How to Make Homemade Hostess Cakes


I’ve stayed away too long. And the truth is, I’ve missed you dearly. More than I ever thought I could miss people I’ve never met or seen or spoken to. Which only lets me know one thing: we’re truly madly deeply in love. And I’ll never leave you this long again.  Honest. Forgive me? Homemade…

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White’s Pastry Shop: Hingham, MA


Two Thursdays ago was perhaps the happiest day of my life. Long story made mini, I signed a two book deal with Crown Publishing, a division of Random House.  I also squealed, cried, did a partial summersault, and told everyone at Starbucks that I loved them. My parents were over the moon and I I…

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Homemade Twinkies

Yes. I did. I made Twinkies. And yes, they are moist little sponge logs that taste rich with butter and vanilla. Yes, they have billowy puffs of sweet marshmallow cream piped into their bellies. Oh, and for the record, yes, I ate them as a twin pack. Hostess told me to. Mmhmm yes, after serving…

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The Best Whipped Frosting


A good cake has a great frosting to match. Because truly, frosting makes the cake. Right? I’m glad that we agree. Now, bear with me here because I’m going to talk science and logistics of perfecting that sweet silky cream. The slight problem I find with many homemade frostings (versus freshly made bakery versions) is…

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Homemade Cinna Minis

It may be odd that some of my most vivid, and favorite, memories of childhood involve skipping school. And Burger King. It wasn’t that I didn’t like it; I did. I loved school. But I loved being home more. Or, I loved that skipping school and “feeling sick” often fell on days that Mom was…

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Passion Cookies

Truthfully, I don’t quite understand why these are called Passion Cookies. If anything, they’re pecan pie meets frosted shortbread. But there are lots of things I don’t understand. Like why Paula Deen and I are all alone in pronouncing my favorite nut as PEE-cans, when all the rest of the world is onto pe-CAHNS. Or…

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Pumpkin Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

I don’t claim to be an expert on many things. In fact, only three things come to mind when I think of mastery. The first: peanut butter and fluff sandwiches. The second: The View. The third: cake. I, myself, am not even on that list. And because I’m feeling generous, I’ll spare you the etymology…

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Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Flashback: In the past year, I’ve lived in four states. Before moving to Seattle, I was working in the art department of film production for three years. Shuffling from Boston to Philadelphia to Hamden, Connecticut. In the film world, as well as in television, there’s a magical land on set that everyone prizes above all…

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