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.

Colourful Rio inspired lime and mango cake

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I was asked to create this cake for a friend of a friend.  All I knew was that it had to be fruity, bright, and the person was from Brazil.  So I quickly settled on a lime sponge, sandwiched with mango and passionfruit curd, but needed to come up with a decorating plan.  That’s when I thought of the colours of the Rio Olympics, which were popping up on my tv on repeat.  I wasn’t sure how to incorporate them all at first, until I had a little flash of inspiration to pipe the different colours in a sort of wreath round the top.  It’s a really simple but effective technique, so if you’d like to give it a try then read on.

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Cherry cheesecake cupcakes

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First up, an apology.  It’s been a LONG time since I shared any recipes.  But I’m back with some delicious cupcakes just in time for summer – cherry cheesecake flavour.  Cheesecake definitely works in cupcake form.  You’ve got the buttery biscuit base, tangy creamy cheese, and to top it off, some fruit! All with the added bonus of a sponge cake too.

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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.

Oreo You Didn’t! Oreo Cupcakes with a Sneaky Surprise Inside

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Shhhhh! These cheeky little cupcakes have a whole Oreo cookie hiding inside which makes for a really fun surprise. There are Oreos in the buttercream and sprinkled on top too, giving you a triple whammy of biscuity goodness that’s not too sweet.

I’m using a chocolate mudcake type recipe here because I think it stops them being too dry which can easily happen with chocolate cakes.  It’s very simple, you’ll just need a couple of bowls and a whisk.