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NOW CLOSED Talk to Stork about your favourite things to bake, and discuss 'Bake Brave' for World Baking Day 2013. £100 Baking hamper to be won

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KatieBMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 13-May-13 09:57:04

World Baking Day is on Sunday 19th of May and to coincide with this Stork would love to hear what you think of this year's theme "Bake Brave".

Stork say: "World Baking Day is a global event sponsored by Stork and the theme for 2013 is to 'Bake Brave'. From novice to master baker, food blogger to food celebrity, World Baking Day has been introduced to inspire people to step out of their baking comfort zone and master a cake they've never baked before."

For this year's theme, 100 recipes of varying difficulty have been developed and can be found here

Please take a look at the recipes and come back to this thread to let us know what you think. Which recipe would you try to 'Bake Brave' with? Are there any that you've already mastered?

Please also share your favourite treats to bake as well as any top baking tips you may have for other MNers or for getting kids into baking.

Everyone who shares their thoughts on this thread will be entered into a prize draw, where one MNer will win a £100 Baking hamper filled with sweet treats and baking goodies.

Thanks and good luck,


Cambam2010 Mon 13-May-13 10:49:57

My son loves to sing 5 currant buns in a bakers shop. I don't have a very well stocked baking cupboard but we do a variation on these so that we do not have to use yeast which would take far to long for my 3 yo! We just take a basic fairy cake recipe add some raisins and some mixed spice and stick a cherry on the top. Usually the cherry sinks during baking and is a nice little surprise when we bite into them.

My DCs love baking, and we use block stork because it's milk free (DS is allergic). DS (11) is a better cake baker than me, as he accurately measures things. I'm better with breads and pastry as I am more creative and add "a dash of this and a bit of that" as I go along.
We made an apple and raisin sourdough crown yesterday, which is half eaten already!

ShatnersBassoon Mon 13-May-13 11:07:12

I really love baking, and make some really tasty things. I'm absolutely rubbish at making cakes look pretty though; I'm too clumsy to make a decent job of piping or decorating cakes. I bought some stencils from a Jamie Oliver party, and I can now produce cakes that don't look as if they've been trodden on and that I'm proud to offer.

So my top tip for rubbish cake decorators is to go at your cakes with a stencil and a bit of icing sugar or cocoa, you'll never fail to produce a cake that looks like you put some effort in grin.

DCs enjoy baking too, with mixed results. DS1 is in a cookery club at school which has really given him the bug for making things. He likes making anything from my ancient Be-Ro baking book, which are all simple recipes with no very technical elements or expensive ingredients (so it doesn't matter if we end up with a disastrous bake!).

I love the look of Lisa Faulkner's treacle tart on the Stork site. It's not something I've ever made, but I know everyone in the family would enjoy it.

Cherrybright Mon 13-May-13 11:14:51

I love baking and I like the idea and the site so we will defiantly be joining in with this smile the creamy mudcake muffins looks amazing! So I will probably make them. The recipes seem to have ingredients I have in the cupboard already, which is great!
We normally make basic cupcakes with a flavouring in if its me and dd baking, she likes pouring sugar and putting in flour, makes a massive mess!
I was baking on my own a lot, things like birthday cakes, cookies, crumbles etc, so she wanted to join in and copy. Now she loves it.
Tip- if you have time, experiment, you never know how good it can taste till you try!

poppy1973 Mon 13-May-13 11:15:18

I like the website and love the idea of different baking levels. I had a look at some of the more adventurous recipes and love the look of the choccocino cake and think I will try that in the next few days. Some of the recipes look great and I am going to making a few for my mum and daughters birthday in the next few weeks. Milk Tart cake and lime chocolate sauce cake ?? don't know which one to try so will try them both for the birthdays !!! smile Great website.

ClaraOswinOswald Mon 13-May-13 11:20:37

World Baking Day sounds great. I love baking with the kids but it's hard to find time, so it would give me a nudge.

We use baking to support their maths and get cake and treats as a reward. We also like to bake savoury goodies, marmite and cheese straws being a fave.

TenaciousOne Mon 13-May-13 11:28:21

We love baking cupcakes and biscuits here. Biscuits are great with my 22 month old DS. He loves rolling out the dough and then cutting the biscuits out with cutters.

We have learnt that two cutters is more than enough, otherwise he gets obsessed with the cutters.

elizaco Mon 13-May-13 11:32:52

I love any initiative that gets people more interested in cooking/baking. I think the increase in cookery TV shows has made people more confident and interested in food, and I think this site only enhances that. I love making cakes and flapjacks and recently my daughters and I have enjoyed making lots of varieties of fudge! I would love to master a great carrot cake, and to improve my scones!

Rosehassometoes Mon 13-May-13 11:33:57

We have a cake cookbook that uses cup measurements, it's brilliant for cooking with 3 year old DS.

We use a special flour sieve where you pull a handle rather than shake. I soften butter in the microwave to male it easier for DS to mic with sugar-doesn't seem to affect our cakes.

Î just did a search of the recipes using my baking level and the first recipe was a carrot and coconut muffin. smile. Yum, and all the other ones look rather tasty too.

Wrt baking I love nothing better than baking a chocolate sponge, with heaps of chocolate buttercream. Or a Lemon Drizzle.

I can't think of any tips. Still a novice baking, so looking forward to hearing the tips on here. grin

Glitterfairys Mon 13-May-13 12:02:19

I like the idea of Baking Brave and my ds and I will definitely take part .
The Dream Cake looks lovely and we will try and " Bake Brave" as its a bit different to what we normally cook.
I have already made Treacle Tart and that was a big hit with my family smile
My favourite things to cook with kids are cupcakes as I tend to stick to the same basic recipe and add different things to it such as peanut butter or choc chips . The options are endless and my ds loves to make up flavours.
My top tip is to keep stocked up with baking essentials as its the perfect thing to do especially when it's raining or you haven't got much planned and it can keep kids entertained for ages grin

Wibblytummy Mon 13-May-13 12:04:06

The Almond and coconut cake looks incredible! I would say I'm a fairly confident baker but some of the easier recipes look divine!

My top tip for perfect sized cupcakes is to use a measuring scoop rather than a spoon to portion the cake mix. This gives you beautifully even cupcakes!

DS is only 2 but hoping to get him in to baking more and more! Although he doesn't quite have the patience for eating it and always wants to chomp it raw!

Doogle2 Mon 13-May-13 12:05:24

I love making flapjack with my boys. It's quick and easy and contains no eggs or gluten so ideal for those with allergies.
Favourite bit is licking the bowl. Worst bit of being a mum is having to let the kids do this instead of me grin

sharond101 Mon 13-May-13 12:09:45

Iam baking my little boys first birthday cake next week and I need to Bakebrave for that. I love the website it is full of great ideas and I cannot wait to try out the violet and white chocolate fairy cakes which look incredible.

howiwonder Mon 13-May-13 12:19:43

some nice recipes on there - good to see a dairy free one as well whcih i will share with my mum who is lactose intolerant.
the recipe that was suggested for me was the happy cake which sounds yum but not really 'brave' for me.
like the sound of the chocolate coconut muffins, might try those.
Tips - maybe this is a well known one, but the best way to spoon out cupcake mix is using an ice cream scoop - failsafe!

Oodsigma Mon 13-May-13 12:29:47

I have v basic baking skills. Pretty much a packet mix person. Really want to master biscuits & like the look of the Choc chip cookies.

LaundryLegoLunch Mon 13-May-13 12:38:33

I love baking. I like to constantly try new recipes although they're still quite basic. I'd like to have a good range of options for treats at my disposal. I have a stand mixer which does drastically cut down the time and effort needed.

My mum always said to me not to worry too much about baking as considering that most things are made of large amounts of butter, sugar and eggs then really how bad can they taste? grin

I think the thing with kids baking is to not feel bad about keeping some baking just for you. So if I make cupcakes for a school bake sale I get the kids to obliterate decorate half and I do the other half in a pleasing way to me.

I quite liked the website but it was really slow to load on my iPad. And I'd like to be able to select the recipes by other means e.g. Chocolate, muffins etc

I consider myself a good baker but my presentation is on the rustic side (I like to call it artisan). I think if I'm going to 'bake brave' the recipes I'll be most daunted by are those requiring a steady hand for decoration or any finesse. I like the site and there are some lovely ideas there, it's appealing as it has such a wide variety of things to try. I think even for a confident baker the easy recipes are worth looking at. I don't always have the time to do something elaborate and if I'm looking for a quick recipe I would know exactly where to find one.

Ds is only 13 months so his 'help' at the moment generally consist of sitting in a high chair bashing things with a whisk and eating the raw ingredients but I like to have him with me while I bake so being in the kitchen becomes the norm for him. As a child my family pretty much lived in the kitchen and we always helped with cooking and baking so it seems natural to me to do the same now I have a child of my own.

I love to make my own bagels and pizza dough at home. DD is two and loves to help, but her favourite things to make are 'brown cakes' (chocolate fairy cakes) and rice krispie cakes.
I also bake very good oaty cookies, carrot cake and lemon drizzle cakes.
I'd love to bake a rainbow cake, but I don't think I'm brave enough yet.
The coconut carrot muffins sound delicious and I'll definitely be making those. Actually, there are quite a few of those recipes I'd like to try.

Ruprekt Mon 13-May-13 13:37:54

I am a bit of a safe baker! I bake fairy cakes, chocolate cake, banana cake, scones and brownies. I am nervous to bake other things as I worry the family won't eat them and then I will end up with it all and stuff myself!

As soon as I can open the link I will choose something new to bake!smilesmilesmile

Bananasinfadedpjs Mon 13-May-13 13:42:20

I had a look at the website, I like the look of the chocolate dragon cake for DD's birthday this weekend, I'm not very good at novelty birthday cakes, and I think she'd like it (though maybe I'd ice it with white chocolate and a bit of green food colouring instead)

I mostly do baking with the kids, so I try to go for recipes that are easy where they can do as much as possible - we tend to go for 6oz flour, sugar, butter, 3 eggs and shove it into a loaf tin grin. We have been experimenting a bit with different flavourings like banana, coffee, lemon but nothing particularly outlandish. I always want to make a Victoria sponge, but I have one child that hates jam and one that hates cream, so we can't. I always use butter, have never tried baking with margarine.

HazeltheMcWitch Mon 13-May-13 13:57:24

I'm a pretty enthusiastic baker, and I love to bake with my DC, but I do also find it quite frustrating sometimes, as they just want to cover everything with icing and sprinkles. And I don't. So I also do secret baking, on my own, late at night, when I can be more perfectionist/aesthetically pleasing.

I like the site, I like the huge range of recipes, from different countries, and I think the layout is attractive and engaging. My critical side wishes that the recipes had been proof-read a bit better - there are quite a few spelling mistakes, and a couple of things listed in the ingredients that don't seem to be in the instructions... so I'd not have loads of faith that these recipes have been well-tested. I wish too that the recipes used the same method of measurement - they've used both weight and volumetric (eg of dry goods) throughout, which all makes it seem a bit thrown together. Having said that, I like the look of the brownies in meringue - I've never put them together before.

MTBMummy Mon 13-May-13 14:41:49

I think this is a great idea, and I love that so many recipes come from South African's

I think I'll give the hidden heart cupcakes a try as DD will love them.

I try to bake every weekend with DD just as my mother did with me, we make all sorts from scones to breads to meringues and birthday cakes.

I've always been a bit scared of making my own pastry until my MiL taught me last year - and I have no idea why I was so scared of it :-)

One of the favorites in my house is a "crunchie" as we call them back in south africa, or a flapjack as they're known here in the UK, it's made from oats, coconut, butter and syrup and DD just adores then, they can be eaten plain, or have melted chocolate poured on top, for a super decadent treat.

My most tried and tested tip, it rather than buttering a pan, line it with a sprinkling of flour (or cocoa for chocolate cakes) as the butter can sometimes make the edge of your cake/bread/biscuits go crispy

firawla Mon 13-May-13 14:50:59

I like the theme as im not that confident in baking, I will have a look at their recipes.
I do bake sometimes, easy things like flapjacks or plain cakes

Badvoc Mon 13-May-13 14:56:58

The Turkish delight cake looks great, and the lemon strawberry cakes!
I like the way that you can choose your level and, once you are more confident, move on.
Nice that so many of the recipes are global.

CMOTDibbler Mon 13-May-13 15:04:11

I love baking, and at the moment I am really enjoying trying unusual vegan recipes for a change. I always bake gluten free as I don't make anything I can't eat!

This week I will mostly be making cherry chocolate cupcakes for ds to take into school for his birthday, and his requested 'BeastQuest' cake for his party. I may also make a chocolate pumpkin cake for Saturday when I'll have a houseful of blokes and a quick batch of almond butter and dried apricot cookies.

There looked to be some interesting recipes on the Stork site, but I wish it was searchable by allergy friendliness

MikeLitoris Mon 13-May-13 15:41:47

Love love love baking. Pretty much something baked everyday here.

At least one of the dc help me. Mostly weighing things out (maths. Good excuse to bake)

That app has some pretty good recipes. I'll give a few a try.

My tip especially with cake making is to practice as much as poss. And dont be afraid to try new things.

MikeLitoris Mon 13-May-13 15:43:40

One point about the link though. Im on my phone and when I open it I only see one pic so things like hidden suprise cakes only show the whole cake. Not what it should look like inside.

jenny77 Mon 13-May-13 16:38:32

It's butter all the way for me I'm afraid. Salted grin

skyebluesapphire Mon 13-May-13 17:25:07

As a child I used to cook all the time with my mum. I don't have time to cook nowadays, which is sad, but my DD 5yo loves cooking with Nana.

I have looked at the recipes and fancy trying the Cherry Banana Cheesecake.

My favourite recipe is for chocolate cracknell, which involves rice crispies, syrup, chocolate and dried milk powder. It was a favourite in primary school

Well none of them look especially scary to me, although there are some quite fun ones in there - but then I often make stupidly ambitious cakes, and routinely bake because it is easier/quicker/nicer than buying cakes. I don't have any particular tips for baking with DC, as I am too much of a baking control freak to especially enjoy baking with children, but I do think that you would be better off with these recipes than with some of the baking books aimed at children - DD has one that she was given with possibly the most convoluted methods I have ever seen - and huge scope for disaster (mixture splitting, in particular). I find it really annoying as she would be much better off making "all in one" type recipes, but she insists that she wants to use "her" book so we have persisted.

For adults, my main tip would be not to take too much advice in advance, particularly if it is of the "ooh, that's hard" variety. I have done lots of things which I only realised in retrospect were supposed to be hard - if I had known, I might have been more hesitant to try them, IYSWIM. Novelty/fancy decorated cakes in particular require, IMHO, no particular level of skill, just an immense amount of patience.

MrsHoarder Mon 13-May-13 17:49:11

I love baking: when not too busy I bake most sweet things we eat. A lot of the time its basic oat biscuits or fairy cakes because the work to get something delisous and home baked is so low.

I grew up with the Stork cookery book (which my DM got in the 1970s?) and have a couple of typed out copies of those recipes in my recipe file. Bake Brave doesn't open in my browser though, so I can't offer an opinion on that.

nextphase Mon 13-May-13 18:10:19

The bake brave is VERY slow, and frustrating to use. I want to be able to see more than one cake, and have to discover my level.
What I can't do is decorate cakes. Any hints there?
And why use block stork? Salted butter all the way, unless making sponge cake, in which case its whatever marg is on offer.
Frequent makes here: chocolate brownies, chocolate spot biscuits, melting moments, flapjack, 1-2-3 biscuits (straight off MN, which has an amazing range of recipes)

hermancakedestroyer Mon 13-May-13 18:17:44

Oh yum! I love baking and I love researching recipes of tasty things to bake. I enjoyed looking through the recipes and deciding what I'm going to bake next. The happiness cheesecake looks particularly good.

I encourage my children to bake as often as possible and I will show them the recipes so that they can choose something to bake with me.
Great idea and one which I'm sure MNers will find very useful. smile

GreatGooglyMoogly Mon 13-May-13 18:22:34

I love baking but ideally quick and easy things with not too much washing up! That's why my favourite recipe is for brownies. They can be made in a saucepan with only a few other bits and pieces for measuring and stirring and everyone loves them. I like the look of the bakewell biscuits on the website smile.

Manchesterhistorygirl Mon 13-May-13 18:34:43

I've not looked at the recipes yet, but on the 18th I've organised a bake off. That's baking brave if ever I heard it!

Trill Mon 13-May-13 18:42:30

I'd prefer to just see a list on the website - some have useful names and some have names that do not describe what the item actually is.

Trill Mon 13-May-13 18:42:50

I'm also unsure where "brave" comes in...

Trill Mon 13-May-13 18:44:17

I am curious about the Colour frenzy (another one with a non-descriptive name) - it'll be interesting to see if whipping cream and jelly powder makes a thing that is nice...

cather Mon 13-May-13 18:47:17

We do a lot of baking and my sons love baking too. My eldest son is 11 and can make a cake from start to finish now without me helping.

I like the sound of the Miranda's chocolate brownie meringue cake, it sounds really delicious and I will give it a try at the weekend.

My baking tip is to let children help when you are baking and they enjoy it and they are learning without realising.

aristocat Mon 13-May-13 18:54:55

I love baking and my DD shares the love grin We enjoy making things together and trying new recipes.

I will definitely make My Happy Cake Lvl 70 ~ my mom used to make a cake with poppy seed and hopefully this will be similar. It will remind me of all the delicious cakes my mom made. She always used Stork in the 1970/1980s.

I make a fantastic Carrot Cake, which doesn't last long.

My tip for baking with children is that it is very difficult to be patient enough with DD because she still likes to make icing and smother the cakes - our compromise is that she can do what she wants with half of our cake/s and I decorate the rest my way.

ClaraOswald Mon 13-May-13 19:03:16

I am a novice bread baker, but have been able to bake cakes and biscuits for about 20 years. I do like a bit of a challenge, but sometimes I look at a recipe and run screaming for the hills. I think World Baking Day is a fantastic idea. Last week my sister introduced her 2 year old to the joy of making chocolate crispie cakes. As a result he was very interested in my own activity this past week.

This past weekend was my sisters wedding and she asked if I could bake cupcakes for the guests which were to used as place cards. It worked really well, and everyone commented on them with several people munching more than just their own! I did use butter in this instance because I needed them to be a bit more solid due to the fact they had to travel 100+miles. They were iced at my mothers house the night before the wedding and fitted in beautifully with the overall theme of the day which was 50's village fete. My nephew was fascinated and I hope we have started him on the road to a healthy attitude to food and where it comes from.

I have never before baked and iced so much in my life. smile

flippinada Mon 13-May-13 19:04:05

My DS loves baking, although his absolute favourite is drop scones (some of you will know these as scotch pancakes) which probably don't count as they aren't baked but cooked on a griddle!

I love making pastry ever since I was taught by my Gran, who used to make the most beautiful, buttery, crumbly melt in the mouth shortcrust pastry. I can't pretend to be as good as she was but I'm having fun practicing.

Had a look at the website and will definitely some of those recipes a try. I have friends coming over for dinner on Saturday so it's the perfect excuse smile

dahville Mon 13-May-13 19:05:08

I checked out the site but I didn't like the way it was organised; I would have preferred a recipe index and that clicking on a recipe would take you to the recipe not another picture and then you need to click again for the recipe. Too many clicks.

On a positive note there are some interesting recipes on the site; I particularly like the dark chocolate torte.

I haven't done any baking yet with my son but I imagine I'll teach him what I consider the golden rule - measure everything out first!

Doobydoo Mon 13-May-13 19:38:47

Think I will try recipe 58 as ds1 has just walked past and demanded it!
I have made cheesecakes and have made The Silver Spoon's lemon tart recipe which is yum and also Green and Blacks convict cake which is mahusive!

Katz Mon 13-May-13 20:09:13

We love baking, cakes, cookies, pies all sorts.

Favorite in our house are cupcakes, which I always use stork for.

Looked at the website and wow can't wait to try sme of those recipes.

orangepudding Mon 13-May-13 20:22:11

I love the Colour Frenzy cake on the Stork website. I have made rainbow cakes before but always with coloured cake mixture. I have never seen cream mixed with jelly powder used in a cake - brilliant idea!

My children all love baking, I give them books and let them choose what they want to bake. As I have three children it can get a bit hectic in the kitchen as if one wants to bake the others decide they want to too. You have to forget about the mess and let them enjoy it!

MrsMicawber Mon 13-May-13 20:51:15

Just baked a chocolate cheesecake, a basic cheesecake, a chocolate sandwich cake and frosted chocolate cupcakes with buttercream...

I love raw cheesecake mixture.

I love baking, but have never attempted anything very difficult, and the children tend to keep me just doing fairy cakes, sponge cakes, brownies flapjacks etc. Scotch pancakes are another huge favourite in our house. The Be-Ro cook book is my bible

I use Stork because it beats easily straight from the fridge, a lot of my baking is done on the spur of the moment so a well stocked cupboard and fridge are essential, there's nothing worse than the children wanting to bake and us not having any eggs or flour or whatever. I keep lots and lots of different sprinkles as that is what the children like doing the best. So that's my first top tip, which has been mentioned already. The second is having all the right equipment and knowing where it is, a lot of mine comes from Lakeland, little things like pre-cut circles of baking parchment and the big plastic mat for rolling pastry and dough on make life a lot easier.

I've had a look at the website, there are some nice sounding recipes, but I found the format of the site a bit confusing, I would rather just see labelled pictures of all the bakes (don't like that when you hover to get the name the pic disappears) and all the scrolling through the difficulty levels. The ones that first caught my eye were the Bakewell biscuits, treacle tart and chocolate fudge cake. The ones I'm least likely to try are the Colour Frenzy or anything else with masses of food colouring in, I don't mind a little in icing but find the look of brightly coloured cakes very unappetising.

CheeryCherry Mon 13-May-13 21:20:33

Liking the look of number 87 but with an alternative to gelatine as we're vegetarian. Love the look of number 100! Don't fancy the courgette and feta muffins, nor the Turkish delight cake. We bake a lot, probably every day. We usually bake quick and easy recipes like scones, buns, cheesecake, simple cakes. We're not afraid to try new recipes and accept disasters but often return time after time to the Bero book. Have recently started using Stork as Flora have fiddled with their ingredients and it's too runny!

GetKnitted Mon 13-May-13 21:29:34

I do like the 'book' and the concept of levels, I found myself near a capuccinno cake that looked yummy.

I have to say though, I was under the impression that stork still had trans-fats in, I've googled the ingredients and it looks like they don't have any, but it might be worth making a bit of a big deal about that, so that people are not afraid of baking with it.

Fuckwittery Mon 13-May-13 21:49:57

i love baking, use an original be-ro book handed down to me by my gran for best results! want ot try the white chocolate profiteroles on the site, have never made profiteroles and they look lush.
i always use stork in my be-ro recipes, with that and my ancient non fan asisted gas oven and 4.99 electric whisk from sainsburies basics, my cakes always turn out really well!

Bert2e Mon 13-May-13 21:58:43

I'm a reasonable baker but I've never plucked up the courage to do Danish pastries - so please Mr Hollywood come and help me out wink

I love what I call everyday baking: basic stuff with things already in the cupboard that don't cost a fortune like Anzac biscuits, Diggers and Flapjacks.

Block Stork is fab when I need to be dairy free!

violetwellies Mon 13-May-13 22:15:16

I use block Stork as it's dairy free (was disappointed that the tub stuff isnt) and think the site looks good. More recpies without the dairy would be even better, as one I thought looked very exciting had cream in it - yet more disappointment. Baking with my not yet two year old is probably a step to far as he eats most things, but soon he will be big enough to reach and not want to put his face in the flour.

MegBusset Mon 13-May-13 22:42:48

I like baking but can't use eggs as DS1 is allergic to them. It would have been nice to be able to filter the cakes on the website to find the ones that didn't have egg in.

Ginga66 Mon 13-May-13 23:51:34

I did not bake before I had kids! My dh cooks and when ds1 started nursery and he had to bring something in I thought I'll do it for him. Also my dh is wheat and dairy intolerant. I am amazed that even though I can't cook I can bake! Probably as its creative and scientific. There's something about putting it in the oven and then viola! I substitute ingredients to make low gi dairy and wheat free brownies and cake. I have tried my hand at decorating too. I wold love to do more but two kiddies and work means I try when I can. My son loves to help and has his own tools and apron and stands on a chair.My top tip is substitute caster sugar with agave nectar to save you waistline and create moist wheat and dairy free cakes. I will try all choc recipes as this is all my family want!

VerySmallSqueak Mon 13-May-13 23:59:30

I like baking savouries the most,and mainly if they involve cheese. Cheese scones and cheese straws are two of my favourites.
Utterly irresistible when warm.

Leafmould Tue 14-May-13 00:01:23

Although I am a fairly regular baker, I love really straightforward recipes which involve fairly few ingredients. So I scrolled up from number one, bypassed all the muffins and cupcakes which I am not keen on, and decided to try the bake well biscuits. I like that they are simplified erosion of bake well tart, so I can see it being a recipe which I repeat.

I was a bit disappointed in the 5cup health crunchies recipe, as the photograph definately looks like it has almonds in it and I am fond of almonds.... But no nuts in recipe. Plus I would definately use real butter in that recipe, even though I do use stork for most cakes and pastry... Flapjack has to be with butter!

What do I bake? I have started doing fairy cakes whenever I do a full English. Mmmmm it's great to have a lazy Sunday with a big brunch, afternoon tea sorted, and someone else can do dinner!

Lent1l Tue 14-May-13 08:13:58

I love baking and always finds it calms me. In the last year I've started to teach myself how to properly ice cakes as well. Dd is 14 months so I give her a spare metal mixing bowl and a wooden spoon and she mixes her pretend cake whilst I make the real one. I live the 4442 recipe as it is always in my head and easily adaptable to vary the flavour. I ALWAYS have a large tub of stork in the fridge as I find it works well and even in buttercream few people notice the difference.

I shall challenge myself to try a recipe from the site for the next family occasion.

flamingtoaster Tue 14-May-13 10:07:47

I'd like to try Cinnamon and Chocolate Biscuits - cinnamon and chocolate go so well together and the combination makes me think of Christmas. I adapt recipes all the time as I bake everything gluten, milk and egg free due to family allergies so that everyone can eat the same thing. I've started baking with my children when they were very small - I have many happy memories of my son standing on a kick step wearing ear defenders because he didn't like the noise of the mixer!

Babycarmen Tue 14-May-13 10:22:36

The kids love baking cupcakes, scones or biscuits. It is such fun baking with children and I am glad DD loves it as much as I do. I bake usually once a week myself, usually cakes, honey cake, coffee cake, chocolate cake, gateaus, I LOVE the smell of the house after baking!!

LemonBreeland Tue 14-May-13 12:22:42

I love baking. And DS2 (5) really enjoys it too. His favourite is gingerbread men as the dough is really easy to work with and rollls out very well.

Most of what we bake comes from my two old Be-ro books. I recently made jam tarts and the children thought they were fab.

There are many things on the website that I would like to make. I find baking such an enjoyable pasttime. I usually make quick and simple things, but am trying to branch out into the more difficult bakes.

Smellslikecatspee Tue 14-May-13 13:20:51

I love baking and will try my hand at most stuff, but that website is annoying!!

Constant clicking. .

Velve Tue 14-May-13 14:25:15

I have a weaning age son so I don't get any time to bake lovely complicated things anymore, but I do make lots of berry muffins or savoury muffins for him to nibble on and get better at using his hands to eat.
If I get time on World Baking Day I would bake the very, very lovely looking, and sounding, Almond-Lemon Cake with Gingerbread Heart.
I like the website but I must say the recipes aren't hugely challenging. Some trickier than others in that you need more time to make them and a bit of bravery, but nothing really difficult.

MothershipG Tue 14-May-13 16:16:20

I'm a competent baker and can turn out decent cakes, cookies and bread so I'm always on the look out for interesting or different recipes.

Having looked at the website I think I'll try No.37 Colour Frenzy as that sort of thing always amuses my DC and No.97 Tsoureki as I am particularly into baking bread at the moment.

chilli1980 Tue 14-May-13 16:18:24

I love to bake i least bake a cake once a week and do all the cakes for my families birthday, engagement, christenings etc i recently did a Kitkat Smartie cake for my nephews birthday went down like a treat everyone loved it.......grin

Cantdothisagain Tue 14-May-13 16:37:52

There are some lovely-looking bakes on that page and it's a great idea. I'd prefer a list, either with thumbnail images or even just a list, to navigate it more easily, but nitpicking aside, the recipes look good - there's quite a range. And the chocolate peanut butter cake looks fab.

I use Stork to bake sometimes (love the convenience of not having to soften it for ages) but not the liquid stuff - it makes the mixture too runny for me.

I love love love baking, but have fussy children who always ask for the same thing- vanilla/chocolate cupcakes; banana cake; brownies. Boring! We do bake every week though and we all love it.

Cantdothisagain Tue 14-May-13 16:40:35

Oh and I tend to agree that the recipes aren't that challenging for people who already bake a lot, but they will/would be for newbie bakers, which is presumably what the challenge is aimed at - getting more people into baking (and buying Stork...!)...

Goldrill Tue 14-May-13 16:45:26

I recently bought Mary Berry's fast cakes book and discovered you can make really good sponges by just putting all the ingredients in a bowl and sticking the electric mixer in for three minutes. No creaming or folding required - what a revelation!

No 34 - Carlotta's cake looks rather interesting and I may give it a go if the DCs remain asleep long enough one afternoon.

Goldrill Tue 14-May-13 16:48:24

Hang on a minute - I have no issues with using marg in cakes, but surely orange curd (95) demands butter?!

PuddingsAndPies Tue 14-May-13 16:50:42

I really like this idea, & the website is well designed too smile

I think I underestimated my baking level a bit at first - I'm terrible at decorating cakes, but quite good at baking them, I suppose. I bake quite a lot, although often quite middle-of-the-road things. I didn't feel that I'd be challenged by the cakes around my original level, so had a nose from the top down.

I didn't fancy making (eating!) the top few things (& they do look really hard!) but I am considering having a go at the Brownies With Orange Meringue (95). To be honest, I think that looks far easier than the decorated Strawberry Cake (94), or the Chocolate Dragon (93), but I do lack artistic skill.

DS & I often bake together - his favourite things to bake are fairy / cupcakes, or cookies / gingerbread men. Partly because I think he believes that the more items he bakes, the better!

Bakingnovice Tue 14-May-13 18:14:28

We are making the dream cake tomorrow. Looks just delicious!

Baking has been therapy for me. It brings me nothing but joy. Oh, except when it all goes wrong!

saintmerryweather Tue 14-May-13 18:15:21

some of those recipes look really good, i think id give the snow cake a go.

i always use stork for baking, gives just as good results as butter.

my top tips though are that the all in one bowl method doesnt mean youre a bad baker, it does just as well as beating everything seperately.
also if youre spreading buttercream on cakes, have a jug of hot water standing by and dunk.the knife in it between spreading. no crumbs and the cream will spread very easily. also goes for cutting sticky cakes

gazzalw Tue 14-May-13 18:24:38

There is indeed lots of inspiration on the website and I love the different levels of difficulty. The DCs and I think we might start with the banana muffins not least because they are masters at rejecting 'over squishy' ones and would welcome the opportunity to make them into something delicious to eat. Watch this space!

I don't bake very much at all, but love cooking with the children and it's nice to cook outside one's comfort zone! I am more of a chocolate mousse-maker than a cake cook but that can change wink....

majjsu Tue 14-May-13 19:27:06

Dream cake sounds delicious. I love baking with my little girl, though her top 3 requests are cheese scones, pancakes and yorkshire puddings.

We make cheese scones with veg oil rather than butter, so ate quick and easy to make with her.

SarahAndFuck Tue 14-May-13 19:34:04

I have two old Be-Ro recipe books that belonged to my Grandma and one has a note she wrote advising that all the recipes work best with Stork.

I like to make the chocolate cake, which she always made for our birthdays when we were little, and Ive followed her advice and kept to Stork for all of it.

But we will be having a birthday dinner with my Dad on the 19th and I think I'm going to make the Sour Almond Cake for him, I think he'll really like it.

Kellz92 Tue 14-May-13 19:34:51

I love baking many things but I do like making caramel shortcake even though my hubby eats them all. also love making a banoffee pie x

forcookssake Tue 14-May-13 19:36:28

My tip is to get some of the reuseable baking parchment and cut out liners for all your cake tins, so you can bake at a moment's notice AND have a cake that turns out easily with a smooth bottom grin

flippinada Tue 14-May-13 19:44:54

To those wondering if you can still get the be-ro book, yes you can - and it only costs £2.50. I have it and it's ace.

bero book!

theressomethingaboutmarie Tue 14-May-13 19:47:58

The dark chocolate torte with orange syrup and ice cream looks fab - I'd give that a go. I generally bake cakes and tarts (treacle, bake well, butterscotch, pecan and chocolate etc). My DD joins in sometimes, although her choice is our now perfected, chocolate chip cookie recipe.

The best way to get children baking is to start off with something you know they'll like that isn't too sticky (my daughter hates getting sticky hands) or buy an array of biscuit cutters that appeal to your children and go from there.

BornToFolk Tue 14-May-13 20:29:37

I think it's a great concept and there seem to be some good recipes on the site but, good grief, that's an irritating webiste to navigate! Far too busy.

Anyway, I'd probably give the banana muffins a go...though I would use butter...sorry Stork!

Pancakeflipper Tue 14-May-13 20:30:17

I bake 3 times a week because my DS2 is dairy-free and cos' Stork in the gold wrapper is dairy-free it means we have lots of cakes grin .

Our current fav is a carrot and coconut cake because you can make it in 1 big pan then into a cake tin and into the oven. It's sweet and yummy.

I love you Stork and so do my children. You have helped to produce many a fine birthday cake in our household.

MaureenMLove Tue 14-May-13 20:31:03

Well, this is my kinda website! There are far too many wonderful looking cakes to chose a favourite, so I went straight to the top and I'd love to give 100 a go! grin

I figure if you're going to try something new, you may as well aim high! grin

I'm sure I've got loads of tips, but most of the thing I do, when making cakes, I just do and don't know if that's what others do anyway.

DD has been baking for ever, so I guess one of my tips is get them at it early! She's 17 now and because she's competent and confident in the kitchen, I can leave her to do the baking and I just do the eating! A favourite is good old fashioned scones. It's great to be able to suddenly want fresh scones and send DD off to make them and be eating them a little of 30 mins later! grin

Another tip, is make sure you have a good larder full of ingredients, from dried fruit, to chocolate slabs and nuts, along with the fridge ingredients. That way, you can be sure that when you suddenly feel the urge to bake, you can find at least one recipe that fits your ingredients.

I like the sound of the courgette and feta muffins as a change from all the sweet stuff, I usually only bake cakes and similar!

No real tips on getting kids into baking apart from, just do it! They always seem to love it.

BellaVita Tue 14-May-13 21:58:20

I love baking and always use Stork.

In fact I made a Victoria sponge for work a couple of weeks ago and the boss's secretary accused me of putting a secret ingredient into the mixture. She really wouldn't believe me when I said it was good old Stork that I use.

I am a hoarder of baking books grin

Bunbaker Tue 14-May-13 22:27:46

DD (12) and I both love baking. Last week she made some Cookie Monster cupcakes and Minnie Mouse cupcakes for her friend's birthday party. One of her friends took pictures of them and loaded them on to Instagram whereupon she got several "likes" straight away. DD was ever so pleased about her 5 minutes of fame.

OrangeFootedScrubfowl Wed 15-May-13 05:25:49

The website is very cute. That fluorescent jelly cake looks weird, 37, I might try that!!
(It's nearly all cakes I noticed. Just the way it should be.)

TheReturnoftheSmartArse Wed 15-May-13 11:09:33

There's always baking going on in our house. I have 2 teenage DDs and a DS of 9. DS is mainly interested in eating the results and the girls hate him getting involved as his hands are always filthy, but the DDs use any old excuse for baking and both always make cakes for friends' or teachers' birthdays. In fact, DD1 has become so famous for her cakes that her friends now ask her to make their birthday cake rather than give them a gift.

I slightly resent their constant baking, because it means I have less opportunity to do so - they now do the weekend bake for the lunchboxes and after school snacks (flapjack, savoury muffins, that sort of thing). I find baking incredibly relaxing - after a horrid day at work, there's nothing better than getting the mixing bowls out and creating something out of whatever there is in the cupboard. So I now mainly make tarts for pudding. Kneading pastry is very therapeutic! I stick to whatever fruit I have from the garden, usually. Last night we had rhubarb, custard and meringue tartlets: pastry cases filled thick custard (made with marscapone), stewed rhubarb, and topped with meringue.

I always use stork for baking as it isn't strongly flavoured, is cheaper than butter and always seems to get good results.

Pluckybird Wed 15-May-13 12:03:31

flapjack is an all time favourite, and have recently discovered a fab recipe which replaces the syrup with old over ripe bananas - saves throwing them away and uses less sugar! silicone baking "tray" a must though...

Boggler Wed 15-May-13 13:29:11

Our favourite recipe basically because its quick and easy is cinnamon and raisin muffins smile

ChocolateMama Wed 15-May-13 14:29:23

I am getting quite adept at baking buns for the school bake sales, but looking at these receipes has really inspired me. Think it has brought my competitive side out, and may try the 'colour frenzy' for the next bake sale. Baking is suprisingly easy once you get going, and 'always' tastes better than shop bought in my opinion.

DifferentNow Wed 15-May-13 16:09:33

The receipes look delicious. I'm a competent baker and bake with good results pretty much every time, howewer I would like to brush up on my decoration skills and move on from tasty home baking to being able to produce more elegant cakes. I'm thinking of doing a class. On the World Baking Day website, I like the look of the Strawberry and Turkish Delight Cakes.

I use Stork already rather than butter whenever I can as I find it produces much lighter cakes and tastes just the same. My kids, like most kids love baking and I explain the techniques that we are using when we bake together.

DifferentNow Wed 15-May-13 16:10:50


Blatherskite Wed 15-May-13 17:34:43

I'm surprised biscuits are 'braver' than cheesecake. I find biscuits easy and yet getting an un-cracked, un-gritty cheesecake can be quite tough.

I really fancy the Banana Cherry Cheesecake at position 28, I'm going to have to give that a go.

I do quite a bit of baking and enjoy it but am bad at standing back and letting the kids have a go. I might try some of the easier ones with them too.

dotcomlovenest Wed 15-May-13 19:04:11

I have recently stepped out of my comfort with baking and am now at it all the time.
For my daughters 13th birthday she wanted a carrot cake that looked like cheese with a mouse on top.
The hard bit was making the mouse brown as brown food dye is hard to come by.
A friend suggested I use coco powder and butter mixed in with the sugar paste. It worked a treat.

4yoniD Wed 15-May-13 22:25:00

Some of the recipes were odd ingredients rather that difficult, but I quite fancy trying the Grandmothers Cocoa Cake. Disappointed that there was no rainbow cake - I made one for DD1s birthday and it was fantastically impressive, if I say so myself grin

Last week I baked some lovely muffins (apple sauce and cinnamon) - the first time I have ever succeeded with muffins! Goodness knows why these worked and the others were crap confused

Gracelo Thu 16-May-13 08:58:02

I bake loads. Cakes, biscuits, bread, buns, sweet and savory stuff, anything really. I learned how to bake from a very young age from my mum who is a fabulous baker and bit of a baking legend back home. I'm not keen on decorating cakes but I make personalized birthday cakes for the dc.

There are some great recipes on the Stork page. I might try the peanut butter and chocolate cake (level 78). I don't much like chocolate but I loooove anything with peanut butter.

Right now, everything rhubarby is a favourite at home, mostly my rhubarb meringue cake.

ArcticRoll Thu 16-May-13 09:15:18

I love the sound of chocolate brownie meringue cake and will attempt to bake it for my daughter's birthday.
I bake quite a lot, my favourite thing to bake is a pavlova and find it so much easier now that I have a Kitchen Aid as can turn the mixer on and leave it to whisk whilst I prepare the tin etc.
I must admit that was quite snooty about Stork but now much prefer it in buttercream icing than butter-less claggy.
My tips for getting kids involved is to let them get on it rather than hovering and worrying about the mess.

moonbells Thu 16-May-13 11:55:02

I'd like to try the level 41 Eszterhazy cake. I loathe nuts (or rather they make me ill) so the cake is totally non-tempting and great for my diet. My nut and cream-loving carnivore husband, who is forever complaining he hates most cakes because they have too much sponge and not enough cream, will adore it!

Stork was the staple where I was brought up. The Stork Cookery Service cookbook (The Art of Home Cooking) of the early 60s contains most of the food I had as a child, it was mum's standard. Many years later (after trying unsuccessfully to 'borrow' the now-threadbare book off her) I found a pristine copy in a secondhand shop. Much delight! It has the best fruitcake recipe in. Used for my wedding cake, and many other special occasions. I learned formal icing for that!

DS loves cupcakes and so we often bake them together: he'll put the cases into the muffin tray, help me crack eggs and watch while I whizz the mixture. After it's all done, he'll help me decorate the cakes. I have to watch though, or all the jelly diamonds magically vanish... grin

Clawdy Thu 16-May-13 14:30:59

My mum's fruit cake was lovely and so simple - half a block of Stork,and the same weight in flour,sugar,dried fruit and eggs. She always melted the marge in a pan with the fruit, then stirred in the other ingredients. Made it so easy to mix.

Reastie Thu 16-May-13 15:02:04

Fabulous idea, and DH will be very pleased it lands on his birthday my waistline will not grin

Recipe's look really nice, think I'll try the courgette and feta muffin ones (so I feel vaguely healthy about what I give DD!).

Cooking with children - DD is 2 yo. I've been baking biscuits with her for ages. My top tip is to quickly rustle up a shortbread dough and then get her to help with rolling out/shaping. If ever she helps making the dough it all goes wrong - she sticks her fingers in the scales when I'm weighing, she tries stirring it and the flour goes everywhere etc. If I can get the dough together super quick she helps with her favourite bit (the rolling and cutting) and it's much less stressful until the clearing away . I like a shortbread type recipe as it doesn't use raw eggs and I'm a bit obsessive with worrying about DD eating raw eggs blush and she's always eating the raw dough!

Taffeta Thu 16-May-13 21:06:08

I love the site. I bake a bit, for school fetes, special occasions etc. I am going to try the lemon and almond loaves, as I have to bake for both a sports day and a summer fete soon and have been looking for a recipe for my mini loaf tin.

The DC like mainly licking the owl, but DD (6) likes the electric whisk A LOT, and she also likes cracking eggs. She is Chief Egg Cracker, and gets v upset if I forget.

Taffeta Thu 16-May-13 21:06:34

Licking the bowl. We don't have an owl. hmm

shockMiranda's Chocolate Brownie Meringue Cakeshockgrin

moonbells Thu 16-May-13 22:23:33

Taffeta grin

alsproject Thu 16-May-13 22:47:54

I love to make almond cookies as everyone loves them in this household.

stephgr Thu 16-May-13 22:57:22

I'm not a brilliant baker although I've always enjoyed making simple sponge cakes and cookies. I've always used Stork because there's no point is spending a fortune on butter which is too hard to bake with so has to be softened. Stork is very convenient. I made the lemon cupcakes from the website today because they were very easy. However they were a little dry so I might try adding more lemon juice or even some lemon curd and see how that works next time.

Tobermory Fri 17-May-13 00:03:11

Excellent excuse for baking at the weekend!
Love asking with my children, who in turn mostly love licking the bowl!

I'll be trying he ricotta cheesecake and make the beetroot cake. Yum!

arcticwaffle Fri 17-May-13 14:36:30

I bake a fair amount but don't get really excited about it, but my dc all bake regularly and they are getting quite adventurous.

I'd go for ricotta cheesecake or poppy and honey cake, but the dc would go for ceci n'est pas un gateau, for the name, they've been baking French cakes for a project lately. They'd choose something like cream cheese brownies too.

My dc have a book, the Dodo recipe book, where you paste in favourite recipes. They love this. It did have categories "meat", "fish", "Puddings" etc, but they don't eat meat or fish so they changed these first two labels to "icing" and "sweets" So they have a whole category just for icing.

HannahLI Fri 17-May-13 16:24:10

So many I would love to try including the chocolate dragon. I think the most that I have mastered is chocolate chip cookies. We love to bake and my top tip for baking with really little children is to keep it simple relax and expect mess, leave yourself plenty of time and enjoy it!

There are some lovely looking recipes on there, but I'm really not one for fancy baking without a very good reason! I like nice simple things that taste amazing without many ingredients or complicated techniques. My favourites are shortbread, 4:4:2 fairy cakes, tea loaf and lemon drizzle cake.

DS1 has a recipe book with really clear, life-size pictures of every step which he really likes. We do fairy cakes and scones from that and they work every time. He likes to read the recipe and talk about other things we could make too. DS2 isn't so much into baking because he doesn't like getting his hands mucky. Hopefully will come with time!

lottietiger Fri 17-May-13 20:04:59

i love baking bread & cakes and always like to make sure i have a fresh cake in the house. To "bake brave" it would have to be biscuits as they always turn out disasterous sad.
I always use a reuseable liner on all my cake tins, such a lifesaver, it stops anything sticking and can be used again & again.
The website is great, i love the idea that you can test yourself by doing a more difficult recipe each time.

PolkaDotCups Sat 18-May-13 00:26:04

I'm impressed with the website. Lovely responsive design with fab photography (my work involves this kind of thing and I'm hard to impress).

I love to bake, my current favourite is a chocolate brownie cake. Even easier than making a tray and a nice thin slice is very gooey, moreish and can be dressed up with a scoop of ice cream and scattered fruit for dessert.

I'll explore the baking site at a more reasonable hour and definitely pick one to try.

BlueSkySoftSand Sat 18-May-13 07:45:15

Ooooh I always use Stork for my baking -think it's because my Nanna did too and she baked the most amazing cakes for our birthdays. My easiest and definitely the cake I get most "my goodness that's gorgeous" comments on is my blueberry cake. Starting to encourage my boys to bake more with me, but find I have more success if I get everything ready in advance.

Love the sound of World Bake Day and recipes look great.

Just come back to this after posting earlier in the week to choose a recipe and get the ingredients bought, but I have to say I REALLY don't like the website at all. The photos are nice but I hate the way that they are all crowded onto one page with no space between them, in order to find the name you hover and lose the picture and get an ugly coloured box, The photos drifting about as you move the mouse makes me feel giddy. I would also rather the second level of pictures weren't all in one great long scrolling page but each link on the front page just went straight to the recipe page. The little messages are a bit twee too.

DontMeanToBeRudeBut Sat 18-May-13 15:41:52

The honey banana cakes look really nice and I might well have a go! Most of the things on my level looked scrumptious.

DS is 3 and loves baking with me and his grandma. His favourite bake is gingerbread men with Smartie buttons but he also likes making fairy cakes, biscuits and birthday cake. My general rule for baking with him is to relax and not worry about the perfection of the end result. We have had lots of gingerbread men with no buttons grin

melliebobs Sat 18-May-13 18:17:03

I enjoy making banana loaf cake. Well I say I enjoy it's just what I make most often. Dh has a habit of buying too many bananas on a Sunday m come the following weekend they are past it he doesn't want them do banana loaf is suggested. If he likes it he should just say! I'd make it if he wanted it grin my tip is a damp tea towel around the cake tin in the oven n you get even risen cakes wink

So I have just made Miranda's Chocolate brownie meringue cake, I bake loads so it was fairly easy, and it looks scrumptious! Taking it to work tomorrow so we shall see how it tastes grin

I find the best way to enable children to learn to cook is to accept that they are going to make a mess smile. Mine have always been in the kitchen with me whilst I baked, from helping to stir when they were toddlers to weighing ingredients.
These things take practice, so letting them loose with age appropriate tasks will be messy but is the best way to learn.

We bake every sunday for the week ahead, a big cake that wont last the day, some small traybakes like flapjack or rock buns for pack lunches, and some biscuits for snacks. smile

ParadiseChick Sat 18-May-13 23:55:13

Oh I love baking. My gran was an amazing baker, always had tons full of delights. Some of my happiest childhood memories come from the afternoons spent in her kitchen with our 'pinnys' on, baking away. Gingerbread, truffles, tea loaf, butterfly buns, fruit scones, shortbread and dairy cakes. Learning the method, creaming sifting, folding, causing, rolling and measuring carefully.

She died before my wedding, being the youngest I was the only one she didn't get to do a wedding cake for, yet I was the one that baked with her.

I have her tins now. Old tins that I keep full. I have her baking tins too that I use for my gingerbread and fairy cakes, her flan dish and jeely pans. She's the voice in my head when I bake. 'Hair back, pinny on, hands washed' she says to me. She's the reason I fill the sink with hot soapy water ('Wash as you go') before I start and why I crack my eggs into a mug before adding them to the mix (in case there's a bad one she said, I've never had a bad one yet!).

My brave bake would be the wedding cake she never got to do for me.

Madratlady Sun 19-May-13 00:10:03

I'm a fairly confident baker. My husband loves banana cake so that's what I make most. I'm learning to make my own bread at the moment, after several disasters I think I've found a recipe that's just right.

I really want to try the Greek salad cake on the Stork website, it looks a bit different and really tasty!

mirai Sun 19-May-13 05:17:08

The recipes look fab but I always cook/bakemwith butter... Have you seen the added ingredients in Stork?

Butter: cream, salt
Stork: Vegetable oils, Water, Salt(2.25%), Buttermilk, Emulsifier (Mono- and di-glycerides of fatty acids), Preservative (Potassium sorbate), Citric acid, Flavouring, Vitamin E, Colour (Beta carotene), Vitamins A and D.

peartsue Sun 19-May-13 09:41:34

Would love to master the Chocolate Birthday Cupcakes 18/100. Daughters 8th birthday soon they would be perfect! We do bake together quite often, son doing cookery at school for the first time at moment and he loves it! My baking tip would be always use right sized tin for cakes and just enjoy smile

ParkerTheThief Sun 19-May-13 14:08:37

Lovely recipes. I might try the banana and honey one.

My favourite cake is a cherry and almond loaf.
I weigh the eggs and use the same amount of butter/stork.
I use 25% less weight of sr flour and sugar and add ground almonds and grated marzipan (plus cherries)
My top tip for baking is to have everything at room temperature, not straight from the fridge

StainlessSteelCat Sun 19-May-13 16:25:56

had a like at the site but on my mobile so it didn't work so well. did see a chocolate Brownie meringue cake, but am not sure how difficult it is, will look on PC later.

I bake loads at home, I like adapting recipes that I'm familiar with. I tend not to attempt anything complex at the moment as the youngest demands attention and the food suffers (he's only one, will be going back to interesting recipes when I can! )

I do a lot of bread and cake baking and try to get the kids involved. they like kneading and licking out the bowl bestgrin

Nehru Sun 19-May-13 16:29:51

last night my 10 yo son made chocolate and pecan tart on a sweet pastry

for today he made hot chocolatse souffle

its fecking ace. He can also make lemon tarte, bakewell tart, choux pastry, sausage rolls


prakattack Sun 19-May-13 17:54:30

I bake with my 3 yr old a lot - it turned into our one-on-one time after his little brother was born and we'd bake when baby brother slept in the afternoons.
We're never massively adventurous though and tend to stick to cakes, flapjacks, scones etc.
He loves it and it's really good to encourage him to start reading/ counting/ measuring etc.
Looking at the website, all the cakes look amazing! I think I'd rate myself about halfway up the ladder and I would try the Chocolate Cake with Greek Yoghurt (number 54) - looks gorgeous!

Kbear Sun 19-May-13 18:02:54

I love to bake and have my old faithfuls - cherry and almond cake, apple and blueberry cake and banana bread, but today's bake was inspired by someone in my office going to Sicily on holiday and bringing back Pasta di Mandorla - amazing almond cookies.... I am addicted to almond and I thought I'd give them a go. They are just out of the oven ....

10yo DS baked a cake, a quiche, some mars bar krispie cake and a chocolate cream pie today grin 6yo DD made big chocolate cake and mini almond cakes yesterday, so I think we did baking day justice.

CMOTDibbler Sun 19-May-13 20:27:05

It was last night, but I made a 4 layer choc cake with raspberry and chocolate swiss meringue buttercream and 24 raspberry and white choc muffins.
Though a new recipe, the choc cake didn't require bravery but I did have a traumatic moment when the raspberry buttercream split when I added the raspberry coulis. But I beat it like buggery and it came good. And tasted amazing

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