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SWEET VALENTINE CAKE

Valentine’s Day Just Got More COLORFUL !!! ...

Sweet Valentine Cake

Before I nearly tripped over the Sweethearts candy standee virtually blocking a graceful entrance to at the almighty Party Store a few delightful days ago, I had no idea Sweethearts had been around for 150 Valentine’s Days. That’s a long time in candy years.

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WATCH VIDEO: CANDY VOLCANO CAKE

But Will It Erupt Whipped Cream?

christmascandycake

Since we all like things that erupt, I thought it was high time to bake a cake that would spew, spurt and spout whipped cream fresh from a highly pressurized aerosol can.

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HOW TO MAKE A CHERPUMPLE

The Ultimate Dessert

Nothing says HOLIDAY DESSERT like a CHERPUMPLE! It’s an original recipe from the Charles Phoenix Test Kitchen, and the most talked-about new dessert to come along in years. Cherpumple is short for CHERry, PUMpkin and apPLE pie – the three pies each baked in a layer of cake. Cherry pie in white cake; a pumpkin pie in yellow cake, and apple pie in spice cake!

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SEE CHARLES ON FOOD NETWORK’S ‘CAKE WARS: CHRISTMAS’ BEGINNING NOV 9!

For Those You Food Network Watchers I’m A Judge On "Cake Wars: Christmas" This Season Beginning November 9th !!! ...

Host Jonathan Bennett (2nd from right) poses for a photo with, from left, judges Chris Buck, Charles Phoenix and Sherry Yard, as seen on Food Network's Cake Wars, Christmas Special.

For those you Food Network watchers I’m a judge on "Cake Wars: Christmas" this season beginning November 9th! "Cake Wars: Christmas," btw, is a reality-based competition show with eight teams competing for the big prize. Shooting the show was a blast! It took 7 days to film the 6 hour-long episodes. Frankly I was shocked by how smoothly it all ran. My co-judge, pastry chef extraordinaire Sherry Yard, kept us plump, constantly sharing her homemade sweet treats.

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HALLOWEEN CHERPUMPLE COMES ALIVE!

Epic Pie-Stuffed Cake Attempts Getaway!

Every season is Cherpumple season in the Charles Phoenix Test Kitchen, and Halloween is SO no exception. For the first time I bravely attempted to make a Cherpumple in the shape of Jack-O-Lantern! Seemed like the logical thing to do. But then the Cherpumple Jack-O-Lantern turned evil on me, and tried to run away !!! ...

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