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I was really excited about patisserie week – I was hoping that the technical challenge would be something pretty and I wasn’t disappointed! Although these involved making various types of icings, which looked complicated and quite different to what I normally make, they turned out to be easier than I expected. Click here to keep reading.

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Rubber Duck Cupcakes

After a lot of indecisiveness (usually the case if I haven’t already got a plan about what I’m making!) I decided to make some rubber duck cupcakes for the cake trolley the other week. I had plenty of sugar paste left from cakes I’ve made over the last few weeks so some simple decorations to use it up seemed like a good option. Click here to see the rubber ducks!

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I had my parents coming to visit this weekend as well as a few other friends popping over to visit, so this weeks Bake Off technical challenge was perfect, it meant that I had a yummy cake to offer everyone! I make quite a lot of fruit cakes, so I was keen to try this recipe to see how it compares. I have made my own marzipan a few times, but I have never made my own sugar paste, so this would be another thing to tick off the list. Click here to see how I got on.

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Last year was a bumper year for blackberries, I’m lucky enough to be surrounded by beautiful countryside in Kent and plenty of hedgerows filled with blackberries. I think I picked around 20kg last year and really enjoyed trying all sorts of recipes to use them up. I’ve been out a couple of times this year so it’s time to start making some goodies from all of my pickings. I found a recipe for walnut biscuits and adapted it to sandwich the biscuits together with a yummy blackberry and white chocolate ganache. Click here to try this lovely recipe.

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I was intrigued about this weeks technical challenge. It didn’t seem to bear any resemblance to anything I’d made in the past. It certainly wasn’t like any pastry recipes I’d tried. I can see why the bakers got confused – it felt like it belonged in bread week rather than pastry week! What to know what a flaouna is?

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P1200517I bake quite a lot of gluten-free cakes for my running club as there are several people that follow a gluten-free diet, so I was interested to see what this week challenge would be. When I saw that it was bread, all I could think about were the horrible gluten-free flat breads I had tried to make a few years ago, which were like cardboard! I didn’t think I would ever be making gluten-free bread again… Click here to see how I got on this time round.

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IMG_0229Just before Christmas last year, a family friend, Emma, asked if I would be able to make her wedding cake. Despite not living near where the wedding was going to be I said yes since it was near my parents so I thought it would be a good chance to go back to my parents for a few days. However, that didn’t happen – instead mum, dad and Becky came up to stay with me for a few days and then took the cake back. Becky even assembled the cake for me! Click here to keep reading.

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