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Cakes and pastries. Whether home-made or bought from a store or bakery, forms of these sweet treats can be found in cultures across the globe – it seems that the soft spot we have for them is universal. You are not alone however if you have ever wondered what the difference is exactly between cakes and pastries, given that each satisfies our sugar cravings equally well, and are made from similar ingredients. Well, as with…

When you think of baking, you often assume that you need a stand mixer for whatever product you’re creating. Sometimes this is true, sometimes it’s not. Having a stand mixer is invaluable when it comes to baking, and it makes the process a whole lot easier: it mixes ingredients quickly, efficiently, and thoroughly. A stand mixer isn’t required for a lot of baking projects, and of course there are other alternatives. Getting a stand mixer,…

We all know that making bread has the knack to be a long and laborious process. You have to have a dough hook to knead the bread for an infinite amount of time, wait for it to rise, and carefully monitor it while it bakes to ensure a perfect result. Not to mention the mess of flour and dough you have to scrape off your counter! This is where the bread machine comes in. This…

Pastry can be used to make so many wonderful sweet and savory foods, and a few pastry recipes should be a part of every home baker’s repertoire. It is important to use the right type of pastry for the right product and filling however, and with so many different types of pastry coming from cuisines all around the world, it can be difficult knowing which to use. Here I will give an overview of some…

Brownies: the all-American fudgy treat. Usually composed of a thick chocolate batter, the brownie is soft and gooey on the inside, and crispy on the outside. Brownies can be filled with chocolate chips, peanut butter, caramel, and plenty of other delicious things. To get that perfect bake on the brownie, though, is a glass or metal baking pan better to use? The answer is: It really depends on what you’re looking for. Metal pans, which tend…

Understanding a cake’s ingredients and their functions is essential to understanding what changes you can make in a recipe and how to do so. There is not much leeway in changing the main ingredients as each ingredient plays a crucial role in the end product. The basic ingredients of a cake are: flour, fat, sugar, eggs, liquid, salt, and leavening agents. Once you’ve learned about the purpose of the various ingredients in cake, learn about which cake…

Whether or not you’re new to baking, we bet it’s pretty safe to say you’re familiar with cupcakes. Cupcakes have become the go-to treat for celebrating just about any occasion, whether it’s a birthday, graduation, or even a wedding. There are many reasons that cupcakes have become so popular over the years. For starters, they usually look and taste amazing. Also, they’re simple to make. Or are they…? In this post, we’re going to do…

Have you ever wondered if there’s a difference between baking sheets and cookie sheets? Most people assume they’re the same thing, so you might be surprised to find out that that’s not entirely true. Although they’re similar in many ways, there is a subtle difference that sets them apart. By the end of this article, the baking sheet vs. cookie sheet debate will be settled, and you will have some baking knowledge to impress your…

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