! Thank you, Albuquerque Journal, for recognizing my genius.

Instagram sensation "You Did Not Eat That". How do you feel about this, readers?

"Eating dessert does not mean you have less self-control." Great blog post.

Sweet sleuthing into the history of Brownstone Front Cake.

Sweet tips for making "surprise inside" cakes!

Today is National Mint Julep Day. Enjoy it by making mint julep mousse, ok?

Book of the week: The Tastemakers: Why We're Crazy for Cupcakes but Fed Up with Fondue by David Sax. Do you think we just wake up craving chia seeds or pomegranate juice one day? Well, you're wrong. Food trends are complex and interesting beasts. David Sax takes a fascinating tour of food trends, from cupcakes to bacon and even delves into what happens when a food trend dies--fondue, anyone?--in this engaging book. Plus, my friend Java Cupcake is mentioned!

Friday
May232014

Baker's Dozen: A Batch of Sweet Links!

Good idea for Memorial day: American flag cake

These flag cookies are also adorable and don't look too difficult to make.

SO proud of my friend Molly for opening her own bakery!

I want to taste this: Chicha morada.

Interesting statistic from this article: 74% of Americans say that chocolate tastes better with almonds.

Seeking sweetness: eating disorders and food blogs, a true story.

I'm just impressed that there is a gourmet popsicle company in New Jersey. 

Stuff your mouth with one of these: caramel brownie bites.

I know that this triple chocolate mousse cake would make my life better.

Ever tried gooseberry pie?

Most interesting business I've come across in some time: Cozymeal. Like AirBNB, but with food!

Happy food: sprinkle cakewiches!

Not cake, still totally sweet: how to make Indonesian noodles. Mie goreng rules!

Book of the week: Brooks Headley's Fancy Desserts: The Recipes of Del Posto’s James Beard Award–Winning Pastry Chef. What happens when a punk rock drummer becomes a pastry chef? Deliciousness and James Beard awards ensue. A fun and fancy yet refreshingly non-fussy dessert book with a punk rock attitude. Love it.

Thursday
May152014

Baker's Dozen: A Batch of Sweet Links!

Seriously. Cannoli doughnuts! Image and recipe via Pillsbury.

Delicious any time of day: pizzelles!

Choco-mallow: I want it in my mouth.

Do you know the different types of sprinkles?

What makes a great theme cake? A horse of course! Here's a fantastic roundup.

Stuffed with fun: Funfetti Ooey Gooey Bars.

Quit pretending you're working: take this "what kind of unicorn are you?" quiz!

I'm very interested in the "Test Bakery" model Panera has unveiled.

Neapolitan rice krispies cake!

Ebinger's blackout cake: a brief history and warnings for baking.

Peppermint Nanaimo bars are great even in warm weather.

Sweet video: check out this video from the Bake For Good event sponsored by King Arthur Flour!

Book of the week: Foods of the Americas: Native Recipes and Traditions. A fascinating look at how Native American traditions and foods have affected the way that we eat in the USA. Includes a fantastic dessert chapter which says that "of all the cross-cultural preparations that we now enjoy, desserts have benefitted the most from diversity."

Friday
May092014

Baker's Dozen: A Batch of Sweet Links!

Good idea: make a fudge cake.You know, I would totally eat a waffogato.

Important skill: how to make doughnuts using biscuits from a tube.

Devil's food cake: an exploration.

Remember when I had the experience of doing an early morning bake at a commercial bakery?

Well, the friend I did that with has a pie company in Providence now! Check 'em out.

Ice cream filled glazed doughnuts.

Win something: there's a giveaway every friday on the CakeSpy facebook page!

Do you know the different types of kitchen whisks?

I'm rather curious about these pomegranate jellies.

Making your own chocolate morsels. I want to do this with flavored candy melts!

Glow in the dark buttercream. Fun and amazing!

How to make a chocolate bubble bath. There you go, someone made a tutorial. Thanks, internet.

I was just given a banneton, which led to the question "what is a banneton?". here's how I plan on using it.

Book of the week: An oldie but goodie, Baked: New Frontiers in Baking. Released in the early days of the CakeSpy blog, this has become a trusted volume in my kitchen, with fantastically amazing and delicious recipes for brownies, cookies, and many more American classics which are front and center at Matt and Renato's Brooklyn location of BAKED (also a stop on my first book tour!). If you don't already have this book, buy it. If you do have it, buy it for someone you love.

Friday
May022014

Baker's Dozen: A Batch of Sweet Links!

I love this cake stand series. No, that pony is not a unicorn, but close. PS: the seller, Culinary Surfer, was so pleased with my share that they gave me (and my readers, you!) a discount code: CS1 for 10 percent off. 

Chocolate cookies made with...mustard??

Woot! Thank you to Parade Magazine for featuring my brilliant ideas for leftover Easter candy.

My favorite facebook page, possibly ever.

Not literally sweet, but definitely totally sweet: my tips for making perfect quiche.

Croissant french toast with strawberry syrup. Outta sight!

I think I'd like to try this chocolate tres leches cake recipe.

How to make gummi candies at home.

Adorable "keep off the grass" cake. Striking and whimsical--I like it!

Cotton candy cupcakes: still a fave.

Yoga cookie cutters: so cute!

Banana chocolate chip crumb cake

Still (as always) perfect and delicious: chocolate chip cookies from Baked: New Frontiers in Baking.

Book of the week: A Cake Lover's Recipe Notebook. A fun new spin on the expected cake book, this is part guide book, part recipe book, and notebook. It's separated into tabbed sections ("posh cakes", "little cakes", etc) and is wire bound with sections for notes, and this also makes the pages lie flat, which I love. Plus, the photos are beautifully styled, so it's fun to look at even while you're not baking. 

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