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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…

  • The Cake Walk

    The Cake Walk – Isle of Wight Part 5

    The doggies at Firestone Copse Today wasn’t so much of walking to a tearoom, more of a walk AND a tearoom (or two). I had a minor disaster when the memory card in my Blackberry decided to have a hissy fit and I lost some of my pictures, but Hubster came to the rescue as he took lots on his phone AND managed to save some of mine via the power of being a cleverdick techno bod. We started at Firestone Copse with a picnic. The weather actually felt like summer as we ventured down into the forest to Wooton Creek, where the doggies found some muddy water to jump…

  • The Cake Walk

    The Cake Walk – Isle of Wight Part 4

    Today’s walk led us to what is possibly one of the best cakes I’ve had for ages, via a scrummy bacon sandwich. All in all it was a very good food day!! We started in Freshwater at the ‘End of the Line’ garden centre and headed north to Yarmouth. It’s a relatively easy round walk, over farm fields, to Yarmouth and back along the estuary path. Out first stop was at the Kings Manor Farm Shop and Cafe. It had just started to pour down, so the very accommodating owners let us take the dogs inside (as long as they promised to behave!). Inside is a small shop selling fresh…

  • Cakes

    February 29th – Funfetti Cupcakes with Red Petticoats

    Is it just me that’s thinks that today you can get up to all sorts of stuff, because it doesn’t really count? Today, February 29th isn’t a real day, is it? It’s an extra day! One that we don’t normally get! A day where your employer gets a whole day extra from you without paying overtime, but that you can cram with a whole days worth of extra stuff, just because it’s there…….am I sounding a bit odd? I’ve always thought that about February 29th. That spare day once every 4 years, where you can do a bit more, because you have the extra time you always crave. For some…