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img_4934aI’ve had a short break from making cakes since Christmas – partly because I haven’t had any to make (not that that usually stops me!) and partly because I’ve been busy at work so haven’t had much time. Luckily though, to end the cake drought, I got a message from Una asking if I could make her Harry Potter themed cake. Tap here and say “I solemnly swear I am up to no good”…

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Panda Cake

I have always loved pandas. There’s something about them that makes them adorable. Many years ago my mum made me a panda cake for my birthday but despite my love of both pandas and cakes I’ve never made a panda cake myself. I decided it was time to change that. So this year I decided to make myself a panda cake for my birthday. My birthday was on a Monday and the weekend before I’d been trying out different red velvet cakes with my friend Nic to find the best recipe to use for her wedding cake, so it seemed sensible to use the left over cakes to create my own birthday cake. With hindsight, this probably wasn’t the best idea – it’s distressing enough cutting up a panda cake, but when it’s red on the inside… I’m still recovering from the traumatic experience. Keep reading – I promise there are no photos of cut up pandas…

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20130904-114556.jpgIt’s been a while since I last did a post. It’s not that I haven’t baked anything, it’s more the fact that Tom came home – despite the fact he seems to be working constantly I suddenly have less free time! Anyway, I made this cake last weekend, with my sister. It was for our great Aunt’s 90th birthday – happy birthday Auntie Joan! We didn’t want to do just a plain sponge so the cake was lemon & poppy seed with a raspberry curd filling and a lemon buttercream – it was very light and delicious. Click here to keep reading.

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20130728-195953.jpg My best friend, Nic, asked me a while ago if I could make a cake for her dad, Clive, for his 60th birthday. Of course, I said yes! His favourite cake of mine is the bunny cake I made at Easter this year (it’s also my favourite) but Nic wanted something golf related. So after a few scribbles I came up with this one… click here to keep reading.

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easter bunny cakeAfter I made a dinosaur cake for David’s son’s birthday, he asked me if I could make an Easter cake. As soon as he said he wanted a silly (rather than serious) cake, I came up with an idea… I loved the style of the drunk robin cake I made at Christmas and decided to make it Easter themed – so instead of drunk robins on a tree trunk, I wanted to make bunnies who’d eaten too many carrots on a raised vegetable bed. The problem is, now I’ve made it, I want to keep it! Click here to keep reading.

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cinnamon and raisin loaf cakes

After going sledging with Kiri this morning I decided to warm up this afternoon by doing some baking. My neighbours very kindly cleared the 6 inches of snow from my path and doorstep this morning, so I thought I would bake something I could give them as a thank you. Kiri also wanted to bake something so I looked through my cookbooks for ideas and the first book I pulled out was my favourite book – the Hummingbird Bakery Cake Days. Since I’ve nearly exhausted all the cupcakes, I decided to look at the other things in the book and came across a recipe for cinnamon and raisin loaf. If you want to have a go at making it keep reading.

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boozy robin cake

So it’s probably a bit late to actually make a Christmas cake (I made mine about 6 weeks ago and it’s been injected with brandy once a week since then!) and maybe even too late to decorate it. But if you’re feeling ambitious then how about decorating it with drunken robins?! If you want to, here’s how.

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