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When to Use Pastry Flour (And How it Differs from Other Flours)

With so many choices available, I keep a wide selection of flours in my kitchen. Unbleached all-purpose white, whole wheat, cake flour, and even gluten-free. And then there’s pastry flour. But just what is pastry flour? And when should you use it instead of reaching for one of the other flours? Pastry flour has a finer texture than other flours …

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12 Easy Ways to Make Cupcakes Without Eggs (Using Household Ingredients)

You may think that it is completely necessary to use eggs in order to make delicious cupcakes. However, this is definitely not the case- you can actually make fantastic cupcakes without eggs! So the next time you want to make yourself a sweet treat and find that your egg carton is empty, don’t fret, just use one of the great …

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How Long Should a Cake Cool Before Frosting?

When you are making a cake, you may want to bake it as quickly as possible and get to the fun part- decorating! However, if you rush into frosting your cake, you may be quite disappointed with the end result. The temperature of your cake is very important when it comes to getting the outside frosting perfect. So how long …

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How to Make Box Brownies Better (16 Simple Hacks to Try at Home)

There are many times when you want to make brownies (or need to make brownies) but starting from scratch just takes too long. Luckily, there are plenty of box mixes out there that make delicious brownies in about half the time! The only thing is, a box mix brownie is just never quite as tasty as brownies that are completely …

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How to Make Cake Without Eggs (11 Clever Ingredient Hacks)

There are plenty of reasons why you might not want to use eggs in your cake. You might simply be out of eggs. Or, you might be following a vegan diet and you don’t want to use eggs in your cake. Maybe you even have an egg allergy. It’s even possible you are trying to lower your cholesterol and don’t …

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3 Easy Ways to Make Cake Pops Without a Mold

Cake pops are an extremely popular dessert and the reasons are clear- they are versatile, delicious and actually quite easy to make. You may have seen cake pop molds in stores that help you make perfect cake pops. However, do you really need to buy a cake pop mold? Absolutely not! There are plenty of ways to make cake pops …

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Why Your Puff Pastry Didn’t Rise

Whether you make puff pastry on your own or take advantage of the convenience of buying it packaged and frozen, this flaky pastry is wonderful to bake with. Sweet or savory, puff pastry can be used in a wide variety of recipes. Crisp and light, during baking puff pastry should rise to several times its thickness, resulting in many layers …

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7 Creative Ways to Fill Cupcakes (Without Buying a Tool)

Let’s face it, there is always a way to make your cupcakes better. One easy way to take those cupcakes from good to absolutely fantastic is to fill them with delicious fillings. How, exactly, do you do that? There are actually a number of ways you can fill cupcakes which means that no matter what your skill level, no matter …