A Baker’s Guide

So you’ve done all the mixing and folding; you’ve pre-heated the oven and put your cake in its greased and lined tin. Now you’re going to pop it in the oven and hope the magic works. Keeping your fingers crossed that what is going in as a flat wet shapeless …

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History of Cake Baking

To misquote Monty Python what have the Ancient Egyptians ever done for us? Well, they’ve given us cake for a start! Roman and Greek history records cake-making but according to food historians it’s the early Egyptians who were the first skilled bakers. We’ve come a long way from there; what …

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All About Cake Ingredients

Faced with a bewildering array of flours on the shelf in the supermarket today which one do you choose? And that’s just the first question! Next it’s which sugar? Which fat? And when the recipe says three eggs, does it mean large or small? Free range, corn-fed, organic? What’s Best? …

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Measurements and Scaling

If you’ve browsed the Cake Baker website you’ll have noticed that all the recipes are given in Imperial measurements i.e. pounds (lbs) and ounces (oz): we’re an old-fashioned bunch here when it comes to baking! But what if you have scales that only measure in metric? Or you don’t have …

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3 Ways to Restore, Recreate or Recycle a Failed Cake

Everybody has cake failures, but what separates the master baker from the average cook is the way that you deal with them. Burnt cake is almost impossible to rescue: because the burnt flavour tends to go right through the cake, even if the crumb itself isn’t burnt, but everything else …

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Portion Size and Fondant Covering Chart

Portions and Fondant Covering at a Glance Have you ever wondered how many portions you can get from a 8″ round, or what size of cake you need for 20 kids at a birthday party? Well now you can see at a glance! This handy guide will show you pretty …

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Cakes and Baking News/Blog

Competitions, guides and the next one! 11th October You may have noticed some changes to the site and to some of our tasty cake features. We’ve given the whole site an overhaul and we hope you love the pretty new vintage theme. Look out for step by step guides (the …

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Cake Baking and Decoration Books

We get lots of requests (and recommendations) for books that will help you with cake baking, decorating or running your cake business. Here are some that we like and that you have recommended. We’ve included links to Amazon to help you find them: Cake Decorating <#20#>Debbie Brown’s 50 Easy Party …

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Famous Cake Bakers

How did it all begin? The British have a long line of famous cake-bakers and an equally long line of classic cake recipes. From the committed Isabella Beeton to the spectacularly gaudy Fanny Cradock, these special cooks have earned their place in the baking history books. Here’s who to thank …

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Baking Ingredients to Subsitute

There are occasions when you will find you don’t have exactly the right ingredients suggested by a recipe. Here are some suggestions for substitute ingredients which you may find useful: Flour, Baking Powder and Dry Ingredients Self-raising flour – substitute plain flour and 1tsp baking powder per 100g. Baking powder …

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