Comments to article «Eight simple fillings for cakes which you can make in no time at all»

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These look simple enough that, though I'm a better cook than baker, I would like to try most of them. Sadly, I'm American and I don't know what a "packet" (of butter, of vanilla) means. My first guess was a packet equals a stick/8 Tbsp, but then that doesn't work for vanilla. 2 recipes wanted small packets of vanilla and a third asked for "a pinch". Do I seriously pinch a few drops of vanilla extract or is a pinch similar to a splash? Or is the vanilla here not the liquid extract but ground vanilla beans, or something...

I don't have a problem converting grams or milliliters to measurements I'm familiar with, but those others leave me scratching my head.