How To

Victoria Sandwich Inside Surprise Cake

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There’s been a lot of you asking for me to do a surprise cake tutorial on the blog after seeing the birthday cake I made for my eldest. 

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Brioche Burger Buns

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I love a good burger on a toasted Brioche bun, trouble is it’s not something you seem to be able to buy easily.  So, with us definitely heading towards a spell of BBQ weather I’ve slightly adapted by Brioche recipe (which you’ll find in my new Bread Making book) so I can get some burgers on the go!

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How to Temper Chocolate

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I’ve managed to avoid the need for tempering chocolate until now and managed just to wing it in the past.  The time has come and chocolate is intriguing me, so in order for it to play ball I figured it was going to be important to learn how to temper chocolate.

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How to make a Chocolate Collar

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Making a chocolate collar for a cake is much easier than you’d think, its an impressive way to finish a spectacular cake.  You can use your favourite chocolate white, milk or dark the method is exactly the same.  So let’s get cracking!

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Flour Tortillas

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At last!  It appears to be BBQ weather,  and whilst I’m stuck for Father’s Day ideas I figured a BBQ might be just the thing to treat your Dad.  Now BBQ’s don’t naturally lend themselves to baking but a batch of these flour tortillas will certainly go down a treat.

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Cake Decorating – Top Tips #2

Colouring Sugarpaste – Get the Dough Hook on it!

Ever turned your hands (and the worktop) purple/orange/green/black?  Mine have been all sorts and usually when you’re off somewhere important.  I don’t buy ready coloured sugarpaste as I find it too sticky and rather colour my own with gel paste colours.  

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Giant Cupcake Chocolate Shell

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Yes it’s completely chocolate!

How about sitting your Giant Cupcake Cake in this?!

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To make a Giant Cupcake base chocolate shell you will need 400g of chocolate, white dark or milk.  My photos show a blue chocolate shell as it’s easier to see in the photos – tips of colouring white chocolate are at the end of the post.

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Chocolate Giant Cupcake Recipe

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Lots of you have requested cake recipes for a giant cupcake tin,  so I thought I’d put them on the blog for you all to use. You can pretty much use any cake recipe but how much?  I have to admit in the past I’ve just made a big old batch of cake mix, filled up the tin and then used the extra for cupcakes, so you don’t have to you’ll be pleased to hear I’ve worked out quantities for you!

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Vanilla Giant Cupcake Recipe

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Vanilla Giant Cupcake Recipe!


375g butter, softened

375g caster sugar

6 eggs, large

2 tsp vanilla extract

375g self-raising flour

3 tbsps milk

Prep your tin – a really good grease  in all the folds and shapes and a circle of baking paper in the bottom of the base section.

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Love Heart Biscuits

 DSC06357 You know from my last post I wasn’t going to blog these, but so many of you asked how to do them so here’s the how to…!

You will need:

1 x batch of round biscuits – recipe here

1 x batch of glaze icing – recipe here

Disposable Piping Bags fitted with No.3 Piping Nozzles

Gel paste food colours

Icing Pen in Dusky Pink

(Equipment links to The Pink Whisk Shop)

The icing batch will decorate fully 20 biscuits but make sure you have some spare for practising on first before you go onto the ‘real’ ones!

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