Cakes

‘Shortcut’ Swiss Meringue Buttercream

‘Shortcut’ Swiss Meringue Buttercream

During my hiatus last year, one personal baking revelation has been Swiss Meringue Buttercream, or SMBC, to make it sound cool. Pre-SMBC, I’d always relied on the gold-standard American-style buttercream, which uses a ton of fat and a double-ton of sugar. It’s a great buttercream to […]

Christmas Baking Traditions

Christmas Baking Traditions

It doesn’t feel like Christmas to me until I make some of my festive bakes. And these are the exact same recipes I pull out year after year. After all, why fix something which ain’t broke? First up, I always, always make my boiled Christmas fruit cake. It […]

Have a Gilded Christmas!

Have a Gilded Christmas!

Here’s a way to glitz up your food gifts this Christmas: with a touch of gold! I’ve been obsessed with edible gold paint lately. It’s not always a conscious decision – sometimes I look at a bake and I think ‘This needs something,’ and instinctively reach […]

Rainbow Cake

Rainbow Cake

I’m not one to chase the trends. Often by the time I get to them (if at all), the hordes have already moved on to something else. Like rainbow cake. I never thought it was anything more than dyed cake layers, but somehow every cafe that […]

Tiramisu Layer Cake

Tiramisu Layer Cake

I found myself hesitating to call this cake a “tiramisu” because I do take quite a few liberties with the traditional recipe, all to create a proper cake that can stand on its own and not a pudding that’s served from a dish. So, instead of […]