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October 21, 2011

Halloweekend Countdown: Orange & Black Cupcakes

By: Amy Atlas, in Great Finds, Recipes
Zebra patterns are always very popular. Kathryn from Sugar Tumble sent us her tutorial on how to make orange and black zebra cupcakes for halloween. These are super cute and would be easy to do with your little monsters. By switching out the colors, these would be great for tailgate parties or Super Bowl parties. Even better, change the colors to match your child’s school’s colors and we bet they would be snatched up quickly…
September 19, 2011

Amy’s Cookbook Finds: Sweet Confections {+Giveaway!}

By: Amy Atlas, in Great Finds, Recipes, Swag
I think you all know by now that I have a slight obsession with cookbooks.  My husband and I laugh sometimes that cookbooks are to me what shoes were to Carrie Bradshaw, and that our home is slowly but surely being invaded by cookbooks. My collection rivals the Barnes and Noble cookbook section. While I read many books online now, there is something about flipping through the pages of a cookbook that I’ll never tire…
August 15, 2011

Baking With Julia Giveaway + Berry Galette Recipe!

By: Amy Atlas, in Recipes, Swag
Way before Rachael and Giada, there was Julia Child. What is there to say about her that hasn’t already been said? Julia, so funny and so very tall, shook up America’s culinary repertoire with her two-volume series Mastering the Art of French Cooking. We haven’t been the same since. Today Julia would have been 99 years old. To honor her birthday, we are giving away a copy of Baking with Julia, a collection of recipes…
August 10, 2011

S’mores Day Roundup

By: Amy Atlas, in Recipes
Photo credits above:  1)  Frozen S’mores 2)  S’more Cakelettes 3)  S’mores Tarts S’mores may be the one kid’s treat adults feel no shame in eating. Whether you spent your childhood summers in front of a campfire or in the middle of the city, that gooey chocolate sandwich is nostalgia in dessert form. However you toast your marshmallow (from golden brown to burnt black), half the fun is in building your s’more. Of course, we love…
August 01, 2011

Sweet Talk with Suzanne Vier + Granola Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

By: Amy Atlas, in Great Finds, Recipes
We love stories, like our own, about people who left corporate jobs to follow a dream or do something that they felt passionate about.  Today, we have another installment of our “Sweet Talk” series for you. Meet our good friend Suzanne Vier, who left the corporate world for the crunchy world of granola. Inspired by flavors that she found in Spain, she came home and threw caution to the wind and started Simply Suzanne.…
July 28, 2011

Creamsicle Trifle Recipe

By: Amy Atlas, in Recipes
Creamsicles.  Is there anything more creamy and refreshing on a hot and sticky summer day?  The chilly orange ice coating with vanilla ice cream filling is usually seen in the popsicle form, like the first ones created here.We were surprised to find very few variations of this beloved treat so we decided to dream up our own version with a Creamsicle Trifle.  Grand Marnier-soaked lady fingers are sandwiched between layers of orange sherbet and…
July 25, 2011


By: Amy Atlas, in Recipes
Photo credits above:  1) Watermelon Cake via Woman’s Day 2) Watermelon Sorbet Slice via Make and Takes 3) Watermelon Jello via Hugging the Coast 4) Watermelon Sherbet via This Chick Cooks With temperatures in triple digits across the country, the dog days of summer are officially here. We feel that summer and watermelon go hand in hand. Can you think of a more satisfying snack on a really hot day? All it takes is one…
July 20, 2011

Moon Day – Fun DIY Project

By: Amy Atlas, in DIY and Templates, Kids, Recipes
Just over a week ago, the Atlantis lifted off and became NASA’s final space shuttle flight. Isn’t it a little bittersweet? How fitting that the end to this program dovetails with its beginning. Today is Moon Day, the day that Neil Armstrong uttered that famous phrase, “It’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”  The day that he and fellow astronaut Buzz Aldrin became the first men to walk on the…
June 08, 2011

Getting to Know Our Team: Recipe Tester Jo

A few weeks ago, we gave you a peek inside our team with our Design and Style Intern, Natalie.  This week, we are introducing you to our amazing Recipe Tester, Jo.  Jo has been on the AAE team since January and is our main tester for the book.  Yes, friends and relatives have taken a crack at some of the recipes, but it is essential {and usually required by publishers} for recipes to be tested…
May 27, 2011

Cherries on Top Round Up – Happy Memorial Day!

By: Amy Atlas, in Recipes
Image via Amy Atlas. Memorial Day is here this weekend and it is the “official” start of summer in the United States.  When I was a kid, I always knew that summer was around the corner when I started seeing cherries at the market. There is something about seeing those first cherries of the season that always brings a smile to my face.   Instantly, I kick into summer mode and want to make summery desserts.  …
May 06, 2011

Happy Mother’s Day {and Mom Arleen’s Sour Cream Coffee Cake!}

By: Amy Atlas, in Amy's Latest, Recipes
I talked a lot about heroes this week here and here.  Since we’re on this heroes theme this week, it seems appropriate to end the week with a post about Moms right before Mother’s Day.  I personally gained a deeper appreciation for my mom after I had my own kids.  It is so rewarding, but not always easy!  Working moms or moms who have their own businesses have that additional challenge  {see my post on…
May 05, 2011

Derby Guest Feature

By: Amy Atlas, in Featured Submissions, Kids, Recipes
I always get excited when the Kentucky Derby is around the corner.  The hats, the fancy suits, the southern hospitality and traditions.  It is all very exciting. My husband is in Kentucky a lot and I had the pleasure of attending my first Kentucky Derby with him {with fun hats and all} in 2004.  I was pregnant as ever with my first son, but I was determined to get on my fancy suit and hat.  …
February 04, 2011

Sweet Super Bowl Sunday

By: Amy Atlas, in Great Finds, Recipes
Super Bowl Sunday is approaching quickly.  Okay, I’ll admit it, I am not a huge football fan but the rest of my family is. I do, however, always love a reason to entertain.  We found these adorable football inspired desserts that are easy to make and will make any party a touchdown!!  Enjoy your Superbowl entertaining…. Football brownies from Bakerella. Football Whoopie Pies from Make Merry Events Football Oreo Truffle Balls from Papery and Cakery…
January 06, 2011

Burnt Sugar Bundt Recipe + Baked Explorations Book Giveaway

By: Amy Atlas, in Recipes, Swag
We have a great “treat” for you today…Matt and Renato of Baked are sharing their amazing Burnt Sugar Bundt Cake recipe from their new book Baked Explorations. I adore the Baked guys and call on Matt and Renato often for delicious homespun goodies for parties.  Matt and Renato are known for putting a modern spin on traditional desserts. This modern play on the classic bundt recipe is a perfect example of that.  I love how…
December 21, 2010

Gingerbread House Cookie Pops + Winner of Williams Sonoma Giveaway

By: Amy Atlas, in Kids, Recipes
Is there anything that The Decorated Cookie makes that we don’t love?  Check out these adorable mini gingerbread pops and the how-to here.  They look so fun for holiday entertaining or holiday gifts! PS – Congratulations to Kerissa who won the Williams Sonoma gingerbread cake pan giveaway from yesterday’s post. Happy Holidays!…
November 23, 2010

Thanksgiving Dessert Roundup

By: Amy Atlas, in Recipes
My family is in town and I’m starting to bake for the holidays so I thought I’d leave you with a few of my fave Thanksgiving dessert ideas.  Enjoy! Top board – Acorn cake via Bright Ideas, Corn husk cookies via our thanksgiving dessert table, thanksgiving marshmallows via The Decorated Cookie, Turkey cupcakes via Family Fun. Middle board – Turkey cookies, Pilgrim hat cupcakes, Scarecrow cookies, and Turkey brownies – all via our Thanksgiving dessert…
October 28, 2010

Creepy Halloween Treats

By: Amy Atlas, in Recipes, Sweet Styling Tricks
See below for credits. Are you all getting your Halloween recipes out?  I know we are!  Not only have we been working on Halloween projects all week, but I also have my two boys at home counting down the days until Halloween is here. Above is a roundup of some of my favorite creepy Halloween treats.  Aren’t they all adorable?  So what are you waiting for?  Get out your flour and sugar and get into…
October 25, 2010

Crazy Over Candy Corn!

By: Amy Atlas, in Kids, Recipes
We are knee-deep in Halloween projects {I’ll show you a peek this week}, and there is candy corn all over the AAE office!  Like many, candy corn evokes so many childhood memories for me.  I remember my Grandma used to have small bowls of candy corn around her house on Halloween and I would grab as many as I could before anyone would catch me.  Every time I eat a candy corn, that sugary taste…
September 27, 2010

Ikea’s Brilliant Styling + Baking Book

I’m sure many of you have seen these incredible images from Ikea’s new baking book, Homemade is Best, but the images by Carl Kleiner and styling by Evalina Bratell are too brilliant not to post.   I saw Smitten Kitchen’s tweet about it and have been drooling ever since.  I love out-of-the-box styling ideas and this clever way of showcasing a recipe’s ingredients is nothing short of genius.  The deconstructed recipes make me want to…
September 22, 2010

Camp Out Guest Dessert Feature

By: Amy Atlas, in Featured Submissions, Kids, Recipes
It’s starting to get cooler in NYC and it is the last opportunity here to go on a camp out before it gets too cold.  Jeannie of Cakes by Jeannie sent over these pictures of her family reunion camp out held in Washington State Park, Missouri and I’m just loving all of the details.  Jeannie and her parents, six siblings {and now their 15 kids!} spent a weekend at their cabin enjoying nature and plenty…