A Tangy-Sweet Goat Cheese Frosting for All Your Favorite Bakes

We’ve teamed up with Vermont Creamery to share a customizable formula for fluffy, tangy-sweet frosting using their lineup of award-winning Goat Cheese Log flavors. When mixed with powdered sugar and a pinch of salt, these smooth, fresh-tasting goat che…

We've teamed up with Vermont Creamery to share a customizable formula for fluffy, tangy-sweet frosting using their lineup of award-winning Goat Cheese Log flavors. When mixed with powdered sugar and a pinch of salt, these smooth, fresh-tasting goat cheeses become your dessert’s ultimate plus-one—perfect for frosting cakes of all kinds.


By now it’s no secret that goat cheese is so much more than just a charcuterie board staple; it works wonders in savory dishes and even baked goods, like these salty-sweet snacking cookies and this flaky pastry for berry galettes. But I’ll admit that goat cheese frosting, an idea I first came across in Emma Laperruque’s Big Little Recipes cookbook, took me by surprise—when I tried it myself, I realized I had definitely been missing out. Goat cheese frosting’s tangy, distinct flavor adds a pizzaz and oomph that buttercream and cream cheese frosting lack. Plus, its smooth, creamy texture is perfect for spreading on cake.

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The Best Butter for Baking Comes from…Trader Joe’s

Our test kitchen goes through pounds and pounds (and pounds) of butter every week. Maybe it’s for sautéeing kale, mashing potatoes, or scrambling eggs. But, most often, it’s for baking.

I don’t need to tell you that unsalted butter is the default for …

Our test kitchen goes through pounds and pounds (and pounds) of butter every week. Maybe it’s for sautéeing kale, mashing potatoes, or scrambling eggs. But, most often, it’s for baking.

I don’t need to tell you that unsalted butter is the default for baked goods, from chocolate chip cookies to pound cakes to pie crusts. Using unsalted butter allows you to control the amount of salt in your baked goods (especially since the salt content in salted butter varies, so it’s hard to know exactly how much you’re adding). The more nitty-gritty—and less talked about—distinction is American-style versus European-style.

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How to Make Swirly, Flaky Sfogliatelle

Buckle up, guys—this pastry is definitely a project. But trust me, it’s a super fun, satisfying, and delicious one. There’s nothing like a batch of still-warm sfogliatelle (or if you’re just referring to one, sfogliatella), an especially beautiful Ital…

Buckle up, guys—this pastry is definitely a project. But trust me, it’s a super fun, satisfying, and delicious one. There’s nothing like a batch of still-warm sfogliatelle (or if you’re just referring to one, sfogliatella), an especially beautiful Italian pastry. Multiple layers of gorgeously thin dough (rolled using a pasta machine) encase a creamy filling made with a base of semolina “pudding” and ricotta cheese. The pastry, sometimes referred to as “lobster claws” (not “lobster tails,” that’s something else) here in the States, bake up gorgeously golden and crisp. The result is a seriously impressive pastry that’s time-consuming, but totally doable at home, and worth it. Ahead, I’ll walk you through exactly how to make sfogliatelle at home using my go-to recipe and you’ll be folding and shaping dough in no time.

But First…How Do You Pronounce Sfogliatelle?

Let me take a stab at this one—Ss-fog-lee-uh-tell-ee.

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8 Cult Favorite Publix Bakery Items

There’s a lot to love about Publix beyond its heartwarming holiday commercials and the famous subs. The supermarket’s bakery is, bar none, one of the best in the country (at least when it comes to grocery stores), presenting rows of freshly prepared pa…

There’s a lot to love about Publix beyond its heartwarming holiday commercials and the famous subs. The supermarket’s bakery is, bar none, one of the best in the country (at least when it comes to grocery stores), presenting rows of freshly prepared pastries, cakes, pies, and cookies that would give Betty Crocker herself a run for her money.

While you really can’t go wrong with anything the Southern chain has to offer, there are sugary stand-outs worthy of a little extra love and publicity. Check out our list of eight must-try confections that we simply can’t get enough of.

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7 Costco Bakery Treats Shoppers Can’t Stop Raving About

There is plenty to love about Costco, one of the largest membership-based grocery stores in the country. The warehouse boasts an impressive range of affordably-priced, bulk-sized food products, and don’t even get us started on their famous food court h…

There is plenty to love about Costco, one of the largest membership-based grocery stores in the country. The warehouse boasts an impressive range of affordably-priced, bulk-sized food products, and don’t even get us started on their famous food court hot dogs—only $1.50 for a quarter-pound, all-beef frank with a 20-ounce soda. (Costco co-founder Jim Sinegal was even quoted saying, "If you raise the [price of the] effing hot dog, I will kill you. Figure it out." A legend, truly.)

This commitment to keep prices low and item quality high is also reflective of Costco’s generally favorable and celebrated brand and work culture. Employees are paid well above minimum wage and the company frequently goes out of its way to contribute to sustainability efforts and various charitable organizations. But one sector of the business that is often and surprisingly overlooked from a consumer and publicity standpoint? Its flourishing bakery section.

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5 Pro Tips for Your Best Sugar Cookies Yet

Bake It Up a Notch is a column by Resident Baking BFF Erin Jeanne McDowell. Each month, she’ll help take our baking game to the next level, teaching us all the need-to-know tips and techniques and showing us all the mistakes we might make along the way…

Bake It Up a Notch is a column by Resident Baking BFF Erin Jeanne McDowell. Each month, she'll help take our baking game to the next level, teaching us all the need-to-know tips and techniques and showing us all the mistakes we might make along the way.


Baking and decorating sugar cookies is often associated with wintertime holidays, but in my family, this is a springtime tradition. My mom would usually whip up cookies and pastel-colored icing as a fun way to welcome some bright colors into our kitchen as the seasons changed outside. The truth is, baking sugar cookies is a wonderful baking project for any time of year: perfect for a solo weekend meditation, or for a group activity where you can enlist the help of family and friends.

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The Very Best Baking Tools for Every Level of Baker

Bake It Up a Notch is a column by Resident Baking BFF Erin Jeanne McDowell. Each month, she’ll help take our baking game to the next level, teaching us all the need-to-know tips and techniques and showing us all the mistakes we might make along the way…

Bake It Up a Notch is a column by Resident Baking BFF Erin Jeanne McDowell. Each month, she'll help take our baking game to the next level, teaching us all the need-to-know tips and techniques and showing us all the mistakes we might make along the way.


Back when Food52 first started, you could find my recipes under the username apartmentcooker—a nod to my then-blog, The Apartment Kitchen. I started the blog when I first graduated pastry school. I had spent years in well equipped professional kitchens, but in my first apartment, I was armed only with a single bowl, a single fork, and a strong desire to build my ultimate kitchen collection. Back then, I documented my purchases—what was worthy and why. Now, after many years of baking, buying, and even re-buying tools, I’m sharing all my favorites in the newest episode of Bake it Up a Notch.

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The Best Place to Feel Lonely Is in a Bagel Shop

In the loneliest time in my life, I spent a lot of time in my local bagel shop. I was living in Baltimore, a new city, and had just gone through a splintering breakup. As a middle school teacher living with two others, I was often surrounded by people….

In the loneliest time in my life, I spent a lot of time in my local bagel shop. I was living in Baltimore, a new city, and had just gone through a splintering breakup. As a middle school teacher living with two others, I was often surrounded by people. And yet I was lonely in my classroom full of students and lonely in my apartment full of roommates. I was lonely in my room at night, where Netflix would accost me with the passive aggressive, “Are you still watching?”

On Sunday mornings at the bagel shop though, being alone never felt so bad. I had my Sundays down to a science. Grabbing my latest book, I drove eight minutes to the bagel store by the water, one of the few routes I had memorized. There, I waited in line while watching for a booth to empty.

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A Simple Baking Cookbook That Isn’t Basic

Fans of Benjamina Ebuehi know her for the complex treats she baked on the 2016 season of The Great British Bake Off (she finished as a quarterfinalist), but her newest cookbook is all about simple bakes. In A Good Day to Bake: Simple Baking Recipes for…

Fans of Benjamina Ebuehi know her for the complex treats she baked on the 2016 season of The Great British Bake Off (she finished as a quarterfinalist), but her newest cookbook is all about simple bakes. In A Good Day to Bake: Simple Baking Recipes for Every Mood, Ebuehi shares the creative, brightly flavored recipes she was known for on Bake Off and in her first book, The New Way to Cake, but with one big difference: She wrote most of it during lockdown in 2020.

“One thing I noticed during the early stages of that time was just how many people started baking, who had maybe never baked before. They never thought they had time to bake,” Ebuehi said over video chat. She noticed that when we collectively slowed down, there was more time to consider baking as a pastime. And these bakes didn’t have to involve complex technique to be satisfying: “I wanted the book to kind of be a reflection of that simpler, slower time. You don't have to wait for a particular occasion, a birthday or anniversary, to bake something. You can do it absolutely whenever.”

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Homemade Powdered Sugar? It’s Way Easier Than You Think

As a professional baker, I always have powdered sugar on hand. In my line of work, it’s safe to assume that at a moment’s notice, I’ll need to dust a torte, whip meringue, toss puppy chow together, or make chocolate fudge. It’s not that I regularly mak…

As a professional baker, I always have powdered sugar on hand. In my line of work, it’s safe to assume that at a moment's notice, I’ll need to dust a torte, whip meringue, toss puppy chow together, or make chocolate fudge. It’s not that I regularly make my own powdered sugar (I promise I’m not THAT person)—or that buying some is particularly strenuous or expensive—but it’s handy to know how to make homemade powdered sugar for two big reasons.

Sometimes you find yourself without confectioners’ sugar and the thought of running to the grocery store doesn’t appeal in the slightest. Maybe it’s a snow day and you need some to make homemade marshmallows for a cup of hot cocoa, or it’s hours away from your little one’s birthday and you're frantically trying to whip buttercream frosting for a birthday cake. Maybe you thought you had enough and then the little bag of sugar had half a cup shy of what you were expecting. Or you want the results of powdered sugar with something other than granulated white sugar (I’ve made it with raw cane sugar and coconut sugar, but you can turn nearly any type of granulated sugar into powdered in minutes). This may be because you’d rather use natural sweeteners or to satisfy a dietary concern or that’s what you have to use up. Either way, the flavor won’t be affected. You can use brown sugar for a richer molasses flavor, but know that you won’t achieve a pure white fluffy frosting; instead, it will have a light brown undertone.

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