Celebrate Father’s Day with Baker Days & Competition

When it comes to buying gifts for people I absolutely suck at it, with most of my family members I find it impossible to buy for so any sites that make gift buying easier i’m all for it. So if you struggle to find gifts like I do then you have to get yourself over to baker days.

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The baker days website is really easy to navigate, you can choose between cakes and cupcakes allowing you to have a pre-made design or why not personalise it. The cakes allow you to choose from a variety of options whether it would be a letter box cake or a large cake and a variety of cake fillings giving you lots of options for your delicious sweet gift. The letter box cakes range from £14.99 to £17.99 depending on what you have chosen for your filling.

So once you’ve chosen your cake size, sponge type, design and personalised your special gift if you wish your ready to go. If you’ve ordered before 2pm then you’ll have your cake next working day!

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All of baker days letterbox cakes are around 5″ and sent in a gift tin allowing your special gift to arrive in perfect condition and keeping it fresh for up to 14 days. The cakes come complete with candles and balloons, and their large cakes come with a beautiful cake slicer, it really does add a special touch to a cake delivery service.

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I opted for the rich chocolate chip sponge, but you can choose from lovely lemon drizzle, traditional sponge, fabulous fruit, dairy free sponge and gluten wheat free sponge. I was a little optimistic about the sponge remaining moist but the sponge was full of flavour and not the slightest bit dry remaining in tip top condition, literally dent free thanks to the little cute tin cake it comes in. I’d say that the letter box cake gives you around 4-5 servings depending on how big you like your slices, to be honest I could probably polish off a full one *hides*.

The price of the cake does seem pretty much on the steep side, but honestly it’s worth it especially if it is a gift for a loved one.

Love the sound of a letter box cake? well why not treat your Dad this Father’s Day by entering my competition below to win your own!

ENTER HERE

Terms & Conditions:

Entrants under 18 please seek permission from parents

Giveaway ends 11/06/2017 00:00, winner will be announced and have 48 hours to respond otherwise a new winner will be picked. The winners details will be forwarded to baker days who will contact you and arrange your prize.

ALL entries will be checked and verified, with any incomplete, false or duplicate entries being removed.

UK ONLY

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Afternoon Baking | Cupcakes

There is nothing I love more than cake which isn’t really a good thing sometimes, I craved it so much when I was pregnant with Scarlett, no wonder she weighed a whopping 9lb 12oz! We was scrolling through BBC food of what time bake, it’s the only thing that will entertain her for half hour sometimes and she absolutely loves mixing the cake mixes, so it was a win win, we decided to make some delicious cupcakes.

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Ingredients:

Cupcake mix:

110g/4oz butter or margarine, softened at room temperature, 110g/4oz caster sugar, 2 free-range eggs, lightly beaten, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 110g/4oz self-raising flour & 1-2 tbsp milk

For the buttercream icing:

140g/5oz butter, softened, 280g/10oz icing sugar, 1-2 tbsp milk & a few drops food colouring

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4 and line a 12-hole muffin tin with paper cases.

  2. Cream the butter and sugar together in a bowl until pale. Beat in the eggs a little at a time and stir in the vanilla extract.

  3. Fold in the flour using a large metal spoon, adding a little milk until the mixture is of a dropping consistency. Spoon the mixture into the paper cases until they are half full.

  4. Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes, or until golden-brown on top and a skewer inserted into one of the cakes comes out clean. Set aside to cool for 10 minutes, then remove from the tin and cool on a wire rack.

  5. For the buttercream icing, beat the butter in a large bowl until soft. Add half the icing sugar and beat until smooth.

  6. Then add the remaining icing sugar with one tablespoon of the milk, adding more milk if necessary, until the mixture is smooth and creamy.

  7. Add the food colouring and mix until well combined.

  8. Spoon the icing into a piping bag with a star nozzle and pipe the icing using a spiralling motion onto the cup cakes in a large swirl.

 

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What’s your favourite type of cake?

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Sunday Baking!

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Betty Crocker Baking set (RRP £7)

Just before me and my partner moved homes he bought me this Betty Crocker baking set from ASDA as he knows I absolutely adore cake, my cake obsession was 100 times worse when I was pregnant with Scarlett oops. So I have finally got round to using it today, which I took Scarlett into the kitchen to watch me. I used a basic vanilla cupcake recipe which is as follows:

Ingredients
110g/4oz butter or margarine, softened at room temperature
110g/4oz caster sugar
2 free-range eggs, lightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
110g/4oz self-raising flour
1-2 tbsp milk
For the buttercream icing
140g/5oz butter, softened
280g/10oz icing sugar
1-2 tbsp milk
a few drops food colouring
Preparation method
Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4 and line a 12-hole muffin tin with paper cases.
Cream the butter and sugar together in a bowl until pale. Beat in the eggs a little at a time and stir in the vanilla extract.
Fold in the flour using a large metal spoon, adding a little milk until the mixture is of a dropping consistency. Spoon the mixture into the paper cases until they are half full.
Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes, or until golden-brown on top and a skewer inserted into one of the cakes comes out clean. Set aside to cool for 10 minutes, then remove from the tin and cool on a wire rack.
For the buttercream icing, beat the butter in a large bowl until soft. Add half the icing sugar and beat until smooth.
Then add the remaining icing sugar with one tablespoon of the milk, adding more milk if necessary, until the mixture is smooth and creamy.
Add the food colouring and mix until well combined.
Spoon the icing into a piping bag with a star nozzle and pipe the icing using a spiralling motion onto the cup cakes in a large swirl.

I sat Scarlett in her highchair and talked her through the process of making the cupcakes while she devoured a whole banana! little monkey. I absolutely love baking especially eating the outcome afterwards though I never seem to have time to do it lately so I made sure that these were done today. My partner helped me with the icing, the set had already come with vanilla icing so I did not need to make the buttercream to the recipe provided above. I must say that these cupcakes were absolutely delicious and went down a treat with a cup of tea!

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