• 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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    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…

  • 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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    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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    Mince Pie Cupcakes

    Flash back 2 years ago when I first bought you the Hint of Christmas Cupcakes….. I have now practiced and perfected this recipe and am happy to present to you Mince Pie Cupcakes….the perfect, lightly spiced fruit cupcake as an alternative to rich fruit Christmas Cake. Ingredients 150gms Softened Unsalted Butter 150gms Caster Sugar 2 Eggs 2tbspns Milk 150gms Self Raising Flour 1tspn Mixed Spice 140gms Good Quality Mincemeat Line a 12 hole cupcake tin with festive cupcake cases. Preheat your oven to 160c/140c fan/ gas mark 3 In a large mixing bowl cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy In a jug beat the eggs and…

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    Little Apple Cakes

    Autumn is on its way which in our house means having masses of apples, so with that in mind I have set about hunting out some great apple recipes – first up are Little Apple Cakes. When I say we have masses of apples, I mean it. We have 2 apple trees, which could be very very old – our cottage is over 500 years old, and although the trees aren’t the same age as the cottage, we’re fairly certain they are older than me – so that’s pretty old! Every year our trees are full. This year has been very dry and hot, so the apples are small, some…

  • Rocky Road
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    Scrummy Rocky Road

    Rocky Road…..Chocolate, Biscuits, Marshmallows, and ANY other sweets and candies that YOU want to add. There are no hard and fast rules about Rocky Road, as long as it has the basic chocolatey base, you really can throw any sweet treat you like at it and it won’t ruin it. I often make Rocky Road for Fairs and Markets, and they are always, without doubt, THE most popular thing on the table. I always make twice as much as anything else, I make them with both Dark and White chocolate, and they always, always sell. The question I get asked a lot is “what’s in them?”, and my standard answer…

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    Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes

    Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes? Are you sure they are Vegan? Really? But they look so ‘normal’!  For various reason, we often get asked to make Eggless and/or Dairy Free cakes. This recipe is a fail safe, easy to make, yummy scummy Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes recipe, which means Dairy Free AND Eggless!  To be honest, if no-one told you these were Vegan, you’d never know it, or believe it, because these Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes are light, fluffy, moist, rich, chocolatey and easy to make – everything a Cupcake should be, with nothing missing in taste and texture.   They do use a spread to add the fat content. My choice of spread is…