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    Seven thrifty cake tips to save you £££

    Whether you’re a professional baker turning out creations for the paying public or a keen home baker catering to friends and family, saving a few pounds on your cake decorating costs is no bad thing. Having been in this business for a while I’ve come with a few cost-saving cake ideas to keep your overheads …

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  • Five DIY naked wedding cake tips

    Wedding cakes can be expensive, especially if you’re on a budget. So, if you’re feeling confident enough you could consider making it yourself. Creating your own DIY naked wedding cake doesn’t have to be complicated but it does require a bit of thought beforehand – the last thing you want is see your masterpiece sliding …

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    The ultimate birthday unicorn cakes

    Who doesn’t love unicorn cakes? There’s something seriously pretty about them and girly. They’re also seriously popular with the under 10s currently! Unicorn cakes are also pretty versatile too – want a pink mane? No problem. Prefer rainbow instead? Knock yourself out. We haven’t done any boy unicorn cakes yet, but hey, there’s always a …

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  • A three tier naked wedding cake at Pangdean Barn with fresh flowers

    The enduring trend for naked wedding cakes

    When naked wedding cakes started gaining popularity a few years ago, I thought they would be like many trends – popular for a while but soon overtaken by the next big thing. How wrong was I? Because six years on they’re still going strong and one of the most popular choices for couples on their …

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    Best Flowers for Cakes

    Nothing beats fresh flowers on a cake – they look absolutely stunning and their beauty is unparalleled. Sugar flowers are amazing too and often you can’t tell the difference, but they take time to make and can drastically bump up the price of a cake. Whether you’re a cake maker looking to dress a cake …

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  • mint green and pink peonies on a four tier wedding cake with edible gold leaf

    Wedding Cake Trends for 2019

    Just exactly what are the wedding cake trends for 2019 you might ask? It’s always difficult to know what’s hot and what’s not in the world of wedding cakes. Like fashion, the trends are ever-changing. But as far as wedding cakes go this year, the style is definitely modern but with a fair bit of …

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    Five reasons why customer service is so important to your cake business

    I recently ordered some materials for some cakes we have coming up, but the order never arrived. No big deal really, these things happen. But almost three weeks on I emailed the company to ask where it was. And that’s where it all went downhill. Apart from taking four days to actually get back to …

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  • a piece of a cake with a fork and syringe by the side of it

    When your cake business gets sick do you get sick too?

    I think of myself as a pretty healthy person. I eat well, I’m not overweight. I exercise regularly and drink very little these days. I generally don’t get sick, bar the occasional cold. And if I do, I tend to soldier on regardless, confident my immune system will do its job and fight it off …

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  • Two children having fun in the kitchen

    Six reasons why kids’ cake decorating is a great idea

    I recently taught my daughter’s class (all 30 of them) to decorate cupcakes as an end of term treat. It wasn’t the heart attack-inducing experience I thought it would be and I am constantly amazed at how engaged and creative the children become when they’re given something they like. Even the two naughtiest boys in …

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    Summer is here: How to deal with parental guilt when you work

    School’s out for summer and as of today my children are footloose and fancy-free for the next six weeks. I don’t know about you but I don’t jump up and down with unbridled joy at the prospect of the little cherubs being under my feet for the foreseeable future. And I am already taking bets …

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