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At my husband's request, I've recently created this delectable half-and-half wholemeal Victoria sponge cake. Not only does it infuse your diet with fabulous fibre, but it's also light and fluffy too! Dubbed the "half and half" cake due to the blend of Half Wholemeal Self-Raising Flour and Half White Self-Raising Flour, it achieves a consistently airy and moist texture whilst still remaining true flavour-wise to the classic Victoria Sponge Cake. It's a fantastic, healthy addition to my...
 
Happy Valentine's Day! Well not quite yet but... Love is in the air once again; our creative juices are flowing, and we want to impart love and affection on our nearest and dearest. So, to kickstart the celebrations, here are a few delightful ideas to help add a sprinkle of love on this upcoming Valentine's Day! Teddy Bear Toppers Who can resist the warm embrace of a teddy bear? These adorable toppers can be placed on biscuits, cupcakes, or even a cake, bringing a cuddly charm to your...
 
As a lovely start to the New Year, we were given a demonstration on how to make this Hanky Fairy by Mo. Mo's inspiration was taken from the Handkerchief Fairy cards that are currently on the market, and she tweaked them into edible 2D & 3D creations, as shown on the above cake. The skirt of the topper is a play on the hanky design on the below cards. We watched as she demonstrated how to make the fairy step by step and gave us alternatives of how to make patterns and how to adapt the...
 
Keeping up with the festivities but having a different take this year, I thought I would make some Christmas Pigs in Blankets toppers for you. I made them using the following items: Walnut Whip Pink, Green & Red Icing Black Pearls Blanket Mould Ball Tool Smile Tool Edible Glue These festive additions offer a wonderful twist on the traditional Christmas topper, steering away from the usual Santa or Reindeer designs and with a whopping 128 million people incorporating them into their...
 
It was great to be back at the BSG meeting, seeing as we've had to miss a few lately. Christmas is one of my favourites, as we have a buffet, a Christmas demo and an abundance of creativity! During the workshop, Mo taught us how to make these irresistibly charming gonks; although she refers to them as gnomes, we still like to call them "gonks." What makes them so delightful is their timeless appeal and the fact that they can be adapted to any season, event or theme. Even a simple addition...
 
I've recently been informed about an exciting upcoming workshop taking place on Sunday, 19 November 2023, by Robert Whitten. Robert is a highly talented and captivating member from the North East and will be demonstrating how to create a stunning witch (similar to the attached photos below). Luckily for you, there are still places on the event, so hurry before they all go. Everyone is welcome so if you fancy an afternoon of creativity, please find full details below. Date...
 
Hot water pastry is used in hand-made pie crusts and is durable enough to hold some heavy fillings such as meats and root vegetables. It is a great, savoury choice and can be made in a relatively short amount of time. If you are looking to make the pastry for your pies, here are a few tips for you to focus on. Use lard, butter or a mixture of the two when making hot water pastry. Lard will give the pastry the fat, but the butter will give the pastry the flavour. To make a hot crust...
 
Welcome back, lovelies, to that eerily spooky time of year again. So with that in mind, I've crafted another Terry's chocolate orange, but this time, a Pumpkin for you to have a go at. Not only are they quick and easy to do, but they are also a fangtastic thing to make with the kids. See what I did there! But the best bit is you don't have to have to be super skilled, as your pumpkins can be anywhere from super smooth to charmingly rustic. The choice is yours. All I want you to do is have...
 
The Sachertorte was first created by the ingenious 16-year-old apprentice chef Franz Sacher for the Austrian Prince Klemens Wenzel von Metternich in 1832. This culinary masterpiece is a luxurious, rich chocolate cake filled with lashings of apricot jam and covered in a velvety chocolate glaze. It is slightly denser than that of a normal chocolate cake but is loved by millions across the world. If you are looking to recreate this beautiful classic or want to make changes to the recipe...
 
To help get your Bonfire Night celebrations in full swing, here are a few ideas and recipes for you to try. S'mores: These delightful treats are incredibly popular across the pond and can easily be recreated here too. To make S'mores, you can roast them over the bonfire, or if you're looking for a quick, fire-free alternative, we have a simple method of whipping them up in minutes. No bonfire needed! Ginger Cake: A warm, moist ginger cake with a hint of spice is a perfect treat for you...
 
If you've ever wanted to whip up those ooey-gooey marshmallow treats that our American friends love so much, well, now you can. Not only have I put together a quick and easy S'mores tutorial. But you can make a batch of them in a matter of minutes without the need for a bonfire! Having said that, if you are aiming for authenticity, then you can char them using a kitchen blow torch, although that bit's entirely optional. (Please note that children should be supervised by an adult at all...
 
Here are some tips on how to make a vertical layer cake. Overall Results A vertical cake needs height, colour and plenty of flavour. For best results, line the pan and use a light, springy sponge recipe, such as a Swiss roll for the cake layers. Buttercream or cream cheese is a great filling as it holds its shape. Tips on how to make and assemble the cake. The cakes are thin and bake very quickly in the oven, so keep an eye on them. Once baked, immediately take the sponge from the oven...
 
Here are a few examples of the colourful cupcake toppers and the Avengers Cupcake Toppers I recently bought from AK Giftshop on Amazon. Not only were they vibrant and cheery, but they were also conveniently pre-cut too! Although this review is predominantly for the Avengers cupcake toppers, I thought it only fair to show you a few of the other sets I bought and the quality they offer. This is so you can see firsthand the level of quality they bring. Product Packaging/Delivery The...
 
I found the leopard print edible cake wrap while searching for a unique cake covering for one of my daughter's 18th birthday cake tiers. It isn't something I've ever used before and is a new product to me that I haven't yet tried. After ordering the cake wrap from Sugar Fables on Etsy, here are my insights into the product. Product Packaging/Delivery Victoria, the seller, notified me when the package had been dispatched. The sheets were sent in an A4 Do Not Bend Envelope. The leopard...
 
Roll up, roll up, exciting news here folks! The release date for the upcoming season of our beloved GBBO has finally been announced. Following a highly anticipated wait, cryptic adverts and scouring the web to discover more. It has now officially been confirmed the Great British Bake Off will be back on our screens next Tuesday, 26 September at 8 pm. Whoop, whoop! But there's more exciting news to share! With Matt Lucas departing the show, he has now made way for the lovely and hilarious...
 
Here is the 18th birthday cake I made for my daughter. It comprises of 3 tiers, a 5-inch, 7-inch and 9-inch cake. Two tiers are made of up of chocolate chip Madeira cake, and the base is a dummy tier. This is probably the most expensive, busiest, time-consuming, head-scratching cake that has really pushed me. I'm not sure what was going on with the icing/fondant on the day, but it's the first time I've ever had to triple-cover a cake tier! The top tier was covered in two layers of white...
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