• Shop Bought, Homebaked or Bespoke Cakes. This is a Homebaked Cake Table.
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    Shop Bought, Homebaked and Bespoke Cakes

    Life is full of variety! When buying a cake you have to make choices, but what are the differences between Shop bought, Homebaked and Bespoke Cakes? Here’s my guide to why some cakes suit certain situations better. Shop Bought Let’s start with shop bought. I can tell you all the evils about shop bought cakes – factory made, preservatives, blah blah bah. But let’s be honest, there is nothing wrong with a shop bought cake for the right occasion. Not every occasion warrants a big, expensive, bespoke designed cake. For example, are you a parent going to the soft play area with what seems like a million other kids? Will…

  • Unusual Heart Shaped His and Hers Wedding Cake
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    Why Buy A Bespoke Cake?

    Why buy a bespoke cake? What even is a bespoke cake? And why should you consider one for your wedding? In the dictionary ‘Bespoke’ is described as something being specifically made for someone. Synonyms include custom-made and tailor-made. It’s the difference between buying a suit off the hanger from M&S, or having one made exactly to fit you from a tailor. Let’s face it you’re going to look and feel fantastic in the one from the tailor! When it comes to cake you can either buy a factory-made cake that’s ready decorated from a shop, or meet with an Artisan Cake Maker to design one, which is baked and decorated…

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    Monsta Cake

    The Monsta Cake is the perfect anti-unicorn cake. It’s quick and easy for any homebaker to make and can be adapted to any size to suit the event. One eye, 5 eyes, smiley face or scary teeth, pinks and purples or greens and yellows, whatever your party needs, the Monsta Cake can be tailored to fit perfectly. I made 2 layers of 8” Light and Fluffy Sponge, using a 4 egg mix. The recipe can be found here. I then made our Perfect Buttercream using 500gms butter and 1kg icing sugar. I removed a third of the mix from the bowl, to colour for the hair. To the remaining two…

  • 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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    Why Cover Your Cake Board

    Do you cover your Cake Board? When you look at someone else’s cake and marvel at how professional and perfect it looks, how many times do you see it sat on a silver, uncovered board? Not often, I bet! Covering a cake board is quick, easy and an essential finishing touch to make your cake look professional. No matter whether your cake will be naked, buttercream, ganache or fondant finished, a covered cake board will not only give your cake that finishing flourish, but it can also add to the design and overall look of your creation. But, WHY?   Basically it’s all about completing your design. A good design…

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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…

  • Cinnamon Apple Tea Cake
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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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    Cake Chocolate

        Now I know you may think the title of this post is a typo….Cake Chocolate? Surely that should say Chocolate Cake…..well, actually NO!!! This is one of the easiest recipes ever!! FACT!! What makes this recipe so easy is using an ingredient which has already been mixed. I promise I haven’t lost my mind, but this recipe includes shop bought cake mix. Huh? Really?????……..yup, really!! You did read that right……. shop     bought     cake     mix!!!   I know, I know, but haven’t you all got enough to do over Christmas without making treat making more complicated than needs be? You’ll thank me for…