Easiest Sponge Cake

Picture the scene. The table is laid with a crisp white linen cloth; the china is daintily-patterned; and the cutlery is sparkling. Taking pride of place is a perfect sponge, beautifully risen, and oozing strawberry jam and cream. Sounds like someone else’s house, doesn’t it? Well, while you may not …

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Cakes With Literary Associations

“Dost thou think, because thou art virtuous, there shall be no more cakes and ale?” Sir Toby Belch asks the question in Shakespeare’s comedy, Twelfth Night, suggesting that he, and Shakespeare himself, could not conceive of a life that didn’t include cake! Though Sir Toby isn’t too specific about what …

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Cakes for Children to Make

As a child being involved in the preparation of cakes makes them taste even sweeter. Here’s a selection of pretty cakes and child-friendly flavours they’ll love to bake – and eat. So why not make your children kitchen assistants for the day? Give them each a pinny and a wooden …

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An Introduction to Baking

Why bother baking your own cakes? We hope to persuade you. Make your own and not only will you know exactly what has gone into it but it also works out a lot cheaper than a shop-bought cake. What’s more, there’s nothing like a vanilla-scented oven to bring peace and …

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Easy Cake Decorating

You want your cake to look spectacular but you don’t want to spend hours in a hot kitchen, covered in icing sugar, to achieve it. What’s the solution? Well, it really can be easy… Fake Your Way to Professional Results With everything you can buy in the shops these days, …

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How to Make Pavlova

Having trouble with your peaks? Homemade meringues are the perfect base for all sorts of wonderful treats. Learn to master pavlova, and you’ll be able to whip up quick puds at short notice. Here’s our guide to making perfect pavlova. Pavolva – Keys to Success The dessert is believed to …

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Cake Making Shortcuts: How to Cheat!

Required to whip up some home baking in a hurry? No problem – we know the best cake shortcuts! Here are some of our favourite quick-fix cakes. Refrigerator Cheesecake Cheesecakes are traditionally baked (and even those are quite easy) but this one’s a whiz-and-pour affair that takes absolutely no time …

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No Cook Cakes Including Rocky Road

No-cook cakes – or Refrigerator Cakes – are easy and simple for adults and kids to make. They’re wickedly indulgent and full of energy, so they’re useful packed lunch and picnic treats. Try our step-by-step recipe and learn to adapt the recipe for your own family. Classic Refrigerator Cake – …

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Cakes to Bake in a Breadmaker

Baking with your bread machine can be quick, easy, and rewarding. There’s no yeast, no timings, and not much washing up – why not give it a try? About Bread Machine Baking Cakes and ‘quick breads’ are leavened with baking powder or bicarbonate of soda, rather than yeast. This means …

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