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  1. Three mug cake recipes ready in less than 90 seconds


    Photo by Michelle Stark, Times Food Editor
  2. We Tried That: Professional cake decorating


    What we tried: While some kids dream of being astronauts or actors or athletes, I always wanted to be a cake decorator. My mom would park me in front of the Publix bakery, feed me one of their free sprinkled sugar cookies, and let me watch as the bakers piped borders and dropped sugar roses onto large sheet …

    In her business kitchen in St. Petersburg, Cakes by Carolynn owner Jill Whelan, left, shows Times correspondent Carlynn Crosby how to ice a double layer cake.
  3. Dirty Dozen and Clean 15: Which fruits and vegetables are most likely to contain pesticides, and which aren't


    Sonya Lunder tells it like it is. She sniffs out the Dirty Dozen just as swiftly as she can pick out the Clean 15. As the lead author of the Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce and with a master's degree in public health with a focus on environmental health and toxicology, she eagle-eyes USDA monitoring and …

    Sonya Lunder is lead author of the Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce.
  4. Wandering Whisk Bakeshop serving bright cakes, cookies, macarons out of a home in St. Petersburg



    It happened by accident.

    Jennifer Jacobs, 29, made red velvet cookie sandwiches for Valentine's Day and brought them to her office at HSN in St. Petersburg.

    People went nuts.

    Strawberry Cupcakes from St. Petersburg home bakery Wandering Whisk Bakeshop.
  5. Readers reflect on fond cake memories


    We asked our readers to share any memorable cake stories they had. Here is a taste of those sweet memories. Michelle Stark, Times food editor

    Claudia Gunzelmann of Tampa made this cake for her husband’s 50th birthday.
  6. From the food editor: A chat with Molly Yeh, and an attempt at her Funfetti Cake


    When setting out to make a Funfetti Cake, you need to channel your most whimsical inner self.

    Funfetti Cake, made using food blogger Molly Yeh's recipe. Photo by Michelle Stark, Times Food Editor.
  7. Let's celebrate cake, the treat that often brings us together, with these recipes, decorating tips and more


    I don't need to tell you how to make a cake using a box of Duncan Hines mix. If what you're going for is ease and speed, have at it. This week is dedicated to the idea of crafting cakes from scratch — how other bakers, from novices to blogger to pros, do it, and how you can, too.

    Chocolate Tahini Cake. Photo by Michelle Stark, Times Food Editor.
  8. For a fast, easy, healthful dinner, try Poached Cod With Raw Papaya Relish


    Balancing healthy eating with a crazy weeknight schedule is tricky for everyone. We all have competing priorities that chip away at our days: Kids, careers, school, home and family obligations all take time and energy. And next thing we know, it's 6 p.m. and we haven't given any thought to dinner. What we do next is …

    You don’t have to rely on fresh fish for Poached Cod With Papaya Relish. Frozen fillets will work.
  9. For maximum crunch (and convenience), pull out your sheet pan


    Cooking an entire meal on one rimmed baking pan — the so-called sheet pan supper — has become its own category of cooking, the oven analogue of the one-pot meal.

    Spicy Roasted Broccoli Pasta brings both crunch and convenience to the table.
  10. Recipe for easy broiled fish with lemon curry butter


    Here's a plan of action that works for dinner any night of the week: Melt some butter; add in some minced garlic, herbs, spices and a squirt of lemon; then pour it over whatever you have your heart set on eating. With almost no effort, you'll have a sauce that makes anything taste better.

    Drizzle lemon curry butter, a blend of butter, garlic, lemon and the herbs and spices of your choosing, on fish fillets before running them under the broiler.

New #CookClub recipe: White Chicken Chili

This is a hearty and warming stew for this time of year.