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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Salted Caramel Sauce

Salted Caramel Sauce

Salted Caramel Sauce.  Not only is it one of the most delicious things on the planet, it’s also so handy to have around to pour, dip and scoop. I’m posting this on it’s own so that whenever I post a recipe that uses Salted Caramel, I can link straight back here to this recipe.  I’ve used it recently in an upcoming Snickers Cookie recipe, I frequently use it in buttercream to flavour it, as well as for filling cakes (use an icing dam to stop overflow!) and drizzling on the…

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The Best Ever Chocolate Cake for Cake Decorating

The Best Ever Chocolate Cake for Cake Decorating

I’ve been teasing you with this recipe for a while on <Facebook>, and it’s finally here. This is my own recipe I came up with after never finding a chocolate cake I really loved, either eating or working with.  I’ve always disliked using baking soda in recipes, and while I like the moistness of chocolate cakes made with oil, I prefer the flavour of them with butter.  After years I still hadn’t found “The One”, until now. Let me tell you a bit about this: It makes a good sized…

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How To: Coloured Ganache Drip

How To:  Coloured Ganache Drip

Of course you’ve seen them around!  Ganache drip cakes have been the 2015/2016 trend and I’m not seeing them go away anytime soon.  The beauty with them is that they’re quick, effective and eye-catching. Lots of people have their own way of perfecting this method, but I’ve made a quick video of my own including a recipe which would be enough for an 8″ round cake.  My handy tool for both the drips and the top means no messy smears from a spatula and a perfectly level top. An important…

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Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon Rolls

I had a hankering for making bread last weekend.  I’ll be honest, I’ve never been impressed when I’ve made my own bread dough, but having made many hundreds (or thousands) of doughnuts over the summer with Sprinkles, I’ve learned a bit about enriched doughs, made with eggs and butter, and I’ve enjoyed being able to play around with recipes and feeling confident enough to come up with my own. These cinnamon rolls are great for a weekend brunch.  I made my dough the night before, right up until filling, rolling…

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Wafer Paper Ribbon Rose

Wafer Paper Ribbon Rose

Wafer paper flowers are popping up everywhere. Of course there are many types, some look amazing realistic. But this ribbon rose is great to whip up in a pinch! I made a last minute decision to make some for a cake last year, and in a few minutes I had the perfect toppers to finish off a cake for my mother-in-law (the cake at the bottom of the post) You can make them any size you like, the large one in the picture above was made using a circle from…

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Whipped Salted Caramel Filling

Whipped Salted Caramel Filling

I made this whipped salted caramel filling last week to fill some doughnuts and thought it would be a great one to share for filling and icing cakes.  I’ve doubled the recipe which should give you enough for filling/ decorating an 8″ cake.  You could also keep aside some of the caramel before whipping to drizzle between layers for an extra caramel hit (you can’t melt it after it’s whipped).   Whipped salted caramel filling 1 1/2 cup  sugar 1/2 cup water 1 cup cream 320g butter, cubed Salt to…

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