Tips for Working with Sugarpaste

There are many different icings that can be used when cake decorating, sugarpaste is popular for its versatility. It can be shaped, moulded, modelled, smoothed, textured, imprinted, coloured… Here’s my tips for working with sugarpaste to get great results every time.

simnel cake

Traditional Easter Simnel Cake Recipe

This traditional easter simnel cake recipe is rich in fruit, spices and marzipan. Its consumption signifies the end of Lent. It is a symbolic cake, with marzipan balls representing the disciples, and, in some instances, an extra marzipan ball in the centre of the cake represents Christ too.
Let’s start with the topping (no, it’s not an upside down cake, it’s just nice to get this part done first!):
choco cola cake

Chocolate Coke Cake Recipe

Need your fix? Ever considered getting it in cake form?
Hah! Got you! Well…some of you, anyway. Don’t worry – it’s the cola variety I’m talking about.This Chocolate Coke Cake recipe was popular in the eighties, and so, as it is with fashion, cakes can make a come-back too.
It may sound a bit weird, but it’s an easy cake with a retro feel. Give it a bash!
freshly baked Christmas fruit cake

Quick Christmas Cake? Afraid not…

When it comes to something as traditional as Christmas cake, short cuts aren’t recommended. The trick to preparing this ultra-moist Christmas cake is patience (a virtue, I hear). It must be made over two days (yes, you read right).
The first day will allow the fruit to become totally tipsy (and what would a Christmas cake be if not tipsy)! The second day will see to the actual baking. It’s worth the wait, so seeing as Christmas isn’t exactly sprung upon us every year without fair warning, plan ahead and try this two-day baking adventure…you won’t regret it!


Chocolate Fudge Cake Recipe

Don’t be scared to attempt a layered chocolate fudge cake with this recipe – it’s not as difficult as it looks. Plus, as a huge bonus, your guests will think you’ve become a master baker! This is the kind of chocolate fudge cake recipe that screams: “I’m a proper cake, layered and iced and everything…and with chocolate in every layer, how can you resist me?”

Chocolate and Coffee Cake Recipe

No, not Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan. Chocolate and Coffee. Two of the best indulgences ever. World renowned and, indeed, worshipped.
Now, whilst many people claim to have the ‘best’ Chocolate and Coffee Cake Recipe, those that exclude coffee are already pipped at the post. The chocolate-coffee combination is truly wonderfully rich and joyful – a match made in heaven.
With that, I give you the recipe for an old friendship…