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12 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for the Baker in Your Life


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Well, it’s that time of year again…Mother’s Day is right around the corner. I know some of you are probably saying, “How did this sneak up on me?”😳 We got your back.

After all, it’s a day to celebrate all the mamas in our lives. So as we think about ways to celebrate each other, let’s start with the mamas who love to bake Instead of you scrambling, trying to figure out what to get those special ladies in your life, we’ve got gift ideas that are sure to please. Check out these twelve Mother’s Day gift ideas for the baker in your life. Enjoy!😊

1.  Ninja Master Prep Professional

I already had my eye on this item and was lucky enough to receive it as a gift. I use it every day for making smoothies and sauces. You will be amazed at how well it works. It is so easy to use and clean. You can put it right into your dishwasher. It comes with a 40-oz processing bowl, plus lids, blades, and splash guards for all 3. The Ninja Master crushes ice, chops, and blends 2x faster so you can get the job done.

2. The Pampered Chef Large Metal Serving Spatula

This is a kitchen tool that every baker should own. They’re great for lifting cakes, cookies, casseroles, and more out of the pan. I found one on Amazon for $26.99! Easily serve a hearty helping of cheesy lasagna, crisp pizza, and moist cake. Its solid handle is durable and comfortable. It has a 5″ beveled-edge blade and it is dishwasher safe.

3. Amazon Silicone Baking Mats

Silicone baking mats are great for baking cookies, tarts, and other treats due to their non-stick quality. No need to spray with oil before using and eliminates the need for parchment paper. Food will slide right off the silicone mats with no problem. Safe to use in ovens up to 480 degrees F.

4. OXO Good Grips Pastry Blender

If the baker in your life is tired of using a fork to cut butter into flour, then, she’ll love this pastry blender! I have one and I love this thing. It is so much better than using a fork. I bought myself an antique one at an antique store for $1.50. So, ditch the fork and get the baker in your life a dough blender. Get yourself one too!

5. Cookie Stamps

The baker in your life will love using cookie stamps to create fun designs on cookies. These cookie stamps create beautiful designs on your cookies with several different designs to choose from.

6. Handheld Mixer

Although a handheld mixer is not as powerful as a stand mixer, it’s easier to store and transport than large appliances. Sometimes you just need a smaller mixer for smaller jobs, like brownies, cookies, macaroons, etc. without dragging out the bigger mixer.

7. Mixing Bowls

Stainless steel mixing bowls are so easy to clean, and they hold up well over time. The baker in your life would love to have this 7 Piece Stainless Steel bowl set with 7 different sizes and lids included.

8. Digital Kitchen Scale

The baker in your life will love using a digital kitchen scale to measure ingredients accurately when baking so that she can create bakes that meet her expectations without fail time after time.

9. Emojoy 15 Piece Kitchen Knife Set

Your mom would love this All-in-One complete knife set. Made with german Stainless Steel that is dishwasher safe, rustproof, and will last her for many years to come. The knife set comes in 3 beautiful colors: Red, Blue, and Black.

10. Recipe Binder, 3 Ring Full Page Organizer Kit

This is a lovely recipe book that any baker would love to have. It comes with 16 Dividers, 32 Labels, and 50 Plastic Sleeves. It also comes with useful information for daily baking and cooking. Plus, it has laminated materials that are splash-proof.

11. Eleven Piece Measuring Cups and Spoons Set

This is an elegant Measuring Cup and Spoon Set that every baker needs in their kitchen. This set comes in multiple sizes to meet your baking needs. Sturdy and durable with an elegant design that is dishwasher safe.

12. 20 Piece Complete Cake Baking Set

This is a beautiful starter kit for the new beginner or a mom that wants to update their baking and kitchen supplies. She is sure to be thrilled to get this 20 Piece Complete Baking Set. This baking kit will save you lots of money and time. It comes with everything you need to start your baking off right.

There you have it, “12 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for the Baker in Your Life.” You are sure to find something for that special lady in your life called your “Mom.”

To all the Mothers out there, “Happy Mother’s Day!” I hope you have a blessed and wonderful day! You deserve it!😘

Donna Kennedy🌻🌼🌷🍰

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14 Things About Baking You May Not Have Known


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Baking is a fascinating process that yields delicious results. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced baker, there’s always something new to learn. So here are fourteen things about Baking that you may not have known. Enjoy!

1. Baking is a Science

Baking is absolutely a science as well as an art. When you add flour, sugar, eggs, oil, etc., you have to do this in a sequence of steps that bring you to the same ending, something edible every time.

As a baker, we can think of ourselves as chemists and scientists. Why may you ask? We add different ingredients together in a sequence of steps that create delicious goodies. If done correctly, you can bake over and over again.

So, to sum this up, “baking is simply a form of chemistry that results in edible results rather than other chemical solutions or creations.” This quote is brought to you by Delighted Cooking

2. Baking is an Art

Why is Baking considered an art? Think about this for a moment; if you are adding all of these ingredients together and making, let’s say, a cake from scratch, then you are creating art! By the time you cook your cake frost it and decorate it, you have created a beautiful piece of edible art.🎂

We, as bakers, can be compared to an artist who paints or artists that sculpt. A painter creates beautiful pictures for us to look at and enjoy using paintbrushes of different sizes and paints of different colors. Sculptors create beautiful pieces of statues, bowls, animals, etc., using molding clay and a variety of tools to shape and mold their sculptures. And they use a firing process for baking the clay or sculpture. We bake our goodies just like they do, except we use an oven.😉

We sculpt our cakes, cookies, pies, etc. We can then decorate them using paintbrushes, a rotating cake stand, cake, cookie painting, cake spatulas to smooth out the icing on our cakes, and tools for shaping and cutting fondant. And I could go on and on. You get the jest of it, though, right? Do you see the similarities?

3. Baking is a Trade

If you love to bake, why not make a career out of it and do something you enjoy. Of course, this may require a certification that you can usually obtain by doing an apprenticeship. You can get these through bakeries that offer training such as Publix, Kroger, Ingles, technical or community college programs to help you obtain an associate degree or certificate. Usually, a college degree is not needed.👩‍🎓

Steps to becoming a baker:

  1. Obtain your apprenticeship- through bakeries such as Publix, Kroger, Ingels, technical or community college programs.
  2. Obtain a business degree- do this only if you are interested in opening your on bakery. You can do this by  taking courses in small business management through a continuing education program.
  3. Get your Certification- certification is not usually a requirement by most employers, however, if you obtain your certification it will put you ahead of the competition.
  4. Attain additional experience- if you want to advance your career, gain more experience. Learn different techniques and skills that will lead you to owning your on business and creating high quality products that you can be proud of.

4.  Baking is an Addiction

Baking is most definitely an addiction for me. I can honestly say without a doubt that “baking is my happy place.” I enjoy getting in my kitchen and baking cakes and goodies for my family for any occasion. It is a soothing therapy for me.

One of my favorite things to do is take a recipe and make it my own because it is challenging and fun! I came up with a recipe years ago that I call my “goulash.” My kids love it, and it’s always a family favorite at get-togethers.😉

5. Baking is Therapeutic

Yes, Baking certainly is therapeutic. If you are having a stressful day or week, measuring out ingredients and mixing them all helps relieve stress and anxiety. It makes me happy knowing that I am creating something beautiful and tasty for my family.

Creating things has been shown to make us happy if we feel out of sorts. Also, it gives us a feeling of accomplishment and triggers our senses of smell, touch, taste, and then, finally, seeing our result. So, the next time you feel anxious or stressed, try Baking. Baking will help you feel more relaxed, happier, and enthusiastic about life. Not to mention it can give you a sense of personal growth.😁

6. Baking is Precise

You may be wondering why Baking is so precise? Because when you measure all of your ingredients out and have your oven set to the correct baking temperature and time set, your Baking becomes like a science. If you follow your recipe step by step, you will produce the same results every time.

The correct amount of flour, eggs, oil, sugar, etc., is critical to the product’s taste and the proper consistency and density. When we are baking, we wear different hats. That must be why a chef’s hat is so tall because we are scientists, biologists, artists, painters, and sculptors. Dang, we are so talented!😊

7. Baking is Forgiving

No, Baking is not very forgiving! Instead, you ask for a disaster if you don’t measure the ingredients and take shortcuts. Baking is a science because you are mixing exact amounts of flour, sugar, eggs, oil, etc., together, guesstimating is a big No-No. So if you are baking cookies and trying to take shortcuts, you may wind up with cookies hard as rocks.

On the other hand, cooking is more forgiving. You can usually get away with adding whatever ingredients that you want to a recipe and make it your own. Baking, not so much. With Baking, the slightest miscalculation could mean a flat, dense cake should you forget the eggs. And the taste would be awful!😝

8. Baking is Challenging

Yes, Baking can be very challenging. But, not to worry, practice makes perfect (well, almost perfect). We are human, and I can guarantee you that you will still make some mistakes along the way. I have been baking and cooking for 46+ years, and I still make mistakes at times. So, it doesn’t matter if you are a seasoned pro or just starting; you will make mistakes. When that happens, chalk it up to experience and a lesson well learned.

Because Baking requires exact measurements and the correct baking times make it more difficult. At the same time, whatever you are cooking can usually be saved if you make a mistake by modifying your recipe. Flour is one of the ingredients that can make them dry and challenging if you add too much to your cookies. Add too much flour to your biscuits, and they will be dry and crumbly.🤦‍♀️

9.  Baking is Rewarding

Oh gosh, yes! Baking can be very rewarding because you can create all kinds of delicious treats for your family and friends. It helps relieve stress and anxiety and gives me a sense of well-being and accomplishment. And it also lifts my mood.

Lord only knows after the pandemic we have had in the last two years, I can honestly tell you that Baking and cooking have helped me a lot! Another great thing about Baking is you can spend quality time with your kids and teach them a great lesson. Who knows, they may grow up to be a famous chef.👩‍🍳

10. Baking is Delicious

Baking cakes, cookies, pies, etc., is so delicious. Nobody can deny that! There is nothing better than a piece of cake and a good ole cup of coffee, except enjoying it with family and friends. You can bake up some deliciousness that no one can resist when you have suitable recipes.☕

Get yourself some good recipes and get your Baking and cooking on!

11.  Baking is Beautiful

This beautiful cake says it all! Yes, Baking is gorgeous. Even if your cake does not look like the above picture, it is still a beautiful form of art that you created. To me, Baking is not about how beautiful the goodies turn out to be, but how much fun and thought I put into it.

Watching my family eating and enjoying what I baked is beautiful to me! 😊

12.  Overmixing is Bad

The number one mistake people make when mixing up their cake batter. Overmixing results in a dense cake. That is weak and will fall in the middle, as in the picture above. The taste of an overmixed is disgusting. Once you overmix, there is nothing you can do to fix it. So, guess what? That means you will have to toss the cake and start all over. Bummer!

I will use flour as an example; if you mix the flour into the butter, mix it until no more white flour is showing. Then you will know the flour is incorporated with the butter. Always follow your recipe step by step. Never skip over the numbers because you will be asking for a disaster.😣

13. Baking is Versatile

When I think of versatility with Baking, I think of muffins. Muffins are a popular breakfast item for many people, including me. You can get them in sweet form or spicy. People can find something in a muffin to satisfy most picky eaters.

With muffins, you can add almost any flavor you can imagine. I love a maple muffin with bacon on top. When my son-in-law first introduced me to them, I thought he had lost his mind! But once I tasted that sweet and salty taste of the bacon, OMG, it was awesome! So, don’t be afraid to try different flavors of muffins. You may be surprised deliciously.🤤

14. Baking is Fun

Baking is most definitely fun. I enjoy baking cookies for Thanksgiving and decorating them with my grandkids. It is so much fun to see the colors they come up with and their designs on the cookies. They enjoy it too.

The holidays are my favorite time to get in the kitchen and bake cakes, cookies, pies, etc., for gift giving and for all of the family get-togethers.🤗

I hope you have enjoyed “14 Things About Baking You May Not Have Known,” learned something you didn’t know, and walked away feeling better about baking those goodies.

Remember, always follow your recipe step by step, and you should be fine. So, get out there and get your Baking on and enjoy what you are baking. I know you can do this!

Happy Baking,

Donna Kennedy🍰

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10 Tips-How to Survive the Holidays

Family Gathering for the Holidays

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Wow! Can you believe it’s that time of the year again, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve? Do you find yourself getting overwhelmed during the holidays? No, worries, I got you covered!

Below I want to talk to you about how you can survive the holiday season with my 10 Tips-How to Survive the Holidays. It can seem like a harrowing time of year that is even more so for those who find themselves alone, and for the ones of us doing the entertaining. It’s important not to let overwhelm seep in and keep you from enjoying the many gifts and blessings we receive during this time of year.

I love this time of the year even though it can get Harry Caray, so grab a cup of coffee or your favorite beverage and let me help you ease through the holidays.

Here are some tips I have for you:

Woman Making Grocery Lists

1. Make a list and check it twice. If you do not have a list already made up, it is time to get started! This is crucial during the holidays. The last thing you need to be thinking about is if you have everything you need for your big night.

Family Time

2. Prioritize. Spend time with those who matter most to you. Family and friends. Make sure you do not overwhelm yourself trying to fulfill everyone else’s expectations of you.

Store-Bought Cookies

3. Simplify. There is no need to arrive at every party or gathering with a plate of cookies to eat, or a dish to pass around. Arrive with a smile and be present with those who cross your path. If you don’t like to cook, go with a store-bought dish instead of making something from scratch.

Holiday Meal Planning

4. Plan. Planning your menu ahead of time can save you a lot of time and heartache. Don’t wait until the day before or the day of to try and figure out what you want to cook and serve. Do this at least a week in advance, I promise you will be glad that you did! A big-time saver!

Preparing Veggies

5. Prepare ahead of time. If you are like me and love to bake from scratch, make foods ahead of time that you can freeze or just pop in the oven the next day. Doing simple things like chopping vegetables up, chopping up nuts, etc. the day before will save you valuable time.

Family Cooking Together

6. Ask for help. This is one of the hardest things for me to do! I know, right? There is no shame in asking for help! I have Rheumatoid Arthritis, so I can’t do the things I use to do and that has been hard for me. Thankfully my youngest daughter has taken over a lot of the cooking I use to do for the holidays. Now, don’t get me wrong, I still bake my cakes and cookies, cause I am not willing to give that up yet! Lol! Oh, and my hubby cleans up what I mess up. Bless his heart!

7. Breathe. Yes, breathe and try to get in a little exercise. I know, I know. Who has the time you are probably saying to me as you are reading this? It doesn’t have to be a long process, just do some stretching, breathing exercises, etc. The reason for this is when we get stressed out or anxious, we tend to hold our breath or breathe very shallowly.

Laughing with Family

8. Laughing is the best medicine. Yep, you read this one right. Laughing reduces your stress levels, soothes tension, helps you breath deeper, improves your immune system, improves your mood, relieves pain, plus more! Who would ever think laughing could do so much good?🤔

9. Be grateful. Stop and think about all of the things you should be grateful for. Be thankful to God for your good health, your family, and your friends. Not to mention all of the things that you should be grateful for throughout the year. Try writing down 6-8 things you are grateful for in your life. Try it, you will be surprised how much better you will feel.

Relaxing Back Massage

10. Spend some time relaxing. Yeessss, honey, be good to yourself. All the cooking and cleaning, hosting, etc. It’s time to do something good and kind just for YOU! Put on your list to get a gift card for a massage if someone asks what you would like for Christmas. You can always put that little bug in your hubby’s ear.😉

We all know it! Christmas time is a stressful time for a lot of us. It’s a time of the year that seems to drain us of our energy and motivation. It’s a time when we feel the need to prove ourselves as great wives, moms, daughters, or whatnot.

So, it is very important that you be good to yourself and others during this time of stress. Make sure to take time for yourself to decompress to keep from getting too stressed out. Please don’t be afraid or ashamed to ask for help if things are getting to be too much for you. It’s ok to ask for help and your family will be glad to pitch in, I promise!

Happy Holidays to you and your family!

Happy Baking,

Donna Kennedy🦃🎄

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Baking with Donna: A Bakers Love Story


My love affair with baking began when I was just a little girl. My mom was a homemaker and loved to bake, so it makes sense that I would grow up to enjoy the same hobby at such a young age. My mom taught me how to bake in the kitchen with her. When I was about 12 years old I asked her for my own set of mixing bowls. My mom bought me a whole set of tiny little glass bowls. Yes, they were cute, but boy did they take forever to get the batter out of them after you were done mixing. I also remember trying to scrape the batter off the tiny little glass bowls with a butter knife. That was not fun at all!

Tiny Glass Mixing Bowls

My love affair with baking began when I was just a little girl. My mom was a homemaker and loved to bake, so it makes sense that I would grow up to enjoy the same hobby at such a young age. My mom taught me how to bake in the kitchen with her. When I was about 12 years old I asked her for my own set of mixing bowls. My mom bought me a whole set of tiny little glass bowls. Yes, they were cute, but boy did they take forever to get the batter out of them after you were done mixing. I also remember trying to scrape the batter off the tiny little glass bowls with a butter knife. That was not fun at all!

Measuring Cups and Spoons

The first time I ever had my own real baking supplies was when I got into home economics in high school. I attended Villa Rica High School in Villa Rica, Georgia which is where I learned how to bake with real measuring cups and spoons.

I remember making my very first cake, a Red Velvet cake for Christmas. I think I was 13 years old when I made it and it turned out beautiful and it was quite delicious if I do say so myself. It was so moist and my family loved it! After that, I was hooked on baking.

Young Daughter and Mom Baking

My mom told me what a good job that I had done. “Well,” I said, “I had a great teacher!” Then I told my mom I wanted to learn how to make homemade biscuits, cornbread, etc. And guess what? I did it, but not without mistakes along the way. But I was not discouraged, because that is how we learn.

I still make mistakes baking after all of these years and you will too. Oh, sure it aggravates the daylights out of me, but you can’t give up, you just gotta keep on keeping on. Even if that means starting allllll over again!! And believe me, honey I have had to do that.

Donna’s Santa Cake

I love to cook when I have the time, which most days I do. My favorite time of the year is the holidays. I enjoy getting in my kitchen and baking cakes, cookies, pies, fudge, bread, and actual food. Are there any other foods besides sweets? Just kidding, of course, there are. I just really enjoy baking sweets.

Around the holidays I like making goodies for my family and friends. It just makes me feel good to give them something I have baked homemade and they always have a big smile on their face and dig in immediately. It warms my heart to see them enjoying the fruits of my labor. Plus, it makes them feel a little more special and loved.

I hope you have enjoyed reading about Baking with Donna: A Bakers Love Story. It was truly my pleasure to share this with you. If you are new to baking, I hope this encourages you to continue and grow in your baking skills and know that making mistakes is unavoidable. But, never ever give up! You can do this! If you are a seasoned baker, I hope you took away a few little tidbits from this as well.

How did you come about baking? Do you love it? What kind of mistakes have you made? I would love to hear from you, leave your comments below.

Check out Baking with Donna’s “Little Book of Recipes” for 6 of my favorite recipes just in time for the holidays!

Happy Baking,

Donna Kennedy🍰

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5 Tips to Baking with Your Grandkids


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Baking is something that I love to do with my grandkids, but can sometimes be frustrating to figure out how to make it work. With the help of my grandkids, I have come up with 5 Tips to Baking with Your Grandkids.

1. Let them help you and pick a recipe

Kids Picking Out Recipe

I know, I know, it is hard to teach a child to bake when you have things going on around you and on top of your counter. But, first and for most, insist that the little ones wash their hands before ya’ll get started. Let your grandchild pick out the recipe and help you with measuring and pouring the ingredients into a mixing bowl. When they are little, all you need them to do is stir, if they are older let them blend ingredients together. It makes them feel special and more engaged.

2. Have a neat area for baking

Clean as You Go

Everything else, stop! Have the kids clean up the area before you start baking. Have a place for everything and use it all. For example put flour in a sifter and put it back on the shelf after it is done being used. In fact, it would be a lot easier to go ahead and get the recipe and get all the ingredients measured out and ready before ya’ll start mixing things together.

3. Consider which task each child can do

Consider What They Can Do

The smaller children can help pour and stir the ingredients, while the older one(s) can read the recipe and help measure out the ingredients. As your grandkids help you, they will learn how to do things in order, like reading the recipe first, gather the ingredients, measuring out everything, and how to mix the ingredients according to the recipe. You can also teach your grandkids how to work together and take turns doing each task. You can teach them the importance of making sure they have all the ingredients before starting to bake.

4. Know that it will get messy and be ok with it

Kids Making a Mess Baking

Lord knows I can’t say anything about my grandkids being messy, because believe me I am too when it comes to baking! But I’m ok with that because they are children and it can and will get messy. When there is flour and sugar involved, it’s going to get on the counters and the floor. Let them help you clean up as you go. Don’t stress about it and just have fun. After all you are making beautiful memories to cherish for a lifetime with your babies.

5. Most of all be patient

Being Patient with Grandchild

If mistakes happen, and they probably will, don’t go postal! Let them know that mistakes are to be made and it’s ok. Teach them that’s how we learn and the next time they will know what to do to correct it. For example, you can show them what happens if you don’t spray your cake pans before pouring the cake batter into the pans or what happens if you don’t follow the recipe step by step. This will help them to be more aware of why the steps in a recipe are so important. You can also share some of your baking mishaps and have a great laugh. Let them know that no matter how long you have been cooking, mistakes are going to happen and it’s ok. Just learn from them and move on.

One more very important part of the baking…Share the goodies with the grandkids and praise them for doing such a good job. Ask them what they enjoyed most about baking with Nana. Most of all let them share their goodies with friends and family. Let them know you can’t wait to bake with them again.

I would love to hear from you about baking with your grandkids. Let me know how it went and share some pictures.

Below you will find 3 of my best cookie recipes that will be easy to make with your grandkids and they are very delicious. Enjoy!😋

Happy Baking,

Donna Kennedy 👩‍🍳

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Do You Love Wilton Products? I Do!


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I have been a Wilton product user for many years, and I have never been disappointed with their product. I do find that since I am a serious baker, I often need more than just a basic cake pan. I love a good Bundt pan, but honestly, they are hard to find. The problem with a lot of the nice Bundt pans is that they have a tendency to stick. Non-stick spray is not really effective, and it is such a pain to try and clean them up. This is where Wilton comes to the rescue with their non-stick line of products.

Keep reading on to find out more about the 5 Wilton Bakeware Products I love. Plus 3 of their baking tools I love.

Wilton Bakeware Non-Stick
Bundt Pan

The Wilton Bakeware Non-Stick Bundt Pan is everything anyone could want in a Bundt pan. It is made out of heavy gauge aluminized steel, and it has a non-stick coating that makes clean up easy and foolproof.

This pan has oversized handles for ease of putting in and getting it out of the oven. Plus, durable non-stick coating so your treats will fall out with ease.

Wilton Bakeware Non-Stick Cookie Sheet

The Wilton Non-Stick Cookie Sheets is an awesome cookie sheet that you will use like I do for years to come. I love this cookie sheet. It is made of heavy-duty cold-rolled steel, and it has a durable non-stick coating with oversized handles so you can easily put it in and get it out of the oven.

This pan is a large size: 17.25 x 11.5-Inch so you can bake a large number of your delicious cookies at one time. And to make clean-up a snap, it’s dishwasher safe. #1 Best Seller on Amazon

Wilton Perfect Results Cake Pans

Wilton Perfect Results Premium Non-Stick Cake Pans will be your go-to pans for making 2-layer cakes. And yes I have this set of pans and they are awesome. I have had them for several years and they still look good and look amazing. I still use Pam Spray or Baker’s Joy when cooking my cakes for that little extra protection.

My cakes always turn out moist and delicious and even every time. You get a set of 2 of these 6-inch round cake pans. Amazon’s Choice

Wilton Perfect Results Square Cake Pans

Wilton Perfect Results Premium Non-Stick these will be your next favorite cake pans to go to. You can bake your cakes to your heart’s content. These pans are made with heavy-gauge steel as well and will last you for years to come. With their Premium Non-Stick service, your cakes will turn out perfect every time.

These pans are easy to clean with a little warm soapy water or for even quicker clean up they are dishwasher safe. Best Seller on Amazon

Wilton Recipe Right Non-Stick Oblong Pan

Wilton Recipe Right NonStick 9 x 13-Inch Oblong Cake Pans are good to make brownies, cakes, lemon bars, or even bake a roast. These pans are made with steel construction that is durable and sure to last you for years to come. Your goodies will slide right out of the pan with no problem.

These pans are dishwasher safe and make cleaning up a lot faster. Or you can wash them in warm soapy water. Now, get to baking! Amazon’s Choice

Bake-Even Cake Strips

Wilton Bake-Even Cake Strips for Evenly Baked Cakes are truly awesome. I have these and I love, love, love them! It really does make your cakes bake evenly as it says it will do. No more having to cut the “crowns” of your cakes off with that serrated knife. You simply soak the cake strips in cold water, remove excess water, and wrap them around your cake pans. That’s it!

The cake strips work by insulating the sides of your cake pan so your batter will cook evenly. I wish I would have had these years ago, but I have them now. You are going to love them as I do. Amazon’s Choice

Wilton Icing Smoother

Wilton Cake Icing Smoother is another one of the products I have and love as well. This little jewel will have you smoothing out the icing on your cakes like a pro. It has a comfortable grip that makes it really easy to use. It is also makes smoothing your icings much faster saving you valuable time.

Easy to clean with just warm soapy water. This is another one of those things I wonder how I ever got along without. Amazon’s Choice

Wilton 9-inch Angled Spatula

Wilton’s 9-inch Angled Spatula is great for frosting, filling, to decorating your cakes. I love this product as well. I couldn’t imagine not having this little jewel to help me frost and remove excess frosting from my cakes. This is one of my favorite go-to tools for frosting my 2-layer cakes. I like to use it as well to make little swirl designs by using the tip of it. This makes a very pretty design.

Depending on the level of pressure you put on the spatula will determine what kind of result you will get. For example, if you are trying to take off some of the icings on the top of the cake while smoothing it out, you apply just a little pressure to the center of the spatula while angling it away from you in an upward sweeping motion.

I can tell you that you will not be disappointed with the above-mentioned products. They are truly durable and will lasts you years to come. Plus, they are very inexpensive. Take your time and check each one of them out. Enjoy!🍪

Leave me a comment below and let me know which ones you like and what you think about them. I would love to hear from you.

Happy Baking,

Donna Kennedy,🍰

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How to Make a 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


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


  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


  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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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

#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.

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

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

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

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

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

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…

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🍰

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10 Best Tips To Create Perfect Cookies


Hey, Ya’ll, want to know how to get yummy cookies? Follow my 10 best tips to create perfect cookies and you will never fell! Because as you know we are getting close to the holidays and you will have spectacular results if you follow these tips and use my cookie recipe. Do this and you will be a hit at all of your gatherings. Enjoy!

Here are your 10 Best Tips to Create Perfect Cookies

1. Very Important: Always measure your ingredients correctly. Cookies are all about precision.

2. Always use the right size of baking sheet: The size of the baking sheet will determine the size of your cookies.

3. Always let cookies cool before eating them or decorating them: When you remove hot cookies from the oven, the cookie dough will still be very soft.

4. Always remember to use unbleached All-Purpose Flour: To produce great cookies with soft centers and crispy edges. If the recipe calls for milk or water, use milk it makes them softer.

5. Always try to use cornstarch instead of flour for thickening cookie doughs: (If needed) Flour can toughen cookies, but cornstarch won’t change the texture of your dough at all!

6. Always plan ahead for Christmas cookies! Christmas is just around the corner, so make room in your schedule now.

7. Always make sure that your cookie dough is cooled enough: Before you roll it into balls or cut them into shapes.

8.Get The Right Temperature: When baking cookies, always make sure your oven is set at the right temperature and not too hot like burning the cookies. Cookies will burn and taste bitter if your oven is higher than 350 degrees.

9. Use The Right Baking Dish: I always use a non-stick baking dish because it makes clean up so easy! And also, it helps prevent cookies from sticking to the dish.

10. Parchment Paper: For an easier faster clean up. This stuff is awesome!

Sounds easy right? It is, I promise you! You are about to be on your way to making the best cookies you ever thought possible. And quite possibly the envy of some of your guest.😉

Now that you have all these tips to help you get started on your baking, you need to head on over to “Donna’s Best Holiday Butter Cookies” for the ultimate experience in awesome cookie goodness. This will be the only cookie recipe cutouts you will ever need.

I would love to hear from you, so please leave a comment below. Also, let me know if you make these cookies how they turned out for you. How about some photo’s too?

Happy Baking,

Donna Kennedy🍪

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What’s the Difference Between Frosting and Icing?


There is a very important distinction between frosting and icing. Many people think that they are one and the same. That is not true, and understanding the differences is a matter of taking a look at each ingredient.

Frosting and Icing are both essential when it comes to decorating cakes and cupcakes with beautiful designs. Many of you who follow Baking with Donna, might be wondering, what is the difference between Frosting and Icing?

The difference comes down to the consistency of the product. For instance, Frosting is thicker than Icing. So if you are using frosting to decorate a cake or cupcake, it will not run off the top of your creation like icing will.

Frosting and Icing use to be a topic of major confusion for me and others in the baking community. I know many people who call their frosting icing, and icing, frosting. I have also heard many people confused about the differences between the two.

The frosting is often used as a term that describes many different types of textured toppings that one puts on a cake. It should be in a consistency that is thick, but not so thick that it is overly difficult to spread over a cake. Also, frosting can be made from butter or shortening.

In terms of texture and style, frosting falls into different categories.

These include:

Swiss Meringue Buttercream– A classic frosting made with egg whites that are beaten until stiff and then mixed with butter and sugar.

American Buttercream– This frosting is made out of equal parts confectioner’s sugar and butter. It is often flavored with vanilla. But you can also make chocolate buttercream frosting as well. Delicious!😋

The thing about buttercream frosting is that it is so easy to use for decorating your cakes and cupcakes. It’s not too sweet and it’s very tasty.

Another favorite frosting of mine is Cream Cheese. Talk about yummy! Now, this is not really good for decorating. It is way too thick for that, but you can make a beautiful cake non the less.


Chocolate Ganache– Is a very smooth texture with a satin finish and will give any cake you make a very elegant look. You can garnish with fresh fruit, sprinkles, or whatever you like to add a finishing touch. You only need 2 ingredients to create a beautiful icing.

Basic Powdered Sugar- This is a very easy one to make with only 3 ingredients that will give your baked goods just a little dash of sweetness for some added flavor. This icing is considered a wet icing because it does not dry hard. Take extra care if you package them up for transport. Excellent for cinnamon rolls.

It doesn’t matter which option you choose, you will soon be the talk of your family and friends with these delicious toppings.

Happy Baking,

Donna Kennedy🍰

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