Baking

April 25

Amazon Canada: Wilton Performance Pans $14

Posted by on April 25, 2014 at 10:30 AM

Amazon Canada: Wilton Performance Pans $14

Amazon has a sweet deal that will quench your baking desires. They have a set of Wilton Performance Pans in Paisley for only $14.28, was $60.99. This three-piece set sells for varying prices all over the net, but none even come as close to being this low.

With wedding season fast approaching, this set would be amazing to make a beautiful tiered wedding cake. The cake in the photo is so gorgeous, it makes me want to get remarried just for the cake factor. Wedding cakes are so expensive, which is why I opted not to have one. I think it can be an over the top indulgence and not part of a frugal person’s wedding budget. But, if you have a few baking skills and just want something that looks nice and feeds a few guests, you might want to consider this set.

Wilton is a serious name in baking and they have pretty much everything you could ever want in tools and decorating for anything sweet. Their pans are completely high-quality and the Performance set is even higher quality. You know you really can’t go wrong with high-quality baking pans for less than $5 each.

As always, Amazon ships for free on orders over $25, so why not peruse the Wilton aisle at Amazon and get a few more items on sale to go with your new pans? This would also make a wonderful Mother’s Day gift idea for the mom who loves to make cakes.

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February 8

Well.ca: Save 20% On Muffin & Cake Pans

Posted by on February 8, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Well.ca: Save 20% On Muffin & Cake Pans

When I think of Valentine’s Day, I think of baking yummy treats. As I posted 7 yummy heart-shaped and inexpensive treats you could make instead of spending tons of boxed chocolates last night, I thought this deal might interest those who choose to get some love day baking on. Well.ca has 20% off muffin and cake pans on this weekend.

They aren’t just selling heart-shaped items during this sale, but since Valentine’s Day is so close, I want to point you to those items. Shipping is very fast from Well.ca so I’m going to say if you order today, you’ll have your items by early next week. I recently ordered from them, but one of my items was broken inside the box. I contacted customer service and my new item was here within days. I love that about a company!

Check out:

I’d love to stay and chat with you Moosers, but I’m on the way to making cake pops. Have fun baking!

Shipping is free on orders over $25.

(Expiry: 9th February 2014)

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December 4

Amazon Canada: Wilton 50-Piece Ultimate Decorating Tool Caddy Only $50 (Was $108) – Expired

Posted by on December 4, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Amazon Canada: Wilton 50 Piece Ultimate Decorating Tool Caddy Only $50 (Was $108)   Expired

Head over to Amazon today and get the Wilton 50-piece tool and caddy decorating set for only $49.98, was $108.

This set would make a fantastic gift idea for the aspiring baker and decorator. I’ve said before I can’t bake to save my life, but my husband loves doing stuff like this and he would appreciate a fun set like this to experiment with. It has a number of round, star, basket weave, leaf, petal and so many more tips. It also includes tools like a flower nail, tip brush, professional bag, disposable bag, spatula and more. On top of that you’ll get some icing, a practice board with stand and the cake decorating beginners guide.

You’ll also have a very handy storage case to store it all in! Reviewers rated this item high and said they had bought it for gifts, but kept it for themselves.

As I was writing this post, the original deal I had for you was for $39, but as Amazon is known to do, they changed the price to $49. This is still a good deal as I couldn’t find it at any other store for less than $60, unless it was sold out.

Shipping will be free on this purchase from Best Buy, as it is on purchases over $20.

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November 23

Best Buy Canada: 50% Off All Wilton

Posted by on November 23, 2013 at 5:30 PM

Best Buy Canada: 50% Off All Wilton

Get 50% off all Wilton bakeware and accessories at Best Buy.

Wilton is the name in bakeware, and if you are planning on doing some baking over the holidays, you’ve come to the right place to get stocked up.

This Wilton Excelle Elite baking set is a really great deal. It comes with a 12-cup standard muffin pan, 15″ x 10″ cookie pan and a 9″ x 5″ loaf pan. It was $35.98, now only $14.98.

This 3D mini skull cake pan is very festive (well, it could be!). Was $38.19, now $19.19.

The decorating tip set has 48 pieces and is great for any type of decorating. My husband would probably love this. Was $119.99, now only $59.99.

Shipping is free at a $20 spend.

(Expiry: 5th December 2013)

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October 14

Thanksgiving Food: Make Versus Buy

Posted by on October 14, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Thanksgiving Food: Make Versus Buy

With Canadian Thanksgiving here, my family and I planned the menu for the Thanksgiving meal, which we are hosting at our house.  My husband does 95% of the cooking in our household; however, I usually contribute in the menu planning and the dessert baking of the meal.  This year we are planning on having a turkey dinner including the turkey (I bought a frozen Butterball turkey, which is on sale this week at Loblaws for $1.25/pound), dressing, brussels sprouts, rolls, some type of potato dish, salad, cheesecake and another healthier dessert option.  This menu takes a lot of time, effort and consideration to plan and prepare.  This got me to thinking, what is the cheaper option for our menu: make or buy?

Bread or rolls

Like the vast majority of the population, most of the time, we buy our bread and rolls.  That said, on a cool fall weekend morning you might just see me baking a loaf of homemade bread in my kitchen.  I absolutely love the smell of freshly baked bread perforating through my house, and fresh bread tastes so delicious!  The other weekend I took my dog for a quick run, and when I came home I devoured 2 slices of freshly baked bread.  It was heavenly.  In determining whether to make rolls or purchase them, I visited my local Loblaws.  There, a dozen small whole wheat dinner rolls cost $2.99.  Using this recipe I calculated the cost of ingredients if I make my own:

  • ¾ cup water- FREE
  • ¾ cup milk- $0.35
  • ¼ cup honey- $0.50
  • 2 tbsp canola oil $0.05
  • 1 tbsp molasses $0.05
  • 2 ¼ tbsp yeast $0.10
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour $1.50

Total cost: $2.55

Verdict:  When you factor in the time it takes to make the rolls, it makes better financial sense to purchase them.  That said, if you enjoy the act of baking, and take pride in your ability to bake home-baked items, make your own.

Homemade Cheesecake

We generally don’t eat dessert that often.  I eat clean, so I rarely eat sugar at all, however if we do eat dessert I go all out!  If I’m going to eat something for dessert, I want it to be incredibly decadent.  For Thanksgiving I’m going to make my own homemade cheesecake.  For comparison’s sake, this week at Loblaws, a 1kg President’s Choice cheesecake is on sale for $12.99.  Using this recipe, here are the ingredients of a classic cheesecake I have made before, which is sure to please:

  • 1 graham cracker crust $1.99 (I bought this on sale)
  • 5 250g packages of cream cheese at $1.99 each= $9.95 (also on sale)
  • 1 cup sugar $0.50
  • 3 tbsp flour $0.01
  • 1 tbsp vanilla $0.05
  • 1 cup sour cream $1.00
  • 4 eggs $0.75

Total cost: $14.25

Verdict:  If you can purchase the cheesecake on sale, it is actually cheaper to purchase the premade cheesecake.  Additionally, when you purchase a pre-made cheesecake, you are guaranteed that it will taste good.  If you make your own, you could be destined to fail.

Sweet potato casserole:

We have a number of specialty food stores in the city in which I live, one of which specializes in sweet potato casserole.  We love it, although it isn’t cheap.  For a small, 500g container of the casserole, it costs approximately $6.00.  If we were to purchase this for Thanksgiving, we would have to purchase approximately four 500g containers of the casserole to feed our extended family of 11, for a total cost of $24.  In comparison, this recipe is a homemade version of our favourite spud dish:

  • 4 cups sweet potatoes $4.00
  • ½ cup white sugar $0.25
  • 2 eggs $0.38
  • ½ tsp salt $0.01
  • 4 tbsp butter $0.25
  • ½ cup milk $0.28
  • ½ tsp vanilla $0.02
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar $0.25
  • 1/3 cup white flour $0.10
  • 3 tbsp butter $0.20
  • ½ cup pecans $1.00

Total cost:  $6.74

Verdict: Making my own sweet potato casserole will be much, much cheaper than buying a store-bought casserole.

Considerations:

If you are a clean eater like me, although it’s either equal in price, or cheaper to purchase some baked goods, I still prefer to make my own, as I’m in control of the ingredient quality, and there aren’t additional fillers, sweeteners or preservatives.  Also, I LOVE the bragging rights I garner when I make my own food.  Call me overly dependent on receiving praise from other people, but I really appreciate the positive reinforcement which comes from producing excellent food.  It also shows them, in a practical way, how much I love them.   As my husband’s Italian grandmother always says, I am happiest when I am feeding my family and filling their bellies with healthy food!  Mange!

Conclusion:

If you aren’t concerned about preservatives and additives, sometimes purchasing baked goods is a cheaper option than making your own.  For other menu items, such as potato dishes, salads, turkey etc, it will almost always be cheaper to make your own food as opposed to purchasing pre-made dishes.  Additionally, I think it tastes a lot better when you make your own, although this depends on how adept a cook you are.

Besides purchasing some dinner rolls, we will be making 100% of our Thanksgiving meal.  My husband and I really enjoy both the planning and the cooking of our meals.  This isn’t something we would trade for a pre-made meal.  We will be saving a considerable amount of money when you consider the cost of packaged items such as casseroles, salads, gravy and other fixings.  Our guests will likely bring a bottle of wine, or offer to bring an item to contribute to the table, which will also lessen our expenses.  Regardless of what people bring, we are always happy to feed our family.  Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Photo Credit: Ruthanne Reid

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October 8

Amazon Canada: Up To 45% Off Wilton

Posted by on October 8, 2013 at 7:00 PM

Amazon Canada: Up To 45% Off Wilton

Get up to 45% off Wilton brand bakeware and decorating supplies at Amazon.

If you are into baking or cake decoration, you know Wilton. They have fantastic and fun supplies for all your sweet goodness needs. I am not much of a baker because I have trouble following directions, but my husband is a fantastic little cookie maker. He would love some of these items as gifts, although I’m sure he wouldn’t admit it, until you tried his famous chocolate chip cookies and praised him.

The best deals I see are:

Shipping is free when you spend over $25.

Photo credit: Alex

(Expiry: 13th October 2013)

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August 15

Chapters Canada: B1G1 50% Off All Meri Meri Party Collection

Posted by on August 15, 2013 at 9:00 PM

Chapters Canada: B1G1 50% Off All Meri Meri Party Collection

Buy one, get one 50% off the Meri Meri party collection at Chapters.

If you are planning a party or doing some baking any time soon, this sale is for you! I’m always planning a party, considering I have three boys born in three different seasons, plus my husband in the other season. On top of that there is Halloween, Christmas, Valentines Day and just whatever reason I need to have a party (I don’t need a reason). I absolutely love themed parties, and the themes available from the Meri Meri collection are pretty cool. I don’t bake much, but my husband does, and I love to give his baking as a gift. I could dress it up really nicely with some of these items. You could shop this collection for a while, the list is long! Everything is very tasteful and elegantly themed. You should hurry it up though, because some of the best items have already sold out.

For a simple way to dress up homemade cupcakes for a baby shower, check out this cupcake kit. $12.95.

If you are having a pirate party, they have so many great items items, like these party hats. Buy them with something else (like the cupcake kit) and get them for $5.48, was $10.95.

There are quite a few mix and match items, and if you were planning a carnival-themed party, these invitations are cute: $14.95. Match them with these cupcake boxes, which are perfect for taking home the goodies. They were $9.95, but you get them for $4.98 when you buy the invitations or another item with them.

Shipping will be free when you spend $25 or more.

(Expiry: 19th August 2013)

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July 12

Beyond the Rack: Kitchen Favourites Up To 50% Off

Posted by on July 12, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Beyond the Rack: Kitchen Favourites Up To 50% Off

I am someone who loves to cook, so I am always looking for the newest and coolest kitchen products out there.  Beyond the Rack has a great sale on right now of kitchen favourites for up to 50% off.

There are a huge variety of items to choose from from: smaller kitchen gadgets to small appliances and even kitchen trolleys.  One of the fun kitchen cooking tools that I want to grab is this Chef Buddy Food Steamer that was $49.99 and is now just $19.99.  I have priced these out before and this is a great deal! I also love this Four Piece Canister Set that was $45.99 and is now $29.99.  How smart is it to have stainless steel spoons attached to it so that you are not looking for something to get the ingredients out!

One of the fun gadget-type products that is so cool is this Smartware Cookware Stencil Decorating Set that was $15 and is now just $9.99. It has eight pieces and is perfect for the person that likes to make birthday or special holiday baking items.  You can stencil the decorations right on, easily making your baking look like it was professionally done.

As for the cost of shipping, it will depend on how much and what exactly you purchase. The great thing is that if you find something else you want to buy later in the day, there will be no additional shipping charges because you will only have to pay one shipping charge per day.

(Expiry: 15th July 2013)

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February 24

Beyond The Rack Canada: Fun Kitchen Items Up To 40% Off

Posted by on February 24, 2013 at 10:00 AM

Beyond The Rack Canada: Fun Kitchen Items Up To 40% Off

Beyond the Rack Canada is having a sale that ends tomorrow on really fun kitchen equipment by Nostalgia Kitchen.

I am all about healthy eating, but I love sweets from time to time. Ok I love sweets every day. I try to make my own sweets so I don’t eat heavily processed packaged food. These Nostalgia items are great for making the treats you love in a healthy way, and much cheaper!

Cake pops are all the rage right now and this cake pop and donut hole maker makes them really simple. Imagine customizing your own little Timbits! Regularly $24.99, now only $19.99.

Another fun thing to make in the kitchen is cupcakes! This mini cupcake maker is easy and cute. Get your little chefs to help you instead of spending $50 on an Easy Bake oven, spend $19.99 (reg. $30) and make cupcakes with them.

I’m so excited about this soft pretzel maker kit. If there is one thing I love, it is chocolate-covered pretzels. The sweet and the salty… mmmmm…. This soft pretzel maker kit is so easy and it only takes three minutes to cook! Now only $19.99, regularly $25.

This carnival popcorn maker would make an awesome addition to a home theatre room. Cook theatre style popcorn right from your chair! Now only $69.99, regularly $80.

While you’re at it, make some cotton candy too, and make it sugar-free! Now only $39.99, regularly $49.99.

As for the cost of shipping, it is about $11.95, but you get free shipping on the rest of your BTR orders for the day. If you are a first time customer, click here to use our exclusive coupon code for a $10 credit.

(Expiry: 25th February 2013)

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February 6

Flirty Aprons Coupon: 50% Off Women’s Classic Damask Aprons

Posted by on February 6, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Flirty Aprons Coupon: 50% Off Womens Classic Damask Aprons

Flirty Aprons is a US company so we rarely post about them. But they have a really good deal for 50% off women’s classic Damask Aprons in black or red. Originally $29.95 you will get your apron for only $14.98.

Click here to get 50% off a Flirty Apron

  • Coupon Code: NEWAPRON50
  • Discount: 50% Off Damask Aprons
  • Expiry: 9th February 2013

These are a one-layer apron made of 100% cotton. One size fits all.

I own a wonderful one-layer cotton apron and absolutely love it. It keeps my clothes much cleaner when I am baking or cooking! I also like to wear it for washing dishes as it acts as a nice barrier between my clothing and water splashes.

All prices are in US dollars and will ship from the USA. Basic shipping is very reasonable: only $4.93 USD. So once you add on shipping you are still getting a wonderful apron for only $20. Canadian shipping unfortunately adds on about $15… so the deal is that the 50% coupon code is covering your shipping fee. Duty/customs shouldn’t be an issue as long as the value of your items is under $22 Canadian.

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February 2

Beyond The Rack: Kitchen Clearance – Up To 70% Off

Posted by on February 2, 2013 at 5:30 PM

Beyond The Rack: Kitchen Clearance – Up To 70% Off

Beyond The Rack has many different items including tons of cookware on sale for up to 70% off regular prices.

The prices on some of these cookware sets and individual items are surprisingly low.  It really doesn’t matter how much I have in the kitchen, there is always something else I wouldn’t mind getting.

This Eight-Piece Stock Pot Set in aluminum would be a set I would love to have as I do make many homemade soups and stews and this set was $230, now only $99.99.  These are all stock pots and steamers starting at the 8 quart right up to the amazing 20 quart.  These are also fantastic for pastas as any pasta needs a lot of room to cook properly and there’s nothing like fresh steamed veggies.

Here’s a great set to start out with.  This Camel 12-Piece Cookware set was $99.99 and is now only $84.99.  This has the 4 different sizes of pots, 2 frying pans and the Prestige slotted spoon and spatula are included.

Another great deal is this 9.0 Qt Pressure Cooker that was $74.99 and is now $44.99.  I know there are some horror stories out there about pressure cookers, but the ones that are made today are pretty safe when used properly and they’re very handy when you need to cook a large amount of something in a bit of a hurry.

I absolutely have to get this since my granddaughter is obsessed with happy faces.  This Smiley Face Pancake Pan was $40 and is now only $27.99.  It’s so amazing how any food will taste wonderful to children when you make it fun for them.

There are so many other items like, baking trays, donut molds, bundt cake pans, even small appliances such as food processors and coffee machines, but you really need to compare the prices that are here for these items.

Be sure to visit our Beyond The Rack coupon page for an exclusive coupon code giving first time accounts a $10 free credit.

Shipping: $11.95

(Expiry: 3rd February 2013)

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January 8

Teambuy Canada: $199 For KitchenAid Ultra Power Stand Mixer, Tax Included

Posted by on January 8, 2013 at 7:00 PM

Teambuy Canada: $199 For KitchenAid Ultra Power Stand Mixer, Tax Included

Teambuy Canada has the KitchenAid Ultra Power Plus Tilt-Head Stand mixer from Over-Stock King on sale for $199 (regularly $508), tax included.  You can purchase as many as you like for personal use or gifts.  Mixers are available in black or white only.  There is no expiry date on the Teambuy, but this deal ends on January 11th 2013.

I would really love to have one of these for all the baking and mixing I do.  Some of the doughs can be very difficult to work with and my hands get tired easily.  I don’t want to pay full price for anything and tend to wait for the great deals, and here it is.

This has the capacity for kneading two loaves of bread at a time and features a 300 watt motor, 4.26L stainless steel bowl with handle, a tilt back mixer head, 10 speed control, a flat beater, a dough hook, a wire whip and pouring shield.  The mixer includes the power hub for additional attachments.

This does ship from Canada, open box with a 180 day warranty.  Any warranty related matters should be forwarded to Overstock-king.com.

Shipping: $30.

(Expiry: 11th January 2013)

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December 15

Amazon Canada: Save $220 KitchenAid Ultra Power Stand Mixer, Empire Red – $179

Posted by on December 15, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Amazon Canada: Save $220 KitchenAid Ultra Power Stand Mixer, Empire Red   $179

This deal is BACK!!! Amazon Canada once again has the KitchenAid Ultra Power Stand Mixer on sale for $179! You save $220.99 on it! And it isn’t that plain silver either – it is the sexy empire red!

You can still order now with super free shipping AND get it in time for Christmas. How cool is that?

Here are some of those features you are just dying to use:

  • 10-speed slide control ranges from a very fast whip to a very slow stir
  • High-performance, 67-point planetary mixing action ensures that ingredients are thoroughly mixed without frequent scraping or rotating bowl
  • Tilt head

I JUST finished my finals for this semester! My next date is with my stand mixer: we are going to whip up a bunch of celebration cookies! I am waiting for my favourite cakes cookbook to come in – and when it does I am going to make a gorgeous decadent cake. Maybe a Lady Baltimore - yum yum! My stand mixer is imperative to all my baking. I can get tired mixing stiff cookie dough by hand… and the stand mixer is the answer to my dreams. I love mine!

Expiry: unknown

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November 30

Future Shop Canada: 50% off all Wilton Bakeware & Decorating

Posted by on November 30, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Future Shop Canada: 50% off all Wilton Bakeware & Decorating

Future Shop Canada has a 50% off sale today only on all Wilton bakeware and decorating items.

Ready to start your Christmas baking? I know I am, and Wilton has some great stuff to help us along.

Wilton has pans in every size, shape and character. You can get from Dora the Explorer to Noah’s Ark, square, circle, flower, etc. Get this star-shaped pan for only $8.49 (regularly $16.99). Get this 11×15 performance pan with clear, durable cover for $17.49 (regularly $34.99). This pan is great for transporting your baking.

The Cookie Pro Ultra II makes traditional spritz cookies incredibly easy. Designed to be easy to fill and comfortable, it comes with 16 shapes, including four fun mini cookie designs, making your holiday cookies extra festive. Regularly $36.99, get it today only for $18.49.

This 13×17 cookie sheet is a must-have for cookie baking. Regularly $30.99, get it today for only $15.49.

For decorating your baking, you’ll need bags and tips and Wilton has some awesome ones. The 57-piece master tip set is regularly $47.99, get it today for only $23.99! Get the disposable bags (100) regularly $28.99 for only $14.49.

Items will show up with the discount at checkout.

Shipping is free with purchases over $20, and they usually ship next day.

Expiry: 2nd December 2012

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