• 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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  • Foraged edible purple and white violet flowers in bowl from above

    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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  • 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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  • harry potter sorting hat cake

    Harry Potter Cake

    We were asked to create a very fabulous Harry Potter cake back in November and I have to say it turned out bloody brilliant even if I do say so myself. I flipping loved doing this cake and getting all the elements in there – the sorting hat, the glass, the wand and the snitch …

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  • Easter Cookies with the Children

    Well Easter certainly snuck up on us! If you are like me and have school age children driving you potty at home you could always spend an afternoon making Easter cookies with them like these… They are really easy to make and certainly keep my two amused for a couple of hours. The cutters are …

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  • Making the Perfect Christmas Cake Part 3 – Decoration

    Okay so once you have got your cake covered in marzipan then the next step is covering it in fondant. Any supermarket fondant will do but you may prefer a particular brand. Knead it really well so it is nice and warm. Fondant contains glucose which warms with your hands as you knead it – …

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  • Making the Perfect Christmas Cake – Part Two

        Marzipanning Your Cake Once your cake has had two or three months to mature and soak up some booze it’s time to cover it in marzipan and icing, sealing in all that lovely fruit and flavour. Take out your cake from wherever you have stored it and unwrap completely. You will need a cake …

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  • The Making of the Millennium Falcon Cake

    We have done several Millennium Falcon cakes over the years – some for birthdays, the odd one for weddings – and it is quite clear the enthusiasm for Star Wars remains as strong as ever. As time has gone on we have perfected our techniques for producing Millennium Falcon cakes and after some trial and …

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