Nicole Weston

Nicole Weston is a pastry chef, food writer and recipe developer based in Los Angeles, California. She runs the popular food blog, Baking Bites, which features original recipes and baking advice for home cooks and bakers. Baking Bites was named as one of the best 50 food blogs in the world by the London Times, and has been featured in other newspapers and publications, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Sacramento Bee, The Vancouver Sun and People Magazine Country Edition. Baking Bites has also been mentioned on numerous blogs and was included by on their “Sites We Love” list.

My Blogs

7 Delicious Easter Dessert Ideas

Easter is a holiday that many people associate with deviled eggs, chocolate eggs and coffee cake, since it is a Sunday holiday that is marked by early morning egg hunts, candy-filled baskets and leisurely family time. I love deviled eggs and coffee cake as much as anyone, but they’re not the only Easter-appropriate foods out there. Serve the deviled eggs and put out the chocolate, too, but mix things up with one of these seven delicious Easter desserts for a change of pace ....more

Wilton Peeps Silicone Mold, reviewed

I was excited when I first saw the Wilton Peeps Silicone Mold because it looked like such an easy way to make your own look-a-like Peeps for Easter. Making homemade Peeps is fun, but it can be a bit challenging to get the shapes just right when you first start out, so a silicone pan that would do all the work for you seemed like a fantastic idea to a marshmallow-lover like me. The silicone pan has a dozen cavities for making both chick and bunny Peeps – or other Peep-shaped goodies ....more

Raspberry Swirl Pound Cake

A pop of color usually makes baked goods stand out, whether you’re talking about berry-filled sandwich cookies or sprinkles on top of a cake. At Starbucks, they have a Raspberry Swirl Pound Cake in the case that always catches my eye, since it has a bright red ribbon running through it. It’s a tasty cake, but I knew that it was one I could easily make at home – and now that I have, this just might be one of my favorite pound cakes, especially for springtime snacking, when colorful treats always seem to be in style ....more

Bites from other Blogs

Easter is just around the corner and that means that it is time to start gathering recipes that will make great additions to an Easter brunch or a post Easter egg hunt snack. Easter treats are colorful, flavorful and fun – and these recipes are no exception. This Easter Egg Cheesecake from Zoe Bakes is an elegant dessert for an Easter celebration ....more

Make Your Own Easter Egg Nest Cupcake Toppers

Easter has some of the most colorful candies and decorations of any holiday. Some holidays, like Halloween and Christmas, are deeply connected to specific colors. Easter is a little bit of a free-for-all when it comes to colors, thanks to the fact that it falls in the springtime when flowers are starting to bloom and fresh fruit is starting to fill up store shelves ....more

Chicago Metallic Chick Silicone Mold

Chicks are a traditional shape for marshmallow Peeps and they’re the most popular, even though Peeps now come in a variety of different shapes for various holidays. When you see a chick around Easter, you’re going to think of a Peep, and that is exactly what I thought of when I spotted this Chicago Metallic Chick Silicone Mold while out shopping for Easter goodies. The silicone pan has 12 cavities that are all chick-shaped ....more

How to Make Your Own Peeps

Marshmallow Peeps are an Easter staple – or, at least, they were for me. As much as I like chocolate, I was always excited to get a package of Peeps in my Easter basket. They were cute, colorful and light enough to be the perfect contrast to a heavy chocolate egg ....more

Seriously Bitter Sweet: The Ultimate Dessert Maker’s Guide to Chocolate

Just about everyone enjoys a little (or a lot) of chocolate every now and again, whether it comes in the form of a hot mocha from a coffee shop or a batch of homemade brownies. All chocolate desserts start with some form of chocolate, whether it is cocoa powder or chocolate bars, and it only takes a quick walk down the baking aisle or the candy aisle at your local grocery store to notice that there are more chocolate options out there than ever before. Seriously Bitter Sweet: The Ultimate Dessert Maker’s Guide to Chocolate is a cookbook from dessert guru Alice Medrich that details the ins and outs of using chocolate in all its forms to make some impressive and indulgent chocolate desserts ....more

How to Make Royal Icing

Royal icing is a hard white icing made from egg whites and confectioners’ sugar. It is described as a “hard” icing because it dries hard, unlike buttercream frostings which remain soft even after they have sat out for a long period of time. It is typically made from meringue powder, rather than fresh egg whites, because the eggs are uncooked in this type of frosting and many people are reluctant to use fresh egg whites ....more

Nordic Ware Easter Bunny Cake Pan

It has been many years since I believed there might be even a hint of truth to the story of the Easter bunny hopping into my yard and hiding eggs for me to find on Easter. The Easter bunny remains a holiday staple, however, in bakeware like this Easter Bunny Cake Pan from Nordic Ware. The pan allows you to easily create a three dimensional, bunny-shaped cake that stands up on its own to serve both as a dramatic centerpiece and as dessert ....more