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New Video Alert – Tried and Tested: Jane’s Patisserie Recipe Book

I’m sure you’ve heard the news… The Jane’s Patisserie Recipe Book is finally here, so naturally, we have to put it to the test in the Mr Baker’s Cakes kitchen.

I’ll be honest, there are so many recipes in Jane’s book that I couldn’t even begin to choose which one I was going to tackle. I ended up putting up a poll over on Instagram and I had so many responses! It seems that I wasn’t the only one looking forward to getting stuck in to some of these recipes.

I very nearly decided to take on Jane’s recipe for cinnamon rolls (one of my absolute favourites), but then someone suggested I should attempt the book’s cover star recipe, which seemed like the logical choice. If nothing else, I should be able to get some great photos – as long as it turns out ok. So yes, in this week’s video, I’ll be having a go at the recipe for Jane’s Patisserie’s Salted Caramel Cake!

But that’s not all… I’ve also picked up two extra copies of the book which I will be giving away to two lucky subscribers. Stay tuned until the end of the video to find out how YOU can win…

You can of course watch the video right here on Mr Baker’s Cakes: The Blog, but if you’d prefer to watch it in its natural ‘habitat’ over on YouTube, you can head to the following link: Tried and Tested: Jane’s Patisserie Recipe Book.

You will also need to watch over on YouTube if you want to enter my giveaway.

While you’re there, don’t forget to subscribe!

And until next time, happy caking… x

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Happy Chocolate Chip Cookie Day!

Happy Wednesday, #cakechums – and happy Chocolate Chip Cookie Day too!

You may have noticed that things are starting to look a little bit different around here at Mr Baker’s Cakes: The Blog. I’ve been taking advantage of the little bit of extra time provided by the school holidays to have a bit of a sort out and tidy up here on my website.

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The part I am most excited about is that all of my recipes have now been formatted as per Google’s very strict criteria, so once they start recrawl my website at some point (no, I don’t really understand what that means either), they will hopefully start to show up higher up in your Google searches. In the meantime, you can always head to the recipes tab above and check them out for yourself, of course.

In fact, why not start with my recipe for Bakery-style Chocolate Chip Cookies as it’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Day? You can find that recipe here.

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As part of the big refresh, you’ll hopefully see that I have enabled a few tools that you will hopefully find useful, including the ability to copy the lists of ingredients to your clipboards so that you can add them straight to your shopping list; print-friendly versions of all my recipes so you can literally take them away with you; and the ability to ‘pin’ them, if you are a Pinterest user. Are people still using Pinterest? Should I still be using Pinterest?

But anyway, I’d love to hear what you think of the new look Mr Baker’s Cakes: The Blog, so feel free to comment below or get in touch via social media (my links have moved to the sidebar on the right – or at the bottom of the page on mobile).

And stay tuned, because there are a lot of very exciting projects coming up…

But until next time, happy baking!

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New Recipe Alert: Coffee and Walnut Cake

Hey again #cakechums – as promised my new Coffee and Walnut Cake recipe is now LIVE!

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First of all, let me reassure you that I will not actually be posting a new blog post every single day from now on – it just so happens that I have had a lot to say over the last couple of days…

However, after teasing that my new recipe for my Coffee and Walnut Cake was on the way, it received a lot of interest and excitement both here and over on social media. Naturally, after seeing that, I could hardly keep you waiting for it, so I wanted to get it up as soon as possible.

This one actually came about after I was asked to whip up a Coffee and Walnut Cake for a family celebration. As I was starting to think about it (and having checked out some of my favourite recipe sites), it occurred to me that I hadn’t actually made one of these in years. Although I would absolutely consider myself a coffee fiend, I wouldn’t usually reach for a coffee-flavoured cake if other options were available. And that got me thinking… why?

I think, quite honestly, it’s because I usually find that recipes for coffee-based cakes such as a Coffee and Walnut Cake often lack the flavour punch that I would want from them, so I decided it was time to come up with one of my own.

My recipe for Coffee and Walnut Cake makes use of both real coffee AND a good quality coffee extract to really amp up the flavour, as well as a real espresso coffee syrup and a coffee buttercream. When these are paired with a whole lot of chunky walnut pieces, they create a cake that is jam-packed with flavour, deliciously moist and wonderfully textured too (we do love a bit of texture).

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If you fancy having a go at my latest recipe, you can head to the recipes tab above – or simply click this link.

Oh, and if you have a go at my Coffee and Walnut Cake, don’t forget to share your results over in my Facebook group (find it here) or tag me on Instagram.