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I never baked much until a girlfriend talked me into taking a Wilton's cake decorating class at my local craft store. First thing we learned was tricks to baking a cake and how to make Wilton's buttercream frosting. I use Crisco instread of butter. And when it calls for 1 tsp of vanilla and 7 tsp of water, I use 4 and 4. I like to fill the cakes (or cupcakes) with pudding because the moisture migrates through the cake and keeps them really moist.

During the class, I was baking a cake a week ---- too much for one family ---- so I had hubby take one to work. He came home with names and phone numbers of people who wanted to place orders. Seriously?? It's a cake mix from a box and homemade frosting....pretty simple. But they all loved it, especially the frosting. The extra vanilla cuts down on the sweetness.

Kids had a party at the Boys and Girls club so I made 48 cupcakes, filled half with banana cream pudding and the other half with chocolate pudding. Other moms donated store-bought cupcakes. MINE WERE THE ONLY ONES THEY SERVED!!! The store bought ones never left the fridge. hahahaha

While making the frosting, my handmixer was bogging down so I broke down and bought a stand mixer. It's an Oster, not a Kitchenaid. I just couldn't bring myself to pay $300+ for a mixer. It was on sale for $79 I think at Wal-Mart. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this mixer!!!!! Wish I had broken down and bought one a long time ago.

Baking has now sparked my interest in the kitchen and we're trying many other recipes. I always loved to eat and I was willing to cook in order to eat well but now I actually enjoy cooking.

I look forward to meal planning and shopping for those meals. I horde recipes and flag recipes in my cookbooks for future meals.




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