8 Hostess Treats to Make at Home

You could pick up a package of nostalgia-inducing Hostess desserts from the store, but we have a different approach: making our own! These re-creations of iconic bites like Sno Balls and Chocodiles look even better than the originals. And an added bonus? Those preservatives that will keep those Hostess treats (and possibly your gastrointestinal tract) […]

Recipe Flashback: Red Velvet Cake With Its Original Frosting

Many (including myself) have never known red velvet cake to go with anything other than cream cheese frosting – but discover this: ermine icing, aka “boiled frosting,” is in fact the original pairing for the crimson cake. Though neither name sounds all that appetizing, the frosting itself is all too finger-licking good. It’s a cross […]

You’ll Never Frost Cupcakes Another Way Again After Learning This Trick

Beautiful frosted cupcakes are Magnolia Bakery’s bread and butter (it’s this sweet treat that was popularized by Sex and the City, after all). So when the bakery extended an invitation to a cupcake decorating class focused on flower cupcakes, I had to check it out. Keep reading to see exactly how these pastry pros do […]

Pecan Pie Cookies For When You Don’t Want to Bother With Crust

Pecan pie is one of my all-time favorite desserts, but that doesn’t mean I always have the patience (or time) for making pie crust from scratch, toasting nuts, and all of the other steps necessary for its assembly. That’s where these tender, nutty thumbprint cookies come into play. No, they’re not an exact analogue to […]

Master This Basic, Butter-Rich Pie Crust Recipe

Sometimes I wonder why homemade pie crust has a reputation for being so difficult to make. I’m often surprised to discover friends, who are otherwise proficient in the kitchen, continue to shy away from the process and dismiss any recipe involving a homemade crust outright. I’d wager that much of the problem is rooted in […]

You Can Have Cheesecake Factory at Home Thanks to These New Boxed Mixes!

You might want to cancel your plans to go to The Cheesecake Factory for dinner because you can finally re-create its iconic cheesecake at home. The Cheesecake Factory has made things easy on us by introducing new at-home boxed cheesecake mixes ($3) in flavors including Classic, Strawberry, and Salted Caramel. We first learned of these […]

50 Cupcake Recipes, Because Sometimes More Is More

We’ll always have a soft spot for cupcakes; they’re cute, individually-portioned – because really, no one likes sharing – festive, and infinitely adaptable. Sure, you could hit up Sprinkles to get your fix, but why not bake your own? We’ve rounded up 50 stellar recipes ranging from the classics (Magnolia Bakery’s vanilla, red velvet, and […]