Archive for the ‘General’ Category

Cake of the Year Entry – Geometric Cake

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

Our team, Tara-Rose Groberski, Valerie Pradhan and Andrea Nickels took an avante garde approach to celebrating women for the Cake of the Year challenge. Inspired by trends of denim, geometric patterns, and mixing a dark color (in our case the denim blue) with pastels and metallic sheen, our team collaborated to design a cake that would celebrate women in our own way. (more…)

Cake of the Year Entry – Chalkboard Cake

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

We look forward to The Cake of the Year reveal for months, and when they announced that this year’s theme, a “celebration of women,” we couldn’t be happier. Our team, Emily Easterly, Tracey Wurzinger and Diane Knowlton , started by compiling a storyboard of inspiration.
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Cake of the Year Entry: Life Cake

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

This year, the theme is the “celebration of women.” Our team, Mark Malak, Kim Feledy, Mary Gavenda and Kathy Krupa, was excited for the challenge, but before I got started I took a minute to reflect on what the theme meant to me and who it would reflect.
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3 Spring Color Trends

Monday, April 13th, 2015

One of my favorite parts of spring is the return of color. After the holidays, winter is muted and neutral, filled with charcoal and heather gray, black, and brown. When bits of color start showing up, whether they’re plants popping through the cold or in peoples’ warmer weather outfits, it’s an instant mood lifter. (more…)

Aleppo Pepper and Cinnamon Braided Bread

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

While we were pulling together our 2015 trend list, Middle Eastern and North African flavors kept popping up. Some of these are familiar, like coriander. (more…)

5 Ways to Use Parchment

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

Parchment paper is a work horse in the kitchen, and it can make your holiday baking cleaner, easier, and more fun than ever before. Check out all the ways you can use it!
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Cakes That Span the Decades: Fer Sure! It’s the Totally ’80s Cake!

Friday, October 24th, 2014

The ’80s was the decade we all started plugging into new technology. We had so many gadgets to make our lives more flexible! Boomboxes and portable audio cassette players meant you could turn off the turntable and take your favorite songs everywhere. With a personal computer, work and study could happen at home, not just at the office or library. The introduction of gaming consoles put an arcade right into your living room.
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Baking Cups! Now En Vogue

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Cupcakes! Cupcakes! Cupcakes! Cupcakes are everywhere – and now baking cups are part of a wedding dress! (more…)

A Bit of Comfort Food for the New Year

Friday, January 4th, 2013

I like to remember my roots at the New Year, which usually means comfort food. Since by now I’m pretty comforted thanks to Christmas, I settle for middle ground – a smaller version of a lovely bit of heaven known back home as an empanadas. (more…)

Summer Treats Without Your Oven

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Summer is absolutely my favorite season. No matter how high the temperature climbs, I can’t get enough of the heat…except in my house. I love to be outside, to garden, to swim, to cycle, especially in very warm weather. But sweating in my kitchen is another story! (more…)