• Cake's Essential Ingredients: Flour
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    Cake’s Essential Ingredients

    Cakes have 5 main Essential Ingredients* – Flour, Eggs, Sugar, a raising agent and some kind of fat, such as butter. As a general rule, Flour and Eggs are there for structure, Sugar for sweetness, raising agent for air and Butter for flavour. To give you more of an insight into why we include each ingredient, and how they can change how your cakes, here’s a quick basic guide to Cakes Essential Ingredients. Click here for our Classic, Light Fluffy Sponge Recipe *usually, not always. Sometimes cakes can be vegan or gluten free, so can go without one of the ingredients. This article is a generalisation for basic baking techniques…

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    Light and Fluffy Sponge Cake

    Do your sponge cakes always come out as light and fluffy as you’d like? You may have heard that baking is a science, well here is the most basic recipe which proves it is. Baking isn’t just luck, it’s a science, tried and tested through generations. Baking is a combination of the right ingredients and the right techniques…and this combination of ingredients and technique will make the perfect, light fluffy Vanilla Sponge Cake, in England known as a classic Victoria Sponge. The Right Ingredients Cakes are made up of 4 basic ingredients: Butter, Sugar, Eggs and Flour with a raising agent. Quantities vary to get different results, but to get…

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    Perfect Buttercream

    The Essential Guide to Perfect Buttercream Frosting Do you whizz up some butter and icing sugar for frosting, but it’s just not right? Do you see photos of cupcakes on Instagram with sugar filled clouds on top and wish your Buttercream was as light and airy? Well, here is my Video and Blog Tutorial for Buttercream 101.  Buttercream, the easiest frosting in the world to make. However, whilst anyone can make it, not everyone can make it well. When made properly, just 2 ingredients can be transformed into the most delicious cake condiment. Eating it should make angels sing, unicorns fly by, and rainbows light up the sky. However, when…

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    Cinnamon Apple Tea Cake

    New Year, New Comfort Food Is it just me or is January a little sad? The fun of Christmas is over and it’s a loooong time till the next holiday. But January is a time for preparing for a whole new year. So this post is all about the year ahead for The Daisy Cake Cookbook whilst enjoying some comforting Cinnamon Apple Tea Cake. Just before Christmas I tried my hand at some video blog posts, with Brownie Christmas Trees and a Festive Yule Log. They still need a bit of refining, but I loved the idea of being able to talk you through some of my best recipes. I…

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    Christmas Yule Log

    What is more Christmassy than a Chocolate Yule Log? A real showstopping centre piece that is easier to make than you probably think. Want to impress someone with your baking prowess? Well seriously this is the bake to go to. Full of chocolatey goodness, and sweet with lightly whipped buttercream, this is a great festive treat.  Follow the video and learn to bake it like a pro. I’ve gone for the more rustic, christmas look, but you can mix up the decoration with a few fondant snowflakes, or even a natural sprig of holly. This is just my second Video Blog, and I’m sorry about the camera in the top…

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    Christmas Shortbread Crumble Bars (or The Easiest Christmas Bake Ever!)

    Are you ready for Christmas? Presents bought and wrapped? Tree up? House decorated? Food shopping done? Turkey…..um…..turkeying? No? Me either!!! Anyway, don’t despair, because we have the perfect quick, easy bake that will make your house smell festive and give you an energy boost to help you get ready for when the big man in red visits. Christmas Shortbread Crumble 175gms Plain Flour 100gms Caster Sugar 100gms Butter 350gms Mincemeat   Preheat your oven to 130c, 150c fan or gas mark 3 Grease and line a brownie tin with baking parchment. Place all the ingredients, except the mincemeat, into a bowl and mix with an electric mixer until it has…

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    Halloween Cupcakes

    Oooooooooo…aaaaaaahhhhhh….arrrrghhhhhhh Are you ready for Halloween?!!! With these incredibly easy Cupcake Decorations you will more than thrill any Trick-or-Treaters that come to your door. Ingredients For each cupcake, you will of course need cupcakes – homebaked from scratch, baked out of a box or shop bought, any will do. Frost each cupcake with buttercream or frosting coloured with orange food colouring Also, prepare some melted chocolate in a piping bag or zip-loc bag with the corner cut off. Spidersweb Cupcakes These need no extra ingredients than those listed above. First, on a piece of greaseproof paper, using the melted chocolate, pipe spiders webs, and spiders. This may take a few…