With Ann Reardon

‘How To Cook That’ started when I needed a way to keep my mind active and my body awake during night feeds with my third son. I loved cooking desserts and people were always asking for my recipes, so the topic was an easy choice. As obvious as this sounds if you intend on starting a blog make sure:
1. It’s a topic that you enjoy.
2. An area that you are trained in or have experience. If it a how-to site you’ll need more knowledge than the average bear.
3. You LOVE it. If your blog is a success you are going to be producing the same topic of content for years to come. It should be fun for you.

You are still reading so I assume you are passionate, excited and have more ideas than you have time to write about. Welcome to the world of blogging. I’ve made a video to guide you through setting up your new website. Don’t worry, it’s easier than you think!

1. Click HERE to follow along with the video and set up your website.

2. CHOOSE A DOMAIN NAME
A domain name is your website address. For example the domain name for this site is “howtocookthat.net”.

3. ADD HOSTING
Buying the domain name is like putting that web address on hold so no one else can use it, BUT you are not yet using it yet either. To actually use your web address you need ‘hosting’, a company to store your website information and send it out to the world.

4. INSTALL WORDPRESS
Wordpress is free and totally customizable and you don’t need to know anything about coding (HTML/java etc) to use it.

5. CUSTOMIZE
Choose a ‘theme’ for the website. The theme is the general layout of the site. Click through the many ones available and choose one that will work for you. You can always come back later and change the theme at any time. Make sure you choose a theme that is ‘responsive’, which means it works on any size screen from mobile though to desktop.

Add various ‘plugins’ as you need them. Plugins are like mini tools or apps to help you do things on your blog. If you want your website to do something specific like have a shop, play your music, add a page of youtube videos, a gallery for your photos, share buttons… there is bound to be a plugin for it. You can add a plugin, test it out and delete it if it is not what you want, just like you would do with an app on your phone. Like apps there are heaps of free and paid versions of plugins.

6. CONTENT
Now it is time for you to add content to your website. Just a word on copyright. You can not copy or use other people photos or text without written permission. Every picture you find on google images has been taken by a real person and you can’t just steal their photos, you need permission.

7. GO LIVE
On the dashboard / admin area it will say “your site is currently being displayed as coming soon click here to launch it”. Click it and it is live.

8. ENJOY
Enjoy creating your very own piece of the internet.

349 Comments View Comments

  1. My first time to do a 3D cake and work with fondant… just wanted to thank you for the very well explained video of Flash McQueen!!

    A little ruffle on the edge but very happy for a first experience!!

    • Admin HowToCookThat

      Great work Manon, especially for a fisrt go!

  2. Hi Ann love all your easy to follow templates and videos, I am just wondering is the template to scale, I bought the L.V handbag one from you and I’m just wondering that it looks small or is this the right size? I just printed it how it came, many thanks I’m wanting to start the cake and can’t wait.

    • Ann

      Hi Karen, make sure you print it at 100% and then piece it together with tape. that will be the right size 🙂

      • Thank you! I went to the library and the lady did it for me, I will go back tomorrow and re print, thank you so much for getting back to me I’ve made the cake so I will double check tomorrow before I start

  3. Hi, Ann
    Could you please make a cat cake like this:

  4. Can you make a weight watchers friendly cake?

  5. Could you maybe make a 3D Selena Quintanilla cake please.

  6. hi anne who did you send the poping cookin cake set to

    • Admin HowToCookThat

      Hi Annie, The winners names were posted at the conclusion of the competition.

  7. Hello Ann, My name is Asia Jordan and I am 11 years old. Today I wanted to make a Santa Clause Cake because today is Christmas!! I was wondering if you could make a video on how to make one?

    -Asia J.

  8. What serves as a replacement for cream for a non dairy alternative?

    • Admin HowToCookThat

      Hi Esty, there is no single perfect replacement. It will depend on the type of recipe and the role of the cream in that recipe. Some common replacements include Coconut cream and Light soy cream. In other recipes, you can replace cream with oil. Others just wont work with a replacement at all.You will need to test what works best for your needs in a recipe. Here is an example of a dairy free, vegan cake: https://www.howtocookthat.net/public_html/best-vegan-chocolate-cake-recipe/

  9. You should make an app.

  10. Hi Ann,
    I really enjoy your tutorials. Baking is my creative outlet. – specifically with biscuit decorating.
    I have a royal icing question. I;m not quite sure where to post this question. I have mainly used egg white with icing sugar but feel like I am wasting so many egg yolks and there are only so many egg yolk recipes to use them up with. I live in the Adelaide Hills and meringue powder is tricky to find unless you buy internationally online (this is from my research. Perhaps you know of some Australian based companies?)
    In the meantime, my go to egg white powder is the Pavlova magic egg that is accessible in the supermarket.
    My question relates to: what quantity ratio of water to the egg white powder is best to use? I have searched your website but I can’t seem to find the information. Are you able to help please?
    Thanks,
    Heather

    • Admin HowToCookThat

      Hi Heather, brands vary a little but here is the ratio Ann has used for Royal Icing on cookies (etc) 4 Tbsp or 80g powdered egg white (you can swap this for pavlova or meringue packet mix powder)
      3 cups or 380g (13.4 ounces) icing sugar (or powdered or confectioners) sugar, and 80-100millilitres or 5-6 Tbsp water (you will need most of it if using egg white powder less if using meringue powder)
      Mix the egg white powder and the icing sugar together and then add the water. Mix using electric beaters on medium speed for around 5 minutes. Turn off the beaters and lift from the bowl to check if it is done See this page for how Ann prepared and used it: https://www.howtocookthat.net/public_html/christmas-cookies-recipe/

  11. Made it! First time was successful!
    I warmly recomment to use latex gloves in order not to leave fingerprints on your bowls.
    Also, as Anne said in her video, it’s better not making a second round as the second layer won’t melt to the first one but will make a second layer rendering thick sides while we try to give a crystal look.

    • Admin HowToCookThat

      Well done Ariane!

  12. Sugar balloons, so far, so good ! Rehearsing for Xmas!

  13. Could you do a Santa Claus cake? Especially since it is around Christmas.

  14. Hi Ann.
    Thanks for the videos on how to do stuff.I bought the lightening McQueen template from you and also followed ur video. Was great. THANKS AGAIN…

    • Admin HowToCookThat

      Beautiful job Alex. I hope the Birthday child was wowed!

  15. Hi Ann.
    Thanks for the videos on how to do stuff.I bought the lightening McQueen template from you and also followed ur video. Was great. Not sure how to attach a pic to show u how it turned out.

  16. Hi Ann!
    I would like to request a Santa Claus cake. Would that be possible?
    Thanks a lot.

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