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Paper or… Silicone?

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Today I decided to cross something off my baking bucket list… using silicone bake ware. I’ve always wondered what the difference was. I went to Marshalls and found silicone cupcake baking cups for half the price they were at Michaels. I immediately bought them and decided to test them out. They came in a set of 12 which was perfect for my experiment.

I baked 12 cupcakes with the silicone baking cups and 12 in a regular cupcake pan with paper liners. After they came out of the oven, I realized that the silicone baking cups had a downfall. Yes, why they might be cute and fun, they do not help when it comes to storing cupcakes. You eventually have to take the cupcakes out of the silicone cups, and when you do- they will go stale faster.

So my advice? Stick with paper. They’re a lot simpler and provide for easy transport.

Not Your Average Birthday Cake…

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Need something different for a birthday party this year?  I’m here to help. How about a giant cookie instead of a cake? You might be telling yourself that you have no clue how to make that! It’s quick and easy and will take you 10 minutes to make and 13 minutes to bake! Why not try something different this year?

What you’ll need:

1 package Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie Mix

1 egg

1 stick of butter (softened)

1 Hefty foil pizza pan

1 can of icing

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 375°.

Mix the cookie mix, egg and butter in a bowl until a dough forms.

Spread dough onto foil pan until the bottom is covered.

Bake in the oven for 13 minutes, or until golden brown.

Let cool for 30 minutes and frost with icing. Decorate as desired.

Bake Your Way to Big Bucks!

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Are you ready to put your baking skills to the test? Fly yourself down to Atlanta and take part in Share Our Strength’s eighth annual baking contest.

This contest, held at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts of Atlanta, is a chance for even you beginners to bake your best!

You may enter in one of four categories: professional pastry chef, amateur baker, culinary student or child baker. The winner will take home the title of “Atlanta’s Best Dessert.”

Entry for the professional category is $95, where the entry fee for my beginners out there and all other categories is only $25. Why not try out that new recipe you’ve been dying to bake?

The winner in the professional category will win $500 and winners in the other three categories will win $250!

Take a shot, you’ve got nothing to lose! This is a great chance to donate to charity and share your favorite recipe!