Category Archives: cakes


Cake is a pretty big part of my life; it’s something I’ve done since I was very small and it makes me happy to see a properly baked cake come out of the oven, golden, whistling to itself, smelling like … Continue reading

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Speaking out loud: some videos where I do just that thing.

(Last updated: July 20th 2015) It occurred to me that I don’t have a definitive list of the videos that involve me speaking to an audience. This is remiss, so the fix is here. Cake: (I re-did cake for both … Continue reading

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Foodie mojo returning.

It’s been a little while since I wrote anything here, and that’s bad. There’s a good reason, though. I lost my foodie mojo. It all started back in March. Some life stuff happened and I got all out of kilter, … Continue reading

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Home baking is killing Ainsleys. (Tech Bake pt 2.1)

Yesterday I made my own jam doughnuts. I used the Bertinet kneading method, which doesn’t involve constantly swearing at the dough because all it’s doing is sticking to the worktop. This dough did do that, but only for the first … Continue reading

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Technical baking, part 1.2: rum babas – making

Let’s get one thing straight, here. I have never made a yeasted cake in my life, with the possible exception of those friendship cakes that do the rounds which I might have done when at one school or another. Or … Continue reading

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Golden syrup pac-man parkin

It’s November, which means it’s cinder toffee season. Except ever since having a chat about this particular topic to Sam of Tea & Cake November is now parkin season. And cinder toffee season. You can have both. Anyway! Parkin is … Continue reading

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Inventing orange cake: recipe, experiments, variations.

My head works in strange ways. I know this, and I understand why; brains are like sponges, constantly soaking up information and detail and everything that surrounds us in the environment through which we progress, and then it sifts, sorts … Continue reading

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