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A lesson in cake decorating at Konditor & Cook

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As soon as I picked up a copy of the new Konditor & Cook book, I was in love. Baking doesn’t get any more indulgent or delicious than at the hands of this London bakery. So when I discovered that it ran classes, offering the chance to learn some new cake decorating skills, then try […]

The Great British Bake Off Effect

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Our resident blogger Sophie Barson tells us what she loved about the first episode of GBBO last night on BBC One, and why she thinks it has such an impact on the nation… As soon as I hear the intro music to the Great British Bake Off, I’m excited. I know I’m in for an […]

Getting ready for the Bake Off!

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The Great British Bake Off is back on our screens tonight, and already our Twitter feed is full of enthusiastic posts heralding the arrival of the new series. Home bakers, industry professionals, schoolkids, parents – it seems that no matter what your age, the GBBO unites us in a shared celebration of that most sacred […]

Baking: No Longer the Nation’s Dirty Secret – Charlotte White on the Great British Bake Off

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They would corner me at the kettle, take me to one side at parties, whisper in hushed tones and confess their dirty secret to me. Why me? Well, I was out and proud; I had brought the cake with me so they knew that I loved to bake. Before The Great British Bake Off exploded […]

Enjoy summer with this baked strawberry cheesecake recipe

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Light and moussey but jam-packed with flavour, this baked cheesecake will soon become a star in your pudding repertoire. We think it sums up summer in a mouthful – sweet and delicious, but delicate enough to be eaten when the heat wave hits us!   Recipe for Baked Strawberry Cheesecake For the base 200g digestive […]

Recipe for gluten-free and dairy-free Millionaire Shortbread

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Try this delicious gluten-free and dairy-free Millionaire Shortbread recipe to discover just how tasty free-from baking can be! Created by Vicki Montague, The Free From Fairy. If you’re new to free-from cooking, her blog is a great place to start your journey…   For the shortbread 250g gluten-free plain flour (I used Doves Farm) 175g […]

Happy graduation! Try this recipe for decorated cupcakes…

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It’s season for mortar boards, graduation ceremonies and celebration galore! Indulge in these decorated graduation cupcakes, designed and made by blogger and cupcake enthusiast Sophie Barson, in order to make your big day even more special. For best results, eat these with a glass of Prosecco in your hand! For the vanilla cupcakes (makes 12) […]

Meet Pixie Cakes

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Amy Johnson founded Pixie Cakes to follow her love of hobby baking, and is now starting to set up her own business from home. We chat to her about the transition from part-time baker to a fully fledged cake decorating business, and how she made the leap between the two at such a young age. […]

Making Valentine’s Day Cupcake Toppers

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I was lucky enough to be invited along to a special Valentine’s Day cupcake decorating class at the Bath Cake Company, which has just opened its doors to a new all singing and dancing cake decorating school. Taught by company owner Celia Adams, we learnt how to make four different Valentine’s Day cake toppers, including […]

How to make a sugarpaste rose for Valentine’s Day

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These roses look really professional but are quite simple to make – I made mine with the help of Celia from the Bath Cake Company in one of her lovely Valentine’s Day cupcake decorating classes. I thought it was such a great technique to know that I’ve shared a step-by-step tutorial below – there are […]