How to Make Viennese Shortbread

We haven’t been able to find out why this particular type of shortbread biscuit is called Viennese: there is no obvious Austrian connection. While both Scottish and Viennese shortbread are made from flour, butter and sugar, there are a couple of distinct differences, which result in very different products. For …

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Sugar Free Toppings for Cakes and Cupcakes

Making sugar free cakes is definitely an art, and it can take a few attempts to get the right balance of ingredients to deliver a tasty, good-looking cake. Making tasty toppings for cakes and Cupcakes requires a little ingenuity too and the opportunities range from the very simple to the …

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How to Freeze Cakes and Cookies in Advance

Learning to bake is an art, but baking ahead is a skill. Freezing cakes and cookies can free you up to enjoy a special occasion or allow you to bake in a quiet time and still have a freezer full of great treats in a busy one, but knowing how …

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Wartime Cake Baking

In today’s society, for most of us, food is varied and plentiful – too plentiful some might say judging by the increasing levels of obesity amongst the British population. Just by popping into our local supermarket we can choose from hundreds of ready-made meals from countries all over the world, …

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Classic Cakes from Yorkshire and Lancashire

Travel with us to the north of England for a plethora of delicious traditional baked goods. From the spicy Eccles cakes of Lancashire in the west to Yorkshire’s Fat Rascals, there’s something to please most people. Many of the traditional local recipes have survived for centuries and are still made …

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Anyone Can Ice a Wedding Cake

The cake is the centrepiece of the wedding reception so to undertake to make and decorate a cake for a wedding is a challenge that many would decline. Yet a cake made with love and affection is so much more special than just another shop-cake. And it’s not impossible for …

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Anyone Can Ice a Birthday Cake

If you think decorating a birthday cake is beyond your skill, think again. Anyone can create a cake that will please family and friends and it will only take you a few hours. Explore the online stores selling sugarcraft accessories and you’ll find a huge range of icings, colourings, cutters …

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Anyone Can Ice a Celebration Cake

Anyone can create a celebration cake. It’s true: you don’t need any particular skill. With the wide range of instant icing, decorative accessories and ready-made cakes, even the most apprehensive cook can come up with a cake that will delight family and friends. It’s simple and it’s fun. We asked …

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More Cakes from the North of England

The counties at the northernmost edge of England may have changed their names over the years but they’ve retained their traditions, including that for good food using simple and local produce. Cumbria Damsons thrive in the Lyth and Winster Valleys in Cumbria despite the sometimes harsh weather conditions that the …

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Special Effects: Wood or Marble Effect Fondant Icing

These two special effect icings look best on a square single tier cake, where their subtle detailing can be seen without distractions. They also look good if you cut them into circles and lay them over cupcakes that have had their tops levelled. For wood effect icing you need: Ingredients …

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