Cakes

‘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 ...

“Lemon Tea” Cake

Yes, the quotation marks are absolutely necessary. This isn’t a lemon-flavoured cake for tea. This is a cake that tastes of lemon tea. Pedantic? Perhaps. Delicious cake? Always. Sometimes, picking a cake ...

“Less-Sweet” Cooked Buttercream Icing

I have a confession to make: I hate buttercream icing. It’s just too sweet and sickly. The only time I like it is when it’s chocolate, because I can replace ...

4 Easy Ways to Decorate a Cake

Cake decorating doesn’t have to be difficult, although I admit sometimes my OCD gets the better of me and I can spend hours trying to get perfectly smooth buttercream icing. But ...

Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake

Apple and cinnamon. Classic combo. But wait– And coffee? As strange as it sounds, these trio of flavours do work together in a cake. Just kidding! A coffee cake is really just ...

Baking Adventures (Part 1): Basic Sponge Cake Sponge Cake

Minimum effort, maximum effect. That’s the mantra behind Basic Bakes because baking should be easy and pleasurable. These words also describe this simple recipe for a 2-layer sponge cake. Even ...

Baking Adventures (Part 4): Cupcakes of Lost Souls

All Hallow’s Eve is almost upon us. For those of you who celebrate Halloween, it’s a fun time to dress up as scary characters and go trick-or-treating. But even if ...

Basic Yellow Cake

To me, yellow cake is the little black dress of the cake world. It’s a must-have in your baking repertoire, and versatile enough to complement just about any sort of ...

Basics #13: Tiered Cakes

Stacking cake tiers is less baking and more cake architecture. I don’t claim to be an expert at tiered cakes, but a little bit of know-how can go a long way. ...

Basics #19: Royal Icing

I blinked and suddenly Christmas is around the corner. So on this last weekend before Christmas, I’ve been baking up a storm. Old (but trusted) recipes really, like my chocolate ...

Basics #21: Ganache

Ganache is a magical mixture of just two basic ingredients: cream and chocolate. And it’s a wonderful recipe and skill to have under your belt. Technique The basic ganache technique is to heat ...

Black Forest Cake

I make a lot of chocolate cake. So sometimes I like to mix it up a little. Case in point, my pared-down Black Forest Cake, which essentially is just chocolate cake with a ...

Boiled Christmas Fruit Cake

As unappetising as it sounds, a boiled fruit cake is the easiest way to get the taste of a Christmas cake with minimal effort. Just like mincemeat, it’s wonderfully fruity, boozy, and chock ...

Bûche de Noël (Yule Log Cake)

When I was a kid, a log cake was the definitive confection of Christmas. Often decorated within an inch of their life, those cakes were almost too pretty to eat, ...

Cactus Cake (Mexican Chocolate Cake)

Last weekend, some friends and I decided to throw a little Mexican fiesta. We had the works – fajitas, guacamole, ceviche, tortilla chips, salsa, etc. We even had a piñata! As a ...

Carrot Cake

It’s not much of a surprise that I’m the official birthday cake maker in my family. Although it can be a hassle catering to everyone’s unique tastes, it does mean ...

Carrot Cake Copies

First of, apologies for the recent spate of rehashed recipes. But as they say, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. So I basically made my carrot cake recipe twice over ...

Castella

Castella is a Portuguese cake from Japan. (I’ll let that sink in for a moment.) Apparently, ancient Portuguese travelers brought this light, eggy sponge cake to Japan and it’s stayed ...

Celebration Cakes

Over the last few months, I’ve made a few celebration cakes that I’ve photographed but never felt inclined to post for some reason or another. So before they gather too much ...

Cherry Cake

I’m a huge fan of The Great British Bake Off, especially the Masterclasses once the main competition is over. During Masterclasses, the judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood demonstrate how ...


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