Category Archives: cake

fairy cakes three ways

An unusual post this one: it’s a birthday gift show-off in disguise and I didn’t cook the featured articles! Recent birthday gifts were: individual silicone cupcake cases (re-usable and easy to remove from the cases you see), a wiry cupcake stand, and my first ever piping bag. As I was about to spring into baking action, my 4 month old […]

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marcus wareing’s chocolate cake

The baking onslaught continues. I’m a sucker for a chocolate cake, so it was next on my hitlist. I turned to a very underappreciated but well-read book from my shelf, How to Cook the Perfect…by Marcus Wareing. It’s an excellent guide for obvious recipes, but the killer app is the additional flashpoints from Marcus, pointing out where the potential problem […]

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victoria sponge

Now this is more like it. After last week’s misfire, this Victoria sponge was extremely satisfying. Light and crumby, with rich cream and tart jam, we’re heading in the right direction. There’s still some improvement to be had in the texture, so that’s my next area to work on. Baking is a very different area for me; I’m so used […]

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white chocolate gateau

Cakes and baking isn’t really my thing. I don’t know why, but batter rarely sets, sponge goes leathery and it ends up being a fantastic waste of time. Well, not this year. I will become Ace of Cakes. Attempt #1 this year is true to form. I blindly followed an Olive magazine recipe, much to my peril. When I was […]

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