Orange Lightning Cake

Orange Lightning Cake

Out of all the cakes flavours I’ve ever made, this Orange Lightning cake is in my top 3. It’s the cake I love to have around for afternoon tea or supper and once it’s gone I immediately want to make another! Firstly, its really easy. Everything goes in the blender so prep time is minimal and there’s not much to clean. Also, it’s so soft on account of the whole orange/s. In this (bad!) photo, I made it in a bundt pan, but I usually bake in a 20cm round…

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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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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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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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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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