Enjoy a Slice on National Cake Day!

In an age where every event has a holiday and is celebrated with gusto and enthusiasm, it’s only natural that everyone’s favorite celebratory dessert has a day dedicated to its existence. Cake certainly has a profound place in historical lore. While it’s debatable whether Marie Antoinette ever uttered the phrase “Let them eat cake” before having an unfortunate run-in with a guillotine, no one has to tell somebody twice to enjoy a slice of dessert.

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Baking Basics: 5 Rules to Follow

Now, more than ever, folks are home bound and are learning to bake delicious treats on their own. There has been a terrific culinary renaissance in cooking and baking, but every great baker must start somewhere, so we would like to share these baking basics you should be following next time you’re in the kitchen!

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Baking Soda vs. Baking Powder

Should you use baking soda or baking powder when creating delicious culinary delights like those made at Sweet Melissa Patisserie? Why would that even matter? The difference boils down to whether your other ingredients require acid to activate leavening. Baking powder does not need the acid, while baking soda does. Foods like blueberry muffins or cut-out sugar cookies use baking powder, and, therefore, do not need any acid as a catalyst. Baking soda, used for snickerdoodles and Irish soda bread, involves the interaction of acidic agents. So, it all depends on which types of pastries you wish to make.

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The Importance of Mixing Methods in Your Baking

Baking is an art and we love perfecting our craft to produce delicious treats while helping others do the same!  There are some specific skill sets you need to master baking.  One important skill to learn quickly is how to choose from all the different methods of mixing.  Each type of batter and ingredient requires a different way of mixing to ensure the final texture is just right.  We’re here to help you understand all the methods and when to use each one.

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Make Delicious Pastry Cream!

Many people feel intimidated when it comes to baking, cooking, and other types of food preparation. This is most likely due to the fact that our lives and careers, along with keeping up with all of our kids’ activities, have left us less time to spend in the kitchen than our parents and grandparents. 

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