My Brutally Honest Baking Blog

We’ll Never Be Royal Icing….

I want to take a minute to talk about royal icing. When I first started getting into the cookie business, I was in awe of how amazing royal icing was. You whip a few ingredients together and the next thing you know, you’re making edible......

Tiramisu For You

Recently, I took a DNA test and found out (to the surprise of my entire family) that I am part Italian. This led us on a giant selvaggio inseguimento inutile (the internet told me that was Italian for “wild goose chase”) to figure out where......

These Aren’t the Cookies You’re Looking For

There are very few things in this world that brings out my nerd as much as Star Wars does. Memories of my childhood consist of watching Return of the Jedi on old, scratchy VHSs and having epic lightsaber fights with my best friend. Little has......

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

‘Tis the season for cookies. A year ago, I never would have known that a “cookie season” even existed. But it totally does exist. I remember a time–many many years ago–when I actually had a kitchen table… now, there are only cookies. In my haste......

The Elusive Cookie Cutter

During my high school years I spent a lot of time playing music with the band. Actually, that’s wrong. I spent all of my time with the band. Literally all of it. As a result, I happened to know a thing or two about music......

Stuck Macarons

When I went to remove the little dainty wafers from the parchment paper, they kept sticking. At first I thought “not a problem, I’ll just use a spatula” but that only made them angrier. I kept removing the hardened shell while leaving behind the little......

Spooky Jack-o’-lantern Cake Pops

‘Tis the season for all things pumpkin: pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin patches, and pumpkin catapulting contests (if that isn’t a thing, it needs to be). The best part of all is the resurfacing of the pumpkin dessert, which is what prompted my newest project. I decided to tackle two......

Social Butterfly

There comes a time in every individual’s life where everything seems to happen at the same exact time. You’re truckin’ along, minding your own business when BAM, life comes and sucker punches you unexpectedly in the face. If you’re lucky, the sucker punch is actually......

Sick Mickey

In my entire life, I have only made 3 mistakes. The first one was deciding to wear a bandana throughout all three years of middle school (see picture below) and the second was eating an entire cheesecake in one day (never again). The third mistake was......

Musical Cookies

I collect hobbies. I see someone doing something and I want to know all about it. I’m not sure if this is a symptom of my type A personality or my ADD… maybe a little bit of both. But either way, the result is that......

Half Baked and Kneady

So it’s come to this. My baking “hobby” has now grown and weeded its way into every facet of my life like some sort of mutant kudzu. One minute I was looking at a cake decorated beautifully by my aunt and thinking “I would love......

French Macarons Part Trois

I am generally a skeptical person. If I were a country, the national motto would be “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” Either that or it would be “Tepefacta coquebant populi por propulo” which is Latin for “Baked for the......

French Macarons Part Deux

Throughout the last year, French macarons have become one of my favorite treats. There’s something super satisfying about the wide variety of colors and flavors that they can be. During my time in France, I saw so many macarons that I couldn’t even begin to......

French Macarons

I have a confession to make. I am not a classy person. I know I have fooled all of my readers thus far, but the jig is up. I do not know which forks belong where in a place setting and I most definitely couldn’t......

For Humans Only

It isn’t every day that you get invited to a dog family reunion. I know this sounds like the beginning of a joke but seriously, the other day I got invited to a doggy reunion. And let me tell you, it was pretty darn cute.......

Falling For You…

I love baking cookies almost as much as I love bad puns. As a baker/blogger it is my job to rise to the occasion… it’s the yeast that I could do for all of my readers out there. See what I did there? Rise? Yeast?......

Dry, crumbly, No Fail Sugar Cookies

I rushed the recipe a little bit. There’s a part of the recipe that says “add dry mixture a little bit at a time”. Yeah… I didn’t do that… not even a little bit. I just dumped the whole pile of flour into the mixer......

Cookies Within Paw’s Reach

Moose is our big goldendoodle puppy. And she loooooves to cause trouble. More than once she has eaten my baked goods. In her life, she has stolen cookies, cheesecakes, brownies, and then chased it all with a little bit of eggnog. Now I know what......

Cookie Versus Sprinkle Size

My original intent was to use little star-shaped sprinkles to make the shape of Big Dipper and North Star on a field of blue icing (mimicking their state flag). My mom took one look at the cookies and said “I don’t think you’ll have space......

Cinnamon Challenge

As someone who seriously lacks coordination and also loves baking, occasionally I create Lucille Ball-style accidents in the kitchen. I can’t even count the number of times that I have ended up with powdered sugar slung across the counter or thin layer of silver luster......

Alaskan Wonderland

I tend to bake my emotions. I’m not the best at actually expressing myself through words but those of you that have read The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake will understand my emotional relationship with food (minus the mystical powers). When my Alpha Phi Omega mentor......

Accidental Green Icing

While attempting to achieve an antique yellow shade of royal icing, I managed to create a pale green instead. Initially, the instructions said to first make your icing a “golden yellow” as seen below. Then, I was to add a VERY SMALL AMOUNT of leaf......