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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Making Fondant Roses

Constructing moulded fondant roses requires a certain amount of practise, but once you’ve perfected the technique, it’s a fantastic addition to your cake-baking skills and one that will win you many fans! Choosing Fondant Begin by making or buying some Mouldable Fondant. It’s easiest to start with white fondant as …

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Special Effects: Pastillage Cake Toppers

Pastillage is often confused with gumpaste, the sugar and gum traganath blend used to mould flowers and leaves for wedding cakes. While the two are similar, the techniques used in pastillage are quite different. Because it’s a form of Rolled Fondant that lacks the softening ingredients, such as glycerine, found …

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Using Confectioner’s Varnish On Cake

Sometimes we see a cake so fragile and luminescent as to seem almost impossible to eat. Airy sugar creations leap away from the cake layers, shining as if dew has just fallen on them from the sky. This gleaming, apparently unsupported, edifice of decoration is achieved using confectioner’s varnish, which …

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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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Cake Decorating With Edible Gold Leaf

Edible gold leaf has a long and decadent history – it’s not known which was the earliest culture to indulge in eating gold, but as soon as any society learned to beat gold thinly enough to make gold leaf, you can probably bet that they ate food coated with a …

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Spun Sugar Techniques for Cakes

Sometimes the simplest things can have the greatest effect and spun sugar is just such a technique. The recipe is simple but the appearance of well-constructed spun sugar forms is magical and gravity-defying. Spun Sugar Tips and Hints There’s nothing easier than making the syrup for spun sugar work, but …

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How To Store Cakes

You’ve spent hours in the kitchen baking the perfect cake its fragrant aromas wafting gently through the house. Now the hard work is done, don’t let it go to waste by neglectful storage. Read our tips on successful storage to get the best from every cake you bake. Working Out …

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Crumb Coating a Cake: Step by Step

Have you ever wondered how those masterpieces you see in cake shop windows are so smooth and lump free? Well read on to find out all about the perfect crumb coating. To get a really smooth icing finish on a cake, most experienced bakers will ‘crumb coat’ first. It’s a …

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Imaginative Cake Decorating

A delicious cake deserves beautiful decoration. If you’ve got a special occasion or a party coming up why not turn your favourite cake into a jaw-dropping centrepiece? You don’t have to be a sugar-paste artist to turn out something incredible: here are some stylish and creative ideas to get your …

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