Birthday Baking Party!

cookiedecoratingOnce again, the whole nation’s going baking mad. Enthusiasts up and down the country are dusting off cake tins and donning aprons. If you’re going to bake, we say: make it a party! Surprise a budding young baker with their very own bake-off, or host a cake tasting for friends…


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strawberry and vanilla cake cropdAlice Hart is a self-confessed fruit-cake hater, so from her book Friends at My Table she kindly shares a delicious alternative, perfect if you are planning on making your own wedding cake. Simple to decorate, it looks utterly gorgeous too. WARNING: this is not a project for the faint-hearted! If you’re up to the challenge, read on…


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Instant Passion Fruit Soufflé

PassionfruitSouffleThis sweet recipe from James Martin’s Fast Cooking has got to be one of the best shortcuts in the book – and it works every time, the chef promises. You won’t be worrying about cooking soufflés any more when you see how easy this really is. Try it as your Valentine’s Day dessert.


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Bake Valentine’s Day Treats

It is often said that the way to a person’s heart is through their stomach, so put your apron on and make a few sweet treats for Valentine’s Day. You can then take these to work or to school, to share with friends… or with someone special.

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Chestnut Muffins

c muffinsWe love Christmas and long, lazy breakfasts, so why not combine the two with this seasonal take on a national favourite? Drink with your morning coffee, or a mug of froothy hot chocolate… For a teatime treat, top the cooled muffins with vanilla frosting and pieces of marron glacé.


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Bacon & Maple Syrup Popcorn

bacon popcornThis interesting twist on a classic party snack solves the salty v. sweet dilemma once and for all; why not have both?! We reckon it’ll go down a cracker around the bonfire on 5th November or try it in cartons at your Halloween Horror Movie Night


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Cupcakes in a Jar

strawberries-and-cream_cropdInspired by summer days, these über-fashionable cakes are made with fresh strawberries and cream. As they are self-contained, they are great for eating alongside craft projects that require clean fingers on a girls’ night in. Now its autumn, we think they’d work very well with blackberries too.


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Blackberry & Brown Sugar Fingers

blackberry fingers cropdThese delicious fingers from Yeo Valley’s new cookbook are kind of like posh Bakewell tarts: perfect for autumn tea parties. They’re a great way to use up any leftover jam you might have lurking in the back of your cupboards.

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