Supercute Smiley Faces

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Let’s face it, we’re all in need of a little something to smile about just now.  While not solving the world’s problems, these biscuits should certainly bring some brightness to your day.  These are made with a simple empire biscuit recipe, but with added sprinkles for joy.  I used a smiley face cookie cutter set from Lakeland – but if you don’t have one you can just use a round cutter and make the eyes and mouth yourself with a sharp knife.

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How to create a cosmic galaxy cake

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Wow.  When I first created my cosmic galaxy cupcakes I had no idea so many of you would be interested in how to make them too!  It’s been great to see so many of you visiting my site and giving the technique a go, and it’s why I set up this blog in the first place.

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So the past few months, I’ve been thinking about what to make that would appeal to all you galaxy lovers out there.  I really hope this galaxy cake tutorial interests as many of you!  This technique is just as simple as the cupcakes, and just as effective.  Read on for how I did it.

Pretty Lemon And Poppy Seed Cake

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If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it – or so the saying goes!  And that’s what happened with this cake.  This was my mum’s birthday cake – her third lemon flavoured cake in as many years.  But it’s one of her favourites so why stray away?  That didn’t mean I couldn’t mix things up a little – this time with added poppy seeds, lemon curd, cream cheese frosting, and some pretty coloured piping on top.  I did a similar icing technique with my Rio inspired tropical cake a couple of months ago, but this time I went with some softer colours, and an ombre effect up the sides of the cake.  Luckily mum liked it – read on if you’d like to give it a try.

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White chocolate and passionfruit cake of dreams

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This may just be the cake to end all cakes.  I’m aware it sounds like a bold statement, but trust me and give it a try.  I don’t think any of my other cakes have had such a strong response from my friends and family.  If you’re still unsure, let me explain.  Light, moreish, white chocolate mud cake.  Tangy, zingy, passion fruit curd.  Fluffy, sweet, white chocolate buttercream.  The curd sandwiched between the layers of this cake prevents it from becoming too sickly sweet, and the mud cake recipe creates a really lovely texture.

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This recipe is to make a 3 layer, 6 inch cake.  If you have 8 inch cake tins you’ll need to double the cake recipe, and times the buttercream recipe by 50%.

If I’ve convinced you this is something you need to make, then read on….

Double Chocolate Mini Egg Pinata Cake

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It’s very easy to get sick of chocolate in the run up to Easter so if you’re feeling that way – look away now!  I am not one of those people, so this cake was a lot of fun for me to make and enjoy.  I love the concept of a pinata cake – it never fails to please people when they cut into it and find some secret treat lurking inside.

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Look at all those eggs hiding inside!  Fun, isn’t it. If you are feeling adventurous you could put a variety of different eggs inside, but I picked mini eggs as I was planning on decorating the cake with the same sort of speckled design they have.

Chocolate and Strawberry Whoopie Pies for your Valentine

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I’m not one for mushy Valentine’s Day celebrations, but I do like a holiday as an excuse to bake!  These little whoopie pies make a lovely treat for someone special ( I shared my batch with my lovely pals at work) or if you feel like having a bunch of them to yourself that’s fine too – you’ll definitely be feeling the love!

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If you’re never had a whoopie pie before then you are really missing out!  It consists of two circles of dough which are baked freeform in the oven. The texture is sort of halfway between a cookie and a cake, and both halves are sandwiched together with marshmallow frosting.  The great thing about whoopie pies is that they are really versatile.  I made mine almost bite size, but you could make them cookie size, or even giant. The flavours can be switched up too – I used strawberry marshmallow fluff to make the frosting instead of regular vanilla, but you can add peppermint essence or other fruit flavours to the frosting if you like.

How to create cosmic galaxy effect frosting for cupcakes

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You can’t go wrong with a bit of stardust, can you?  I love things with a cosmic pattern, from clothes to bags.  But I wondered how it would translate to cakes, and I’m pleased to say I’m happy with the results!

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Look at them, all sparkly and dark.  This can be done with buttercream or cream cheese frosting, all you need is a piping bag and some gel colours and you’re good to go.

UPDATE: I’ve now created a cosmic galaxy effect full size cake too!  If you’d like to give it try then click here, and for the cupcakes, read on.

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