By Kim Taylor
Thanksgiving and the holiday season in general is a time for offering treats, whether as gifts or part of a meal for family or friends. Spread the joy with these items that are either delicious — or part of how you’ll concoct something delectable.
Butter Lane cupcakes are more than just cupcakes: they’re an adult experience. Created with pure ingredients, farm-fresh eggs and butter, high quality chocolate and real vanilla beans, they’re available in inspired or homespun flavors such as Lemon and Tonic, Key Lime, Pumpkin, Blueberry, Vanilla, and Banana. The bonus for New Yorkers: you can have them delivered! Order them online at http://www.butterlane.com or visit their east village bakery at 123 east 7th Street.
Prefer to make your own treats? Consider investing in a Babycakes Pop Cake Maker, which comes in a kit with everything you’ll need to bake your own wee round cakes on a stick! Roll them in fresh coconut, organic crushed almonds, cinnamon or even lemon zest for party treats or bundled as stocking stuffers. For best value, order from BJ’s Wholesale Club at http://www.BJs.com and have this magical machine delivered right to your doorstep.
Find a batch of creative cake pop ideas on the Wilton website: http://www.wilton.com, the source for all things baking, decorating, and food crafting-related for the last 80 years. Find checkerboard cake sets, 3-D Skull Pans for spooky treats, gum paste cutter sets, Flower Pops cookie pans, plane-shaped pans, Superman frosting decals, and even Hello Kitty cake pans. The Copco Rolling Pin, Whisk and Pastry Cutter are three basic tools that will make any baking challenge easier, and come in sunny yellow. Peruse the Wilton website for everything you’ll need this season to create your own baked masterpieces.
Another useful and colorful kitchen brand is the French company Mastrad, founded in 1994, which carries innovative and stylish cookware such as bright silicone cake pans and steamers, oven mitts, fondue sets, chips makers, pie weights, cake stencils, utensils, aprons, and much more. Designed by a seasoned group of artists, the Mastrad selections are truly unique and have a certain je ne sais quoi that truly elevates the cooking experience. See it all at http://www.shopmastrad.com and choose your favorites
An old world cheer from the Scottish highlands: May your cakes be fluffy and your frosting damn creamy!