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Friday
Mar082013

Baker's Dozen: A Batch of Sweet Links!

Guess what? I'm spending 2 months in Santa Fe. I plan on eating here every day.

Follow your frog--cupcake, that is. A NY Metro area phenomenon!

This cake with hearts carved in the center is alarmingly adorable.

Best German buns in Philadelphia? Hit up Fritz's!

Love this: carrot cake ice cream sandwiches!

At Columbia University, a Nutella craze.

So simple, so sweet: Golden Pound Cake.

Not frozen, but very sweet: Sno-cone cupcakes!

Not literally sweet, but TOTALLY sweet at the same time: Unicorn Slippers for Adults! (Thanks, PW!)

Love it: bubblegum sugar cookies!

Artisinal doughnuts: on trend!

Curious about what it would be like to go to a bakery in Sioux Falls, SD? Here's what it's like.

Did you know the Oreo turned 101 this week? Here are 50 uses for them you may not have considered.

My new book, The Secret Lives of Baked Goods: Sweet Stories & Recipes for America's Favorite Desserts, is available for pre-order. How exciting!

Friday
Mar012013

Baker's Dozen: 13 Books I Love

This list is not too scientific: it's just 13 books (in no particular order) that I love. I thought I'd share the love in case you've never heard of some of them! 

Bake It in a Cupcake: 50 Treats with a Surprise Inside It's clever, the photos are adorable, and who wouldn't be delighted by a cupcake that's not just a cupcake but a vehicle for stuff like mini pies and rainbows--as well as frosting? Buy it.

Betty Crocker's Cooky Book: Originally released in the early 60's, this groovy volume is my go-to source for cookies of all sorts. The retro-kitch stories and simple, solid recipes--not to mention the weirdly technicolor photos--make scoring an early edition of this volume a MUST for any baker. 

Baked Elements: Our 10 Favorite Ingredients: I am a huge fan of every book by the BAKED boys, and the newest one is no exception. In fact, I'd say it transforms the previous two books into a unit with this one: a true trinity of awesome. The latest book focuses on key ingredients and snailshells out from that, with recipes which speak to the uniqueness of regional specialties while retaining an aspect of deliciousness that nobody can deny. What I love about these books is that they gently educate, and deliver delicious results.

The Daily Cookie: 365 Tempting Treats for the Sweetest Year of Your Life : When I started my website nearly 6 years ago, I reached out to a few websites which struck my fancy in order to get advice, introduce myself, and just kind of sweetly network. One of the earliest websites I loved was Cookie Madness. And now Anna Ginsberg, who I have since met, has a great book. It focuses on the most delicious year of your life--one in which you can indulge in a daily cookie fantasy. It pays homage to wacky food holidays and seasons with a cookie for every day. It's a fun read even at your bedside, no baking required, but it's even better if you dig in to some of the recipes. 

The Secret Lives of Baked Goods: Sweet Stories & Recipes for America's Favorite Desserts: Yes, this is my new book. But I am awfully proud of it, and you can conveniently pre-order it now! :-) 

The King Arthur Flour Baker's Companion: The All-Purpose Baking Cookbook: This is a fantastic all-around baking book, including sweets and savories and breads. I love how it includes informative, sometimes storytelling-esque headnotes and the recipes are just perfect.

A World of Cake Krystina Castella: Again and again I kept coming back to this book this year. Engaging stories about all sorts of cake, and recipes too? It is a global cake adventure, perfect for bakers and travelers, of which I am both. 

Paris Sweets: Great Desserts From the City's Best Pastry Shops by Dorie Greenspan: Who is immune to the lure of Parisian sweets? So beautiful, so buttery. This is a sugar-coated love letter to the city of light, and a pleasure to bake with.

Beat This! Cookbook: Absolutely Unbeatable Knock-'em-Dead Recipes for the Very Best Dishes: A re-issue, this book is packed with so much butter in its recipes that it will make you fat just reading it. But a happy fat, you know? Plus, the writing style is so delightful and slightly bratty that you'll fall in love with the writer, just like I did!

Taste of Home Baking All-New Edition (with Bonus Book): 125 Bake-Sale Favorites!: The recipes in this book may not surprise you, but every version of the classics is spot-on, from cakes to cookies to pies and fancy desserts. I've never baked anything and had it come out wrong. 

Sweets for Saints and Sinners: An illustrated little gem which includes the original recipe for Chocolate Decadence from Narsai's. I like the "sinner" section better than the "saint" section, of course.

Rare Bits: Unusual Origins Of Popular Recipes: A very fun book with the stories behind popular recipes. A majority are savories, but there is a respectable amount of sweet, too. Regardless, a book that reads like a particularly pleasurable novel.

Alpha-Bakery Gold Medal Children's Cookbook: A classic, and a favorite of mine growing up. Recipes both sweet and savory, one for each letter of the alphabet. My favorite? X-tra Special Celebration Cake, of course. 

The Wizard of Oz Cookbook: Breakfast in Kansas, Dessert in Oz : This odd but charming book contains recipes inspired by...well, you guessed it, The Wizard of Oz. Funny, retro recipes. Each chapter is themed: think a dinner party in Kansas, a kids' party in Munchkinland, a dessert party in Emerald City, et cetera. Recipes include "Emerald Castle Cake", "Kansas Crullers", and "Yellow Brickle brownies".

Friday
Feb222013

Baker's Dozen: A Batch of Sweet Links!

Cake Decorating Kit

This cake was made using a decorating kit! So cute! From Ella Vanilla Cake Decorating Kits.

Girl Scout Cookie Season: Homemade Samoas.

Want to eat it: S'mores creme brulee.

Bundt I love history! Mary Todd Lincoln Bundt Cake.

Yumsies: Nilla Wafer Cupcakes.

Exploding ice cream scoop? Yikes.

Easter is coming, so you need pastel meringue nests. Yup.

Beautiful and inspiring cakes: Sweet Element Cakes.

Make your ice cream awesomer: chocolate chip cones.

Yum: honeyed rye biscuits.

51 Rainbow food ideas: taste the rainbow.

Why not...enter a raisin bread recipe contest?

Still a fave: cake mix science!

OMG: Amazing sale items at CakeSpy Shop's online retail!

Friday
Feb152013

Baker's Dozen: A Batch of Sweet Links!

Unicorn Doughnuts.

I like it: a week in the life of Voodoo Donuts!

Hazelnut Banoffee Tartlets with Shortbread Crust. I LOVE THEM!

Red Velvet. Macarons. Cream Cheese Frosting. ALL AT ONCE.

One of my proudest posts ever: United States of Ice Cream.

Fat Tuesday's over, but it can be fat Friday too. Learn about what the difference is between King Cake and Galette des Rois!

Homemade Nilla Wafers. Hooray!

Now that you've made them, fill them with chocolate, like this.

It's not quite March yet, but you can start thinking about bringing it in like a lion and out like a Lamington.

How lovely are these Neapolitan Spritz cookies?

Curious about Cake Stenciling? Find out more here.

Coconut marshmallow cornflake treats. I love this!

This chocolate cake looks tasty.

Levain Bakery. Have I ever told you I once ate an entire one of their cookies in one sitting?

What is Funnel cake? I enjoyed reading people's responses on this forum.

Wednesday
Feb132013

Baker's Dozen: A Batch of Valentine Links!

Source: thecakeblog.com via Cake on Pinterest

 

Love is...a heart-covered cake.

Or a conversation heart coated cake.

Or a conversation heart cream pie!

Speaking of conversation hearts, did you know you can make your own? It's easy.

Fun to munch: Cupid Crunch.

A valentine sweet: Calabrian Love Knot cookies.

Always romantic: chocolate seduction cake.

Highly adorable: Valentine thumbprint cookies!

A very nice cookie: Red Wine Valentines. 

Windowpane heart cookies!

Valentine cupcakes: a tutorial.

Chocolates? Pshaw. Go for the gold with chocolate covered chocolates.

Almond French toast hearts: sweet for the morning after Valentine's day. 

Or go Venezuelan and make golfeados, a kind of sticky bun. Yum.

 

Friday
Feb082013

Baker's Dozen: A Batch of Sweet Links!

Photo: Vanessa V., on Yelp

In Idaho: at the Rainey Creek Country Store in Swan Valley, reader Erin J. alerted me that they sell SQUARE ICE CREAM. 

This ice cream scooping device was featured a long time ago. But I want one, now. 

OMG: I love these new cake stands by Fishs Eddy.

Ritz crackers, stuffed with something unexpected.

Definitely need an ice cream cake pie.

A video love story dedicated to Sarris Candies (I love this)

I never knew Bill Clinton had a Lemon Chess Pie.

Chocolate and peanut butter crunch cake. YES!

Love this: a company that sells specific cake decorating project kits.

Chocolate Halva Roses sound like a tasty option in NYC.

Hey! The California Olive Ranch featured me on their blog!

That reminds me: KEBABKA!

In case you missed it: 50 uses for Oreos You May Not Have Considered.

Friday
Feb012013

Baker's Dozen: A Batch of Sweet Links!

Source: cakespy.com via Cake on Pinterest

 

This week, the theme is unusual or little-discovered sweets.

Ever heard of Walnettos? They have a rather interesting history.

Oh, the snitter. A specialty at a Scandinavian bakery in Seattle.

Cookies made from crumb cake topping? Oh heaven.

I'd never heard of ice cream pizza before.

Calas? A type of doughnut, but not the kind you know!

The fascinating military specified brownie. (thanks, Anne!)

Seaweed pudding!?!?!

Ever heard of kruidkoek?

When in Rhode Island...

Navy Bean Pie? Tell me more.

Penny Licks? What are they, what's the story?

There is a place in Idaho that serves square ice cream. JUST SAYING.

Ever heard of an Apee?

Sure, you know of Ovaltine. But when is the last time you drank it? And do you know its history?

Friday
Jan252013

Baker's Dozen: A Batch of Sweet Links!

Homemade Samoas Girl Scout Cookies

In Western Washington? Well, you certainly want to enter this Girl Scout Cookie recipe contest!

and another great contest--cupcakes, this time--for anyone to enter, with great prizes!

Milk! It's what's for...dessert?

Grapefruit cheesecake? I'm intrigued.

In Philadelphia? A sweet new series of dessert-making classes at Bredenbeck's!

The great New England Ice Cream trip. I know it's not cold-weather friendly, but I love ice cream any time.

Still a favorite: homemade Samoas girl scout cookies.

Curious about where to find great candy in Arkansas?

Interesting: a new product combines brownies and madeleines.

Peanut butter hot chocolate!!!!!!

I don't like the name "Dump Cake" but I like the look of this pumpkin variety!

Sweet memories: Mini Maple Spam Donuts!

Bittersweet: a bakery closes after 70 years of business in Iowa.

On the road: if this post about a pastry road trip from Seattle to Chicago doesn't make you hungry, I don't know what will!

Friday
Jan182013

Baker's Dozen: A Batch of Sweet Links!

Unicorn plus ice cream cone = UNICONE! In pin and tote form, available in my online shop.

I like: The Cashew Cookbook. It's free online!

30 Uses for Leftover Birthday Cake. In case it ever happens, you know.

Just look at this brown sugar pear pistachio cake. Oh man.

Give me a slice of this strawberry cake.

I want: to go to the Makinaw Island Fudge Festival.

I never even knew Pawpaws existed until a few days ago. Now, I have a collection of recipes for when I get my hands on one.

Nutty: Peanut butter creme cookie cups.

Something I like to stuff my face with: spiced pecans.

You guys! A lampshade made from candy and fruit roll ups!

Pretzel toffee! Need some now please.

Speaking of pretzels, I also want some of this ice cream pretzel cake please.

And OK, I will take some popcorn cake, too.

It's almost National Pie Day. Treat yourself with a pie recipe book by a trusted source, the head of the American Pie Council: America's Best Pies: Nearly 200 Recipes You'll Love.

Friday
Jan112013

Baker's Dozen: A Batch of Sweet Links!

I do not care that Christmas is over. I still enjoy seeing this post about Gingerbread cookies hanging, and seeing my ornament featured in the post!

Sweet spot I wanna visit: Mae's Cafe in Maine.

Best winter desserts? A nice list here.

Um...you had me at butter sauce.

How to cream butter.

Lychee butter cake? I am intrigued.

Ravioli that's totally sweet...cos they're actually cookies!

The Nora Ephron cookie.

A candy bowl...made of...candy.

What to do with leftover egg yolks. 

Sweet: a new iPad magazine that celebrates the beauty and sweetness of life.

Tasty cake: made with olive oil, no less!

Dessert trends in 2013. What do you think?

In case you missed my awesome news, something amazing is coming on May 7!

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