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Bake Off Make Off Week 4- Churro Cupcakes

14th September 2016

Churro Cupcakes In the midst of the sad week when Mel & Sue confirmed they won’t be joining GBBO on its move to Channel 4, I have to admit I am still happy because a BATTER week has been added. I actually disgust myself when I admit my love for batter but we all have a dark side don’t we? One of my all time fave battered things I’ve ever had are churros. The first time I tried churros was with some cake friends, next to a river in London, on a gorgeously sunny day. They were so much more than I expected; sweet and cinnamony, crispy on the outside but a teensy bit soft in the middle… and they came with dippy chocolate sauce. The only bad thing about this experience was that I was already in my early twenties by the time I tried a churro. Why wasn’t I given churros instead of Rusks as a baby?! Do love […]

Bake Off Make Off Week 1- Chocolate Orange Drizzle Cake

27th August 2016

The Great British Bake Off. How did we wait a year for it to be back? The familiar comfort that washes over you when the theme music starts, like seeing an old friend after too long apart. Who in the nation wasn’t sitting in a comfy chair with a cup of tea and big smile plastered across their face as GBBO 2016 finally started? Week 1 saw the bakers make a classic bake, a household favourite, the understated drizzle cake. The technical challenge then requested that the bakers make a batch of Jaffa Cakes. I’m embarrassed to say that I didn’t even know Jaffa Cakes could be homemade. I’ve only ever known them from the packet and I’ve never actually liked Jaffa Cakes but maybe that’s why. If I were to try one of Mary Berry’s, would my Jaffa world be turned upside down? The final task, the showstopper round, was a mean first round […]

How to make Royal Icing in under 5 minutes

21st August 2016

One of the most common things I hear about royal icing is that it’s hassle to make. It isn’t at ALL hassle to make, I promise you. It’s 3 ingredients and 4 minutes in a mixer. If you follow this recipe, you can’t go wrong with it and you will have perfect royal icing forever more. There also affiliate links so if you need anything you can click through and get them. You can also buy royal icing sugar and just add water to it if you want to remove a step but it doesn’t save that much time. A stand mixer is better than a hand mixer when it comes to making royal icing because the minimum speed is much slower than that of a hand mixer, but if you only have a hand mixer it will be fine, just keep an eye on it and make sure it doesn’t start puffing up […]

The Ultimate Buttercream Recipe

21st August 2016

Have you ever met someone who doesn’t love buttercream? I’ve met lots of people who don’t like fondant. I’m actually one of those people! Ironic, I know. If I have a piece of a cake, I will peel the icing off and discard it. Contrary to my 8 year old self’s norm of eating alllll the icing and leaving the cake. Buttercream on the other hand… Who can resist having a little taste of a bowl of freshly made, fluffy buttercream? If you see a golden vanilla cake bursting with layers of light vanilla filling and it’s squeezing from the sides of the cake, how can you help but want to wipe a finger along and taste a big scoop of buttercream? We do resist though because it’s frowned upon in every circumstance. This one is red velvet and doesn’t it look extra appetising against the white cloud of buttercream?   I’m going to show you how to make buttercream so good that resisting […]

Classic English Vanilla Cupcake Recipe

21st August 2016

Any kind of cupcake is good isn’t it? I would take pretty much any flavour of cupcake. Sometimes though, you can’t do any better than a really well baked Classic English Vanilla Cupcake. Simple but sublime. There are no complicated, hard-to-find ingredients, just good old butter, sugar, flour and eggs… and some vanilla. A Victoria Sponge in cupcake form. Top it off with a light vanilla buttercream swirl and it’s pretty much heaven, if you’ve got a thang for cake, which I do, and seeing as you’re here, I guess you do too. Fist bump.     At the time of making this tutorial, I had just bought the most pretty, new bakeware. Look at my bowl(!) and my scales, sometimes I just look at them for fun. The scales come in pink too and I used every fibre of my being to not add the pink to my basket. I have too much pink and needed to […]

The Nutella Fondue Cake You Have To Make

11th August 2016

Guys, I’m sorry. This came to me. This cake came to me like a vision. A vision of light and beauty and happiness and warmth, completely enrobed in chocolate. A cake that you can dip into. What was a girl to do? How could anyone resist? So I hope now you understand I could not help this. Are you ready? Let’s dive head first into a land of delicious, filthy indulgence. I like a good chocolate cake, who doesn’t? I’m always thinking of ways to better a chocolate cake, which is perhaps where I need to just calm down. Do I actually need to try and make something better than a good chocolate cake? Probably not. Chocolate cakes, en générale, are divine! However, on this occasion, as previously mentioned, I couldn’t help myself. Once that cocoa bean was planted in my pliable mind, it grew and blossomed and quite rapidly became a version of a beautiful […]