Pablo Picasso Was Never Called An A**hole

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The latest installment of my historical cake series is in this month’s Cake Decoration & Sugarcraft Magazine. This time, I’ve travelled to Le Belle Epoque to hang out with a young aspiring artist called Pablo Picasso. This buttercream covered cake was inspired by Picasso’s early work, Woman in Green, with a scratchy haphazard finish. The full step-by-step project, along with … Read More

I Would Love to Bake a Cake for… Eric Monkman & Bobby Seagull

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Those of you who follow me on Twitter will know that my Monday nights are consumed with an unbridled passion… for University Challenge. I simply adore the quiz show and am convinced that, with my regular weekly dedication, I am becoming more smarter. Bigly. Oh, I can answer some rounds beautifully but the science questions may as well be asked … Read More

Fashion on Friday: Bardot a-Go-Go

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Because I have shared pictures of myself in this dress more than a few times this week, it seemed to me to be an obvious choice for today’s Fashion on Friday post. Whenever I know that I need to look the best that I can look, I go straight to Clare at The House of Foxy and ask what is … Read More

Work in Progress Wednesday: This Morning LIVE

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I am thrilled to announce that I will be appearing at This Morning Live at the NEC in Birmingham on Sunday 21st May! In partnership with ITV, This Morning Live is bringing the award-winning daytime format to life with all of the celebs that you would expect live on stage. They needed cake so they called yours truly! As soon … Read More

WI Workshops and the WI Fair

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I love visiting WI groups; the Women’s Institute is now as much of a force to be reckoned with as it ever was, with new groups springing up all over the country and membership numbers on the up. On Friday, I visited a fabulous group at WI House in Northampton. We spent the morning decorating chocolate cupcakes with sugarpaste roses … Read More

I Would Love to Bake a Cake for… Dame Vera Lynn

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OK, so I guess you would have to have been walking around me with your fingers in your ears going LALALALALALA at the top of your voice not to know that I have baked for the wonderful Dame Vera Lynn. I have been dining out on the fact that I baked Dame Vera’s 95th Birthday cake for 5yrs now but, … Read More

Squires Kitchen Exhibition 2017

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What a wonderful weekend I had at the 31st annual Squires Kitchen Exhibition. Though it is far from the largest cake show of the year, held in the labyrinthine Farnham Maltings, it is one of the most inspiring. Squires Kitchen have been innovating with their sugarcraft products since the late 80s. Founded by a genuine sugarcrafter, the company works closely … Read More

I Would Love to Bake a Cake for… Mx Jack Monroe

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Whilst I believe strongly in freedom of speech and the freedom of the press, I think that social media has forgotten an old adage; if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all. Oh, I can bitch with the best of them. Those who know me (those who have drunk with me) know that much of my humour … Read More

Fashion on Friday: Return of the Mac

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I couldn’t resist this title almost as much as I couldn’t resist this mac. For many years I have wanted to own a classic rain mac in that classic beige – probably influenced by a childhood watching Michelle and the ladies of the French Resistance in Allo Allo! The issue for me was always the beige. You can call it … Read More

Weekend Bakes: There Is Nothing Like A Dame

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As we march headlong into the weekend and the sun is starting to show its face, I wanted to bring a little sunshine into your kitchen with my Lemon Drizzle Cake recipe. Pick up some unwaxed, organic lemons today or tomorrow and fill your home with this oh so sunny delight (even typing that made me giggle with 90s nostalgia) … Read More