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6 Best Brownie Pans

Brownies
Brownies

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Are you in the market for a really good brownie pan? Look no further I have got you covered. There is nothing like stirring up a batch of homemade warm gooey brownies. Topped with vanilla ice cream or how about the homemade cool whip? Yep, you read that right homemade cool whip!

Ok, now that I am drooling, let’s get back to the task at hand so you can get the perfect brownie pan.

There are four important categories to consider when choosing a brownie pan.

They are as follows:

  1. Square or rectangular brownie pan
  2. Non-stick pans
  3. Specialty brownie pans, square with dividers (pan can be made of either metal or silicone)
  4. Cast Iron Skillet (this should be self explanatory)

The features you should look for in a brownie pan:

  1. Flat bottom – All of the pans we looked at need to have a flat bottom for even baking.
  2. Efficient and even heating – The best and most nonstick pans for brownies will also be the ones with the best and most even heating.
  3.  Proper capacity – It is important to know that all of these pans will work for baking a 9×13-inch brownie.

6 best brownie pans

Wilton Brownie Bar Pan
Wilton Brownie Bar Pan

#1. Wilton Brownie Bar Pan (Amazon’s Choice) If you want to bake your favorite brownie recipe to perfection, then you need to start with Wilton’s premium non-stick bake ware. This pan is heavier than most other brands so that you can be assured that this premium non-stick pan will heat evenly resulting in brownies baked to perfection. This pan is not just for brownies, you can also create beautiful single desserts like miniature cakes, fruit bars, and much more. 4.8/5 STARS

Features:

  • made of Alloy Steel that is built to last
  • Heats evenly for perfect results every time
  • 12 individual serving cavities, no slicing needed
  • Non-Stick coating
  • Last for years of perfect baking
  • Item Dimensions LxWxH: 1.81 x 10.56 x 15.12 inches

Have all 3 of the features I’m looking for: Flat bottom, Efficient and even heating, Proper capacity.


Brooklyn Brownie Copper by GOTHAM STEEL

#2. Brooklyn Brownie Copper by GOTHAM STEEL- This brownie pan allows you to mix your batter right in the pan with a mixer! This keeps you from messing up an extra bowl. You can quickly mix up 18 brownies, cakes, or whatever your heart desires to serve to your family or friends. Want pizza appetizers? No problem, you can easily mix your batter right in the pan. Next, insert the brownie grid, and stick it in the oven. This brownie pan promises to deliver crispy edges while keeping the centers gooey. This is achieved by the even distribution of the heat by the pan’s bottom, sides, and grid. 4.4/5 STARS

Features:

  • Made from premium heavy-weight aluminized steel
  • Non-stick coating allows for easy food removal
  • Pre-cut divider, no dividing of food needed
  • Made from premium heavy-weight aluminized steel
  • Non-stick coating allows for easy food removal
  • Pre-cut divider, no dividing of food needed
  • Cooks more than just brownies
  • Fast clean-up and dishwasher safe
  • Item Dimensions LxWxH: 14.09 x 9.19 x 2.59 inches

Have all 3 of the features I’m looking for: Flat bottom, Efficient and even heating, Proper capacity.


Chicago Metallic Professional Slice Solutions Brownie Pan

#3. Chicago Metallic Professional Slice Solutions Brownie Pan(Amazon’s Choice) Create perfect brownies every time with this non-stick brownie pan. Because of the divider, it allows you to customize each brownie with nut toppings, sprinkles, candies, or whatever you like. This unique brownie pan is not just for brownies, you can make cornbread, cakes, and many other baked treats. 4.5/5 STARS

Features:

  • Removable divider
  • Perfect 3 inch by 2 inch treats
  • No knife needed to cut every piece
  • Customize each brownie with different toppings
  • Premium quality durable stainless steel for superior
  • Item Dimensions LxWxH: 16 x 10 x 2.5 inches

Have all 3 of the features I’m looking for: Flat bottom, Efficient and even heating, Proper capacity.


Silicone Brownie Pan with Dividers

#4. Silicone Brownie Pan with Dividers- (#1Best Seller) If you love silicone or have never tried it, you need to. The silicone brownie pan is very flexible with a non-stick function making for quick and easy release of your baked good. It is made to sit directly on your oven racks, but I highly recommend placing it on a cookie sheet so you can avoid it folding in on you. It is silicone, so when it gets hot it is going to be very flexible. 4.4/5 STARS

Features:

  • Flexible silicone and non-stick finish allows for easy release of your baked goods
  • Made of 100% food grade silicone
  • Easy clean up: dishwasher safe and cleans up well with warm soapy water
  • Oven and microwave safe: -20 degrees F. to 450 degrees F.
  • Set of two: 12 + 24 Cavity. Very good deal!.
  • Dimensions LxWxH: 13 x 8 x 0.6 inches

Have all 3 of the features I’m looking for: Flat bottom, Efficient and even heating, Proper capacity.


Wilton Recipe Right Non-Stick 8-Inch Square Baking Pan

#5. Wilton Perfect Results Premium Non-Stick 8-Inch Square Cake Pans (Amazon’s Choice) Don’t need to make 12-24 brownies? Then these cake pans are for you. If you do a lot of baking and cooking, this set will work wonders for your busy kitchen. These pans are made with heavy-duty rolled steel construction that is meant to last you for years to come. And of course, this pan can be used for cakes, bars, or anything you want to bake. With its durable non-stick coating, clean-up is a breeze. 4.8/5 STARS

Features:

  • Comes in a set of two 8-inch non-stick square pans
  • Made with heavy-gauge construction for long-lasting durability
  • Even heating allows for food to cook thoroughly and prevents warping
  • Durable non-stick coating so food slides out easily
  • Scratch-resistant coating
  • Dishwasher safe for quick clean up or wash in warm soapy water
  • Dimensions LxWxH: 2.3 x 12.3 x 9.4 inches

Have all 3 of the features I’m looking for: Flat bottom, Efficient and even heating, Proper capacity.


Wilton Recipe Right Non-Stick 9-Inch Square Baking Pan With Lid

#6. Wilton Recipe Right Non-Stick 9-Inch Square Baking Pan with Lid- (Amazon’s Choice) This is the perfect gift set for that special just starting out baking, or a nice gift for yourself. This comes with a set of 2 non-stick baking pans with lids to keep all of your cakes, brownies, lemon bars, etc. fresher longer. 4.8/5 STARS

Features:

  • Heavy gauge construction spreads heat evenly and prevents warping
  • Non-stick coating so treats release easy
  • Easy cleanup with warm, soapy water
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Comes in a set of two 9-inch square pans w/lids
  • Dimensions LxWxH: 2 x 9 x 9 inches

Have all 3 of the features I’m looking for: Flat bottom, Efficient and even heating, Proper capacity.


These are some really awesome pans with fantastic prices. I know you will find one to your liking and baking needs. Check them out and get baking!

Happy Baking,

Donna Kennedy🍽

donna@bakingwithdonna.com

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How to Make a Cake in a Mug

Cake In A Mug
Cake in a Mug

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I have a confession to make: I love cake. Baking a cake in a mug sounds like it should be super easy, right? After all, it’s just a tiny little cake.

Cake in a mug is a lot easier to make than you think. In fact, you’ll wonder why you ever bought those boxed mixes that require six different bowls and a hand mixer. Now you can make cake from scratch without all those annoying bowls!

This cute little cake is perfect for that after-dinner treat, or it’s great for breakfast if you’re that kind of person. Either way, it’s super simple to make, and will take less than 5 minutes of active work on your part.

The great thing about this recipe is that you don’t have to use just one mug or one type of mug. You can use different mugs in different sizes for different portions. So if you just want a little bite of cake, use a smaller mug. If you’re having company, use larger mugs.

To celebrate Fall, I know you will love the following recipe. This is so simple, so let’s get baking. Here’s what you’ll need:

Pumpkin Spice Latte Mug Cakes

Ingredients:

2 Tablespoons butter, melted and cooled

1 Egg

3 Tablespoons brewed espresso coffee or very strong coffee, room temperature

1 Tablespoon canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)

1/4 Cup sugar

1/3 Cup Original Bisquick™ Mix

1/2 Teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

Pinch of salt

Whipped cream, for serving

Ground cinnamon, for serving

Directions:

  1. In small bowl, beat melted butter, egg, espresso and pumpkin with whisk. Add the sugar, Bisquick mix, pumpkin pie spice and salt. Mix until incorporated; batter may be lumpy.
  2. Divide batter between 2 microwavable mugs. Microwave uncovered on High 2 minutes. Cool a few minutes before serving.
  3. Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

TIP #1: If you want to save on clean up mix the batter in one mug, and then pour half of it into the other mug.

TIP #2: If you are not a fan of coffee, you can use another liquid such as water, buttermilk, Chi Tea, milk, etc.

Try this easy recipe for Homemade Cool Whip Only 2 ingredients:

Your taste buds will thank you! This is way better than the canned stuff and a lot tastier than what comes in the plastic bowls.

3/4 Cup heavy whipping cream (Very Cold)

2 Tablespoons powdered sugar

directions:

  1. In chilled medium bowl, beat whipping cream with electric mixer on high speed.
  2. Add powdered sugar before stiff peaks form.
  3. Beat ingredients until stiff peaks form.

TIP #1: For enhanced flavor, try adding a 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract when adding the powdered sugar.

TIP #2: Make sure you keep your mixing bowl and your beaters in the freezer until you are ready to use them for the best results. And you want your heavy whipping cream very cold too.

TIP #3: This homemade cool whip is great on Pumpkin Pie, Sweet Potato Pie, Strawberry Short Cake or whatever you want to put it on. Enjoy!🧁

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My Top 6 Picks for Non-Stick Pans

Non-Stick Pans

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One of the questions I get asked the most is “What is the best non-stick cake pan?” and that’s why I am giving you my top 6 picks for non-stick cake pans.

I am going to be reviewing my top 6 picks based on the following criteria: Ease of Cleaning, Functionality, Durability, and Price.

The 6 brands of cake pans that I am going to be reviewing are:

  1. Wilton Non-Stick Round Cake Pans
  2. Nordic Ware Anniversary Collection
  3. Chicago Metallic Non-Stick Cake Pans
  4. Fat Daddio’s 9″ Wilton-Style Nonstick Springform Pan
  5. Wilton Perfect Results Premium Non-Stick 8-Inch Square Cake Pans
  6. Elbee Home 8-Piece Nonstick Aluminized Steel

If you love baking like I do, then a good durable, long-lasting cake pan(s) is a must-have. This is very important to have and is rated at the top of my list.

Having cake pans that are easy to clean, durable, and function well is essential for getting perfect results every time.

Nothing is worse than spending all of your time, effort, and money on creating a beautiful masterpiece to have it stick, burn, or just flop! Without further delay, what do you say we get down to the reviews?

Wilton Perfect Results Non-stick Round Cake-Best Price

Wilton Perfect Results Nonstick Round Cake Pan, 9 by 1.5-Inch, Silver

Bakers all around recognize the Wilton Perfect Results Non-Stick 9×1.5 inch Round Cake Pan as being one of the best high-quality made cake pans around. With its non-stick surface and reinforced coating, no wonder bakers are raving about its durability, functionality, price, and of course how easy the cake releases making clean-up a breeze. (3 sizes to choose from) For durability, functionality, cleaning, and price I give them an A-plus.


NORDIC WARE ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION-Best Bundt Pan

Nordic Ware Platinum Collection Anniversary Bundt Pan

This beautiful Bundt pan is part of Nordic Ware’s Anniversary Collection. Not only does it make a beautiful and stunning cake design, you can do this in one easy step and then decorate it as you wish. This Bundt cake pan is made of lightweight aluminum with a non-stick finish making clean up and release easy. This pan is not just for cakes, you can also make festive bread or mold gelatins and frozen desserts. Yield: 10-15 cup capacity. (2 Colors to choose from)


Chicago Metallic Non-Stick Cake Pans-Best Round cake pans

Chicago Metallic Professional Non-Stick 3-Piece Round Cake Pan Bakeware Set, Gray

The Chicago Metallic Non-Stick Cake Pans comes in a set of 3 that includes 6-inch, 8-inch, and 10-inch round cake pans. Get your creative juices flowing and make a multi-layer cake for someone’s anniversary or perhaps a birthday cake. With this 3 pieces, non-stick cake pan set the possibilities are endless. The non-stick coating is made with a food-safe non-stick coating making food release easy and clean up fast and dishwasher safe. This set is made with durable carbon steel that evenly distributes the heat and weight for consistent baking and perfect results every time. For durability, functionality, cleaning, and price I give them an A-plus.


Fat Daddio’s 9″ Nonstick Spring foam Pan-Best Spring foam Pan


Fat Daddio's 9" Nonstick Spring foam Pan-Best Spring foam Pan

This pan is a must-have for making cakes, cheesecakes, tarts, or even ice cream cakes and much much more. Fat Daddio’s Spring foam pan is made out of Anodized Aluminum which heats faster for even cooking and cools off faster thus preventing over baking. The finish on this pan resists rusting, flaking, chipping, and peeling. The wide pedestal base can be used for a cake stand. Included with the 6×3 inch pan is a Lumintrail Measuring Spoon Set. I give Fat Daddio’s Spring Foam Cake Pan an A plus for Ease of Cleaning, Functionality, Durability, and Price.


Wilton Perfect Results Premium Non-Stick 8-Inch Square Cake Pans-Best Square pan set

Wilton Perfect Results Premium Non-Stick 8-Inch Square Cake Pans, Set of 2, Steel Bakeware Set

Having square pans in your cooking arsenal is a must have. Not only are they great for making a layered cake, but great for making brownies as well. Wilton Perfect Results Premium Non-Stick Square Cake Pans are made of durable steel that spreads heat evenly to prevent your cake layers from coming out warped. They have a non-stick coating for fast food release. You get 2 in a set. These pans are sure to last for many years. The ease of Cleaning, Functionality, Durability, and Price are amazing. This one also gets an A-plus rating.


Elbee Home 8-Piece Nonstick Aluminized SteeL-Best bakeware set

Elbee Home 8-Piece Nonstick Aluminized SteeL-Best bakeware set

I saved this one for last. This is truly an amazing set of bakeware to have. It comes with 8 different pans that stack neatly within one another to save space. These pans are made out of Aluminized Steel and are 100% dishwasher safe. This neat set will fit in your kitchen cabinets or under your oven. This would be a great starter kit for someone who just got married or for someone moving out on their own. Durable and heat resistant and can withstand heat up to 450 degrees F. Made from 100% non-stick carbon steel. The Elbee set comes with one large roasting pan, one 8 in. square cake tin, one small oven tray, two muffin pans, two 8 in. round cake tins, and one large oven tray. I have to give this one an A-plus for Ease of Cleaning, Functionality, Durability, and Price.


Ok, my bakers go and check out these 6 pans and pick out the one(s) that suit your baking needs. And get your baking on!

Happy Baking,

Donna Kennedy🍰

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👻10 Tips for Creating a Spooktacular Halloween Party for Children🎃

Halloween Party
Halloween Party

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Halloween is upon us, and it’s the perfect time to organize a Spooktacular party for the kids. As much as I love fancy dress, I also like to relax and party hard at home with my family. Here are my top ten tips for creating the ultimate kid’s Halloween Party, which your adult guest will enjoy too.

Are you ready to create your Spooktacular Halloween Party? Let’s go….


#1. Choose Your Theme Wisely

Halloween Theme
👻Halloween Theme👻

This is the first thing you want to do is decide on the Halloween Theme you would like to create and build off that. There are so many Halloween themes to choose from, you are sure to find one to meet your goulash needs. For example, do you want to go with spider webs with black and orange décor? Or would you prefer a monster theme, witch fest along with a scary forest outside? As you can see the possibilities are endless. But do remember you want the kiddos to have fun, not be frightened.


#2. Make Fun Invitations

Halloween Party Invitations
🕷Halloween Invites🕷

Now that you have your cute little theme picked out, it’s time to get the invitations ready. Make your own and have fun with it. You can include the kiddos as well to help. This will make it even more special. One thing you can do with the invitations is make them match your Halloween Theme. You can also make little candy gift bags to match as well. Kid’s love to make crafts at least my grandchildren do.


#3. Halloween Games

If you have different age children as I do, you can still have games that everyone can enjoy. Even the adults. Here are some fun games to consider for all ages…

These games are sure to keep the kiddos happy and entertained. On Amazon under $10.00!


#4. Start and End

Time To Party Clock
Time To Party

Now it’s time decide what time you want the party to start and when you want it to end. If it’s just a party for the kids, younger ones may only last for a couple of hours and the older ones 3-4 hours. Make sure to state the start and end times on the invitations so the parents will know what time to drop them off and pick them up.

Now for me and my family, we always have a start time, but then we end it when we get ready too. Which is usually longer than 2-4 hours.🎃


#5. Baking Time

Halloween Cookies
Halloween Cookies

This is my favorite part besides the decorating. Depending on what and how much you are making, give yourself enough time to get your treats baked, decorated, and ready for the big day. Baking your goodies a couple of days ahead of time will take a lot of stress off of you.

For me, I bake my cookies, especially if I decorate them, 2 days ahead of time. Then I will bake my cake the day before and decorate it. I like to make cookies and then let my grandchildren come over and help me decorate them. They love it and so will you. If the family wants to help in baking goodies, let them! For a delicious cookie recipe go to Donna’s Best Holiday Butter Cookies.


#6. Decorate the House

Halloween House
Halloween House

Now that you have picked out a theme and got all of your goodies baked and decorated, it’s time to get your Halloween decorating on. I like to decorate a few days before the party. Give yourself plenty of time to get everything like you want it. Get your spooky juices flowing and turn your house into a Halloween Scene that is sure to please both you and your guest. If you need some cute decorations and don’t want to make them yourself, check out your local Dollar Tree or Dollar General. They have cute stuff priced to fit any budget.


#7. Add Music to Your Theme

Dancing Children
Get Your Groove On

There’s nothing like adding a little music to your party to get things going. These songs are sure to get everyone dancing. I recommend songs like “Monster Mash,” “Ghostbusters,” “Thriller.” And of course, if you have an Alexa, you can ask her to play Halloween music for children.


#8. Serve Simple Snacks

Monster Cupcakes
Monster Cupcakes

No need to stress yourself out over the snacks, just keep it simple. Here are some ideas below:

  1. Monster Cupcakes-get these at your local Walmart to save time
  2. Cake Pops-get some your local bakery
  3. Halloween Cookies-pick some up a your local Walmart
  4. Sneak in some healthy snacks-Halloween monster mouth snacks, crunchie Halloween mummies, pumpkin party mix

#9. Time for Halloween Games

Halloween Crafts/Games
Halloween Crafts/Games

Now that the kiddos have eaten some treats how about some dancing to burn off some of the sugar highs? My little ones love to have dance contests and I bet yours would too. After all, that dancing try sitting down for a rest and playing some board games like Halloween Bingo, do a craft like decorating some pumpkins, watch a Halloween cartoon-like “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.”


#10. Photo Time

Halloween Photo
Family Time

Well, the party was a hit and things are winding down, now is the time to take photos to save the memories of time spent with family and friends. Have your guest stand in front of some of the decorations as a backdrop for the pictures. Then you can have them developed and share with family and friends.


Follow these 10 Tips for Creating a Spooktacular Halloween Party for Children and it should put your mind at ease and help you stay organized while planning your Halloween Party.

I would love for you to share some of your pictures with me. It would be wonderful to see what you came up with.

I hope you and your family have a great Halloween and be safe.🎃

Happy Baking,

Donna Kennedy👻

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Donna’s Baking Tray Liners

Baking Tray Liner
Baking Tray Liner

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These baking tray liners are the best invention since the wheel!

I have always struggled with making sure that my baked goods don’t stick to the baking tray (Cookie Sheet). Crisco was the best I could do, but this new product takes things to a whole new level. I still remember being so mad after spending ages carefully rolling out my latest cookie recipe, putting it in the oven, and finding that it had stuck to the baking tray.

It was so frustrating. Ever since I got the baking tray liners, none of that has happened. This little invention has made my life so much easier, and means that I can even bake when I’m in a hurry.

When I’m working with the flexible silicone baking tray liner, I find that it goes in really easily, and is really easy to clean up afterwards. I love the way that it makes your baking experience much more efficient. It also reduces wastage because you don’t need to grease the baking trays ahead of time anymore.

I’ll bet you’ve even tried to buy a ready made liner, but they either fall apart halfway through baking, or they’re too small for your particular tray.

Well, worry no more, my friends. I have found the answer to all your problems.

Donna’s Top 6 Silicone Mats

My top silicone mats are going to make your baking life so much easier. I know it’s hard to believe that your food will not stick to these silicone mats. And just think, less of a mess to have to clean up! They are worth it just for that one reason alone. Not to mention they are great for the environment because they are re-useable which will save you money and time in the long run.😉

#6. GUANCI 6-Piece Silicone Baking Mat Set (Amazon’s Choice)

6-Piece Silicone Baking Mat Set
6-Piece Silicone Baking Mat Set

I have a mat very similar to this one and I love it! It works great for rolling out cookie dough, pie dough, pizza dough, or any type of pastry dough you can think of. It also has diagrams to guide you as you roll out your dough and this is super helpful.

Features:

  • Made of 100% Platinum Food-Grade Silicone
  • Holds up under 540 degrees Celsius which is equal to  1,004 Degrees Fahrenheit-Now that’s hot!
  • Easy clean-up and food does not stick to mat
  • Anti-Slip-stays in place
  • The Silicone baking is 0.7mm thickness or 0.028″ and is thicker than most pastry mats
  • And it’s dishwasher/oven/microwave oven/freezer safe
  • 4 different sets for your baking needs

#5. Aurrako Silicone Baking Mats for Cookie Baking Sheets Pan

Aurrako Silicone Baking Mats
Aurrako Silicone Baking Mats

You can cook healthier meals with these mats. No need to add butter, oil, fats, or sprays. With the Aurrako Silicone Baking mats, you never have to worry about any of your foods sticking. Roll out your favorite cookie doughs, pizza dough, or any kind of pastry dough you can think of.

Features:

  • Made with non-toxic silicone, BPA free, with no plastic fillers
  • Easy to clean and dishwasher safe
  • No more parchment paper or aluminum foil (save money)
  • Will not fold or crease and cooks food evenly
  • Comes with 6 piece pipping tips
  • Makes a perfect gift for birthdays, Christmas, mother’s day or for your self
  • 3 different size sets to meet your needs

#4. MMmat Silicone Baking Mats (Amazon’s Choice)

MMmat Silicone Mats
MMmat Silicone Mats

You will get 3 non-stick silicone baking mats to make your baking easier and convenient. The size of these are made for half sheet baking pans in size “13×18”.

Features:

  • You get 2 non-stick silicone baking mats & 1 macaron silicone mat
  • You don’t have use oils, sprays, or parchment paper
  • Can with stand oven up to 500 degrees F
  • PBA free and PFOA free
  • Durable and long-lasting
  • Easy to clean and dishwasher safe
  • 6 different sets to choose from

#3. Happy Homes Market, Silicone Baking Mat (Amazon’s Choice)

Happy Homes Market, Silicone Baking Mat
Happy Homes Market, Silicone Baking Mat

With these cute silicone baking mats, you can turn any baking sheet or roasting pan into a non-stick easy to clean surface. By using silicone mats, you will not have to worry about parchment paper, waxed paper, aluminum foil, or baking sprays. These adorable mats are safe for all of your food plus they are BPA and PFOA FREE. 

Features:

  • Fits most standard size half sheet baking pans
  • Even heat distribution for perfect results every time
  • Can handle oven temps. from -40 degrees F to 450 degrees F
  • No need for added fats like cooking oil, butter, or cooking sprays
  • Non-stick silicone mats make clean-up a snap and they are dishwasher safe
  • Can handle your messiest doughs to your stickiest treats
  • And how adorable are these mats
  • You can choose all 3 styles or just 1 style

#2. Kitzini Silicone Baking Mat Set (Amazon’s Choice)

Kitzini Silicone Baking Mat
Kitzini Silicone Baking Mat

Want perfect results every time you bake? Then get the Kitzini Silicone Baking Mat Set. Designed for evenly distributed heat for perfect results every time. Make beautiful cookies, get crispy roasted veggies or pretty macarons that will slide off the mat with ease. And these mats can handle your toughest jobs. Now you can make healthy meals like a pro.

Features:

  • Can withstand freezing temps and oven temps. up to 450 degrees F
  • Designed to fit all standard half baking sheets
  • Easy clean-up without all the mess and dishwasher safe
  • No more parchment paper, aluminum foil, wax paper or cooking sprays
  • Cook healthier meals without added fats, butter, or oil
  • 5 different sets to choose from

#1. Non-slip Silicone Pastry Mat Extra Large with Measurements (#1 Seller on Amazon)

Extra Large Non-Slip Silicone Mat
Extra Large Non-Slip Silicone Mat

This silicone mat is made with premium-grade silicone to protect the health of you and your family. No worries about your food sticking. Not even your stickiest dough will stick to this non-stick mat. This baby is 28″ by 20″ so you will have plenty of room to roll out your cookie dough, pie dough, pastry dough with ease.

I picked this to be number 1 because it is much bigger than most and thicker. Made with good quality material that will lasts for years to come.

Features:

  • Non-stick surface so even your stickiest pastry dough want stick
  • Non-slip backing so it grips to your table without sliding around or rolling up
  • Easy clean-up, just rinse off with warm soapy water, no scrubbing
  • Can use for baking in the oven up to 470 degrees F
  • Bigger than other silicone mats and thicker
  • Has measurements to help you with the size of the pastry you need
  • Comes in 3 different sizes to fit your needs

Now that you have the information I encourage you to check out each one of the silicone mats on Amazon along with their videos to make the right choice for your baking needs.

You will be well on your way to baking like a pro and serving up healthier foods for you and your family without all the added fats that you don’t need. And clean-up will be a breeze. Just think, you will be done and out of the kitchen in no time for family time!

Happy Baking,

Donna Kennedy,🍰🍪

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How to Make a Cake: A Step-by-Step Guide 

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While baking cakes is usually easier than cooking, sometimes things can get quite tricky. This is why you need to know the basics of cake baking.

It doesn’t matter if you are new to baking or have been baking for years, this guide will help you.


How to Make a Cake: A Step-by-Step Guide

Making any cake is not rocket science. However, it is always good to follow the basic rules. By following these 12 easy steps, you will be able to create a beautiful and tasty cake every time. This guide will teach you how to make a cake.

Before you get started, you will need to decide on the cake recipe you would like. You can get a cake recipe here and then click on the Recipe tab. Now that you have your recipe, follow the steps below for a delicious moist made from scratch cake.

KitchenAid
KitchenAid

Step 1: Get Your Kitchen Aid Mixer Ready or Your Mixer of Choice

Get your mixer plugged in, your bowl set on your mixer, and your edge beater (flat paddle if you have a Kitchen Aid) ready to attach to your mixer. Doing this will save you some much-needed time.


Step 2: Prepare Your Baking Pans

Cake Pan
Cake Pan

This is a very important step to do before you pour the batter into the cake pans. Because you do not want your cake layers to stick. I love to use Pam Baking Spray or Bakers Joy Spray. These sprays already have the oil and flour mixed together making greasing and flouring your pans a breeze. One step and you’re done.

You can use two 9-inch pans, two 8-inch pans, or a 13x9x2 inch pan. The choice is yours. The recipe may specify which size pan to use as well. I use non-stick pans, but still, use the spray for assurance my cake layers will not stick and slide out of the pans with ease.


Step 3: Gather Your Ingredients

Gathering Your Ingredients
Gather Your Ingredients

Now that you have all of the ingredients for your recipe, allow them to reach room temperature. This usually only takes about 15-20 minutes. Doing this will allow for butter to mix up easier (you just want the butter to be soft) and allow the eggs to yield a higher cake volume. For food safety reasons, be sure not to leave the eggs out longer than about 20 minutes.


Step 4: Pre-Heat the Oven

Pre-Heat Oven
Pre-Heat Oven

Pre-heat your oven while mixing up your cake. For most cakes it is 350 degrees F. But there again, go by what the recipe says. You don’t want to put your cake into a cold oven and it has to sit there while the oven heats up. This can cause your cake to be dry and not as moist and can decrease the thickness of the layers. (want rise up as pretty).


Step-By-Step Recipe
Step-By-Step Recipe

Step 5: Follow the Recipe Step by Step

Make sure you follow the recipe exactly in order. Don’t try to skip ahead with steps to get it mixed up faster. If you do, you are going to be messing up big time! For example, if you are adding your eggs and the recipe wants you to add them one at a time and mix well before you add another one, you add them one at a time.


Step 6: Mixing the Dry Ingredients

Mix Dry Ingredients
Mix Dry Ingredients

Mix together the dry ingredients first, ie: flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, whatever the recipe calls for. You can mix these together in your mixing bowl using a wire whisk.



Step 7: Cream Together Sugar and Butter or Sugar and Shortening

Cream Butter, Sugar, And Shortening
Cream Butter, Sugar, and Shortening

Now you will want cream together either the sugar and butter or sugar and shortening depending on what your recipe calls for. Make sure that your butter is at room temperature. This will take about 15-20 minutes. You just want the butter soft enough to mix up smooth with the sugar. Beat on medium to high speed for about 30 seconds to get a smooth creamy texture. This is the secret to light and fluffy cakes.


Adding The Eggs
Adding the Eggs

Step 8: Let’s Add the Eggs

Typically you add the eggs one at a time mixing well before adding another one. Doing this causes the cake to maintain its structure better. And again go by the recipe. Not all recipes require the eggs to be added one at a time.


Step 9: Combining Dry and Wet Ingredients

Combing Wet and Dry Ingredients
Combing Wet and Dry Ingredients

When it comes to dry and wet ingredients, typically you alternate between the two. You will add a little of the dry mixture followed by the wet (milk, juice) and mix. You alternate like this until they both are added and incorporated into the batter. Make sure you start with the flour and end with the flour. Mix well, but do not over mix.


Step 10: Pour Batter into Prepared Cake Pans

Pour Batter Into Pans
Pour Batter Into Pans

Pour the cake batter evenly into prepared cake pans using a silicone spatula and bake at temperature according to the recipe. Most of the time it is 30-40 minutes. Start out with the lowest time first, you can always increase the time if needed. You can check doneness by inserting a toothpick into the center of the cake. If it toothpick comes out clean, they are done. If there is any wetness on the toothpick, cook in increments of 5 minutes until done. This will keep you from overcooking the cake and drying it out.


Step 11: Cool the Cake Layers Before Frosting

Cool the Cakes
Cool the Cakes

Place cakes on a cooling rack(s) for 5 minutes, and then turn out on cake rack(s) to finish cooling. (About 60 minutes). To loosen the cakes from the side of the pan you bump the cake pan on the sides or run a knife around the edges. If you have a non-stick pan use a plastic knife so you won’t damage the pans.

Always frost or ice a cool cake! You don’t want your frosting to melt and run off of the cake!


Step 12: Frost a Cool Cake

Frost A Cool Cake
Frost A Cool Cake

Now comes the fun part! Make frosting or icing of your choice and frost the cake. Start by placing the top layer face down on your cake plate where the smoother side is facing up. Then you can place the cake plate on a rotating cake stand for easy frosting and decorating. Next, you want to put about 1/2 cup of the frosting on the first layer, then place the second layer with a smooth layer down (you are putting the smooth bottoms together).

Next, you want to put a thin layer of frosting on the top and sides of the cake. Don’t worry about how this looks right now. This is called a “crumb coat.” Then place the cake in your fridge or freezer for about 20-30 minutes. This will seal the crumbs in so they want get all in the frosting as you finish frosting the cake.

After the 30 minutes is up, finish frosting the cake. Start with a generous amount on top of the cake working down the sides all around the cake using an offset spatula. You can use circular motions to make a lovely design as you are going around the cake.

If you like you can add sprinkles to the top of your cake for decoration or whatever you like. You can also just leave it like it is with the beautiful swirls.

Follow this guide and you will not go wrong on making a cake. What are you waiting for? Get baking!🎂

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Happy Baking,

Donna Kennedy🍰

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6 Best Cake Mixers of 2021

Kitchen Aid Mixer
Kitchen Aid

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Hey, Y’all! Baking has become one of my favorite hobbies. I love having fun in the kitchen, playing with words, and creating my own recipes. Here are 6 of my best cake mixers of 2021.

Read about each one carefully and decide which one is best for your needs. You may not need one of the bigger mixers, it just depends on how much you bake and what you bake. So, before you purchase one of these stand mixers, check each one out.

Set back read and enjoy. Oh, and don’t forget your coffee.☕


#1 KitchenAid Classic KP26M1XER 6 Qt.

KitchenAid KP26M1XCE 6 Qt. Professional 600 Series Bowl
Copper Pearl

I absolutely love my KitchenAid and use it for just more than mixing up cakes, pies, and cookies. I use the dough hook for mixing up my biscuits and cornbread. Plus I have extra attachments for slicing, coarse shredding, and medium shredding. The KitchenAid has a lot more accessories that you can buy. So, really check this out before you make a decision.

FEATURES:

  • 10 different attachments
  • 6-quart stainless steel bowl with comfortable handle
  • Bowl-lift design
  • 10 different speeds, powerful enough for any task or recipe
  • Includes: burnished flat beater, power knead spiral dough hook, wire whip.Electrical:60 Hz
  • Available in 22 awesome colors

#2 Aucma Stand Mixer 6.5-QT 660W

Blue

Is one of Amazon’s best sellers. It is very easy to use and meets all of your kitchen needs for mixing cakes, cookies, pies, bread, muffins, and more. It has a 660W high-performance pure copper motor with lower noise.

FEATURES:

  • Powerful motor & variable speed control
  • 6.5Qt Large capacity bowl with handles
  • Tilt-Head & outside design
  • Comes with 3 mixing accessories: whisk, dough hook, mixing beater
  • Has a splash guard with access hatch helps add ingredients without making a mess
  • Available in 10 beautiful colors

#3 Cuisinart 50BC 5.5-Quart Stand Mixer

Cuisinart SM-50BC 5.5-Quart Stand Mixer
Brushed Chrome, Silver Lining

This is a very nice mixer that has a large mixing bowl that can easily handle full and double batches. This mixer has the capacity to mix large batches of cookies, and large cakes. Need 5 batches of cookies? No worries, this mixer can handle it with no problem.

FEATURES:

  • Polished stainless steel 5.5 quart capacity
  • Powerful 500 watt motor with die cast meal construction
  • Tilt back head for easy access to bowl
  • 12 speeds for precision mixing
  • Chef’s whisk, dough hook, and flat mixing paddle, splash guard w/pour spout
  • Available in 12 lovely colors

#4 COOKLEE Stand Mixer, 9.5 Qt. 660W

COOKLEE Stand Mixer, 9.5 Qt. 660W
Pink Mixer

This mixer has a large enough capacity for mixing bread dough, thick batters, meringues, and whipping cream, plus lower speeds for stirring and finessing your most delicate concoctions. It also has a pulse setting for faster blitzing (a fancy word for chopping, or pureeing food all at once) of nuts, parsley, etc.

FEATURES:

  • 9.5 Quart high capacity stainless steel mixing bowl
  • 10 speeds to handle any size recipe
  • Easy clean up- all the attachments are dishwasher safe
  • Available in 5 colors

#5 Hamilton Beach Stand Mixer

Hamilton Beach Stand Mixer
Black

Another very nice mixer that it’s made to help you get the job done fast and efficiently. Capable of handling a variety of mixes and batters such as thick cookie dough, sticky bread dough, and even delicate meringues. It has the same mixing action as the KitchenAid stand mixers.

FEATURES:

  • Tilt-up head for adding ingredients and ease of changing attachments
  • Complete bowl coverage: No scraping necessary
  • Mix hands-free with excellent results every time
  • 300W powerful motor for mixing thick batters
  • 4-Quart stainless steel bowl
  • Dough hook, flat beater, whisk, splash guard
  • 7 speeds and includes a mixing guide
  • Available in 5 awesome colors

Dash Go Everyday Mixer
White

#6 Dash Go Everyday Mixer

If you are looking for a simple yet powerful mixer that doesn’t take up a lot of space, then take a look at this one. This compact mixer may be small, but it packs a powerful punch for mixing,  whipping, beating, or kneading with even, uniform results.

FEATURES:

  • Lightweight, portable and compact
  • 6 preset speeds
  • 2 dough hooks and 2 beaters
  • Revolving bowl can be adjusted for better mixing
  • Can be stored under your kitchen cabinets
  • Available in 9 pretty colors

Now that you are well informed on the 6 Best Cake Mixers of 2021, I’m confident that you will be able to pick out one that suits your needs.

You are well on your way to becoming an awesome baker. So, what are you waiting for, get baking!

Happy Baking,

Donna Kennedy🍰

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Baking With Donna-Favorite Cookie Recipes

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Now that we are getting into the holiday season, I wanted to share with you my favorite cookie recipes.

When I get asked to bake for a get together or holiday, I take that very seriously. It’s not just about the cookies, it’s about the recipe. You’ll see that in the list below, the cookies are in no particular order, they are just in order of when I made them. If you click on the photo in each section, it will bring you to the recipe. I hope you enjoy these recipes as much as I do.

These cookies have always been a big hit at our family events. I’m positive they will be at yours too.

Now that you have access to my favorite cookies, go check them out and make some. Your family will thank you. Enjoy!😋

Happy Baking,

Donna Kennedy🍪

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8 Things Bakers Wish They Knew When They Started Baking

Howdy, ya’ll, I am going to discuss with you 8 things bakers wish they knew when they started baking. Are you ready?

Cookie Dough
Cookie Dough

#1. You need a little extra dough.

When you are baking, there are instances when you will need to use more dough than the recipe calls for. This is especially true when it comes to cookies. If you are making chocolate chip cookies, you will need to use more dough than what the recipe calls for in order to make all of your cookies about the same size. If you use too much dough for your mold, just use the extra dough and make a few smaller cookies or roll it out and create your own cookie cutter shapes.


Woman Forgot Something On Her Shopping List
Forgot Something on Grocery List

#2. You will always forget something.

Yes, unfortunately you will always forget something you need for your recipe. As long as I have been baking I forget stuff all of the time! So frustrating. Luckily my hubby is kind enough to go to the store for me and get what I need. But the good news is you can always be getting other things ready for your baking. You know, like measuring your ingredients, getting your pans oiled and floured, pre-heating the oven, etc.


#3. You will need extra stuff.

Collection of Pans
Collection of Pans

If you bake a lot of cakes like I do, especially around the holidays, you will definitely need more than 2 round pans for sure. That way you can get your cakes done even faster. I got tired of baking 2 layers and having to wait for the pans I was using for the next cake. Long story short, I basically have 2 of ever kind of pan I use so that I don’t run into this problem. I also have 3 sets of measuring cups, 3 sets of measuring spoons, several spatulas. It just makes baking for me easier.


#4. Please follow the recipe in order!

Follow the Recipe
Follow the Recipe

Trust me when I tell you to do this! If it tells you to mix the dry ingredients first, PLEASE do that. If it tells you to add one egg at a time and mix well before adding the next egg, better do it or I promise you bad things will happen to your cake! Like, it want rise like it should, it will be heavy and dense, and it want be moist and delicious. I know this sounds crazy, but the recipe is in steps for a reason. Just do it, ok? You will be glad you did in the end. There’s nothing worse than spending time and energy on a cake to have it flop and you have to start all over again. Plus it is a huge waste of your supplies like flour, sugar, oil, eggs, etc. you get the picture.


#5. Don’t open the oven!

The Sunken Cake
The Sunken Cake

Yep, you read that right. Don’t open the oven before the cake is done or it will sink in the middle. And you can’t fix that! Of course your kiddos will love it because they have a nice little unexpected snack. It’s always better to let it get done before you open the oven to avoid this mishap. Also, don’t let the kiddos run or stomp through the kitchen or it will make your cake sink in the middle as well. At least that’s what my mama always told me. And mama’s know best, right?🤔


#6. You will have lots of dirty dishes.

Dirty Dishes
Dirty Dishes

Yes, this is sooo true. But, luckily I have my hubby that is willing to help me clean up not only the dishes, but the kitchen. Let me tell you, I can make quiet a mess when I am baking, especially cakes. Give me flour and sugar and buddy it’s on. I just have to spill the flour and sugar when measuring them. My poor hubby went to the store for me (because of course I had forgotten something) and when he came back, he was like, “What in the world did you do?” There was flour from one side of my counter to the other! 😂 I said, “Well honey you know how I am with the flour and sugar, sorry!” Oh, I also get crap in the floor too.


#7. The cakes need to cool completely.

Cooling The Cakes
Cooling the Cakes

People, I promise you, you have to let the cake cool completely before you can apply the frosting or icing. It will run off if the cake is still the least bit warm. Guess who found out the hard way?😒 I know, live and learn I always say. Then I like to do a crumb coat, which is a thin layer of frosting, and put the cake in the fridge or freezer for about 20-30 minutes. This keeps all of those pesky crumbs out of your frosting. Then your cake will look wonderful.


#8. Don’t be hard on yourself.

If You Wait For Perfect You'll Never Get Anything Done!
If You Wait For Perfect…

Don’t be hard on yourself if you mess up. It’s ok. Just learn from your mistakes and keep on baking. I have been baking for years and still make mistakes. But guess what? The next time you will remember what you did wrong and correct it. Unfortunately that’s how we learn to be better bakers and become better at anything we do. We mess up, we learn and move on. So, enjoy baking and have fun with it!


I hope this helps you avoid some of the many mistakes I have made during my baking after all of these years.

I still make mistakes form time to time, but my love for baking outweighs the mistakes I have made and will continue to make. Like I said, just have fun with it and keep on baking.

Do you have any baking mistakes you would like to share with me? I would love to hear about them. I wish I could find some pictures, but I can’t. I’m sure they are some where. If I find them I will share.

Happy Baking,

Donna Kennedy🍰

donna@bakingwithdonna.com

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