Orange and Cardamom Runout Biscuits

These orange and cardamom biscuits are similar to classic gingerbread and are perfect for icing onto as they retain their shape and don’t spread too much when baked. The combination of cardamom and orange in these works really well. The cardamom gives a subtle warm heat and compliments the freshness of the orange zest, and […]

Making Flower paste Hydrangeas

You may have seen my Spring Fling entry on Movita Beaucoup’s Bake My Cake competition, and after receiving wonderful compliments for the cake I entered and placing a very respectable second in my heat, I thought I had to post something sugar craft related this week. I’ve been having some fruitful experimenting with making sugar […]

Spring Fling Cake

I’m posting something which is very out of the ordinary today. You might have noticed that I tend to post on a Monday and a Friday, and always post a tried and tested recipe, with a little back story and hopefully some nice photographs. Today, on the other hand, is a Sunday and instead of […]

Iced Easter Speculaas Biscuits

These shortbread like Easter biscuits are an adapted version of the Dutch Speculaas biscuits, which are heavily spiced, flavoured with candied peel and traditionally eaten at the beginning of December. To give a fresher, more spring like taste, I substituted the candied mixed peel with fresh lemon zest, but kept all of those lovely spices […]

Hand Decorated Easter Eggs

I can’t say that this easter egg is entirely hand made as I bought the chocolate egg and then added my own piped decorations including piped flowers. Decorating an Easter egg for someone is much more special than just buying something generic from a supermarket as you can personalise it and gear it towards the person that you’re […]

Mother’s Day Cake with Fresh Lemon Curd

I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again – for me, you can’t beat the fresh taste and zestiness of a citrus flavoured dessert. After posting about my lemon cheesecake a couple of weeks ago and now this fresh lemon curd, you might think I’m getting slightly obsessed with lemons. I’m happy to say that this certainly isn’t a recent […]

Stencilling gum paste flowers

Today, the sun is shining and it feels like spring is here to stay so I’m making some spring inspired gum paste decorations using stenciling. Stenciling is great technique which creates really lovely results and the only fiddly part of it is cutting out a stencil, and you can always cheat and just buy them. […]

Making gum paste Daffodils – Two Methods

Spring is well and truly here so I’m making some spring inspired cupcakes, together with little gum paste decorations. You’ll obviously need some gum paste for this so if you’re not sure on how to make it, check my post on making gum paste butterflies. The brush embroidery method results in a stylised two dimensional […]

Making gum paste birds

Starting sugar craft can seem very daunting. There is a huge variety of products and equipment available so I’ve been trying to come up with things to do with my limited palette of skills and equipment. Sugar craft can become an expensive hobby so starting off with a limited amount of ‘stuff’ allows you to […]

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 […]

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