TIP OF THE DAY: Easy Gingerbread Cupcakes

Gingerbread cupcakes with “gingerbread cookie” frosting and a gingersnap cookie garnish. Photo courtesy Pillsbury.   If you want gingerbread for Christmas Eve but don’t want the chore of rolling out gingerbread men, these easy gingerbread cupcakes from Pillsbury will also delight. The frosting is made from Biscoff Spread,* ground spice (spéculoos) cookies in a creamy…
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THANKSGIVING OR CHRISTMAS RECIPE: Pumpkin Spice Cake

The perfect cake for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Halloween. Photo courtesy The Sugar Mommas.   The Sugar Mommas, Kimberly and Jennifer, live in California, an entire country away from us. So if we want a piece of their Thanksgiving Pumpkin Spice Cake, we’ll have to make it ourselves. Fortunately, it’s not difficult to make a cake…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Cake & Cupcake Frosting Idea

You’re making cake or cupcakes. You need to decide on the frosting. Should it be chocolate, vanilla, mocha or another flavor? Should it be cream-cheese based or buttercream? Should it be penuche frosting, made with brown sugar? Why decide on one, when you can have two? Thanks to Yummy Cupcakes in Los Angeles—one of our…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Healthier Cupcakes

Reduce calories and add nutrition: cupcakes with nonfat cream cheese frosting and sliced almonds. Photo courtesy La Tourangelle.   Cupcakes are everywhere: cute, tempting, but no pillar of nutrition and healthful eating. Yet, by making a few substitutions, they can be just as much fun. To assuage the guilt, consider adding some healthier touches to…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Hot Fudge Cupcake Icing

This week we visited the website of Saint Cupcake, a cupcake bakery in Portland, Oregon. In addition to buttercream and cream cheese frostings, the busy bakers came up with a third concept: icing cupcakes by dipping them in chocolate sauce (a.k.a. hot fudge). We like that idea—especially since our Top Pick Of The Week is…
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