About Dede Wilson

Dede is the founder of Bakepedia. She was a Contributing Editor to Bon Appétit magazine for 15 years and the author of 14 books including the best-selling A Baker’s Field Guide to Christmas Cookies, The Wedding Cake Book, Wedding Cakes You Can Make, and Cake Balls. She was a Special Contributor to TheDailyMeal.com, the fastest growing food site on the web, where she specializes in holiday dessert content. Dede hosted two nationally syndicated public television series, has presented food segments on national television shows such as TODAY and Dr. Oz and has appeared on CNN, Food Network, HGTV, FOX News, The Weather Channel and the Discovery Channel. She has worked professionally for more than 30 years as a restaurant chef, bakery owner, caterer, recipe developer, radio talk-show host, frequent television guest, and corporate spokesperson for companies such as KitchenAid, Reynold’s Wrap and Driscoll’s.

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Vegan Peanut Butter S’More Brownies

Vegan Peanut Butter S’More Brownies   A package arrived at the Test Kitchen containing packages of standard and miniature sized Dandies Vegan Marshmallows. We hadn’t had them before but if you are vegan you are probably familiar. The company bills them as a “cruelty-free alternative to the traditional marshmallow. They’re all natural, contain no corn […]

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Gluten Free Lemon Coconut Yogurt Snack Cake

Gluten Free Lemon Coconut Yogurt Snack Cake   This is a very easy to prepare cake – no need for a mixer – just a whisk and couple of bowls. We developed this to test baking with CO YO coconut yogurt and liked the results very much. You could certainly try it with other coconut […]

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Whole Grain Calzones with BroccoLeaf

Whole Grain Calzones with BroccoLeaf You are probably asking, what is BroccoLeaf? We didn’t know either until the Foxy vegetable folks brought it to our attention. It is a new non-GMO vegetable that is hitting the shelves that can be used in a similar way to kale or spinach. It is, indeed, the leaves of […]

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Millionaire Shortbread

Millionaire Shortbread with a Hit of Salt Is Millionaire Shortbread a cookie or candy? It has the best of both worlds combining a buttery shortbread base, a chewy caramel center and a chocolate topping. It is one of those recipes I have been aware of for quite a while and it was high time we took […]

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Butterscotch Pudding Pie in a Chocolate Cookie Crust

You Will Never Make Butterscotch Pudding from a Box Again Homemade cornstarch based puddings are very easy to make – no need to start from the box! This Butterscotch Pudding Pie is rich and creamy and has a pronounced butterscotch flavor that is accented by the dark chocolate, crispy cookie crust. And, as with all the […]

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Rum Raisin Roulade with Whipped Chocolate Ganache

Rich & Rummy This cake takes the form of a log shaped cake filled with rich chocolate whipped cream and dark rum soaked raisins rolled up inside in a spiral fashion. The exterior is covered with an even richer deep dark chocolate glaze. The filling and glaze start out with the same recipe so there […]

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Hostess with the Mostest Cupcakes

Just Like the Classic Chocolate Cupcake Description: Just like the commercially prepared ones (ahem, Hostess Cupcakes we are looking at you) with the similar name, these start with chocolate cake which is filled with a creamy vanilla filling. A chocolate glaze goes on top, which is decorated with white frosting squiggles. If you want to […]

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The Best Three-Ingredient Cookies aka Peanut Butter Cookies

 The Easiest and Best Peanut Butter Cookies OK so I didn’t make this recipe up. It is all over the place in various guises and I have to say, it is a brilliant recipe. How can you not love a three-ingredient recipe that happens to use standard pantry ingredients, comes together in mere seconds – […]

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Nutella Ganache Rice Krispie Treats

Nutella in Rice Krispie Treats Ah, Nutella, how many new ways will we think to use you? Hopefully many! While playing with the concept of adding peanut butter to classic Rice Krispie treats (see the Tips in our Cappuccino Crispy Treats recipe), it occurred to us to try Nutella. Many of our cereal treats are […]

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Frozen Peanut Butter Honey Cheesecake with Warm Chocolate Honey Sauce

Fabulous Do-Ahead Frozen Peanut Butter Cheesecake When my very good friend Pam Rys was turning 50, I asked her husband what flavors she might like in a cake. His answer was “she likes chocolate, peanut butter and sweeter is better”! I also happened to know she likes cheesecake and as they are beekeepers, I thought […]

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Apricot Almond Tea Ring

A Classic Yeast Based Coffee Cake If I see almond paste included in a recipe I simply have to try it. It’s a funny thing too, because as a child anything that resembled marzipan was just plain weird to me. Now I cannot get enough of the fragrant almond flavor and the moist texture it […]

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Matcha Cake with Raspberries

Matcha For Baking This Matcha Cake with Raspberries was one of those ideas that came to my mind fully formed as a visual as I was thinking about something new and elegant but also colorful for the Easter holiday. I added matcha, powdered green tea, to meringue to add color as well as temper the […]

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German Chocolate Cake

Classic German Chocolate Cake While researching my Birthday Cake Book, I spoke with several people who said no birthday would be complete without this cake. Chocolate layers are filled and topped with a sweet coconut-pecan frosting. The name of the cake comes from a sweet chocolate bar developed for Baker’s Chocolate Co. by Sam German in the […]

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Marble Pound Cake

A Breakfast and Snack Classic – Marble Pound Cake The visual impact of a Marble Pound Cake is further fortified by the fabulous taste – a combo of rich, buttery vanilla flavored cake marbled with a cocoa enhanced batter. Perhaps we should call this a pound-style cake as it has a bit of leavener added, which varies from […]

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Irish Coffee Cheesecake

Espresso and Irish Whiskey in a Creamy Cheesecake Cheesecake is a perennial favorite – and why not? A little bit of crispy crust and a creamy center make for a delectable classic. This spin on cheesecake is just in time for St Patrick’s Day with Irish coffee flavors. All the flavors of Irish coffee…rich coffee, […]

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Toffee Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies with Pecans

Toffee, Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chunks = Heaven These cookies, as seen above, were baked using the convection feature of the Test Kitchen oven as an experiment. Read all about Baking with Convection Ovens for more details. (The batch below were baked in a conventional radiant oven at 375°F using the same visual cues for doneness). These Toffee Peanut […]

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Cacao Nib Meringues

Giant Meringues with Cacao Nibs and Cocoa The first time I saw Giant Meringues was way back in the 1970s in Paris. I knew what meringue cookies were, but these gargantuan orbs bore no resemblance to what I was used to. The Parisian ones were baked to a soft off-white, almost beige, which brought out […]

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Mocha Chip Bundt Cake

Bundt Cake Rich with Chocolate and Coffee A Bundt shaped cake always entices. Something about the silhouette with its ridges and curves shouts, “I’m ready for guests”! That said a simple Mocha Chip Bundt Cake like this is just as good with a cup of coffee on any old morning. The instant espresso powder provides […]

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