SHUTESBURY — Veteran cookbook author Dede Wilson, who describes herself as “5-foot-1 on a good day,” is making the most of equally diminutive kitchen prep space. Her baking station has been successively pressed into service for an angel food cake, a panforte, a white hot-chocolate project, and a batch of brown-butter milk-chocolate chunk cookies. Around the corner, a miniature studio under bright lights holds the finished confections. Just beyond, stacks of linens, shelves of props, and a candy apple-red KitchenAid mixer await capture by intern Peter Muka’s camera.
The reason for all this flour-based activity is Wilson’s website, Bakepedia.com, a free hub for original recipes, baking tips, photographs, and information. In 2011, Wilson (whose first name is pronounced DayDay) had been debating where to go next with her food career when the name Bakepedia popped into her head. “I literally felt like something physically hit my head,” she says. The Internet in this semi-rural town near the Five Colleges was on the blink. So she phoned a domain registry to get the name.