Feb 28, 2015


Hey, guys! Here's a survey we're taking of everyone's favorite desserts, etc. You can answer all these questions in the comments section below! Thanks!!

1.) Favorite dessert?

2.) Chocolate or vanilla?

3.) Favorite ice cream flavor?

4.) Favorite cake flavor?

5.) Dark, milk, or white chocolate?

6.) Favorite candy?

Remember to comment your answers! 

Thanks for taking our survey.

Dec 9, 2014

Useful Tip - Blow-Dry Your Soaked Suede Boots

Earlier today, I had to run home in the pouring rain in my suede Bearpaw boots. Not fun. By the time I got home, they were soaked and possibly ruined forever. Here's a tip to recover your suede boots (Uggs, Bearpaws, and similar) if they've been exposed to rainstorms and are now wet.

What You Need
- blow drier

1.) Plug the blow drier in and take one boot. 
2.) Blow dry it on "high" setting, working your way through the wet parts. Hover on the really wet spots for longer.
3.) Pay special attention to the stitching and the edge that runs along the rubber sole, separating it from the actual boot - you don't want the sole to peel off because the water destroyed it!
4.) Repeat for the second boot - soon they will be good as new!!

WARNING! Be very careful - putting an electric blow drier close to water can be dangerous if one is not careful.

Nov 27, 2014

DIY Christmas Decor

Since Thanksgiving is today, why not get a head start and start to decorate for Christmas? These are some DIYs to get a bedroom into the holiday spirit. 

Pipecleaner Candy Canes

Some might say I went a little crazy with this project...

What you need: (to make 16 candy canes)

-8 red pipecleaners
-8 white pipecleaners

1.) Take a red pipecleaner and a white pipecleaner and twist the two together.

2.) Cut the pipecleaner twist in half.
3.) Bend each half at the end to make the "curve" of the candy cane.
4.) Repeat! I also made this with green and white pipecleaners.

Mini Christmas Tree Decorations

I put this one on my desk. Gorgeous!

What you need:

-Mini Christmas tree (you can get these at craft stores like Michaels, Hollingworth 5 & 10, and Playtime)
-Ribbon / ribbon scraps
-Red, white and green pipecleaner scraps
-Small christmas ornaments

1.) Wrap the ribbon around the tree. Tie the ribbon scraps together, if necessary. 

2.) Hang the ornaments where you like 'em - they add a little bit of sparkle.
3.) Scatter the pipecleaner scraps and the place the tree where you want! 

This looks really good on a desk, dresser, or nightstand.

Throw Pillow!!

Who doesn't love a nice throw pillow?

What you need:

-about in 8.5in x 11in red felt
-about 4in x 5in green felt
-needle and thread
-polyester stuffing

1.) Cut out a Christmas tree shape out of the green felt. It helps to draw out a template before cutting.
2.) Sew the tree onto the top half of the red felt (the hamburger way) using a running stitch.
3.) Fold the red felt in half (the hamburger way) and sew along the edges in a running stitch. *REMEMBER TO LEAVE A SIDE UNSTITCHED FOR THE STUFFING TO COME IN!*
4.) Add an adequate amount of stuffing (not too much, and not too little), and then continue your running stitch to finish up the pillow. 
5.) Tie the knot, and you're done!

Happy Thanksgiving, and a happy early holiday!!!

Oct 28, 2014

QUICKEST and EASIEST Halloween Costumes

With Halloween in 3 DAYS, lots of people are stressing about what to be for Halloween. These are just some tips to get you started. You can add your own unique touches too!

1. Cat. All you have to do is buy ears and a tail, and wear black. You can accent with makeup (cat-eyes!) if you want. To do that, just use liquid eyeliner.

2. Soccer player. Put on a soccer jersey, athletic shorts, shin-guards and socks, and cleats, and you can use charcoal or black lipstick for stripes on your cheeks.

3. Witch. Throw on a black dress and buy a witch hat for a couple dollars at a local craft store. You could even carry along a broomstick to fly on!

4. Ballerina. Have your old ballet skirt? Well then you can put that on, with some matching tights and flats (don't have to be ballet slippers). Then throw on a cardigan and a white shirt. *Note: this is best for warmer weather.

Hope these are helpful! I'm going to go as the cat. ;)

Oct 13, 2014

Room Decor!

There are SO many ways you can make your bedroom nice and cozy for fall, and here are some of them... (THANKS TO Bethany Mota FOR SOME OF THESE IDEAS!)


What you need:
-3 glass jars
-fake leaves, candy corn, and acorns
-Twine, maroon or cream

1.) To make leaf jar, put fake leaves in a jar. Wrap twine around the jar 3-5 times, and tie off with a bow.
2.) Repeat with candy corn, and then acorns. 
(Thanks, Bethany Mota)


Pumpkin Cinnamon Bun, from Bath and Body Works
Apple Spice, from Yankee Candle
Spooky Candle JAR, from Bed Bath and Beyond

Happy Fall!

Oct 11, 2014

Fall Game

Fall is here! 

Here's a "Would you Rather" game we put together for fall. So grab a partner, or play by yourself, and enjoy!

1.) Would you rather...

a. Sit in a pile of wet leaves
b. Sit in a pile of dry thorns

2.) Would you rather...

a. Have one HUGE pumpkin thrown at you
b. Have a TON of little pumpkins thrown at you

3.) Would you rather...

a. Eat a soggy muffin
b. Eat a rock hard muffin

4.) Would you rather...

a. Look at pic #1
b. Look at pic #2
c. Look at both at the same time!!
(Left = pic #1, Right = pic #2)

Sep 14, 2014

Our Other Favorite Sites

Here are our favorite baking sites aside from this one. Enjoy these references!

1. Sally's Baking Addiction - Sally is a WONDERFUL writer, baker, and blogger. Her posts are REALLY creative and helpful! 

2. My Baking Addiction - My Baking Addiction,you are so amazing! These recipes are to DIE for.

3. Bakerella - Cool recipes + cool giveaways = AWESOME!

4. King Arthur Flour - Top notch recipes from the pros!

Which baking blogs do YOU love? 

Jul 6, 2014

Fresh Party Salad Platter

  • large plate
  • small cup
  • cucumbers cut in circles
  • tomatoes cut in circles
  • carrot sticks
  • celery sticks
  • dip for veggies

1. Fill the cup with dip, then place it in the center of the plate.
2. Arrange the different veggies around the dressing.
3. Set the platter out for your lucky party guests!

Munchy, crunchy, and healthy!

Chocolate Covered Pretzels

  • thick pretzel sticks
  • chocolate chips
  • bowl of sprinkles (optional)
  • cookie sheet(s) covered with tin foil
  • bowl (for melted chocolate chips)

1. Melt the chocolate chips in the bowl.
2. Dip about half the pretzel stick into the chocolate sauce.
3. If you want, dip the covered pretzel in the bowl full of sprinkles.
4. Leave on the cookie sheet to dry.
5. Repeat for your other pretzels!!

Both tastes of sweet and salty come together in this snack!

Petite Cracker Sandwiches


  • crackers (i.e. Ritz crackers)
  • cheese
  • cilantro
  • sliced tomato

1. Place 2 crackers side by side.
2. Place a slice of cheese on one cracker.
3. Place a tomato on the same cracker.
4. Put a sprig of cilantro on the same cracker. 
5. Put the other cracker on top to make a sandwich. 

You can get more ingredients to make new sandwiches!

Eggless Chocolate Cake in Pressure Cooker


1 cup all purpose flour

1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup butter
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup water
Any egg substitute you would like to use (check out Egg Substitutes to find one)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 tsp salt 


1. Mix together the cocoa, baking powder, and flour add in sugar ,water, and butter and cream everything together.

2. Add in the egg substitute that you chose and keep creaming.
3. Pour the batter into your pressure cooker pan.
4. Turn the stove on with the cooker on it, keep it covered but without the pressure for 3-4 minutes on high heat, then put in the pan in the empty cooker (do not add water in the cooker). 
5. Cover it again without the pressure, lower the flame and let cook for about a half an hour.

May 19, 2014

Making Bread and Cupcakes

Here are some pics from when we baked chocolate cupcakes and bread...
They tasted really yummy!


And bread!

Apr 5, 2014

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Earth Day is on the way, coming on April 22nd. It's important that we keep our planet in good shape, since we are living here and we don't want to end up knee-deep in garbage. 

Wear these goods proudly and show your support to the Earth! Happy Earth Day!

Feb 25, 2014

Spring Party Ideas

DIY Games

Pin the petal on the flower (a variation of "pin the tail on the donkey):


  • 2 or 3 sheets of foam (brightly colored)
  • small sheet of foam in a different color (maybe lighter than other foam sheets)
  • velcro
  • bandanna or blindfold
  • marker

1.) Cut the smaller foam sheet into a circle. This is the center of the flower.
2.) Attach velcro around the foam circle.
3.) Cut the remaining sheets of foam into petal shapes.
4.) Attach the other side of the velcro to the petals.
5.) Write numbers, 1-5 or 6, on the petals and then on next to the velcro on the circle.
6.) Play by having a person blindfolded try to stick the petals on the corresponding number!

Homemade Party Treats

Springy Finger Sandwiches:


  • Bread, sliced into triangles
  • cucumber slices
  • butter
  • cream cheese
  • chopped olives
Directions, Cucumber Sandwiches: (Makes 1)

1.) Spread butter on each of 2 pieces of bread.
2.) Put a cucumber slice on each slice, also.
3.) Add salt and pepper, to taste.
4.) Make more sandwiches using more of the cucumbers, bread, and butter.

Directions, Chopped-Olive Sandwiches: (Makes 1)

1.) Spread cream cheese on each of 2 pieces of bread. 

2.) Cover the cream cheese with chopped olives. 
3.) Make more sandwiches using more of the olives, cream cheese, and bread.

Favors and Thank-You Gifts

Some spring-themed party favors:

  • Plant-growing kits - they'll bloom just in time for summer!
  • Flower hair clips - make 'em yourself by glueing a felt flower to a bobby pin.
  • Spring garden decorations - encourage people to garden and make the earth a better place.
Enjoy these tips and ideas for your spring party!

Feb 1, 2014


Chocolate Chunk Milkshake

Ingredients: *

  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 3 spoonfuls chocolate powder (hot cocoa mix works)
  • 1 scoop chocolate ice cream
  • chocolate chips or chunks

1.) In a blender, combine milk, chocolate powder, and ice cream.
2.) Blend.
3.) Sprinkle chocolate chips/chunks on top. 
4.) Enjoy!

Banana Milkshake

Ingredients: *
  • 1 banana, cut into slices
  • 1 scoop banana ice cream
  • cinnamon
  • 2 1/2 cups milk

1.) In a blender, combine milk, banana, and ice cream.
2.) Blend.
3.) Sprinkle cinnamon on top.
4.) Enjoy!

Vanilla Milkshake

Ingredients: *
  • 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • 3 cups milk
  • whipped cream
  • chocolate sauce

1.) In a blender, combine milk and ice cream.
2.) Blend.
3.) Add whipped cream and chocolate sauce on top.
4.) Enjoy!

* You can add sugar as well!

Jan 19, 2014

One-Year Anniversary!

 Happy one-year anniversary, Bakers' Central! Our first post was published on this day, January 19th, but in 2013! In honor of this day, we wrote a story about baking. Enjoy!

I was racing to the grocery store to buy the ingredients for the cake. It was Billy's birthday and the party was in 2 hours! Why did I sign up to bake the cake? I thought to myself. I quickly stepped in store and ran to the baking aisle, not even grabbing a basket or cart on the way. Thank goodness, everything I needed was right here. I took out my shopping list: flour, baking soda, cocoa powder, vanilla extract. Then I sped over to the Self-Checkout and scanned all the items. Running home, my hands full with my purse and the bag, I nearly tripped over myself many times. Up the front steps I went, and into the kitchen. ONE AND A HALF HOURS UNTIL THE PARTY!!! I was panicking by now. I mixed, whisked, combined, and beat according to the recipe, and thrust the batter into the oven. The timer beeped after 45 minutes and the cake was ready. Holding my breath, I opened the oven. In all my rushing, I now wondered what the outcome of the cake would be. I gasped. It was beautiful! The cake was the pale color of honey and completely even without a single burnt spot. I stuck a fork through it and it had cooked all the way. I  ran at lightning speed to Billy's house and knocked on the door.
He looked at me in surprise. "The party is tomorrow! Didn't you remember?" 
I was mortified.

Hope you liked it!

Jan 16, 2014

B.L.T. Meals

I won't give away what B.L.T. Meals are just yet. See if you can figure it out!

Blueberry Pie
Lemon Meringue Pie
Trifle (British dessert)

Beef Teryaki (Chinese dish)
Lasagna (Italian dish)
Tacos (Mexican dish)

B.L.T. :):)
Lobster Bisque
Turkey Sandwiches

Breakfast Sandwiches
Lemon-Poppyseed Muffins

Did you figure out what B.L.T. Meals are? Try making your own, and then eating them! Most of these actually are great for a cultural event.

Dec 31, 2013

Leaving 2013...And Entering 2014!

2013 was a great year. 

On January 19, the first post of Bakers' Central was published. On Jan. 19 of this year, we'll have an anniversary celebration. Bakers' Central is turning 1 year old!

Also, look at what YOU have done for us. Without viewers, it can be hard to even be motivated to keep posting. We just want to thank you for all your support. 

Come 2014, take the time to reflect on your achievements. Let's see, Bakers' Central:

  • Started a blog
  • Got some viewers
  • Launched a business
  • Had some customers
And overall, had a great year. Take all your old achievements from this year and tell yourself to do greater things with them. 

Ask Yourself: What did you do in 2013 that you will take to another level in 2014?

Flavorful Fun

When you're baking, it is important that what you are baking has a taste, and more importantly, a good taste. If you're baking cookies, cakes, cupcakes, or pies, you're probably going to want a sweeter taste. For a taste like that, some good ingredients would be sugar, vanilla extract, fruit, etc. For a saltier taste, you might use salt and maybe pepper. Remember that flavor is always the key to baking.

Dec 29, 2013

New Year's Eve Party

Wow. It is almost time to leave the year of 2013 and enter 2014! Here in the United States, there are about 5 days left until January 1st, New Year's Day. 

Are you hosting a party this new year? Staying up till midnight can be boring if you don't know what to do. There are many questions to ask yourself before you throw a compatible party for all your guests.

Question #1: How many people to invite? 
It all depends on your space. Visualize all the people you are considering inviting in the space. Does it look uncomfortable to you? Also, will everyone get along well enough?

Question #2: What can I do for entertainment? 
Try choosing a movie for all ages, that is appropriate for younger kids and still a classic favorite for everyone else. Also check out New Year's Eve specials on TV. You can also organize a scavenger hunt  for guests to find goodies.

Question #3: What food can I serve?
Be aware of 2 things -  messiness and preferences. For preventing messiness, suggestions for appetizers are crackers and cheese or our Fresh Party Salad Platter (see The Bakers' Central Recipe Experience). The main meal could be a buffet with things like sandwiches and pasta. For collecting preferences, try using Evite to send invitations and ask about meal choices or allergies. 

Enjoy your party!

Dec 23, 2013

The Dangers of Fast Food

Fast food can be really bad for you. According to the Massachusetts Medical Society Committee on Nutrition, fast food has high fat content and can increase body mass index (BMI). BMI is a number that is calculated from how tall a person is and how much they weigh. 

But that is not all - there are things like trans fats lurking in fast food, too. Trans fats can ruin your tastebuds then go down, where they can clog your arteries.

Also, the packaging on fast food items can be dangerous to the environment. There are tons of wrappers that get littered and left behind at beaches, parks, etc. 

Be more aware about your diet, and don't try to eat too much fast food. It is dangerous!

Dec 22, 2013

Holiday Party Planner

Throwing a party this holiday weekend? Here are some references to tips about food, games, decorations, and entertaining your guests. 


Chocolate - covered pretzels from Bakers' Central

Candy cane kiss cookies from Sally's Baking Addiction

Cake pop cake from Bakers' Central


Snow globe craft project from Spoonful


Place cards from Bakers' Central

Centerpiece for your dining table from HGTV


Elf movie (review) from Common Sense Media

Egg Substitutes

Many people do not use eggs when they bake because they are either allergic to it or they simply do not want to use them. I myself am a vegetarian and prefer not using eggs in my baking. Here are some ways I found to substitute eggs.

Egg Substitutes:

flax meal - for 1 egg you can use 3 Tablespoons water and 1 Tablespoon flax meal. If you need it for 2 eggs then you can double the amount and so on.

Ener-G egg substitute-  1 egg is equivalent to 1/2 tablespoon of Ener-G egg replacer and 2 tablespoons of water. 

applesauce - 1 egg is the same as 1/3 cup applesauce or ¼ cup applesauce and 1 teaspoon baking powder.

silken tofu - For 1 egg you can use 1/4 cup blended silken tofu. Make sure that it is completely smooth and does not have any chunks. 

yogurt - Use 1/4 cup of yogurt for 1 egg.

bananas -  to use bananas to substitute eggs, you can use a ripe and mashed banana  for every egg the recipe calls for. 

Dec 18, 2013

Wonderful Moments

Has there ever been a time when life is just PERFECT for you? I feel amazing when I receive a present from someone close to me - it makes me feel loved! What is your favorite moment? It can be anything from sledding to diving to even having a massive pillow fight. Ah, you'll find that reflecting on something you love will really make you smile. 

Dec 3, 2013

The Holiday Season

December is the season to be jolly, in baking. 

Because think of the upcoming holiday season, and all the things we eat over break.

Like what?
Well, there's peppermint hot chocolate, and cranberry muffins, and sugar cookies with sprinkles, and juicy pears (healthy, too!).

There is also a sense of cozy-ness from the cold wind and frost. Whatever holidays you celebrate, make sure you make the most of it. I love the holiday I celebrate in December: Christmas! I like to spend time with family and friends and, mostly, eat until I can't eat any more!


Nov 30, 2013

A New Business

Do you live in the Belmont, Cambridge, Arlington, and Watertown area? Are you looking for an allergy-aware baking business that (more importantly) makes DELICIOUS desserts? Email Bakers' Central (the business) at bakerscentral2013 at gmail . com. We can only sell our baked goods to people in Belmont, Cambridge, Arlington, and Watertown (MA) because of travel issues, sadly. Please tell us where and when to drop off your item.


  • Email: bakerscentral2013 at gmail . com
  • We make: cookies, cakes, cupcakes, and more
  • Order: by email
  • Please order at least a week before you need your baked good(s)

Nov 16, 2013

Holding on to the Good Weather

We have such good fortune, with all this good weather. It is so much fun to be outside with nature. But only about a month until winter! Make the most of this beautiful fall season before seasons change, and instead of fall walks you'll be sledding down a hill!

I like to go to a park and throw a frisbee or kick a soccer ball. 

I like to sip warm apple cider and eat apples and cinnamon for those in a rush

I like to look at clouds flying overhead. 

I like to hear the leaves scuffle beneath my feet.

I like to be cozy and warm, and know that I am safe from chilly winds.

Be thankful for everything fall has to offer.

Nov 11, 2013

Holiday Bread

These are some ideas for a holiday loaf of bread you might serve. These ideas work on most breads - such as cornbread, pumpkin bread, and banana bread. 

First, mix the batter for your desired type of bread. 

Some things you can add to the mix:
Chocolate chips
Mini marshmallows
Dried fruits

How to make glaze:
Mix powdered sugar and water until you get your desired consistency. Spread over warm loaf. 

Happy (early) Holidays!

Oct 31, 2013


Today is the last day of October... I feel like when November starts it becomes more like winter. I have to wear a parka, and gloves and a hat. I start thinking about Thanksgiving and even Christmas! But the last day of October means something else: HALLOWEEN!!!! 

You already know about my Bat Witch costume. Sorry I didn't post pics of that like I said I might. I get so many yummy treats for Halloween, and also stuff I don't really like. What's your favorite candy? Do you even like candy, or do like it when people give out things like pencils and toys? Comment! 

Oct 16, 2013


I found these while surfing the web... I included pic credit so you could find more about these cuties!

 It looks so yummy but I don't have the heart to eat it!

Pic Credit: cutestfood.com

Pic Credit: lovethispic.com

Baby cupcakes! Shaped like babies! Are those real buttons?

Pic Credit: devotedtocupcakes.com

Cute, or what?