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July 25, 2017
Nicole

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IT’S A CAR! THE TORANA CAKE

Cake making and cake design are a curious thing. Somehow we passionate and enthusiastic cake makers see a picture of a baking masterpiece and, more often than not, think “how hard can it be?”, or at least that’s how it seems to be for me. Gone are the memories of  all of those frustrating and technically near impossible designs […]

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CREATING CURDS

I’m not a fan of wastage in the kitchen and so I try and use up every ingredient to it’s full. Eggs are one of those things that often call for the equally valuable parts to be separated and the dilemma then is what to do with the unnecessary bits. Chickens work hard to give […]

June 4, 2016
Nicole

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BUTTERCREAM BLISS

  With the surge in popularity of all things cake and baking in recent times, it’s easy to get bamboozled by all the products and gadgets out there. Similarly decorating cakes has become a task requiring artistic flair and an eye for the fabulous and decadent. Fondant cakes that were once all the rage have […]

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ANZAC CUPCAKES

Growing up I don’t think I really had a sense of how significant and important Anzac Day really was and is. Even though my Dad was involved in the Vietnam conflict he rarely spoke of it or it’s impact, as I’m beginning to realise is the case with so many of our veterans now and […]

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A SWEET LITTLE BABY SHOWER

As a 40-something mother of none and friend of many similarly childless couples, I’ve been to very few baby showers in my life. This hasn’t been intentional and, in general, I quite like children when they belong to other people and I can give them back. But, needless to say, this makes me somewhat under-qualified […]

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“SPLATTER” BIRTHDAY CAKE

When I was a kid, many years ago now, 1st birthdays weren’t celebrated by smashing a cake. We didn’t have elaborate cake creations depicting scenes from favourite movies or shows like Frozen, Dora or Disney. And there was no such thing as paying tribute to a favourite team or sporting idol with your birthday cake. Instead we […]

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SPARKLE 40TH BIRTHDAY CAKE

When my beautiful friend Nicole asked if I would do her 40th birthday cake, it was a no brainer. Nic and I have been friends for years and one of our common passions is food and cooking. We have spent countless hours discussing all things “foodie” and travelled to shows and exhibitions together to explore new […]

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DUCATI MOTORBIKE CAKE

I’ve always been someone who finds it hard to say no when asked for something and I also love a challenge, especially when it comes to cooking and baking. So when my hairdresser asked if I could do her partners 30th birthday cake at short notice, I had no hesitation in saying yes. Then when […]