Moroccan Inspired Lamb and Apricot Stew

Serves 5 This stew, with its subtle spices and comforting sweet potato which  forms a thick sauce, is fantastic for a cold winter’s evening. The recipe is really simple and is designed for a pressure cooker so its quick to cook. If you don’t have a pressure cooker, the dish can easily be cooked in a casserole dish but […]

Simple Vanilla Cupcakes

Makes 12  These cupcakes are easy to make and have a slightly denser texture, whilst still being a very light sponge. The denser texture is a nice contrast to a soft butter cream icing. The cakes keep well for around four days and the vanilla flavouring can easily be substituted for an almond flavouring or […]

Making gum paste butterflies

I’ve been using gum paste to make small decorations for cupcakes that are simple to make. Gum paste is a version of icing which is longer lasting and more useful for modeling with. To make some, you’ll need a batch of royal icing, which I described in my brush embroidery post. The royal icing needs to […]

Brushing up on Brush Embroidery

I tried some brush embroidery at my sugar craft class last week. You need a cake board covered with coloured icing. I used ready to roll icing and used 8mls of blue food colouring. I found my first experience with rolling out coloured icing very troublesome – dying the work surface blue and just made […]


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