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Peanut Butter Cupcakes + PB & Marshmallow Frosting… My Current #1 Most-Requested Flavour!

I grew up with peanut butter & grape jelly sandwiches in Virginia & California, & love anything with peanut butter (PB) even now. When I first moved to the UK over a decade ago, I have to say that people were like, “Whaaaaat?” Having now served PB variations of cupcakes, macarons, brownies, cookies, etc. at various parties, it seems I have converted a few peeps & now PB & Marshmallow is my most-requested/ordered flavour. YAY!  I personally love my choc/vanilla cake, filled with caramel & marshmallow, topped with PB & sometimes jelly frosting, but that might be a bit much…
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Your Cottage Food Law…Working? Not Working?

With more than half the states having signed legislation for Cottage Food Laws, several states with Restricted Home Food Processing, a couple of states with Pending Legislation and a few states with Cottage-Food-Law Petitions, there are only a few states remaining with no Cottage Food Laws or any type of  home-baking allowances. Sounds like we’re making great progress!  We’re getting there!  Or, are we?  With any new product, service or – in this case – new law the most important opinions come from the people who will ultimately make use of the product, service or ; When it comes to…
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Sugarveil Tutorial

Created by Edible Artists Network for the use of Sugarveil icing on the Sugarveil mat.  A client request lace on a wedding cake and I immediately thought of Sugarveil.  My first attempt a few months ago was a complete disaster, but I was determined to master this wonderful sugar craft. I broke down and ordered the Sugarveil mat from Global Sugar Art. (more…)
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Box Macaron Mix? (Misspelled & a “Miss,” Not a Hit)

Let me preface this by saying that I REALLY wanted this to ; (A) Because I know quite a number of people who have struggled with making macarons from scratch, so I thought this could be something I could suggest as an alternative, and (B) I love this brand so much so that I couldn’t bear to name & shame them (You’ll notice I covered the brand name in the first image below).  But, I should have known from the misspelling of MACARON on the box (c’mon peeps – macaroons are the coconut desserts, macarons are the French almond meringue…
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Strawberry Marshallows! (With Fresh Strawberry Puree)…

Those who know me know I have a "thing" for ; I LOVE IT! Seriously, I'll put it on, or in, or around, anything and everything!  I've done homemade versions of marvelous marshmallow in all its guises: for piping, for frosting, for filling, for toasting, for eating, and/or for licking (always!)  Super-dope Strawberry Marshmallows! (more…)
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Jen – a.k.a. Macaron Stalker

How much do I love macarons?  I’m talking about the French macaron variety and not the coconut macaroon variety – though I do love both, macarons just speak to ; I’ve been fortunate enough to do a fair bit of travelling, here, there, everywhere. From “home” in the San Francisco Bay Area to Wokingham, Berkshire (UK), to various parts of Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia… How lucky is that!?  But seriously, no matter where in the world I am, if there’s a macaron to be found, I’ll find it!   So I was recently in The Côte d'Azur –…
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Some Simple & Fun Food Photography Tips From Jen’s Just Desserts

Cake Idea - Learn how a simple change in perspective or lighting can make your masterpiece come to life. I'm really into baking and photography, and the combination of the two for me is a bit magical when they come together to create that kind of special image where you can almost TASTE the treat in the picture. I guess a few peeps have noticed my love of "bake-ography" and so I am always being asked about how I "TAKE GOOD PHOTOGRAPHS."  As Ansel Adams once said: “There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.”  There…
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A Postcard from Barbados – Sun, Sea, Fun AND DESSERT!

I know, I most people's island vacation/holiday snapshots are of sun, fun, sea, and sand; and don't get me wrong, we've had our fair share of all of that. The weather here in Barbados has been glorious, and I've been out "catamaran-ing," snorkelling, swimming with turtles, and of course, rum-tasting and generally having an awesome ; And that's even before I get to the part about food, and desserts, in particular! This isn't the first time I've been to Barbados, I must admit; I've been fortunate enough to visit this lovely island at least several times before, so I already…
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The Famous Hummingbird Bakery, London: A Short & Sweet Visit

OK, not gonna Everyone had hyped it up so, so much that I was sadly underwhelmed by my first visit to Hummingbird Bakery in London's Soho a few years ; I must also admit that I've not had much success with a few of their recipes I've tried and tested at home and with ; (But we bakers are notoriously over-critical of other bakers' creations, no?)  So, no one was more surprised than me at what a FAB experience I had as I revisited the Hummingbird on Wardour Street recently. (more…)
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Homemade Cupcake Cases

I was going through all the old cards I've received for birthdays, holidays, anniversaries, thank yous, etc. & then I thought about all the $$$ I spend on cupcake cases, and my slight disappointment at how "un-unique" most of them really are. So, I thought I'd try making my It's a great way to recycle old cards (& you can still keep what's written on the inside) AND create your own, unique cupcake What you'll need: old cards, extra scrapbook paper, etc. + a cupcake case/wrapper that you can simply cut the bottoms out of. (more…)
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ICHF Cake International at Excel

There I was with my big camera, fighting my way through hundreds, if not thousands, of visitors at the ICHF Cake International at Excel, London this past weekend, when I was stopped dead in my tracks by BUTTERCREAM!  I caught a glimpse of one of Queen of Hearts-Couture Cakes' beautiful creations, and I just could not stop snapping away. I was completely mesmerised by their cakes, decorated in 100% buttercream. (more…)
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ICHF Cake International at Excel

There I was with my big camera, fighting my way through hundreds, if not thousands, of visitors at the ICHF Cake International at Excel, London this past weekend, when I was stopped dead in my tracks by BUTTERCREAM!  I caught a glimpse of one of Queen of Hearts-Couture Cakes' beautiful creations, and I just could not stop snapping away. I was completely mesmerised by their cakes, decorated in 100% buttercream. (more…)
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My Cake Story Contest Winner!

The winner of our "My Cake Story" contest is Tracy of Boobala Cakes!! All submissions/stories can be viewed here: #comments Congratulations Tracy! Your prize is the Sharon Zambito DVD – Perfecting the Art of Buttercream – A step by step guide to icing the perfect cake. Thanks to all who participated! We will run several more contests so check back with us often.
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New Facebook Timeline for Pages – What happened to my “hidden” posts?

  With the transition to the new timeline for pages, it was quite an adjustment period for us at Edible Artists Network.   Everyday we’re learning more and more about the power of Facebook and getting used to the new timeline. As the primary administrator for our page – I’m constantly monitoring posts and interacting with our audience.  A large part of my old Facebook practice was monitoring the ‘hidden’ posts section of my page as an everyday housekeeping task, as many hidden posts – (those auto blocked from public view for being spam or offensive) – are actually completely…
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Home Bakeries Now Legal in Texas

I'd like to share this great article about the Texas cottage food law written for Edible Artists Network by Kelley Masters of Home bakers in Texas are feeling a little freer these days.    SB 81, also known as the Texas Cottage Food Law, went into effect September 1, 2011.  It allows the sale of certain home-produced foods such as cakes, cookies, pies, breads, jams, and jellies, from the producer’s home directly to the consumer.  SB 81 is the result of a grassroots effort that began in the discussion forums of in 2006, and eventually expanded to include a popular Facebook…
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Facebook Ratings Tab: How to Add a Facebook Ratings Tab

  Facebook Ratings Tab: Facebook Ratings Tab: Add a Ratings tab to your Facebook page in 4 easy steps 1. Go to 2. Click on the “Ratings” button in the middle of the page a new page will open requesting to add your personal information to this app program – select “YES”, it will use your personal profile, but will ask as you move forward which page you’d like to add the tab to. “Like” the app first – then click on – “go to app” - A new window will open up requesting which page to add the ratings…
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