• Blog,  Cake Decorating,  Celebration Cakes,  Essentials

    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 should…

  • Blog,  Recipes - tried and tested,  Sweets and Goodies

    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…

  • baking,  Blog,  Cakes,  Celebration Cakes

    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…

  • Always Baked with Love,  baking,  Blog,  Sweets and Goodies

    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…

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    Chocolate Lovers Fudge Topped Brownie

    It’s getting cold! Summer is very much over, but that’s no reason to be down, oh no……I have something easy and yummy to make you forget about the cold weather and shorter days. Warm and comforting baking is a great way to forget the outside and makes your kitchen smell amazingly scrummy in the process.   This bake is both a comforting Brownie, and decadent easy peasy fudge. Both can be made separately, but hey? Why do that when you can just put both together?  This bake does need a little time to set, so be prepared to wait before you can enjoy the full magic.   Fudge Topped Brownie…

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    Lemon Crumble Bars

    If you live in the UK, There are 2 things you can’t have failed to have noticed this summer: 1. The Olympics are nearly upon us – yep, London 2012 will be opening in just a weeks time. 2. It hasn’t stopped raining for what seems like forever!!   Firstly the Olympics. Personally I’m very excited. We get TV Olympic coverage at a time of day I’m not in bed, sleeping. But then I don’t live near the Olympic Village. I do however, have a ‘proper’ job at a big Dance Shoe Company, and the factory and offices are based in Hackney. Oh…. My…. Life…..how much things have changed in…

  • Cakes

    All in 1 Cake Bars

    Firstly I must apologise for being MIA for nearly 2 months. My ‘proper’ job has been crazy busy, but hopefully it’s now all calmed down (well for the time being anyway). Anyway, now I’M BACK!!!!   I love being busy, but there is a down side – the lack of baking time! Baking is my relaxation, so on top of being busy, I feel extra stressed because I haven’t had time to put on my pinny, roll up my sleeves and get the mixer out. To celebrate getting back in the kitchen I have made something, quick, easy, yummy, crumby and colourful. Quite often I see recipes which include a…

  • Cakes,  Recipes - tried and tested

    Your Own Individual Cake in Cup

    Do you ever get those moments when you NEED a cake? I do! At these times, mass produced, shop bought cakes just wont do. I’m talking about a NEED for fresh, out of the oven, home-baked cake!!! But, mixing up a batch of cupcakes or a Victoria sponge would be too much, and once the NEED for cake has been satisfied you’re left with too much cake which you’re either forced to eat or give away. Making too much isn’t such a bad thing, excess cake is never a bad thing, but with this small recipe you’ll have just the right amount of cake AND as a bonus it doesn’t…

  • Cakes,  Recipes - tried and tested,  Sweets and Goodies

    Is it a cake?…..Is it a chocolate?…..

    YEP, it’s BOTH!!! Chocolate Cake Truffles! I predict 99% of people like chocolate cake! I like it. I’m not a lover of it, in fact, if there was a Chocolate Fudge Cake and a Victoria Sponge in front of me, I’d go with the Victoria Sponge every time. But if there was only Chocolate Fudge on offer I wouldn’t say no! BUT, put a Chocolate Cake Truffle in front of me and it would be gone in a flash! Christmas is mad in our family….and I mean mad!!! We have our big family Christmas on Boxing Day, so everyone can see in-laws on Christmas Day. For about 30 minutes on…