Swiss Meringue Buttercream with NO Buttery Aftertaste - Here's How!
Ah, icing. Our love affair started when I was six years old and I crept into the pantry early one morning to eat all of the icing off of a cake. That cake possessed the gravitational field equivalent to the sun to my six-year-old self. I stood no chance. Did I mention that it was my birthday cake?  As you can imagine, my mother was less than thrilled to have to contend with replacing a naked cake the day of a party. (more…)

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What makes a cake great? Individual preferences vary but in my experience, the biggest crowd pleaser tends to be a fluffy cake with a light, moist crumb.

There seem to be two distinct camps when it comes to baking cakes: those who bake from scratch and those who prefer to use doctored box mixes. I will have a separate blog post all about this debate and where I stand. Regardless of which camp you rest in, you can use the techniques below to yield the best possible baking result. (more…)

Living a creative life is a priority for me. While it is easy to get lost in the randomness of everyday living, creative expression can help center us and reduce our stress levels.

Nothing bugs me more than when someone says, “I’m not creative.” Everyone is creative! I think many people equate creativity with being an artist or being crafty. You don’t have to be either to be creative. Creativity is an inherent part of being human. (more…)