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The first thing that comes to mind with these teardrop cookie cutters is paisley.  I would love to decorate these with a paisley pattern all over.

Or even some fake pearl-like decorations with a glamours white and pink color scheme sound great.

Although teardrop is a common shape, I can't think of anything specific you would use these for besides to just create a pretty design on top.

I would be interested to know if you are looking for something like this, what are your plans for it?
Cream puffs might seem like a daunting recipe to beginner bakers, but they are actually quite easy if you have used similar techniques before.

They are essentially made from the same ingredients as a roux, just with eggs and sugar added.  You can just use whipped cream for the filling.

My go-to easy cream puffs recipe is:


The recipe is straightforward and the video is very informative as well.

I've even made a mistake such as adding in an extra egg before and they still came out pretty tasty, that's why I call these a "no-fail" recipe.

If you've been wanting to try making cream puffs but been putting it off because they are intimidating, give this recipe a try. 
mermaid-tail-cookie-cutter
Along with unicorns, mermaids seem to be a big trend recently.

Although, mermaids have pretty much held a constant place in pop culture for many years now.

This mermaid tail cookie cutter is great because it happens to double as a whale tail!

So whether you are looking to decorate a mythical creature or one of the largest fish in the ocean, this cutter is for you.


sea-creature-cookie-cutters
These sea creature cookie cutters are absolute enchanting.  Whether it's an under the sea or Little Mermaid party, these would be perfect.

I love sets that come with a lot of variation, not just the same thing but in slightly different ways.

This set definitely achieved that with seven very different sea creatures.

There's so much here that you might not even get around to using them all.

I know this is a popular theme for children's birthday parties and I think it would even be fun to let them try their hand at decorating these!
fish-shaped-cookie-cutter
Fishing happens to be another hobby of mine, so I think these fish shaped cookie cutters really fun.

For some reason when I was looking for these, I thought they would all look like the shape of gold fish crackers.  A simple, cartoonish shape.

I was pleasantly surprised to find these semi-realistic shaped ones.

I think these would be fun to decorate in layers, to try and achieve a more realistic effect.
Claiming anything is the "best ever" is audacious of course, but this recipe is really, really good.

It also happens to be super simple and fast, making them even more attractive.

I had been requested to make sugar cookies and went online to search for a quick recipe using melted butter.

I knew most recipes would call for softened butter to be creamed with sugar, but I needed a recipe for on demand sugar cookies.

Luckily I found this small batch "Easy Sugar Cookie Recipe" Christina on her blog Dessert for Two.

https://www.dessertfortwo.com/small-batch-sugar-cookies/

They come together super quick and tasted pretty amazing.  They have definitely become my go to recipe.

I even had success doubling the recipe.

I cook them in the air fryer per her directions and am amazed every single time.  They are slightly crispy on the outside, and delicate yet chewy on the inside.  Perfection.

I would definitely recommend giving this recipe a try the next time you have a craving for sugar cookies.
Eiffel-tower-cookie-cutter
I think seeing the Eiffel tower is on everyone's bucket list.  But when that isn't possible, why not bake an Eiffel tower cookie?

Of course it pales in comparison to the real deal, but it will probably taste yummy nevertheless.

While these happen to be a popular shape for baked goods, I suspect they would be hard to decorate.

It's some incredible architecture to try to mimic.

I would definitely go the "cutesy" route to save face.


red-mixing-bowl-set
An absolute necessity for bakers is a mixing bowl.  There are a few things you can get away with, such as using a hand mixer instead of a stand mixer, but using a small, regular dining bowl is not one of them.

Even small batch recipes require larger bowls than your average dinnerware bowl.

Of course you can pick up a mixing bowl at pretty much any superstore or home goods store, but sometimes it's nice to have a matching set like this red one.

All the better if you happen to have a red themed kitchen as well.  Most American kitchen appliances, utensils, and gadgets come in basic colors such as white, black, silver, and red.  So the chances of these fitting right in are high.

Matching sets like these are also great because of the size variation.  Sometimes you will absolutely want to go with a very large bowl, where other times a standard size mixing bowl will do, so it's nice to have a choice.

Do away with the mix-matched kitchen and consider getting a matching set like this.
hot-air-balloon-cookie-cutter
While I am unsure what theme this hot air balloon cookie cutter falls under, I would be interested to find out.

You could definitely call it southwestern, but I doubt anyone is having a southwestern cookie party.

I believe some people use them for baby showers as well, decorating them in pastels and maybe adding teddy bears to match.

Of course, you could just happen to be a fan of this uncommon mode of transportation as well.

Whatever the occasion, they do seem really fun to decorate as they can have simple or really intricate designs depending on your abilities, and are usually very colorful.
As a home baker, I've taken joy in mastering a lot of recipes and techniques.  I like when my food tastes good, and I like serving it to people and seeing the satisfaction they get from eating it as well.

So, it can be disheartening when a recipe doesn't go well.

For me, this usually happens when baking bread.

I have no where near mastered the art of bread making  yet.  Which, I don't fault myself in the least considering how many factors go into making the perfect loaf.

Bread Making Considerations

There's the yeast, the flour, the kneading, the environment/humidity, the type of butter you use, proofing the dough, and probably even more factors that I can't think of off the top of my head.

It's really crazy that so many different factors can affect the way your bread turns out.

Take croissants for example, I have baked croissants at least five times now, and never been happy with the way they turned out.

Something has always gone wrong when baking them.  Whether it be the butter melting, the butter leaking out of the dough during the "laminating" process, baking them at the wrong temperature, not leaving them out to rise long enough, etc.

It seems almost impossible to make the "perfect" croissant.

How to Make Good Bread?

Even a "simple" loaf recipe can go wrong quick if you make a mistake during any of the steps.  Thus, making good bread still eludes me.

I would love to know if any of you are experiencing the same sort of problem.  Is bread-making still your worst nightmare or did you master it in no time?

Leave me best bread-making tips below!
heart-shaped-egg-ring
These heart shaped egg ring molds are a testament to how silicone has permeated the cooking and baking space.

From chocolate molds to kitchen utensils, it's hard to find something that isn't silicone these days.

But given how convenient and functional it is,  that isn't surprising.

The most fun part of silicone is that it can be used to make interesting shapes like these hearts out of your food.

I have bought molds similar to these ones and used them to make heart shaped eggs and pancakes right in the frying pan.

When made well, these are really fun to use.
unicorn-measuring-cups
It's cute kitchen gadgets like these that make me want to turn my whole kitchen into my own personal wonderland.

We are fortunate that the unicorn trend (going on a strong a few years now) has reached bakeware.

While you might me tempted just as I am to buy these cute little guys for yourself, these unicorn measuring cups would make a great gift for the avid baker in your life as well.

Consider snagging these for the person in your life who spends a lot of time in the kitchen, has an affinity for these mythical creatures, or likes kawaii stuff.


3-tier-cardboard-cake-stand
Cardboard cake stands are the most convenient displays for birthday parties and other gatherings.

They look great, while still offering that "grab and go"/"self-serve" ease of use.

They can hold a surprising amount of cupcakes as well.

The most fun part is that they come in all different sorts of colors and designs.

I like this one because it has a simple design and is colored a pretty, pale pink.

It's perfect for a girl's birthday party, or a baby shower for someone expecting a little girl.

These kinds of displays are also convenient because they are usually inexpensive - being made from cardboard - so they also work well if you have a lot of people to serve.

The only downside would be that I don't think they are re-usable like a regular, ceramic or glass one might be.  But then again, it's hard to find a 3 tier ceramic cake stand that is meant for serving a large group of people.

So, it just depends on what your needs are.
crescent-moon-shaped-cookie-cutter
I am big fan of the nighttime theme.  Anything having to do with the moon and stars always looks mystical to me.

It's kind of funny though, to make the moon you can't really just use a circle cutter and decorate it with a face or something.  You'd have to add texture mimicking the craters of the moon's surface.

Otherwise, it would just look like a big smiley face.

I guess that's why when we think of moon shaped things we picture this crescent shape like this cookie cutter.

We can easily just decorate this with a single layer of color and even a face if we want, and it's instantly recognizable.
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Making filled chocolates is one of my favorite things to do, in part because I often struggle with it.

I like that it's a challenge and I would like to think that one day I will master the art of perfectly filled chocolates that look clean and crisp.

That's what these egg molds remind me of, filled chocolate eggs.

These would make some pretty big ones of those however.

The concept of an egg shaped cake is very intriguing to me.  Although they are somewhat seasonal (for Easter), the oval shape is used a lot in baking.

I would love to make layered cake in these molds, cover them with chocolate, and decorate them like Fabergé eggs.

unicorn-face-cookie-cutter
It's unbelievable how long this unicorn trend has lasted.  It's already been at least a year or two, and there's no sign of slowing down.

Everywhere you look there are unicorn birthday parties, unicorn cakes, and of course unicorn cookies.

These mythical creatures have seemed to capture our imagination and our hearts.

I think what's really fun about them other than the cute, innocent faces we keep drawing on them, is the colors we use to create them.

Often they are really bright, fun shades of purple, blue, and pink.

You can't help but see them as pretty when they look like that.  Judging by the roundness of the face, this cutter is definitely going in the more cute direction than realistic (however realistic you can get with a mythical creature.) 


One of my favorite ways to cook a cake is in a rice cooker.  It comes out super moist and fluffy.  Best of all the process is so quick, it's almost like putting the cake in the microwave.

I like to use boxed cake mix for this recipe because the purpose of baking it this way is convenience.

How to Bake a Cake in a Rice Cooker

  1. Prepare boxed cake mix according to the package.
  2. Grease your rice cooker pan using the butter and flour method (for chocolate cake you can try using cocoa powder instead of flour.) 
  3. Pour half of your batter into the rice cooker and use the white rice setting (or the regular setting if there is only one.) 
  4. Run it through this setting twice
  5. During the second run, check on it a few minutes early to make sure it isn't getting overcooked.
  6. Just stick a skewer or knife down the center and see if it comes out clean (the cake will be moist on top because of the steam so take that into consideration when checking if it's done). 
  7. Use a knife to loosen the edges of the cake from the pan.
  8. Put a plate on top of the pan (the side you eat on should be the side that is facing the cake, your hand will be on the "bottom" of the plate.)
  9. Flip the pot upside down to release the cake onto the plate.  You may have to knock the bottom of the pan a few times until it comes out.  I use my hand or the bottom handle of a butter knife.

Notes

Once you release it from the pan you will see that it is very moist and delicate.  I usually don't frost the cake and just put some whipped cream (or frosting) on the side of the plate when serving this.  If you want to frost it, I would recommend refrigerating or even freezing it for some time first, then doing a crumb coat, then frosting it.

It catches on the frosting a lot easier than if you had put it in the oven.

After the rice cooker pan cools I usually rinse it and repeat the process again for the other half of the batter.

Because the cake is so moist and fluffy you can get creative on how you use it.  It's great for trifles, ice cream cakes, and cake balls.