Author Archives: Adrienne

Use the Same Fruit Pie Filling to Make Four Different Pastries

We are officially entering fruit season, which means juicy local berries galore. Fresh fruit ready to be cooked and filled in flaky pastry is a spring and summer staple in my home. Of course I love making pie, but that’s not the only way to showcase seasonal fruit; there are many other ways to make […]

Easy Decorating Ideas for Spring Cupcakes

Use these super-quick and simple decorating ideas to transform your cupcakes into spring cupcakes. Fresh fruit, flowers, herbs, and even leftover Easter candy will give your treats a seasonal look.   From the batter to the frosting, there are so many ways to flavor cupcakes. Baking to the season is a good excuse to try […]

How to Make an Egg-Shaped Easter Cake (Without an Egg-Shaped Cake Pan!)

What’s better for a spring celebration than an egg-shaped Easter cake? Bake your favorite cake recipe then transform it into an egg with these easy steps. The finished cake, decorated with vibrant colors and pastel candy is both a gorgeous centerpiece and deliciously festive dessert. For this project all you need is: a square and a round cake pan, icing […]

Bake a Beautiful Rose Apple Pie for Valentine’s Day

Dessert should be as sweet and beautiful as your special someone, especially on Valentine’s Day. Try this extra-special apple pie recipe — you’re in for a treat! Last year I made mini versions of this pie, but after many requests, I decided to create a full-sized version. It’s a bit more labor intensive, but the end […]

Make a Pastry Crown Worthy of a Mardi Gras King Cake

A king cake is a once-a-year treat! Here’s how to add a buttery, flaky pastry crown to your Mardi Gras king cake. For this project you will need a king cake, homemade or storebought. And for the crown, you will need the following:   – 5-inch to 8-inch cake ring (you could also use a […]

Hidden Heart Cake: A Sweet Surprise for Your Valentine

Thinking of baking a cake for your Valentine this year? Try making a hidden heart cake! Every slice is baked with a little love, right in the middle. For this project you will need a small heart-shaped cookie cutter, food coloring, and a recipe for two pound cakes, which will be baked separately in the […]

Mini Melon Cakes: Quick, Healthy, No-Bake, and Cake-Free

Looking for a quick and healthy dessert? Try making these mini melon cakes! They are the perfect party treat for a hot summer day, but really can be served all year round. These fresh fruit cakes use cantaloupe, watermelon, whipped cream, and a blackberry, and mint leaf as garnish.   Before you start cutting your […]

Super-Simple Chocolate Pie Crust

It’s as easy as adding sugar and cocoa to your pastry dough, but the result has a major wow factor for both looks and taste. Using chocolate pie dough adds a colorful, delicious, and unexpected element to your favorite pie. Below is a super-simple recipe for a buttery, flaky chocolate pie dough. Best of all, […]

Bake a Blackberry Balsamic Pie this Weekend

A few years ago we shared a recipe for blackberry balsamic pie with sea salt and walnut crumble on Design Sponge. Due to popular request, we decided to post it again! We are in the thick of blackberry season right now and this pie is definitely worth making. It’s simple, yet sophisticated. The balsamic and […]

The Finishing Touches: Pie Crust Wash

The process of making a pie from scratch is certainly a rewarding one. And as with anything you bake, the preparation and process is so important to the outcome. You’ve spent time and effort putting the pastry together, so don’t sell yourself short by skipping the final step — the wash!   Pies with a […]