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Several years ago my friend Emma was expecting her second baby and had a baby shower, I decided to make a cake as a present for her. She requested raspberry and amaretto cake, I couldn’t wait to make it! Click here to see the recipe and keep reading.

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On Sunday we finally got around to having Chloe’s Baptism, 2.5 years later than planned due to covid etc. But it was worth the wait, we had a wonderful weekend with family and Godparents. I wanted to make a really special cake and loved the cake I made for my niece Alice, so I decided to make something similar. Click here to see some more photos of this magical cake.

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I was asked to create a cake for one of the Mum’s from Chloe’s old pre-school for her new baby daughters Christening. She had several ideas but was undecided on exactly what she wanted. So I designed a cake based on a few separate ideas that hopefully ticked all the boxes! Click here to see more pics of this gorgeous girly cake.

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I always try to anticipate what the technical challenge is each week to make sure I have the ingredients delivered in our online shop on Monday night or have planned to incorporate it into the weekly meal plan. It looked like the bakers were stir frying vegetables and the only thing I could think of using pastry and stir fried veg were spring rolls. We love spring rolls, but I wasn’t really feeling very enthusiastic about making them, I think it was the thought of rolling out the super thin pastry dough. Click here to keep reading.

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It was Dad’s 70th Birthday in the middle of August and he treated us all to a wonderful week away. Em and I discussed various ideas for his Birthday cake design and finally settled on a lawn mowing themed cake as Dad absolutely loves his lawn and mowing beautiful stripes into it! It was always something that we joked about as did his friends and neighbours too! Click here to find out more about this cake.

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I love baking with plums, they are such an amazing colour and once cooked they are jammy, sharp and sweet all at the same time. Definitely one of my favourite fruits to eat and to bake with. So if you’re looking for a recipe to use up some plums, click here to keep reading and try this one out.

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Time for another plum recipe! I made this some time ago and was thinking about the recipe the other day, it was really delicious and I am not sure why I haven’t made it again since – probably because there is always something new to try out! Keep reading to see the recipe and how easy it is to make.

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The recipe was from a Waitrose recipe card and could easily be adapted for different fruits like peaches, apricots or even blackberries. It’s delicious on its own as a cake or warm with ice cream as a pudding, enjoy!

200g full fat cream cheese

1 tsp vanilla bean paste

3 tbsp caster sugar

4 medium eggs

175g butter softened

175g dark muscovado sugar

200g self raising flour

400g ripe plums stoned and roughly chopped

1. Pre heat the oven to 180 C, gas mark 4. Grease and line a 28 x 18cm baking tin with baking parchment making sure that the paper come up high enough around the sides.

2. In a bowl beat the cream cheese till soft. Add the vanilla bean paste, caster sugar and one of the eggs, beat using a hand held electric whisk till smooth.

3. Place the remaining eggs, butter, muscovado sugar and flour in a separate bowl. Beat for 2 mins till pale and creamy.

4. Spread half the creamed flour mixture onto the base of the tin, then dollop over half of the cream cheese mixture, spreading an uneven swirl through the base mixture. Scatter with half the plums. Spoon the remaining creamed flour mixture on top and dot with the rest of the cream cheese.

5. Scatter with the remaining plums then bake for about 45 mins until risen and just firm to touch. Leave to cool in the tin before cutting into pieces. Serve warm or cold with ice cream.

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Em and Mark finally got married in June this year after several postponements due to Covid, but it was worth the wait! It was such an amazing day and we all have some very special memories of it. As Em made my wedding cake, it was my turn to return the favour and make her cake. Keep reading to find out more about her cake and one of the recipes.

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We were really looking forward to dessert week on the Bake Off, especially having seen the clip the week before showing the very limited instructions for making a lemon meringue pie. I honestly don’t think I have ever made a lemon meringue pie before, but I’ve made plenty of pastry, curd and meringue, so I was hoping it was going to be fairly straightforward. Click here to keep reading.

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I was very excited to hear that they were doing a Mexican Week this year in GBBO, I love Mexican food! I have made tacos before and actually still had some of the yellow corn flour left. So I planned to make these for our dinner on Saturday night, perfect weekend food. Click here to see how we got on.

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