Cookie Class as a Student at The Cake College

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Normally my days at The Cake College involve me doing the teaching, but Saturday was a bit different! I got to sit the other side of the table and join in as a student. I've never iced cookies before and when Lucy mentioned there was a space available on the cookie class, I couldn't resist. It was lovely to meet ...

Favourite Cake Stands

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Recently my cake stand collection suffered a loss... one of my favourite stands took a tumble (in terrifying slow motion) and smashed into pieces on the floor. I admit, I was very close to tears and a few strong words were uttered! Immediately I went online to find a replacement - which led to looking at a LOT of cake ...

Cake International Birmingham 2016

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Cake international Birmingham 2016 was amazing! It was a huge show, with over 1300 entries to the competition and a huge arena full of stalls. It has become somewhat of a tradition for me to enter CI, and 2016 was no different. Each time I go I come away inspired by the other cakes there and determined to create more ...

Thermomix Chocolate Ganache

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For any chocoholic out there, ganache is a heavenly combination of chocolate and cream that can be used to crumb coat a cake. It can be flavoured to go with all kinds of cake...or just eaten on ice cream if you prefer! We were kindly given a Thermomix  as a wedding present and it is absolutely great at making ganache. ...

Candy Coal Recipe

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Are you on Father Christmas's naughty or nice list? I know which I'm on ;) This is a quick and easy treat to make as a trick present for Christmas, you can add different flavourings to this such as mint, orange or vanilla so it's tasty too! My daughter didn't believe she could eat it, but you definitely can :) ...

Cake Tool Box

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When I first got into making cakes, it didn't take me long to gather a whole load of cake paraphernalia. To begin with it wasn't too much of an issue - it all fitted into a mini draw unit. Then it expanded and took over a cupboard... and then I was stuck looking at craft boxes online with envy. Sure ...

Tips for baking a flat cake

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In my books there really isn't anything better than a cake off-cut sandwich, so if you don't get a perfectly flat cake all the time go on and eat the evidence! However, I know how frustrating it is to have that cake volcano that erupts in the middle of your cake, leaving short sides and a huge mountain that has ...

Starting a cake blog

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After a few years in the cake business, I am finally ready to set up a blog for Nightingale cakes. Not going to lie, it’s taken me a while to get my head round it and the confidence to publish anything other than cake photos on the website! It will be filled with ideas, recipes, behind the scenes and basically …