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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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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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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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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Three Layer Neapolitan Cake

Three Layer Neapolitan Cake

I’ve made one of these a couple of years ago and didn’t blog about it, but this time I wanted to make an ‘easy’ version. This one involves one cake mix which is then flavoured, so you’re not baking three different cake batters for one cake.  It also uses strawberry flavouring that you’ll either have at home, or will only cost you a couple of dollars for a pack. There are a lot of instructions I’m afraid.  The recipe isn’t really compilcated, but when you’re doing three different cake flavours,…

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Crunchie Bar (Hokey Pokey) Layer Cake

Crunchie Bar (Hokey Pokey) Layer Cake

  This is a cake I made for my dads birthday.  I love making cakes that are a bit different than the usual flavours, and decorating them so you know exactly what you’re getting!  This chocolate cake is probably my favourite of all I have tried, and bonus: one bowl!           The Ultimate Chocolate Cake – from Annabel Langbein 3 cups self-raising flour (or 3 cups flour and 3 tsp baking powder) 2 cups sugar 1½ tsp vanilla extract ¾ cup cocoa powder 2 tsp baking…

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Caramel Mud Cake with Salted Caramel

Caramel Mud Cake with Salted Caramel

This cake is DELICIOUS!  You only need a small sliver thanks to the sticky caramel on top. The cake itself is dense and fudgy, but still melt in your mouth.  If you make just one thing on this blog, let it be this! If you want a tall cake, make two and sandwich them together, or double the recipe and bake it in three batches.  It’s better to bake it in smaller layers so you don’t dry it out too much on the outside before the inside is cooked.  I…

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