Hungry Happenings: Decorated Daisy Cheesecake - Plus, "Why I almost quit blogging."

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Decorated Daisy Cheesecake - Plus, "Why I almost quit blogging."

Decorated Daisy Cheesecake | HungryHappenings.com

I am in love with this Decorated Daisy Cheesecake. Not only is it made with a tweaked version of my absolute favorite cheesecake recipe from Tyler Florence, but it also is made using a clever decorating technique.

I colored some of the cheesecake batter and piped a pretty daisy with a smiley face center onto a plain cheesecake before baking it.

Everyone who saw this cheesecake in person was amazed and asked how I got the design on top. 

It always makes me feel proud when I create something unique that people really respond to positively.

Daisy Cheesecake Recipe | HungryHappenings.com

Now, I've seen colorful swirled cheesecakes and polka dot cheesecakes done before and have personally created hand-painted cheesecakes for Hungry Happenings, but this technique of adding a colorful image to the top of a cheesecake is, as far as I'm aware, unique.

I strive to create really unusual edible crafts, which is getting harder and harder to do now that making artistic food has become so popular with bloggers. I hope that my readers are excited by my projects and recreate them at home.

Why else would I share such detailed step-by-step tutorials?

I love to see pictures from my readers of what they made using my ideas and I joyfully share their pictures in my Reader's Gallery.

Inspiring people to get creative in the kitchen is why I chose blogging as a career. 

Yes, I said career. I've been an entrepreneur most of my life and I'm always looking for opportunities to make money doing what I love. I don't blog just for the fun of it. I know some people do, but for me this is work.

Depending on the time of the year I spend 40-70 hours a week creating unique edible crafts for Hungry Happenings, Tablespoon.com, Wilton, and Kids Activities Blogs, in addition to taking pictures, editing them, writing posts, responding to comments, answering e-mails, learning html coding, updating the look of my blog, and promoting my projects through social media and food aggregate sites.

Decorated Daisy Cheesecake | HungryHappenings.com

This isn't a hobby for me. I'm doing all of this work to make a living.

If you aren't a blogger you may not realize that I make money when people visit my blog and see or click on the ads on my page or when people buy products using the affiliate links at the bottom of my posts.

So what happens when people start finding my tutorials all over the internet on other blogs and websites and they no longer have a reason to visit my blog? I lose income for work that I created.

In the last year the number of people who have stolen my work and posted entire tutorials on their websites has exploded.

Many bloggers recreate my projects and give me proper credit, which I totally appreciate, but others take complete credit for the idea and show their version of my tutorial with almost identical step-by-step images.

Someone even published a cookbook with several of my tutorials.

Another person has stolen my identity on Instagram. I haven't even dealt with that yet.

Conversation Heart Cheesecake
This Valentine's Day the most popular foodie on You Tube showed her million plus fans how to make my Conversation Heart Cheesecakes and said "I got this idea from the Internet."

Another blogger made the same cheesecakes for the television show, Home & Family on the Hallmark Channel, once again with a mention of the internet, not me.

That project, which alone has brought over 400,000 people to my blog, was now everywhere. No one needed to come to Hungry Happenings to see the tutorial anymore. 

I began to feel used.

Why wasn't I on that television show sharing my project with the audience? Why didn't they mention me or Hungry Happenings when they shared my project with their viewers? Is Hungry Happenings that much harder to say than "the internet?"

Decorated Homemade Cheesecake

I know we as bloggers, cooks, bakers, and artists are all inspired by each other. We build on what's already been done.

I work as a freelance recipe developer and am given assignments and asked to recreate edible crafts using the sponsor's product. When I do this, I either give full credit to the content originator, if I know who that is, or I try to add a really unique twist to the project so that I can call it my own.

High Heel Shoe Cupcakes

Recently I was asked to make Stiletto Cupcakes for Tablespoon.com. I'm pretty sure just about everyone who reads this blog has seen these done before by lots of different bloggers.

I challenged myself to make my high heel shoe cupcakes different than any other by making them 100% edible. The soles of the shoes are made out of candy melts not paper wrappers.

So, yes, I have on occasion, recreated something that was not my original idea. I have also been influenced by the work of other's, but I have never made an exact replica of someone else's work and taken full credit for it.

Cheesecake Recipe
Up until recently, blogging was an incredible joy. I really do love what I get to do every day. I am excited to get out of bed each morning and get into my kitchen. If I didn't love it so much, I would have given up months ago.

In order to supplement the loss of income due to the decline in my traffic recently, I have begun to do more sponsored posts. Several people have accused me of selling out, and I'm sorry they see it that way. I see it as a way to help pay for the expenses I incur to make the projects that my reader has access to for free and as another source of income and I plan to continue to write them.

Daisy Cheesecake Recipe
If you've actually read all of this, thank you for listening. I try to keep the mood here on Hungry Happenings positive and fun, but really felt the need to share my true feelings.

With every job there is the good, the bad, and the ugly. When this blogging world becomes too ugly, I will bow out, but for now my enthusiasm for making fun food is tremendous so I will continue to share my passion with the world.

My ideas continue to flow and this blog is the main outlet for that creativity. Speaking of which, I made a cheesecake for you today, so let's get on to the recipe.


Daisy Cheesecake

Decorated Daisy Cheesecake (serves 8)
Ingredients:

1 cup graham cracker crumbs (15 squares)
pinch of cinnamon
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter, melted
24 ounces (3 blocks) cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
3 large eggs
1 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract or vanilla paste
food coloring - pink, yellow, black
2 tablespoons cocoa powder

Supplies:

9 inch springform pan or PushPan*
roasting pan or round pan that is large enough to hold the springform pan

Kuhn Rikon PushPan
*For years I've baked my cheesecakes in springform pans in a water bath. I always line my springform pan with a few layers of tin foil, but the water always seems to leak in to the cheesecake.

I just discovered the PushPan by Kuhn Rikon. The outer ring does not clip opened and closed, instead the bottom plate pushes in and out of the ring. It has a silicone gasket around the bottom which not only holds it in place, but miraculously keeps the water out. Another great feature it the plate is flat, no lip means its easier to remove the cheesecake.

I will never use another pan to bake a cheesecake in a water bath ever again.

Just so you know this is not a sponsored post. I just have fallen in love with this pan and wanted you to know about it.

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Graham Cracker Crust Recipe

Combine graham cracker crumbs, cinnamon, and melted butter, stirring until it looks like sand. Press the mixture into the bottom and up the sides of the springform pan.

Bake for 10-12 minutes until fragrant and the edges begin to brown. Allow to cool completely.

Roasting Pan with Flat Rack
You will need a water bath to bake your cheesecake.

You can either bring a large pot of water to a boil and pour it in the pan after you add the cheesecake, or you can fill your pan now with enough hot water so that it will come 1/2 way up the sides of your springform pan. Place that in the hot oven until ready to bake the cheesecake.

I like using a roasting pan with a flat rack inside. When the cheesecake has been baked, I can lift the entire rack out of the pan.

Tyler's Ultimate Cheesecake Recipe

Beat 3 block of cream cheese on medium speed until smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl and the beater as needed. You really need to make sure there are no lumps in the cheesecake and now is the time to get rid of them.

Add sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time and beat until creamy. Add sour cream and vanilla and beat until combined.

Decorated Daisy Cheesecake - coloring cheesecake

Pour 1/4 cup of the cheesecake batter into a small bowl and color it pink. Color 2 tablespoons  of batter yellow. Pour 3 tablespoons batter into a bowl, stir in the cocoa powder and some black food coloring until you get a deep dark color.

If you prefer to use natural colors, you can add about a tablespoon of raspberry puree for the pink, a 1/2 to 1 egg yolk for the yellow, and just use cocoa powder to make the dark brown. The colors wont be as vibrant, but they will be pretty, none the less.

Cheesecake Recipe

Pour the plain cheesecake batter into the PushPan or a springform pan.

Pour the colored cheesecake batter into squeeze bottles or zip top bags.

Decorating a cheesecake

Pipe the outline of the daisy using the dark batter.

I colored way too much batter (I've adjusted the amounts for you.) I didn't want to waste it, so I kept piping over the design. That is why my cut cheesecake slices show the design so far down into the cake.

Decorating a cheescake

Pipe the yellow batter into the center circle and add the pink into the petals. 

Decorated cheescake

Pipe on a smiley face.

Carefully carry your cheesecake to the oven and set it in your roasting pan. If needed, fill roasting pan with boiling water being careful to not spill any water into your cheesecake.

Baking cheesecake in a water bath

Bake your cheesecake in a water bath for 45-50 minutes.

The top will still jiggle, but look shiny and set.

Remove from water bath, set on a cooling rack and cool at room temperature for an hour.

Refrigerate for at least 4 hours. Remove from pan and serve.

Whew, that was a very long post, wasn't it?

Best cheesecake ever
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More Cheesecakes
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naturally colored conversation heart cheesecakes





89 comments:

  1. I hope you NEVER EVER EVER quit blogging, you are so sweet and generous with all you do, not to mention the CREATIVITY that comes with every blog post. You are such a talent, the blogging world is lucky to have you!

    Speaking of creativity, this cheesecake is sweeeeet...I love how the colors stayed so vibrant, I can just imagine all the ways to decorate cheesecakes now, what fun!

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    1. Thanks, Kim. I am so grateful to have found friends like you in the blogging world! It is another thing that keeps me going.

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  2. I love your blog and appreciate all of the hard work you put in to make unique desserts. The instant I learned of your blog I was hooked. I hope there is a great change in the way people use others ideas, it is so sad that they have no consideration for how this effects you and your income stream. Keep up the great work and know that there are many of us rooting for you!

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    1. Thank you so much for following Hungry Happenings. I'm so happy to have you here!

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  3. This is so adorable. Thanks for the tutorial! The possibilities are endless!

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    1. Thanks, I think so too. I already have a few more design ideas in my head.

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  4. I am so sorry that this is happening to you. I appreciate all you do and LOVE your creations! I know I have used quite a few and always get raves about them. I also tell everyone just where I got them too. Giving someone credit for a job well done is not that hard. It doesn't take away from the fact that you may have been able to recreate something exactly or was creative enough to incorporate them into your own party ideas. Shame on those that do! Love this cheesecake! Of course I love anything cheesecake though! I am going to have to do this AND give you your due credit!

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    1. I really am so happy to know that you have made my projects and have gotten rave reviews. That is always so nice ot hear. Thanks for letting people know who inspired you too, I really do appreciate it.

      I could eat cheesecake every day. I love it and always find it so much fun to jazz it up a bit. I'd love to see what you do with this idea. Be sure to send me some pictures so I can share them in my reader's gallery.

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  5. oh Beth, i read your whole post as always, because YOU are the one who inspired me to push myself when it comes to creating unique food. as soon as i see you in my inbox, i immediately click on it because i am truly "hungry for your happenings" as cheesecakey as that sounds-lol! people can steal away at your ideas and never give you credit just like everyone but they can NEVER steal away your heart. and your heart shines each and every time you create. it's so apparent the love you have in your creations it literally bursts out of the screen. i mean look at this cheesecake! it's nothing less than PERFECT! and c'mon that daisy smile? seriously? i seriously heart you. <3
    so never ever give up that love because even if every single one of your ideas are stolen, know that each and everyone of us that visits adores YOU and not the thieves.
    it is an ugly world but you make it more beautiful.

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    1. I am so happy to hear that you have been inspired by me to create fun food. You are wildly talented and so much fun. I'm sure we would have a blast in the kitchen together. I'm happy that you are following along as I continue this blogging journey.

      My creative ideas keep coming, so I'll keep posting. I really do love making food fun. It is such a joyful experience to see a cheesecake smiling up at you as you take pictures.

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  6. I sure hope you never quit too! I have you as a favorites on my computer because I often click on you site to see "what neat things Beth has been up to!"

    When I first stumbled onto your site, one of the things I noticed (and loved) was that you could tell that many of the creations were genuine and your own. I think its also why I keep coming back too.

    As for being accused of selling out.....that's just so rude! Especially from a free site! The truth is that selling ad space or being sponsored for products is such a common thing now, and quite frankly its just unreasonable not to expect people to at least make some money for ALL of the work that they do (especially when others are making even more money by copying your ideas!). Besides, I really LIKE it when you link the tools that you use in your tutorials. Coming from a country where some of the items aren't easy to find in stores, I like being able to easily find them online.

    For many of us silent "lurkers", even if we don't say it enough, we do appreciate all the work you put into your site. I would be sad to see you go!

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    1. It's so nice to hear that you have Hungry Happenings as one of your favorites. That makes me very happy.

      It's refreshing to hear that you as a reader understand the need for me to make money and in doing so have sponsored posts, affiliate links, and ads on my site. I love when bloggers have links to the products they use too. It saves me time having to find the products on my own. I've used affiliate links many times to purchase products to make a recipe. I'm glad it is helpful to you too.

      I'll keep sharing new creations as long as I have wonderful readers like you. Thanks for your kind words:)

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  7. First - you are not allowed to quit blogging. EVER. Because I will find you and we'll bake together until you agree otherwise (yes, that's a threat!) Second - don't let other's steal your joy! YOU are creating fabulous works of edible art and no matter what those who matter will know! I know it's not fun to deal with internet theft it really can suck the life out of you - I often wonder why I spend my entire week creating things for the "internet". Sigh no fun! Then there's that cheesecake! Holy moly girl that's AWESOME! I've been wanting to play around with decorated cheesecake for awhile now and you have given me the push to try it! But don't worry...if I succeed credit will be given! Love you girl, keep on keeping on!

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    1. Thanks so much, Toni. I would love to spend time having fun in the kitchen with you too. We are kindred spirits, that's for sure. I had a pretty rough time emotionally dealing with this over the winter. The gloomy weather did not help my mood, but the joy that I feel when I make something fun, got me through it. To see my traffic numbers and income take a nose dive was hard, but I'm finding ways to compensate so I don't worry about it so much now. I'm heading back into the kitchen today to do something new, which makes my day:)

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  8. Thank you for the blog. I think a lot of people are unware of what sharing a recipe without giving proper acknowledgment can affect a blogger. So this blog was very informative. I hope you can sue the book thief.

    Love this cheesecake. My crust never gets that even across the top unless I double recipes. I must be spreading it too thick?

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    1. I do think that many bloggers are unaware of proper form when it comes to crediting bloggers. Some who are aware, just dodge the issue anyway and that is what is really bothersome. I've left comments for bloggers who've posted by entire tutorial including pictures and they just delete the comments. I was able to get the book removed from Amazon. So that was a great victory!!!

      As far as the crust goes, I usually only do a bottom crust, but decided to go up the sides of this cake and I love how it looks and tastes. I did press the crust into the pan well, and thought I ended up with way too much on the top and feared it would break off, but it didn't. It stayed in place nicely and looked really pretty.

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  9. First of all you should never ever quit blogging, you're are an amazing person and so talented! I always enjoy reading your posts and checking out your blog just to see what you've been up to. Seriously, your creations are amazing! I hate when people don't give proper credit although I'm not sure if giving credit and taking the full recipe and pictures would be any better since as you said people won't have a reason to come to your blog anymore. I had this happen to me as well and although I'm not making a living out of my blog this is still annoying. I'm glad you got the book removed from Amazon at least !
    Now back to this cheesecake, I love it <3! It's so pretty and seems easy to make! Keep up the good work and your awesome ideas coming! Looking forward to the next post :)!

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    1. Thanks, Roxy. I know most bloggers have this happen to them at some point and it is just so frustrating. When I found the book, which was totally by coincidence, I was stunned. I couldn't believe anyone could have the nerve to use stolen material. I contacted Amazon and was so happy to see how swiftly they took care of the problem.

      I'm glad you like the cheesecake, and yes it was pretty easy to make. I wish I could draw better, then I could create really amazing designs, but a daisy will have to do!

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  10. ugh. That is so ugly that those people did that to you. I enjoy your work very much. Please keep it up.

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    1. Thanks, Missy, I really appreciate your support.

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  11. I am really glad you wrote this post. It is important for people to hear and to know the damage that can be done with "crediting" something as being 'from the Internet.' It blows my mind how many otherwise ethical people I know who think nothing of stealing someone's ideas or not properly crediting sources. I know a lot of it is ignorance, but I've done my best to educate acquaintances who've then told me that it's no big deal. Sigh. Well, it might not be a big deal to you as the thief, but it's a big deal to the person you're stealing from!

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    1. I'm happy you feel it was good for me to write this post. It's been on my mind for a few months now, and I finally decided it was time to share it. I couldn't write it any sooner as I was really bummed. My enthusiasm came back recently, so I felt I could tell my story. It can be so frustrating to ask a blogger who has recreated one of my projects and shared almost my exact tutorial, to share with their readers where their idea came from, only to have them delete my comment, write a rude e-mail back, or just completely ignore me. I finally had to just let it go. I can't spend my time policing the internet. I know now that it is going to happen, but I do hope that it stops happening so often.

      Thank you so much for you support:)

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  12. That flower cheesecake looks cute!! :) I understand the whole thing about not wanting to continue your passion especially when the joy is being sucked out, but personally for me, I want to know the original person that creates the final dessert piece. Haha, so I can check out their blog and see how their mind works.

    Keep doing what you're doing.

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    1. Thanks Linda. I too like to see what makes a blogger tick. I love when I see a picture and I know exactly who made it because their style is apparent. Even when I pin, I try to find the original blog post. I think it's important. I appreciate you commenting and sharing your thoughts:)

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  13. Beth, I hope you never stop blogging because you inspire people including myself.I am one of the lucky ones that gets to see your creations up close. I love your creativity. Thanks for all you do.

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    1. Thanks Jessie. I have to say that having you and the crew get excited by my creations makes my day, plus you clean my kitchen, that really makes my day!!!!

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  14. Beth, you are one of the most brilliant and creative food bloggers I follow. So sorry you, like many of us have to deal with this :( Glad you decided to continue blogging, as you are such an inspiration to us all!

    Lindsay @ Lindsay Ann Bakes

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    1. That's so nice to hear, Lindsay. I really am so touched by the outpouring of support.

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  15. Oh Beth!! I'm so sorry that some people absolute douchbags. I love your blog and check several times a day to see when you will post something new! I've been reading it since forever but only recently started commenting. But let me tell you: your work inspires me! I don't think I would have ever truly found my love for baking if it weren't for this blog. I'm saying this from my heart. Stay strong Beth!! If it helps, know that I'm always here supporting you!

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    1. Hi Natalie, I'm so happy to hear that you are excited to see when I post something new. It's so nice to know that people are actually looking forward to what I create next. That is really what compels me to keep blogging.

      I am even more thrilled to know that I have inspired you to bake:) I know how important those who have inspired me in my career are to me, and I'm happy to be that for you:)

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  16. Thank you very much for sharing your time and talent!

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    1. You are welcome and thank for your support:)

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  17. Love it. It is so cheery. I would never have thought of doing anything like that with my cheesecakes. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  18. Beth..I'm so glad you did not decide to bow out..and I hope you never do! Your food crafts are amazing and while I have experienced many stealing my blog photos and cropping my name out of the picture, as far as I know no one has hijacked my posts. I have often thought of how much time you must spend on your unique and incredibly creative edible crafts. It is absolutely shameful and inexcusable for others not to credit you for all your hard work. Maybe this post will be read by the right people and some things could change for the better. I sure hope so...because we Need Hungry Happenings.

    Your cheesecake art is awesome..so many cool possibilities! I love this sweet and cheery daisy dessert. :o)

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    1. Thanks, Karen. It was amazing to me that the person who wrote the book didn't even bother to take the watermarks out of my pictures, but on websites I see that all the time. I hate to put my watermarks across the food in my image, as it's distracting, but sometimes I feel like I should, so they have to work harder to remove it. My recipes end up on recipe sites like All Recipes often which when I find I can get them removed, but at this point there are just too many of them out there. It's very frustrating. I hate that it is happening to bloggers every day.

      I'm glad you like the cheesecake. I am excited to make another one soon.

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  19. beth - another WONDERFUL creative idea - LOVE the cheesecake, it's so fun!
    I am saddened to learn what is happening with your ideas and tutorials. you have been such an inspiration and your ideas are SO unique and original. I consider it such a treat that we have access to not only your amazing creations, but the thorough tutorials you provide, FOR FREE!! it's a shame people's selfishness and greed may make that all go away.
    please know there are SO MANY of us out here that you have inspired and pushed to try new things because of your terrific creations. I have turned many people on to your blog and ALWAYS credit you when I attempt one of your methods.
    THANK YOU for your continued willingness to share.... (ps - LOVED seeing all your baking tools and goodies on display!!)

    jodi in atlanta

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    1. Thank you for you kind words of encouragement, Jodi. I really appreciate you taking time to comment. I'm so happy to have inspired you to get creative in the kitchen. It's so fun to know that people are making my projects and enjoying the process.

      I really appreciate you sharing my blog with others too! That is really nice of you:)

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  20. looks like its about time you start making a book or something/patenting ideas you have to prevent others from copying/taking the credit. you could be making money off the ideas and making a name for yourself instead of many other taking credit for your idea.

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  21. Beth,
    I am so sorry to hear of your woes.
    I love, love, love, reading your blog.
    I don't ever want you to stop doing what you so wonderfully do.
    About the income, and everything that goes with it, I don't know how it all works.
    I read many blogs, do some projects, and really just like knowing that I can actually do them.
    But, if I get an idea from you, or another blogger, I give credit where credit is do.
    If I make the exact same project I say so.
    If I've changed it to something new and wonderful, I say where I got the original idea and tell of my changes.
    Yes, OK, we all do kinda the same thing.
    We bake, we make candy, we make ordinary things into extraordinary things by putting our own touches on it.
    But the special twists and turns someone, like you for instance, gives a project makes it your own.
    You should get credit for it.
    Someone taking your ideas, putting them in a book, or claiming them as their own on national television, is the same thing as stealing money from your wallet!
    Thief! Thief! Someone stop that guy! He stole that lady's purse!!!
    Well, there is my rant on your behalf.
    Don't let the suckers get you down.

    Sugar hugs and chocolate kisses,
    Patti L.

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    1. Hi Patti,

      Thank you so much for you support. It has been so nice to hear from so many readers on this subject. I do wish there were a code of ethics bloggers needed to sign before starting a blog, just so people would know what is acceptable and what is not. I do wonder what would have happened to my blog traffic had I actually been the one to show my Conversation Heart Cheesecakes on the Home & Family show. It would have been a nice way to expose my blog to a large audience.

      I'm happy to hear that you give credit where credit it due. I know we are all inspired by each other, and that is what makes the blogging community amazing. I'm proud to be a part of it.

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  22. I think you and your blog is the best!! Hope to never lose you!

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  23. I think you and your blog is the BEST!! Hope to never lose you!!

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  24. Dear Beth, I came upon your post whilst thinking "I must check out what Beth is doing" and saw your absolutley fantastic cheesecake. Good on you for voicing your opinion and letting everybody know your feelings and what not giving credit where credit is due means to professional food bloggers like yourself.
    I can only agree with all the people who have commented so far: Please don't give up blogging, find a new way that suits you, but don't give in to the people who are making life hard for you.
    Thank you for your time, your talent and your inspirations which you share so readily with the baking community. Keep looking at your smiling cheesecake and keep up your spirits. Best regards from Germany!

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, Nadia. I really love that I have been able to inspired people from all over the world, and love that we have had the opportunity to chat via e-mail on occasion. It is absolutely the best thing about blogging. I appreciate your support and will surely look to my smiling cheesecake when I'm feeling down.

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  25. I love your tutorials. I have shared some of your work on my facebook page (Pastryann Reposteria Artesanal) but I give your credit.... you´re amazing !!!

    Pastry ann

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    1. Thanks Ann, I always, always, always appreciate shares!!!!

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  26. Beth, you are amazing. Don't let others get you down! I know it feels like we have to constantly police our work. I deal with stollen content all the time with my crochet patterns and photos :( But I think you are destined for something big. Continue to do you and be proud of everything you have already done. You are an inspiration! Keep your head up! -Sarah @ Repeat Crafter Me

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    1. Thanks, Sarah. It sure is frustrating that we even have to police our work. I was totally blown away that someone would have the nerve to take a tutorial of mine and publish it in a book. Being an honest person I can't even imagine doing something like that, but I realize now more than ever that there are a lot of people out there who are willing to do what it takes to make money.

      I really appreciate your support and kind words of encouragement:)

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  27. This looks fabulous, the colours are so vibrant, summer fun.

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  28. I just found your blog today, and I must say that you do fantastic work. I wish I could duplicate your creations but have no artistic talents at all. Please keep up the great work because I love looking at all your pretties! I know how you feel about people taking your ideas and claiming them. I had a friend who wanted me to teach her how to make some of my crochet and knit things, so I did....until I found out she was selling them! I finally told her I wasn't willing to teach her if she was going to sell them. Then she wasn't interested in making them. I wouldn't have cared if she needed the money, but they are quite well off and I make and sell because we are on a fixed income. Sorry...shouldn't have vented here bu know how you feel!!

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    1. I'm so happy you found my blog and do hope that you stop back by often. I really enjoy creating my fun food and sharing my ideas with my readers. Sorry to hear about your friend and I don't mind you venting here. I do think that is what this post is all about, aside from a really pretty cheesecake:)

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  29. Your cheesecake turned out incredible! I'm so sorry so many people have taken advantage of your ideas. It's a sad but true fact about blogging, isn't it?

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    1. Thank you Carrie. Yes, unfortunately it is one big problem about blogging.

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  30. Dear Beth, I've found your terrific blog a while ago and since then I check out nearly every day, if there's another one of your inspiring projects online.
    It would be such a shame, if you gave up blogging - so, while I perfectly understand, how frustrating it is, what happenend to you, I hope, you still keep on sharing your ideas, because I'd really, really miss them, I'd miss your charming way of writing, your helpful explanations, your creativity ans most of all, I'd miss the warmth and heartiness, that shines through all your posts!
    Wishing you all the best!
    Fuchsi

    (Please excuse my lacking english, I have far too less practice here...)

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    1. Hi Fuchsi,

      You are so kind. It really made me feel proud to know you think I have a charming way of writing. I'm so happy you follow my blog and look forward to my new projects. I will continue to blog because of readers like you. Knowing people like what I'm creating is what motivates me to continue.

      Thanks:)

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  31. You've don it again! This is one of the most creative ideas I have ever seen, Genius! Great Job! Keep up the good work and thank you so much for sharing.

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    1. Thanks:) I really do love this cheesecake and am so excited about making more.

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  32. I'm sorry to hear that things have been so frustrating for you! I have looked to you for awhile now as inspiration to be a better blogger. Your creativity is unmatched.

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  33. too cute and simple cheese cake. loved the other ideas too.. very lovely baking creation Beth

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  34. I'm so glad that you're staying with blogging. I have those cute heart cheesecakes pinned to my Pinterest board...and of course it's direct to your site. (One of my earliest Pins) Wilton can thank you for selling more of those heart pans...LOL.

    Love your new recipe. And I actually like the deeper design from you going over the design over & over again. Thanks for the tip about the push pan too. I'm had it on my Amazon wish list, but it's best to hear from someone who actually uses and likes it. Thanks! <3

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    1. Thanks, Debbie:)

      I just made another cheesecake in my pushpan then ordered a second one! I'm pretty sure all my other spring form pans will be tossed as soon as I replace them all (I have 8 in all different sizes.) I would highly recommend the pan.

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  35. I hear ya! That situation just stinks. It's so hard not to take it personally and credit is so easy to give, yet it so often isn't. You always have such fun ideas and inspire me to think of new things to make. But then I get lazy... This cheesecake looks so fun and happy! It's perfect for summer!

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    1. It sadly happens way too often to bloggers and it is terribly frustrating. You make so many wonderful desserts and I'm happy to know that I inspire you:)

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  36. Accuse you of selling out because of sponsored posts?? Are they kidding? YOU'RE GIVING AWAY RECIPIES FOR FREE! I really do have a hard time understanding why folks don't give credit where credit is due. Don't they want to say "thank you" - not "screw you"? I can completely understand why you felt so broken-hearted.

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    1. I'm so glad to hear you understand why bloggers do sponsored posts and appreciate your support!

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  37. If it's any consolation at all, I couldn't find your stolen daisy cheesecake recipe video on YouTube, so HA to whoever it was!

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    1. It was actually my Conversation Heart Cheesecakes on You Tube. Several people have made videos using that project including NerdyNummies, who now has over 2 million followers.

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  38. I'm so sorry people steal your work, that's wrong!

    Thank you for your hard work and lovely post. Keep blogging!

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    1. It is a bummer, that's for sure. I'm so happy to have readers like you who are supporting what I do:) Thanks.

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  39. Beth, I can't imagine "the Internet" without your presence. You are a bright, creative spot. I love your creativity! I too have felt the sting that you have described. But I hope that you continue to find a reason to keep sharing. Xoxo- K

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    1. That's very nice to hear, Katrina. I know all of us fun food bloggers understand this challenge and are frustrated by it. It can be upsetting for sure, but I'm in a good place right now and will continue to blog:)

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  40. Beth, you said everything so well and I'm happy that you are still here! I don't think that some people "get it", Bloggers should respect each other ... remember the golden rule ... karma!!!

    The cheesecake ... outstanding :)

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  41. This is my first visit to your blog and i much say i love it. Love your tutorial. I'm glad you decided to keep blogging.

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    1. Welcome, Chichi. I'm so glad you stopped by and hope you do come back to see what's new and exciting here at Hungry Happenings.

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  42. For selfish reasons, I hope you never stop blogging, Beth! I love your creativity and you inspire me:) I have always blogged just "for fun" and the interaction with other bloggers, though I have thought of using Adsense (I think my window of opportunity has passed), I haven't gotten around to it. I have noticed that Pinterest and facebook have seemed to trump blog visits (at least for me) and I sorely miss the interaction at my "home" spot. Keep up the good work; you are appreciated by so many of us! :)
    LOVE the cheesecake; so cute!

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    1. Sue, I don't think it's ever too late to put ads on your blog. In the beginning you may not make much, but over time it adds up. Any little bit can help to even just pay for the food and props you use for your blog. I have also seen a decline in blog traffic over the past few months. I'm sure you are right that people are seeing more things via pinterest and facebook that they don't need to really visit the blog directly. It's too bad.

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  43. Hi Beth, You are a VERY CREATIVE and GENEROUS person for showing us how to make all your unique and awesome creations. You truly inspire me. I LOVE the look of this cheesecake and I am going to try and make it for a luncheon at my husband's office. I was wondering if there was a way to get the cheesecake off the spring form pan round and onto a cake plate without disastrous results? Someone told me to turn the round bottom upside down prior to putting the crust on it, so the lip will not interfere with removing the cheesecake, but that leaves a small well along the sides... Any suggestions? Or, should I just leave it on the spring form bottom? Thanks again for the inspiration! ;o)

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    1. Thanks. I'm so happy to hear you plan to make a decorated cheesecake. When I want to move the cheesecake off the bottom of the pan, I cover a round piece of cardboard in tin foil and put it in the pan before add the crust. As long as your pan doesn't leak a lot, the cardboard will hold up and you can move the cheesecake easily once you remove it from the pan .

      Have fun and be sure to send me a picture so I can share it in the reader's gallery.

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  44. Don't you care what others are saying. You are amazing. Right now I can't decide what to make for my little 3 year old niece that is coming for a visit from Europe. It's either this or the super cool rainbow cake with 5 in the middle, or one of your other million awesome creations you made. It's sohard ot decide, I want it to be surprise.I like this cheese cake a lot, maybe I can make a little bear or a cat she like those. Keep your chin up and do your magic. You have so many ideas Beth and inspired so many. Have good day.

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    1. Hani, one of the very best things that has come from blogging is making friends like you. Getting to know others who love creating fun food as much as I do has been wonderful. I can only imagine how beautiful your cheesecake would be considering you have such an amazing artistic flair. I'm sure your niece will love anything you make for her.

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  45. Hi,

    How much is 1 cup sour cream in grams please?

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    1. There are 230 grams in one cup of sour cream.

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  46. Actually you are a very generous person to share your creations. Those who copy your creations without giving your credits are nothing but thieves stealing your ideas. There are many such people around: they claim credit for things not done by them. Don't be disheartened by the antics of these type of people. Dont give up blogging because of them.

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  47. Hi Beth,

    I have just stumbled upon your blog recently and reading this post makes me sad to know that people are stealing your hard work and creativity. Please do no stop blogging and sharing your incredible work as my husband and I, we both enjoyed looking at your work creations and drooling over it. ;)

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    1. Thanks Joanne, I'm so happy you and your husband are enjoying my blog. I appreciate your support!

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