Expert Advice to Bake & Decorate a Perfect Cake

Welcome to all cake bakers and cake lovers! We want to inspire you to bake and help you bake better. Our site is full of tips and recipes, so if you're wondering why your cake sank, which types of tin to buy, or how to create an authentic cream tea, then we are here to help. If you run a cake making business or want to start one up, we have lots of expert cake business advice right here - and our gadgets, the CakeUlator and CakeOmeter will be sure to bowl you over.

The Cake Industry: the Importance of Market Research

Few can have failed to notice the increased popularity of the cupcake in recent years. Once considered a distinctly American tradition, it has been embraced in the UK. Some pinpoint a particular episode of Sex and the City in which Carrie and Miranda sit outside New York’s Magnolia Bakery as …

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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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How to Make Pancakes

Pancakes offer value for money and make filling, tasty puddings in a very short time. Savoury pancakes are equally as versatile; to create a useful quick supper or lunch dish. How thin or thick you make them depends on how you like them! The perfect pancake ‘should’ be thin, but, …

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White Chocolate Cheesecake

We are spoilt for choice when it comes to cheesecake. Recipes can be adapted to suit personal taste- and the occasion-with a minimum of fuss. White chocolate cheesecake is a little bit different and can also be adapted to suit both your palette and waistline. This cheesecake looks so fresh …

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Tasty Shortbread Variations

Shortbread: a delicious, butter-crumble biscuit that has provided comfort on many occasions! It’s too good to be shared at Christmas alone, so why not try a few variations throughout the year? (That way it can really be appreciated.) Chunky Shortbread, thin wafers, traditional shapes all have their own place and …

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Simnel Cake and Kentish Lent Pie

Are you looking for something special to make for Mothering Sunday and/or Easter? Do you fancy making a cake that’s both traditional and out of the ordinary and doesn’t require an overdraft? We have a plan… Either of the following recipe suggestions is good for Easter or Mother’s Day celebrations …

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History of Scones and Griddle Cakes

Scones, crumpets and muffins are often grouped together because originally they were all cooked on a griddle or bakestone. Very few homes had any form of oven until the nineteenth century and, even today, in many parts of the world ovens are rare. Crumpets Records suggest that crumpets – or …

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American Muffins

American-style muffins have seen an increase in popularity over the last few years, especially with the spread of the large coffee chains throughout the country. They have a distinctive shape – rather mushroom-like – and are usually a little less sweet than more traditional small cakes. They’re very easy and …

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Crumpets, Pikelets and English Muffins

Crumpets, pikelets, Scotch pancakes and English muffins: all traditional British tea-time treats but what’s the difference? That’s a good question! They’re all cooked on a griddle or bakestone (a heavy-based frying-pan can be used as an alternative) but crumpets and muffins are both yeast-based. To make crumpets, you need egg …

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Savoury Scones

Mention scones and most people will think of jam and cream, but the basic dough is very versatile and can be used for a variety of savoury treats as well. Simple Scones 225g (8oz) self-raising flour Pinch of salt 1 teaspoon baking powder 50g (2oz) margarine 150ml (5fl oz) milk …

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