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Hi,   I'm in Canada and I bought a 100ml (just under 6 tbsp) bottle of vanilla bean paste at a local market and it cost me $25.  Yes, it's high-quality and tastes amazing, but one bottle will only last me two batches of my SMBC and my hobby caking will send me into bankruptcy at this rate.    Is it sold for less elsewhere?  Where should I look?  The local restaurant supply store doesn't carry it.
Hi,   I've been making cakes for a few years now and I always just eyeball how large my fondant should be while rolling it out, and most of the time I'm spot on - but I have run into trouble a couple of times resulting in a panic when I realize that my fondant is too short on one side..   I know that the new mat has markings to eliminate guesswork, but I have the old mat and have no plans to upgrade.  How do I calculate?  My cakes are always a little taller...
Hi,   I have an unopened bottle of Nomu vanilla bean paste that expired in Oct 2012 - should I toss it or would it still be ok to use?   Thanks!
Hi,   A posted recently about a baby shower cake that I offered to make and about a week out, I was told to make 100 servings (which I vetoed after asking CC what you thought).   Here's another example of how hobby baking continues to make me frustrated with people:   A friend (not a close one by any means) asked me to make her sister's 40th birthday cake. I told her that I had a very busy weekend right before the cake would be due, but she said it was only...
Ah.  I'm not sure how to gauge the speed issue though.
Dh bought me a Kitchenaid 7QT in December.  It made very weird sounds and the whole machine started shaking while I was mixing cake batter, so back it went and they sent me another one without issue.   I used the new one for the first time to make a cake a few days ago.  It mixed the batter well - no issues.  I used it to whip up a batch of SMBC last night - that's when things got weird.  It was a triple batch but it took forever for the whites to whip up and the...
Thanks so much everyone for your kind words!!  My hat is off to those who do this for a living - it's not an easy road to follow!
Just got a text from the dad-to-be:   Ur cake was amazing!!!!  Thank you so much!!!     I'm just happy to put this whole experience behind me...
Thanks, Bakingangel!  I'll post back when I hear from them.
Thanks, K8!  You made me smile on a day that has been tough!
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