Amy Hatwig

With nearly two decades of food industry experience, Amy Hatwig brings a wealth of professionalism, diverse expertise, and lasting partnerships to any position in food development. After completing her degree in Pastry and Baking at the California Culinary Academy and finishing further studies at Napa’s Culinary Institute of America, Amy has honed a broad range of food industry skills: recipe development, food styling, non-traditional ingredient baking, food preparation, French pastry-making, wedding cake decoration, and business consulting, to name a few.

After sharpening her French pastry skills under the watchful eye of French-trained pastry chef Sarah Lambert at Mill Valley’s Patisserie Lambert, Amy branched out and founded AmyCakes, a successful wedding cake business. After four years helming AmyCakes, she moved on to Paula LeDuc Fine Catering, where she served as executive pastry chef and had the honor of working alongside culinary rock starts Daniel Boulud, Alice Waters, Bradley Ogden, and Thomas Keller.

Amy’s consulting roles have incorporated partnerships with Beautiful! and Oakland bakery Bakesale Betty. Partnering with Beautiful!, Amy worked with non-traditional ingredients and sweeteners, developing formulas and calculating food costs for the start-up business. During her time consulting for Bakesale Betty, Amy advised on the store’s original business plan, and continues to develop recipes and treats both sweet and savory for the wildly successful bakery; she also paired up with culinary powerhouse Williams-Sonoma to launch a Bakesale Betty cookbook and product line.

Amy is a consultant for Meyer Corporation, where she advises on bakeware and recipe development; she also continues to cook and style food for clients such as Sunset Magazine, Target Corp, and Kikkoman.

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  • Snickerdoodle Cookies

    Snickerdoodle Cookies

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    This recipe uses the simplest ingredients, but it’s almost impossible to eat just one snickerdoodle. The edges are wonderfully crisp while the inside is soft and chewy. Although similar to a sugar cookie, the snickerdoodle is rolled in cinnamon sugar just before baking, giving the outside a dark crackled top. Continue reading

  • Royal Icing

    Royal Icing

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    Royal icing is typically used to decorate sugar cookies or for piping intricate decorations on a cake. It can also be used to glaze petit fours or individual cakes. When adding food coloring to royal icing, concentrated gel paste works best as it will not thin out the icing. Continue reading

  • Peanut Butter Cookies - 1

    Peanut Butter Cookies

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    Old-fashioned and irresistible is what comes to mind when eating a peanut butter cookie. They have a great balance of sweet to salt and crispy to tender texture. These golden-blonde peanut butter cookies are the perfect after school treat. Continue reading

  • Lemon Curd

    Lemon Curd

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    Lemon Curd can be used for many things in the pastry kitchen. It works beautifully as a filling for cakes and pies, layered in a glass with berries and cream or even just as a spread on toasted brioche. If Meyer Lemons are available in your area try using those for a sweeter, rounder taste. Continue reading

  • Knot Cookie

    Knot Cookies

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    Traditionally these Italian cookies are fried but this version is baked. Less mess, less clean up and a bit healthier, too! What more could you ask for? Continue reading

  • Ginger Molasses Cookie
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    Vanilla Pastry Cream

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    This Pastry Cream is a basic recipe that can easily be adapted and used in a number of different ways. Try it as filling for doughnuts, a base for fruit pies, stuffing for cream puffs or even just served topped with a mound of berries! You can also quickly create different flavors by adding spices or citrus zest to the milk before cooking. This recipe is gluten free because of the use of potato starch and rice flour but if those are not available you can substitute corn starch and pastry flour respectively. Continue reading

  • Double Chocolate Chunk Cookies

    Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

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    The double chocolate chip cookie is a cookie for chocolate lovers. The perfect way to end a long work week is with a rich, decadent double chocolate cookie and an ice cold glass of milk. There is no better way to unwind from a hectic week and start your relaxing weekend. Continue reading

  • Creme Fraiche Cream Cheese Frosting

    Crème Fraiche-Spiked Cream Cheese Frosting / Filling

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    This is a twist on a classic cream cheese frosting/filling. With the addition of crème fraiche you get an extra tangy frosting and the addition of heavy cream lightens up the usually heavy frosting. Get creative and substitute half of the cream cheese for goat cheese to complement a carrot cake or red velvet cake. Continue reading

  • Italian Meringue Buttercream

    Italian Meringue Buttercream

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    This buttercream tastes great and is so versatile for decorating and covering cakes. Italian meringue buttercream is perfect for frosting wedding cakes because it’s made with egg whites only and no egg yolks so it ends up a shiny white color. It’s also ideal for piping and decorating work since it holds its shape and has few air bubbles. Use to frost a wedding cake, frost a cupcake, pipe buttercream flowers or pipe scrollwork on the side of a cake. Continue reading

  • Classic Fudge Frosting

    Classic Fudge Frosting

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    One taste of classic fudge frosting on yellow cake will take you right back to your childhood. This recipe is easy to make, and with its smooth velvety texture and touch of espresso powder to cut the sweetness, it will be your go-to frosting for years to come. Classic fudge frosting is perfect for frosting you favorite cake, cupcakes, topping brownies or in a sandwich cookie. Continue reading

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