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Brownies With A Twist

Brownies With A Twist

Last year I had an email from a friend in Lahore, Pakistan, she is a great cook and has some wonderful ideas and this was in the email, although I’m not sure if this is one of her own recipes or not. However, when I read the title I though she had made a mistake […]

August 29, 2014 | By | Reply More
All Aboard the Nightmare Express

All Aboard the Nightmare Express

This cake is probably the most difficult one I have attempted, what seemed like a straight forward sculpted cake of which I’ve produced hundreds, actually turned out to be a bit of a nightmare. There were so many nooks and crannies to carve out, I started carving the basic shape and all was well until […]

August 18, 2014 | By | Reply More
My Chelsea Bun Recipe

My Chelsea Bun Recipe

MY CHELSEA BUN RECIPE This is the professional Chelsea Bun recipe I used in my bakery for 35 years in the UK and 10 years in Spain. In the bakery Chelsea Buns are made in a two step process, first the ferment is made, then the dough. The original recipe calls for ‘sugar nibs’ these […]

January 16, 2014 | By | Reply More
Cranberry Franzipan Cake

Cranberry Franzipan Cake

  How it’s Done Grease and line a 20cm round cake tin and set the oven to 160ºC before you start. To make the filling place the cornflour, ground almonds, sugar, butter, almond extract and eggs in a bowl. Mix all together with a wooden spoon and beat until smooth: stir in the cranberries or […]

December 16, 2013 | By | Reply More
A Chocolate Pudding to Die For

A Chocolate Pudding to Die For

  PREPARATION TIME 15 minutes COOKING TIME I hour 10 minutes FREEZING Not suitable SERVES 4         •  200 g  milk chocolate • 200 ml milk  •50g butter, softened •  75 g caster sugar • 2 eggs, separated •  50 g  white self-raising flour (If you only have plain four then add […]

December 15, 2013 | By | Reply More
The Birth of a Flamenco Dancer

The Birth of a Flamenco Dancer

  Ever since I made this Cake last year I’m constantly being asked “How did you you do it”? For the record, Maria José (that’s what I christened her) stood 42.5cm (17 inches) high and took 80 hours to complete, she was built on Madeira cake, I find this best for sculpted or carved cakes. […]

December 2, 2013 | By | Reply More
One of my More Challenging Cakes

One of my More Challenging Cakes

This was requested for the Birthday of an ex London Bus Driver. I’ve never attempted anything like this before so I had a few challenging moments during the decorating, plus with the temperature around 38ºC the crumb coat was melting and allowing the fondant to slide down the sides of the cake. Because it was […]

November 28, 2013 | By | Reply More
How To Express Your Creativity Through Cake Decorating

How To Express Your Creativity Through Cake Decorating

Cake decorating can be a wonderful hobby and is a great way to express your creativity. Cake decorating is a lot of fun and very rewarding, if you feel you like it well enough you can turn it into a full time profession. Cake decorating does take a measure of artistic skill. Anyone can master […]

November 28, 2013 | By | Reply More
Cake Decorating – The Wedding Cake

Cake Decorating – The Wedding Cake

Nearly every social event offers food in the celebration, birthdays, anniversaries, and weddings, are but a few of the events where food is an important part of the celebration. This article is about the wedding cake. A wedding is a way to celebrate the union of two people who are starting a life together. People […]

November 28, 2013 | By | Reply More
The Finishing Touch

The Finishing Touch

There are many ways to put a finishing touch on your cake decorating project. Sugar-frosted fruit and fresh flowers are very popular cake decoration garnishes. They will add a contrasting texture, and add color to your beautiful creation. Using these items will allow you to spruce up a plain cake. Fruit Using fresh berries for […]

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