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I didn’t get round to uploading any photos of last years ginger bread house but anyone that’s been to our house in the last year will have seen it! It’s been on the sideboard as a permanent feature all year! There’s no chance we’ll eat it now, but it makes a great Christmas decoration and having had baby Chloe just three weeks ago there certainly won’t be time to make one this year! Click <!–morehere to see more photos of my magical house.–>

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Our Dad used to call Emma Sugar Plum as a nickname when we were little so we both enjoy making and baking things with a sugar plum theme. I found a photo of an unusual shaped gingerbread house on Pinterest (found here) and used this as my inspiration for the design. It wasn’t an easy shape to assemble but having made a template from cardboard I knew it would work.

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I kept the roof separate and turned it upside down to add the purple sweets on each corner, so that when I turned it the right was up the sweets were hanging down. For the circular biscuits I iced them and sprinkled them with granulated sugar which I had mixed with green petal dust to give it a subtle green colour. The rest of the decoration was fun, I found lots of purple and green sweets and stuck them on in various patterns to create a pretty house.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAJust over a month ago it was Emily’s 3rd Birthday. Being a typical 3 year old she was changing her mind every day about what kind of party and cake she wanted, slightly tricky when trying to plan things! Her favourite cuddly toy is her panda and so when I suggested that she had a panda themed party and cake, she seemed very excited and the idea stuck, phew! She takes after both her Aunties with her love of pandas. She asked for the cake to have a Mummy panda, a Daddy panda and and Emily panda on as well as some bamboo, so I did a bit of research and came up with a design. Click here to take a look at the panda cake.

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Before I watched last weeks episode of The Great British Bake Off I was worried that the technical challenge was going to be a bit strange – I’d seen the trailer with a bright green purée! However, after hearing what was in the cake I was excited to make it since I love pistachios.
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I’ve always wanted to have a go at making fondant fancies and a few weeks ago it was my friend Karen’s 30th Birthday and all the food for the party was kids party themed, so this was the perfect opportunity to give them a go. I definitely need a lot more practise as they aren’t the easiest thing to make, but I had a bit of fun trying them out. The party food was great –  I can’t remember the last time I had Skips or cheese and pineapple on sticks – amazing! Click here for the recipe.

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It was my Birthday last week, so it was time to bake myself a cake and try out some new recipes. I really don’t mind making my own Birthday cake and it gave me the opportunity to try something new. Click here to see which recipe I chose.

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Last time I got back from holiday, I bought some Toblerone at the airport, I decided to copy Emma’s idea and use it to make some treats for the office. I chose a summery design, perfect for the warm weather we’ve been having recently. Click here to find out more about these pretty cupcakes.

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20130730-190902.jpg I seem to have made a lot of things over the last couple of months, but not really blogged much… so I think it’s time to catch up with some of the things I’ve made! These are slightly out of date now given I made them during the Wimbledon fortnight but given its still summer/tennis season, I think they’re still relevant. Want a snack to keep you going while you’re playing tennis?

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