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    Tottenham Cake….

    ….just like Percy Ingles makes. To many people, well actually most people, Tottenham Cake and Percy Ingles means nothing, but work or live in the Eastend of London and you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. I worked in Hackney, in London’s East end for over 10 years, and was lucky to regularly enjoy delights from Percy Ingles Bakery, from ‘down the Roman Road’….and wow did they have some yummy delights. Percy Ingles is a household name in Hackney, but step away from the Capital and few people will know what you’re talking about. It is a family bakery with over 50 shops in London and makes a great classic…

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    Victoria Sandwich for One

    Last year I entered a Victoria Sandwich into a local horticultural competition and was disqualified!! Yep, you read right…..disqualified!! And what was the awful deed I did to be disqualified……..I put buttercream between my layers of sponge and dusted icing sugar on the top. Shock! Horror!!!! The competition was being run according to the Women’s Institute rules, and they don’t allow buttercream or icing sugar…..can you believe that?!! Surely it says in the British constitution that a Victoria Sandwich must have a thick layer of Buttercream between two layers of cake!!! What was particularly gutting was the comments on the cards were all great “lovely moist sponge” ” “nice and…

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    Naturally Pink Cupcakes

      Valentines is on its way….the more sceptical amongst you may think its just another way the card and gift manufacturers get you to part with your hard earned cash, and in many ways I agree. However, I also feel that its a way of making you stop and truly appreciate the loved ones in your lives, and I don’t just mean your significant others. For many many years, before he was sadly taken from us, I would send my Great Uncle, or as we all knew him, Unc, a Valentines card. And I would always get one back. My Unc was better than any grandfather. He was a personality…

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    The Egg-stra Sunday Supplement

    Well, what a week. The New Year is certainly up and running. So to recap: We’ve had Raspberry and Chocolate Cupcake Bakes And Individual Cakes in a Cup Next week…..drum roll please, I’m hoping to bring you Diet Coke Chicken, and Vanilla and Beetroot Cupcakes. But I’m apologising now if that doesn’t happen because I’m off to work in Bournemouth for the week, and I can’t guarantee the hotel will have wifi! Since starting this blog, I have become obsessed with other food blogs. I’ve got hundreds (if not hundreds then definitely loads and loads) of blogs on my reader and it has become an enjoyable habit to sit down…