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.

Make a Traditional Treacle Tart

Golden syrup is associated with some of our favourite desserts – like treacle pudding and our traditional treacle tart. This British legend, a by-product of refining sugar-cane, dates back to the late 19th century. And it’s inspired a range of recipes ever since. Originally invented as a way to use …

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How to Bake Sweet Tarts

Sweet shortcrust is a cinch! Follow our recipe and you’ll soon be turning out impeccable sweet tarts for your friends and family. Okay, so there are things that can go wrong… and yes, it might take a few tries to get it perfect, but isn’t that a great excuse to …

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Make and Use Creme Anglaise

Créme Anglaise (also known as custard) is the basis of a wide range of recipes. It can be enjoyed alone, poured over a slice of warm fruit tart, or chilled and eaten as a summer dessert sauce. Here are our top tips for making perfect Créme Anglaise – and how …

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Make and Use Creme Patissiere

Creme Patissiere is a component of recipes such as éclairs, profiteroles, and Boston Cream Pie. Essentially a cold custard, Creme Patissiere is surprisingly simple to make. With fresh vanilla seeds and good milk and eggs, it’s also surprisingly delicious! About Creme Patissiere Creme Patissiere is quite similar to English custard, …

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Pastry-Making Basics

New to pastry-making? It’s easy to be bewildered by the different types of pastry out there: puff and Danish, short and wholewheat, choux pastry and hot water pastry, Pâte Brisée and Pâte Sablée – and those are just the beginning! To keep it simple, we’ll focus on making shortcrust pastry …

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Chocolate Loaf Cake

Perfect for tea parties, suppertime, and even brunch, Chocolate Loaf is a versatile recipe that every baking goddess should have in her repertoire. Serve one of our recipes to your lucky family, and you’ll be receiving requests for it over and over again! Chocolate Loaf or Chocolate Bread? Chocolate Loaf …

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Chocolate Icing and Filling

You can fill and ice almost any cake with chocolate – and why not? From a glossy glaze to a spreadable buttercream, every type of icing can be adapted to include chocolate. Chocoholics will love our icing and filling recipes… (All recipes make enough to fill and ice a standard …

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Classic Cakes from the Midlands

Why not try your hand at baking some British classics? The Midlands is a rich source of baking tradition, from humble oatcakes to delicious plum bread. Try our classic recipe for Bakewell Tart and give your family a taste of British baking history! Regional Food in the Midlands The heart …

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Classic Cakes from Wales

Wales has a rich culinary tradition. If you’d like to try baking a traditional cake recipe from Wales, try one of our favourites – below. About Welsh baking Historically, the country’s main occupations – agriculture and mining – meant that there were a lot of famished Welsh men arriving home …

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Classic Cakes from Devon and Cornwall

Baking has a long history in Devon and Cornwall. From cream teas to cider and saffron cakes, the region has its own share of classics. If you feel like baking something that will take you to the Regency coastline and summer orchards of Devon or Cornwall, here are two favourites …

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