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Latest Queries

  • Red Velvet Large Cake

    At the top of the Red Velvet Cupcake recipe, it says that this recipe makes enough for 2 x 25cm cakes with enough icing for the middle and to cover. Can you advise regarding cooking temperatures for a bigger cake, i.e does the temperature need to be dropped? Thanks in advance!

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  • Chocolate Sauce Reheating

    I've made the Meringue Gelato Cake with Chocolate Sauce. The sauce has gone very thick, like ice cream in the fridge. How do I make it liquid again please?

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  • Oven For Slow Roasted Chicken

    Hi there! I have loved cooking the Slow Roasted Garlic And Lemon Chicken recipe over the past few years. I tend to go with a mix of chicken pieces rather than a whole chook e.g. a couple of drumsticks and a couple of merrylands (whole leg with thigh and drumstick). However every time I cook this I find I need to either cut the process short or reduce the heat further. Should I be cooking this with or without fan force? Thanks Veronica

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  • Chocolate Pudding With Different Milk

    Hello, I really really love the Chocolate Pudding dessert. Is there any chance I could switch the full cream milk with the skim one? Also, if it is possible, is there any alteration to the recipe? Thank you!

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  • First Time Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake

    I'm baking a cake for the first time and would like to try the Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake. But the cake seems too big for 4 people hence I would like to make a smaller one. Would it be okay to use half the measurements of all ingredients for half a size of the cake?Please do let me know. 

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  • Layered Chocolate Guinness Cake

    I am making an Irish theme cake and would like to use the Chocolate Guinness Cake to do this but as I will need to use 2 cakes to make it tall enough I was wondering what the best flavour of icing to use between the layers? I will be covering the cakes with a vanilla fondant. Thank you

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  • Storing Rosewater Hearts

    The Rosewater Hear cokies look yum! How long do they last for?

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  • Vinegar For Chocolate Sheet Cake

    What vinegar should be used in the Chocolate Sheet Cake recipe, please? Ordinary white distilled household vinegar, or is it best with a specific type, e.g. malt, cider, red wine, white wine etc. Thank you in advance.

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