Jubilee Baking: Empire Cake

If you’re celebrating the queen’s jubilee or any other British event (the London Olympics?), you’ll want a special cake as a centre piece and what could be better than an Empire cake? Boiled fruit cakes were a particularly popular dish in the war years – and the years of rationing …

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Specialist and Novelty Cakes – The Low Down

Sometimes it seems like the cake world has gone through a wormhole into another universe. What happened to the days when wedding cakes were round or square, two or three tier and white or pastel? When did birthday cakes stop being simple butter-cream supports for candles and become sorting hats, …

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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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Making and Decorating Cake Pops for Adults

Most adults have a sweet tooth, whether they admit it or not, and the combination of cake, chocolate and luscious alcohol is always going to be a crowd pleaser! These cake pops are similar in appearance to the ones made for children but they pack considerably more punch, and it’s …

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Making and Decorating Cake Pops for Kids

Kiddies just love cake pops and this simple recipe is bound to delight as the centrepiece of any child’s party. Chocolate Orange Cake Pops These delicious little cake morsels have a citrus flavour that isn’t too cloying. Cake Ingredients 200g (7oz) self-raising flour sifted with 1 teaspoon baking powder 150g …

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Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

These fun little cakes baked in ice cream cones are perfect for little hands and not as messy as the traditional cupcake. I first made these in the summer for my little boy’s school fete, the response was phenomenal and they sold out in seconds! They’re so easy to do, …

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How to Make a Cupcake Bouquet

A cupcake bouquet makes a refreshing (and tasty) change to a standard floral bouquet. If you’re looking for a new way to present your cupcakes, why not give this a try? It’s certainly a novel way to give flowers to the men in your life (who never normally received flowers). …

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Birthday Cakes: Animals

You’ve run out of ribbon you’ve forgotten the party bags, and you only have a couple of hours until twenty-eight noisy children descend on the house for a birthday party. And what about the birthday cake?! Don’t worry: even novice cake bakers can put together an impressive cake – all …

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Birthday Cakes: Fantasy

How do you fancy making a fantasy fairy castle or an impressive Pirates of the Caribbean ship? If your children are expecting great things this year, don’t fret – it can be done! All it takes is a little time – and a few inventive ideas! Disney Cinderella Palace Disney’s …

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Birthday Cakes: Adults

Retro chic or racy cheek? Whoever they are and whatever floats their boat, you’ll find a birthday idea for them here. Begin with a delicious classic cake – chocolate, lemon, coffee and Plain Sponge are always popular – then whip up a batch of butter icing, and let the fun …

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