Strawberry and Mascarpone Layer Cake

This dish makes a definite statement. It looks impressive, mouth-watering and fresh, with more than a little ‘ooh’ factor. Before you serve it, you may find yourself decorating the house with bunting and searching for brass band music; that’s the sort of rousing effect it has. It is the perfect …

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Birthday Cakes: Characters

Whether your children are hooked on Dora, Nemo, Thomas, the Fimbles or Bratz, a cake featuring their cartoon heroes is a brilliant birthday gift! You can buy pre-decorated versions from professionals, but why not have a go yourself? All you need is some sugar paper, some edible pens and about …

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Picnic and Lunchbox Cakes

Picture this: the sun is shining the grass is green, and the birds are singing sweetly as you open the picnic lunch you prepared lovingly. Now: imagine your horror when you look inside and see the Meringues, that you carefully sandwiched together with cream and sliced strawberries, crumbled in sticky …

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Occasion Cakes From Around The World Part 1

When it comes to baking our humble island has a rich cake-making history. We’re the proud inventors of the classic Victoria sponge, as well as the Dundee and Madeira cakes. But there’s sweet-tasting treasure to be found elsewhere too. Consider a spicy and enticing Stollen with its gooey marzipan layer; …

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Make a Layered Cake

Cakes with more than two layers always seem that little bit special. As if the hostess has gone to a lot of trouble for her guests. In truth, it doesn’t have to be a lot of extra work at all! We’ve recipes for a rich Chocolate Layered Cake, and two …

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Bake Perfect Meringues

Meringues, those lighter-than-air delicacies that can fool us into thinking they’re calorie-free, were created in the early eighteenth century by a Swiss pastry-cook named Gasparini, and they’ve been popular ever since. Meringues can be made as Individual Confections or as part of larger desserts as we’ll show you. When whisking …

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Making Millionaire’s Shortbread

We can’t make you into a millionaire but we can help you to eat like one with our millionaire’s shortbread recipes! We have a selection for you to choose from; each recipe is slightly different but each has a Shortbread Base, topped with sticky caramel and smooth chocolate. Millionaire’s Shortbread …

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Occasion Cakes From Around The World Part 2

Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte or Black Forest Gateau is famous throughout the world. The version we recognise today originated in Germany. Josef Keller claims to have invented it in 1915 in Bad Godesberg which is now part of Bonn and nowhere near the Black Forest! So if his claim is true, the …

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New Year and Hogmany Cupcakes

These whisky-flavoured tartan-iced Hogmanay cupcakes are not just reserved for Hogmanay: they are perfect for New Year celebrations too. Because they are a fruit-based cake they take longer to cook than sponge based cakes and also last longer without drying out, so you can make them a fortnight in advance, …

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Assembling a Wedding Cake

While many wedding cakes today do not have obvious pillaring, even simple stacked cakes will usually have some supports inside to ensure that the structure remains stable. This is doubly important if the cake is iced with buttercream as this form of icing is much more likely to ‘slide’ in …

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