Baked Cake Donuts using a Wilton Donut Pan

Baked Cake Donuts using a Wilton Donut Pan

Cake comes in many forms, and why should we limit ourselves? It’s true that these aren’t yeasty doughnuts, but as someone who created a small business selling doughnuts, I can tell you these make a nice change.  The addition of nutmeg and cinnamon and less butter means that these don’t taste like cupcakes cooked in a circle – these baked cake donuts are a great treat in their own right with a slightly chewy texture and a nice amount of spice. This is basically the recipe that comes with the…

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Best Ever Vanilla Cake

Best Ever Vanilla Cake

I know it’s a big call to call this the “best ever”, but I’ve found my two base cake recipes and I’m not changing for anyone. This is the little sister to the Best Ever Chocolate Cake – a cake I’ve been told by quite a few people really lives up to its name.  This vanilla cake doesn’t disappoint either – a combination of butter and oil brings the best of both worlds, and a good quality vanilla takes it from good to spectacular!  If you can, aim for an…

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Coloured Bubble Wrap Chocolate

Coloured Bubble Wrap Chocolate

Using bubble wrap to mould chocolate is not a new thing, but after making a couple of cakes and loving the extra texture, I realised a bit of gold flicked over it wasn’t enough for me… I mean, it’s good but I wanted some colour!  I love the pastel coloured, marbled chocolate bark with sprinkles and I wondered if I could re-create that with some added texture. I had a look around and couldn’t see anyone else making colourful bubble wrap chocolate so it was time to give it a…

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Edible Flowers for Cake Decorating

Edible Flowers for Cake Decorating

This week I went shopping for the start of my edible flowers.  Real flowers are being used more and more on cakes, they are no longer just florist arrangements for on wedding cakes, but pops of colour on celebration cakes, often paired with buttercream and ganache drips. I’ve spent quite a while researching which edible flowers I would like to grow, and which flowers, despite their beauty, are not safe to put on cakes (either at all, or without making sure it is fully removed).  This is by no means…

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Chocolate Donut Cookies

Chocolate Donut Cookies

My life is all about doughnuts – real ones that is. We spend all summer madly making doughnuts every week and selling around Hawkes Bay with Sprinkles, so any chance to make something doughnut themed and I’m there! These cookies are the perfect amount of chocolate. You can use this dough for any cut out cookies or even regular cookies with chocolate chips. If you don’t want to make a full batch you can freeze half for another day. I have grand dreams of being able to decorate cookies like…

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How to: Cover a Cake in Sprinkles

How to: Cover a Cake in Sprinkles

Here’s a quick video we’ve put together about covering a cake in sprinkles. I’ve seen the ‘pressing the sprinkles on’ method, and I could just imagine the mess! So I figured this method, where the sprinkles stay flat on the bench until they’re stuck on the buttercream would be much less messy. I had a lot of warnings about sprinkles everywhere, but I can honestly say I’m not sure any even got on the floor! Just a couple of notes: Make sure your cake is chilled firm so you can…

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Review: Wilton Easy Layers Pan

Review: Wilton Easy Layers Pan

A few weeks ago I needed to make a rainbow layer cake.  Short of baking 5 layers of cake, one after another (read: time consuming), my only other option was to stop putting off getting new pans for myself and bake multiple layers at once. I’ve been coveting the Wilton Easy Layers Pan Sets since we began stocking them, but in the interests of business I have dutifully been sending them out in orders without taking one myself, lest I run out of stock.  With the blog overhaul and the…

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Swiss Meringue Buttercream with video

Swiss Meringue Buttercream with video

Swiss Meringue Buttercream is a staple in the cake world, and for good reason.  Cake decorators rave over it compared to traditional buttercream (made with butter and icing sugar) as it has a smoother, more velvety feel with no grittiness, and is great for filling, crumb coating, fully icing cakes and piping. I often make an Italian Meringue instead, but I’ll save that recipe for another day.  I wanted to put Swiss Meringue Buttercream up first as it’s the type of buttercream people look for more frequently when they decide…

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Trend Alert: Marble Look Cakes

Trend Alert: Marble Look Cakes

Welcome to our new blog category! Trend Alert: we’ll be posting brilliant cakes with different themes, because who doesn’t love looking at beautiful cakes and getting inspired. This weeks theme is marble.  All pictures have been attributed to their makers, alongside their social media pages if you love their work and want to see more.           1. Light marble and giant flowers Made by Sweet Bakes, this caught my eye because of my love of peonies and the subtle marble colour. Follow Sweet Bakes on Instagram…

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Snickers Cookies with Salted Caramel Drizzle

Snickers Cookies with Salted Caramel Drizzle

We have a great fondness for snickers in this house.  We make snickers doughnuts, snickers cupcakes, snickers cake, and now snickers cookies! I figured it was time to level up from plain chocolate chip cookies, and snickers are the perfect combination of chocolate, sweet, salty and nutty. On the other hand, I don’t have a great fondness for cookies made with eggs and baking soda.  I much prefer buttery, soft, more shortbread type cookies than the other kind, so I thought I’d come up with a cookie recipe I love…

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