Painted cakes – a quick tutorial

In this blog post I’m going to show you how to paint your favourite images on to the best medium there is. Forget paper, canvas or Banksy-stylee concrete (so yesterday!) and think more sweetly… that’s...
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From Biologist to Baker – how did that happen?!

I’ll admit it: I’m a bit of a nerd, a swot; ok, ok, a down-right geek! From a young age I became fascinated in the world and all of its workings. And like most kids I would persistently annoy (and...
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Lola and Ian’s King Kong, movies and doodles cake

I haven’t been in the habit of blogging about particular cakes but I thought this one warranted an explanation. Lola is a friend of mine from University days and, along with her now-husband Ian, is full...
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And the winner of the Cambridge Bake Off 2014 is…

…Rachel Stonehouse, last year’s Bake Off runner-up and the youngest baker in the competition. Last year I very narrowly beat Rachel in the Cambridge Bake Off and have to admit to feeling a little bad...
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Cambridge Bake Off – semi-finals

This past weekend saw the semi-finals of the Cambridge Bake Off take place at the Cambridge Cookery School which challenged the 8 remaining bakers to create something truly delicious with crème pâtissière...
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Ready? Steady…eat cake!

Last weekend I was mostly filling my boots with cake, cake and more cake! I do love cake, no question, but I have to admit I very almost reached my limit whilst judging the Cambridge Bake Off quarter finals...
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Now here’s food for thought!

When thinking of February 14th I’m sure it’s true to say that most people turn their thoughts to hearts, roses, lovers and romantic candle-lit dinners. It’s fair to say that few people think of brains....
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Passion fruit, rhubarb and strawberry entremets

I like to make things complicated. Well actually, I don’t like it, it’s just the way I seem to operate. It’s beyond my control. Recently, I was asked to make a cake containing passion fruit. That...
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Pop-up pâtisserie at Spa ely

During the month of December I ran my own pop-up pâtisserie at a luxury beauty spa in my home city of Ely. This was a HUGE undertaking for me as I had never done anything on this scale before, and it...
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The bear, the hare and Fiona Pâtissière

In the summer of 2013 I was overjoyed to be crowned Cambridge’s best amateur baker in the first Cambridge Bake Off. John Lewis was one of the very generous sponsors of this event and donated the grand...
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