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P9140339.JPGI was quite relieved that last weeks challenge looked like something easy enough to make with Emily, as she’s very keen to help out in the kitchen! I probably should have watched the challenge more carefully and read a bit more from other people’s blogs who had already attempted the challenge. The dough was so so sticky! Click here to see how messy we got! 

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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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Finally this years GBBO is underway! It was a great start to the series and I can’t wait for next weeks episode already. This year I am getting a bit of help with my baking from Emily who really enjoyed watching it for the first time on Wednesday morning and couldn’t wait to try and make them. So click  here to see how we got on.

Pie Cake

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As it’s Father’s Day today, I couldn’t resist baking a special cake for my Dad as a present. He loves pies, so I thought I would have a go at making a cake and turning it into a pie! I used Pinterest to look for a few ideas and found a great cake made by Clinton’s Cakes with chips, peas and a red and white chequed table cloth. I wanted to make a cake that would keep well for a week and also be one of my Dad’s and hubby’s favourite flavours, so I chose a sticky ginger cake recipe that I have made a couple of times before. Click  here to try a slice of the pie.

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We’ve had a really busy couple of months with various wedding cakes and visiting friends and family, so I made the most of a quiet 20 mins earlier while Emily was watching Stickman to write about the cupcakes I made for everyone when we visited friends this weekend. The wedding cake I made a couple of weeks ago had 2 tiers of coffee cake in and I tried a Hummingbird recipe that sounded like it would give an amazing coffee hit. The cake was so good that I decided to make some coffee cupcakes for this weekend too. Click here to take a look at the Hummingbird Bakery’s espresso cupcake recipe.

It’s been a while since I made some cupcakes, especially ones that were an usual flavour and not just vanilla/chocolate with decorations on. So when I decided to go down to London for the afternoon to meet my best friend’s baby, I offered to make some cupcakes to take. I’ve already got a lot of rhubarb (I’ve made rhubarb and raspberry Frangipane tart, rhubarb crumble muffins, and I still have about 750g left!) so I decided to bake something with rhubarb. Click here to see how to make them.

Easter Bunny Cake

For the last few years I’ve made an Easter cake to raffle off for charity at work. I offered to do the same again this year for the charity of the month – Hearing Dogs. Being at work all week meant I only had a couple of evenings to make and decorate it so I picked something fairly simple. The cake was a chocolate caramel ombré cake and I crumbled up the off cuts of the chocolate cake to make the soil. I covered the whole cake in green sugarpaste, cut out a circle from the middle and then filled it with the ‘soil’. The bunny was made from a ball of white icing flattened slightly and then put in the soil. I then stuck on a small ball of icing for his tail and made 2 feet which I finished off with a few small circles of pale pink icing. The carrots were made from orange icing and I marked some lines on them with the back of a knife. I added cake wire to the middle of the green carrot tops to keep them standing upright. Annoyingly they were slightly too tall to fit in the box so I had to break the tops off to make them a bit shorter! Hope you all enjoy the long Easter weekend!