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What are you baking for the Jubilee….plus a giveaway!

I was recently involved in the Waitrose and John Lewis Jubilee campaign on Twitter and as a little thank you they sent me a pair of their seriously cute Union Jack tins. “One for you to say thank you and one for your community!” It said on the card. So I thought as we are nearly at the jubilee and I am sure loads of you out there are busy baking I thought I’d run a little competition.

The competition

So, what are you baking for the Jubilee weekend then? I’ve made the Gourmet brownies from the last post and I have only kept a few aside for at home!!! See how cute the tins are?

So to be in with a chance to win this set of cake tins pop a photo of your Jubilee bakes – whether they are red, white and blue, covered in flags or just sheer impressively beautiful and scrumptious looking on the Cakes, Bakes and Cookies Facebook page so we can all see what you’ve been making.

The winner will be selected on Friday 8th June.

You can access the Facebook page by clicking on the link on the right hand panel of this post.

Good luck bakers and hope you have a great Jubilee Weekend

EmmaMT

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Easy as 1 to 5

Eazistore 5 in one baking set

My favorite pieces of baking equipment have to be the ones that work hard for their money. Some are just plain essential like my cookie lifter (I use that all the time for baking, icing you name it!) so when I saw this ‘Eazistore’ baking set I knew it was going to be a winner!

I’ve been a fan of Stellar products ever since my lovely cousin Adam gave us a set of their stainless steel saucepans when we got married. I only stopped using them last year (that’s 13 years later!) because we now have a new induction hob that they won’t work on. I can’t bring myself to throw them out. They’re in perfect condition!

The set

Anyway, I digress. This five piece set is brilliant because not only is it non-stick (so essential with my baking!) but it has everything that you need – whether you’re a new home owner or an established cook/baker, all in one neat package. It all fits into one large roaster tin so there’s no need to find a ton of storage space or if you’re me, make loads of noise digging out the piece you need whilst clattering around in your baking cupboard!

So what’s in it?

The top tier is a roasting rack and a cooling tray

Tier two is a baking tray

Tier three is a baking sheet – cookies at the ready!

Tier four is a really great and very deep muffin tin. So what I needed. 12 all in one go! Yay

The fith and final tier is the roaster tray which I have already made chocolate brownies in. (yep it was a big one!)All the tins

The set is good for up to 240°C, Gas mark 9, can be popped in the dishwasher and has a lifetime guarantee to “be free from defects in material and workmanship under normal household use. The non stick coatings are guaranteed for 5 years”

Eazistore nesting bakeware set, £49.95, Amazon.com

EmmaMT

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Noah’s Arc Birthday cake

Cakes gone by…

Noah's arc birthday cake

I love this cake design. It was so much fun to do. My friend Simi asked me to make it for her third son Hugo’s first birthday party. I saw Hugo in the playground just this morning. He’s nearly three already and a proper cutie.

When I start a cake I always try to cover the cake board at least a week ahead of delivery. This means it has time to set hard (I am prone to leaving finger prints in them otherwise!) I covered this one in blue icing then used a darker blue food colour to paint on waves.

I also do all the modeling I can ahead of time. When you use icing to create animals and people they take at least a week to 10 days to dry hard enough to be handled or position so that they stand up on their own. It took me a long time to learn this habit. I’ve had legs fall off on delivery and all sorts of mishaps! But more about that in another post!

Noah's arc cake, elephants

I made these animals in one weekend and Beau sat with me and made the exact same animals too. It was her idea to have butterflies and parrots on the boathouse, also Hugo’s big brother Calum was in her class at school and he said that spiders would be good, so we included them too!

Both the arc and boathouse are made from chocolate cake, everything else is made from pre-coloured sugarpaste, except the ramp that the sheep are walking up. That is actually a thin cake board cut to size and covered with sugarpaste. I needed to know that there was strength there. One bump in the road and an icing ramp would have cracked before I even got off the drive!

Noah's Arc cake -lions

I shaped the arc part of the cake so that it was only slightly smaller at the bottom than it was at the top. I wasn’t experienced enough to get the icing to stick inwards without causing creases, so I made it a simple design. I used a sharp knife to score ‘plank’ lines horizontally around the ship then every now and again made a vertical line for an end of plank -with two dots for nail marks.Noah's arc cake, snakes

The house was a rectangle of cake with a pitched roof shape on top. I made one square cake large enough to cut up and do all the separate pieces in one go. The house was covered in chocolate sugarpaste and the tiles were made with an oval cutter. Each red ovals was cut in half and then placed from the bottom edge of the roof upwards and were attached with royal icing.

Noah's arc cake, Monkeys

All the Animals were positioned with royal icing except the bees which were made on food standard wire (which is available from cake decorating shops) I made them so they could be placed in the arc after the cake was delivered. they move around like they are buzzing.

When it comes to a Noah’s Arc cake you really can go on and on. Beau and I made way too many animals that just weren’t ever going to fit onto the cake, but the modeling is the fun part and you just can’t stop yourself from playing once you get your hands on the sugarpaste. Well, we had fun anyway!

EmmaMT

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