Raspberry Ripple Cake

Fancy a slice of Raspberry Ripple Cake filled with raspberry ripple cheesecake filling?

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Oh yes indeed, especially now you know about my Flora Buttery experiment.  Don’t worry though if you can’t get hold of Flora Buttery where you are the recipe will work with regular butter instead.  Here’s the recipe:



250g Flora Buttery (see my previous post Baking with Flora Buttery)

250g caster sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

4 eggs, large Continue reading

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Baking with Flora Buttery

Lets talk margarine and spreads – are you in the butter camp or do you swear by a spread or margarine?

Hands up, I’m not a huge fan of the latter.  Depending on the brand I can taste it in baking.  I know how butter behaves and what it will do in a recipe when I’m planning it, not to mention that I love the taste!

When I was asked to do some recipe development for Flora I thought it would be a great challenge for me and perhaps chance to change my mind?  Of course I don’t use butter for everything,  Flora Buttery is what we spread on our sandwiches here and is our go to for everyday in the fridge.  I’m aware I don’t want to be completely responsible for clogging my children’s arteries before they reach their teenage years, give me some credit!

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So what better place to start than with the very same Flora Buttery.  A sponge cake had to top my list for giving it a run for it’s money.  Of course, I couldn’t leave out a Pink Whisk twist and this one turned into a Raspberry Ripple Cake (recipe in the next post)

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Time to report on the success (or not as the case may be) of the Flora Buttery test. Continue reading

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Live Online Today!

 Today at 1pm (UK) join me here live to chat about all things baking and for a good look through my new book Creative Eclairs!

You can watch in the screen below but if you fancy joining in and taking part in the interactive Q&A  then head here and follow the instructions to join the hangout.

See you soon! Continue reading

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Easter Make & Bake Winners

I’m delighted to announce the winners of my Easter Make & Bake Competition in partnership with Two Little Fleas.

Easter Bakes Recipe Competition

The team at Two Little Fleas had a hugely difficult time in deciding the winners from all the fantastic entries received, and were certainly very hungry when they had finished judging!


And so to the winners…

1st Place Food & Lycra  with Egg Shell Cupcakes winning £500 John Lewis vouchers


2nd Place Juniper Cakery with 3 Bunnies Easter Cupcakes winning £250 John Lewis vouchers

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Join Me Live!

 On Friday 2nd May at 1pm (UK) you will be able to join me for a live online chat for a look through my newest book Creative Eclairs.  Not only that you’ll be able to join in too asking any baking questions you need answering!

- only you won’t have to worry about the state of your hair ;)

On Friday if you just want to watch, all you need to do is come to The Pink Whisk and watch live from the homepage.  If you want to participate in the Q&A then this is the link you’ll need:


Join the Creative Eclairs Online Broadcast Q&A


And don’t worry if you’re off out elsewhere on Friday and miss it, the whole lot will be recorded for YouTube and you can watch it back after the event just here: Continue reading

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Easter Bake & Make Competition!

Win £500 in John Lewis Vouchers in my Blogger Competition with TwoLittleFleas!

Feeling lucky? I’ve teamed up with bingo review portal TwoLittleFleas to run a super fun and creative Easter baking challenge.

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Hot Cross Bun Loaf

Make an Easter Inspired Bake

We’re looking for baking & foodie bloggers to create and share your Easter-inspired bakes and makes – from chocolate eggs to cake-based Easter baskets it’s time to get creative!

It doesn’t need to be complex nor do you need to be an expert in baking, just have fun and see what you come up with!

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Creme Egg Lambs

How to Enter

You need to create a blog post that features your edible Easter make. You can be as Continue reading

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Creative Eclairs – Blog Hop!

We’re off on a blog hop!  You’ll be forgiven for not knowing quite what one of those is.  I had to admit I didn’t have a clue when it was first mentioned so let me explain…

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To celebrate the very imminent launch of my new book, Creative Eclairs we have rounded up a great bunch of people with really lovely blogs to take a look at the book.  They’ll be giving you their honest opinions, some featuring recipes and their own crack at creative eclair making, some with interviews and giveaways and others with…well who knows? You and I will find out together! Continue reading

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Scotch Pancakes

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Ooh hoo hoo!  Tomorrow is Pancake Day!  Always an event in our house, everyone wants a turn at flipping, tossing, pouring the batter, everyone ends up with a burn from the frying pan, tears as they’re not as good as flipping pancakes as they imagined in their head and arguments break out randomly in the frustration of having to wait in a queue of 5 for actually getting a pancake on their plate!

Last year was topped by the teen squirting this nifty lemon gadget in his eye rather than the pancake.  Yes I laughed, a lot.  It’s okay, I know I’m mean. Continue reading

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Creative Éclairs

Can I interest you in an Éclair or two?


I am sure a plateful would be gone in a flash round here!


The official launch date of my new book, Creative Éclairs  – is the 25th April 2014 but I’ve heard that they’ll be arriving in the UK early – hurrah!

So here I am with news that preorder for a signed copy is now open.

The books covers all you need to know about making, piping and baking choux pastry and of course plenty more besides…  Continue reading

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Baked Camembert

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Just a little dose of Valentines inspiration for this quick and easy starter or treat to share with a loved one (or indeed if they don’t like cheese aka Mr C, just to eat on your own!)

Valentines Heart Baked Camembert, and no you don’t need to go hunting for a heart shaped cheese, add a regular round Camembert to your shopping list and I’ll show you how it’s done…

You will need:

1 x Camembert cheese, either small or large.

1/2 pkt ready made puff pastry or make your own –  recipe is just here

1 egg, beaten for egg wash

Take the Camembert from the fridge and allow to stand at room temp for 20 minutes to soften just slightly. Continue reading

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