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    Baking a cake is a big deal for a lot of us. I make them just for special occasions, like birthdays, and I bake from scratch. So when I go through all that trouble, I want everyone to enjoy every last crumb. And I'm not throwing any of it out -- I'm saving the leftovers to enjoy later.

    So for those of us who want that last bite to taste every bit as good as the first (maybe even a little bit better?) here are 4 tips for storing cake so it stays fresh and yummy.

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    You know those little sprinkles you add to the top of your cupcakes? They're not magic, and they don't come from the Sprinkles Tree. They're actually just powdered sugar, powdered egg whites, coloring, flavoring, and water. And guess what? You can actually make cupcake sprinkles yourself -- it's easy!

    Maybe you want to create a custom color to match your party theme, or you want to make sure there aren't any funky ingredients in your food -- or you want a fun project. Here's how you DIY cupcake sprinkles. 

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    There are plenty of reasons to bake a red, white, and blue cake: Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and, well, they're just so pretty!

    Get festive this holiday with a super yummy red, white, and blue layer cake. It's incredibly easy to make, and it's such a fun departure from the classic strawberry/blueberry "flag cake."

    Bon appetit!

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    How much do we love thick, rich, creamy Greek yogurt? We love it with granola, with fruit, with honey -- any time of the day. We love it so much, we went on a hunt for recipes featuring our favorite snack and turned up loads. Basically you can use it to make breakfast, lunch, or dinner, little bites, and even dessert. Here's 10 amazing recipes. The first three of these recipes are from The Greek Yogurt Kitchen by Toby Amidor.

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    Everyone is buzzing about mint juleps, the cocktail made (usually) with bourbon, simple syrup, a sprig of mint, and loads of ice -- in an elegant silver tumbler, of course. But why drink a mint julep when you could eat one? The cocktail has inspired dozens of tasty dessert treats. You don't actually have to watch the Kentucky Derby or wear a big hat to join in the fun this weekend -- try one of these mint julep desserts instead.

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    The pleasures of macaroni and cheese are undeniable. The soft, chewy feel of the noodles, the melted ooey gooey goodness of the fatty cheese. Excuse me, I may need a moment to pull myself together. Okay. I'm back.

    No matter what your age, be it 5 or 50, you harbor a soft spot for this entree, the ultimate comfort food. But even the things we like the most can get a little tired when you eat them night after night (except for pizza, if you slight pizza under my cyber-roof, I will kick you out). Luckily we're here for you, with 6 fresh takes on your favorite cheesy treat.

     

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    Easter is almost here, and while many of us are planning our celebratory meal, dessert is often an afterthought. After cooking up a feast for your family, you often just don't have the time or the energy to spend making a festive dessert. I know I don't!

    But here's the thing: Many of us don't want to buy something from our local bakery this Easter. We want to present something with a personal touch. In honor of bunnies, Easter eggs, and time better spent being with family than baking, here are 5 super easy and sweet Easter desserts that make a great holiday dinner finale. 

    Are you going to make a special Easter dessert this year, and if so, any ideas?

    Image via Elliot Volkman/Flickr

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    When I saw it, I knew I had to have it: A pink striped ombre birthday cake from the Daily Candy. Ombre, or color that gets progressively darker or lighter, is a trend that shows no sign of leaving us anytime soon. In cake form, it's so pretty, and I could picture exactly how to make it -- maybe with just a few minor tweaks to make it easier to pull off. Here's our version of the cake: Four layers using whipped cream instead of frosting. Think this looks too complicated to pull off? No way! It's actually a lot easier than you'd think. I'll show you how.

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    Hot cross buns are one of my favorite Easter treats. Traditionally served on Good Friday, I guess they are actually a precursor to the main event. It used to be I would run out and buy them at whatever local bakery was closest to my place of residence. That's because most of the recipes I'd find seemed pointlessly elaborate.

    Then I developed a recipe of my own. Since it involves yeast, there is a certain amount of time you've got to plan for in order to let the dough rise properly. But they are in no way labor intensive, and a little planning can save you a tedious trip to the bakery. Hopefully this sweet tradition will be even sweeter with these homemade treats.

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    Easter bunny cupcakes give new meaning to the phrase: you're so cute, I could just gobble you up! What better way to get into the holiday spirit than to add cupcake baking to your list of Easter traditions? Get your kids in on the fun by assigning them an easy task (if your tots are anything like mine, they'll forego wanting to hold a mixer and potentially creating an insane amount of mess in favor of decorating their bunnies with cute candy noses and ears). Whip up a big, yummy batch of these darling cupcakes the day before you plan to color your Easter eggs and -- voila -- you'll have an instant and memorable treat loved by every member of your family.

    Did I mention the adorable quotient of these little goodies is off the charts?

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