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Mum’s Birthday Tea & Cake Party

Following the success of last years birthday party, mum decided to have another tea and cake party for her special day this year. This involved a 2 day baking marathon and several trips to the supermarket for forgotten ingredients! Last year I was on holiday at the time, but this year I was home for all my baking fun (and madness). Sponges risen, buttercream whipped, pastry case filled, chocolate tempered and battenberg wrapped; out emerged 10 (almost) perfect bakes from our icing sugar encrusted kitchen.

Feast your eyes – I hope you enjoy our creations.

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Ginger and spice and everything nice, this sticky and spiced marmelade and pecan loaf cake packs a crunch.

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Crispy on the outside and chewy in the centre, these mouthwatering peanut butter and chocolate chip cookies will keep you going back for more.

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For those who love carrot cake this bake is for you. Apple chunks make this carrot and apple cake seriously moist. A generous spread of spiced cream cheese frosting finishes off this  rich and buttery bake.

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Simple vanilla cupcakes with vanilla buttercream look too good to eat in these pretty little teacup moulds.

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The extra cupcake mixture looks just as cute topped with a bright and summery sunflower.

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I had to keep these away from my brother – turn my back for one second and he would have devoured the lot! A family favourite: succulent raisin and cranberry flapjacks topped with creamy milk chocolate.

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I cannot take credit for this bake as it comes from ‘Butter Baking’: a wonderful blog written by an aspiring pastry chef. The pastry is a little fiddly, but well worth the effort and the filling is wonderfully creamy and packs a fruity passionfruit punch.

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Coffee and walnut sandwich cake: a classic that needs no introduction.

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Last year mum made lemon drizzle, so this year we made a slight change and went for orange. The zesty drizzle seeps deep into the sponge leaving it oh so juicy and with a sugary crust.

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Chocolate sponge flowerpots with a refreshing peppermint buttercream that balances out the rich chocolate perfectly. Pop them out of the mould and take a bite!

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One of mum’s favourite cakes: the battenberg. Once you have mastered baking 4 perfect oblong sponges and wrapping them neatly with marzipan, this bake slices into a beautiful checkerboard slice. Ours still needs some practice, but its the taste that counts right? Yum!

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For all recipes, head over to mum’s birthday bakes page:

http://cfcarolineford.wordpress.com/

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