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Latest Queries

  • Layered Wedding Cake

    I'm making my sister's wedding cake. Its going to be three layers and my sister doesn't want fruit cake. We have decided on a Mud Cake for the bottom (very popular here in Australia for weddings) and Nigella's Black Cake (a nod to the traditional fruit cake) for the top layer. I'm finding it hard to find a suitable recipe for the second tier. Does Nigella have a suggestion? Cheers Jonathan in Melbourne

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  • Shortcrust Pastry

    When I am making a tart I cannot prevent my frozen shortcrust pastry case from rising. I have tried pricking it and blind baking and doesn't seem to work. Can you help?

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  • Heart Cupcakes

    I am baking cupcakes for Valentine's Day at work as part of a fundraiser we are doing for a childrens' charity. I have ordered my heart shaped silicone cupcake cases but need to get hold of some paper cases to cook and hold them in, I can't seem to find any anywhere! Any ideas?

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  • Valentine's Day Dinner

    Hi there! I am from South Africa and want to treat my fiance to a lovely dinner on Valentine's Day. He loves pork chops and crackling. Do you have any suggestions for something nice? Thanks

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  • Liquid Glucose in a Cake

    When making a Chocolate Fruit Cake, at what stage should I add liquid glucose and how should I add it?

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  • Cocoa Advice

    I am based in the USA and am planning to cook the Chocolate Raspberry Heart cake from Feast (p139) but wanted to clarify what you mean by 'best unsweetened cocoa'. Is this just plain old cocoa powder? The reason I ask is that I recently made the Chocolate Orange Cake (also from Feast, p274), which also called for unsweetened cocoa. I used Trader Joe's unsweetened cocoa powder and the cake came out considerably lighter in colour than the picture but quite bitter. Should I be using one of the Dutch processed cocoa powders - e.g., Droste's Cocoa for baking and drinking? Alternatively, I could buy Ghirardelli premium baking cocoa. Thank you!

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  • Egg Sizes

    I have a cake recipe that needs three large eggs but what do I do if I only have medium eggs?

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  • No Fuss Fruit Tart Base

    Hi all, I recently cooked the No Fuss Fruit Tart from Kitchen (p177), but found that the base was far too dry and did not set. I was using the commonly available arrowroot biscuits in Australia (375g, as per the recipe), as an an equivalent to "digestive biscuits". Just wondering if the biscuit I was using was incorrect, or the 75g butter amount is incorrect. The filling was very nice, by the way!

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