Your Help Please–Recipes Needed!

I want to make cornbread muffins and a Dutch (crumble?) apple pie (the kind with the crumbly mixture on top) as part of our Thanksgiving dinner. Right now I’m looking at this apple pie recipe, but would love any recommendations, as well as a cornbread recipe.

A Reader Asks…

From Shawna:

I am looking for a cupcake design and wondering if you have done this before.

What it is , is creating a tower of cupcakes without a stand and making it look like a 3 layer cake. building it up without icing on it (Layer by layer ) and then drizzling a liquid chocolate of white and dark on it. criss cross all over it. (or if you could think of some other creative design easy to make i would be up for ideas) I have never seen this. but have come up with the idea and I don’t make cakes and i can’t seem to find anyone to do it. I thought if i could find someone to help me come up with the info on how to put it together i would try to make it on my own. if you have not done it. would you mind helping me brain storm on how it could be done. Right from stacking the cupcakes and what would be used to do this so that they stay together and not fall.

Now the cupcakes would be for 100people and i would like 60 of them stacked and then the rest of them would be arranged around them. Do you think this is possible to stack that many?

Could you please help me brain storm this. It’s for my wedding on Aug 5th/06.

Can anyone help?

Can You Help?

A reader asks:

I see you use a KitchenAid and love it. My hubby bought me the Artisan for Mother’s Day and I hate it! The cookies are constantly dry. I don’t know what I’m doing wrong. I’d like to love mine (including the KA Pro hand mixer, which I bought a couple weeks ago) just like you do yours. Any tips you can give me would be so appreciated.

Also, what is it about KA that you like better? I’m just about ready to go get a Sunbeam or something. I never had such failures in baking. After 40 years, I guess I have to go to cooking school just so I can use my KitchenAid. I’m beyond frustrated!

Unfortunately, I’m not much help to her as my KitchenAid is my first stand mixer ever, so I can’t compare it to anything. Does anyone have any suggestions/advice?


I’m not sure how many people read this regularly, so I have no idea if I’ll get any responses, but here goes:

  • Do you have any recipes that look fun but haven’t had a chance to try? If so, what are they? I’m always looking for new ones.
  • Do you find the pictures of the baking process beneficial or should I just post one of the final product?
  • Have you tried any of the recipes on here? If so, which did you try and how did it turn out?

And of course, if you have anything else to share, I’d love to hear it!