Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Ace of Cakes Hits a Sweet Tooth

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The results are in, and the Food Network's "Ace of Cakes" is an unexpected fan favorite.

Who would have ever guessed that one of the Food Network's most successful franchises would be a docu-soap series that focuses on the day-to-day challenges of running a custom cake shop in Baltimore? Six seasons strong, "Ace of Cakes" pulls in

some of the network's highest numbers and has made a star of baker and food artist Duff Goldman. Not only does the show give life to an intensely creative yet relatively unknown segment of the food industry but also has presented in Goldman the type of light-hearted, supportive and self-effacing boss anyone would want to work for.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Is Rihanna Really Going to Take Him Back?


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Rihanna and Chris Brown returned yesterday to Los Angeles after what some were calling a "reconciliation" weekend at a Miami-area home owned by Sean "Diddy" Combs.

Photos on celebrity news site TMZ appeared to show Brown, 19, and Rihanna, 21, arriving on the West Coast via private jet early yesterday, after a weekend at Combs' Star Island mansion.

The reunion came three weeks after Brown allegedly assaulted the "Disturbia" singer during a pre-Grammy ceremony altercation.

While Rihanna apparently kept a low profile during the Florida getaway, Brown was photographed jet skiing in the waters around the Combs compound.

Some sources told Us magazine that Brown will be arraigned in Los Angeles on Thursday on charges stemming from the duo's Feb. 8 altercation.

Since then, Rihanna has reportedly traveled alone to Los Angeles, Mexico and her native Barbados, while Brown has spent time in Las Vegas and his Virginia hometown.

Rihanna's father this weekend told Us magazine that he supported his daughter's decision -- whether it was to stay with Brown or end the relationship.

"I'm behind her, win or lose," Ronald Fenty told Us. "I will be supportive. If that's the road she wants to choose, I'm behind her. I hope to see her soon. I talked to her after her birthday, and she told me she's OK."

People magazine reports that Brown called Rihanna on her 21st birthday, one week ago. "He called to wish her happy birthday," a source told the magazine.

"They've reached out to each other. It's been mutual."

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Monday, March 2, 2009

Check out this creepy beefcake


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Basic Yellow Cake


  • 3 cups sifted cake flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup butter or margarine
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 1/4 cups milk

Makes: Cake serves 12.


Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease bottom of two 8-inch round cake pans and line with waxed paper or parchment paper. Sift together flour, baking powder and salt; set aside. Cream sugar and butter together until light. Add eggs and vanilla to creamed mixture and beat until thoroughly mixed. Add flour mixture to creamed mixture alternately with milk, beating well after each addition. Continue beating one minute. Spread batter evenly in prepared pans. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool layers in pans on wire racks 10 minutes. Remove from pans; cool completely. Fill and frost as desired.

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