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It’s late at night, and you want cookies. Maybe you could whip up a quick batch! However, you’re missing the eggs or maybe the flour or possibly you’re just one egg short. But you still… need… cookies. While missing a few ingredients may seem like the end of your cookie quest, don’t despair! You can still make cookies even if you are missing key ingredients and I will lay out numerous substitutions you can use…

Are you craving brownies? Do you have a brownie recipe that you love? Great! Then you’re ready to bake! You go to start your recipe, excitedly anticipating the chocolatey goodness that will be the end result, but as you reach for your ingredients, you notice you are missing some key things. Maybe you’re out of eggs, possibly missing butter or maybe there is barely any flour in your kitchen- what to do now?!? Do not…

We all know that baking doesn’t always go as planned. You want to make a nice fluffy cake and you end up with a dense block that barely resembles a cake. Or, your cake looks perfectly golden brown and when you go to take it out of the pan, you realize the middle is still completely unbaked. What to do?!? Don’t worry, I am here to help! After years and years of baking cakes professionally…

Whether you’re baking a cake that uses a leavening agent – such as a sponge cake – or one without, all cakes rise when they bake. Well, at least they should… One of the worst things that can happen when you are trying to bake the perfect cake – whether for your family or for a function – is having it sink after it cools. There are steps that you can take throughout the course…

Only true cake bakers know how wasteful making a cake can be. Sometimes the recipe can be too large and you end up with way too much batter. Other times, you find yourself throwing away the tops of the cake after leveling it to be decorated. And if you have ever carved a cake into a complex shape, you know how much cake ends up in the trash. There has got to be a more…

First of all, have you heard of a bread proofing basket? If you haven’t, I’m sure you would recognize it if you saw it. A bread proofing basket, most commonly made out of wood (but it can also be made out of plastic or wicker), is a round basket used to imprint a beautiful design on the bread, as well as give the bread a perfectly-rounded shape. Bread proofing baskets, although you can get them…

The texture of cake is one thing most people can agree on. Unlike cookies which can be delicious crunchy or chewy, cake really needs to be soft. I have yet to meet the person who enjoys crunchy cake. However, if you have ever made a cake or even just purchased a cake, you know that after a few days the cake gets dry, crumbly and a little crispy- all terrible qualities in a cake. So…

So you made some delicious, chewy, homemade cookies- nice job! Aren’t fresh cookies amazing the first day? But then comes the second day…you go to reach for a cookie only to find that it has gotten hard and crunchy. What happened?!? Why don’t the cookies stay soft for longer than a day? Don’t worry- I am here to help you save your cookies and keep them soft for days. Make sure to check out our…

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