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25 October 2022

All you need to know about pumpkin spice

pumpkin spice

Cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves are the three staple spices in any pumpkin spice mix. Some varieties include ginger, allspice, or aniseed. It is very easy to make at home and can easily be adapted to your taste.

Originally, this spice mix was known as pumpkin pie spice and was developed in the United States to season pumpkin pies (which are an autumnal and Thanksgiving staple in many American households). The first company to coin the term was McCormick, a spice, seasoning mix, and condiment manufacturer. They first put it on supermarket shelves as such in the 1950s. Prior to that, it was commonly known as "fall spices."

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21 October 2022

The oldest cake recipe in the world

Linzer torte

Most of us love a good piece of cake. At Cakes & Bakes, that is definitely true! We all enjoy cakes from our birthdays, to New Year’s celebrations, family events, weddings and any other occasion. But have you ever asked yourself which cake started it all? What was the origin of all the wonderful cakes we have now? Lucky for you, we have found the answer! So if you are interested in finding out what the oldest cake recipe is, keep reading!

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14 October 2022

The basics of Vegan baking

vegan baking

So you have a baking desire and are vegan. Perhaps a vegan friend or coworker recently asked you to bake them a cake for their birthday. Perhaps you're new to being vegan in general. What vegan baking is, what ingredients you may use, and why anybody would do it are all questions you may have as you search online while scratching your head.

In this article we will go over the fundamentals of what vegan baking is, what ingredients are used in the making of vegan cakes so you can better understand this booming diet.

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14 October 2022

How is chocolate made?

Chocolate

Oh Chocolate. Is there anything more delicious than chocolate? In cookies, in brownies and in cakes, the wonderful flavour of chocolate is often a part of our most beautiful moments. This absolutely delicious sweet treat is everywhere around us, so much so that we tend to forget what an incredible product it is. At Cakes & Bakes we are big fans of chocolate and we bet you are too. So to honour this incredible ingredient, that is an integral part of a lot of our cakes and creations, we have decided to explain how this wonder is created. The process that leads to the creation of the chocolate we enjoy everyday is rather complex and extremely interesting. So keep reading to learn how chocolate is made!

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14 October 2022

Five cake facts for cake lovers

wedding cake

We all love a good slice of cake. Sweet treats are a big part of our everyday life as well as an integral part of our important celebrations. But more than a little indulgence, cakes have been part of human history for a long time. So we have decided to compile a few interesting cake related historical facts so you can have a very interesting story to tell your family and friends next time you all sit down for a slice!

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14 October 2022

Is food colouring safe?

Food colouring

Food dyes are used in many foods. You can find them in sweets, pickles, drinks, meats, desserts and more. They are a common ingredient that often seems mysterious. So if you are not an expert, you might be wondering if they are safe to consume or not. In this article, we will bring you all the information you need to better understand the subject.

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14 October 2022

Underrated cake flavours

Mango

It is not a secret that good vanilla or chocolate cake is always an absolute winner. They are not classics for nothing! But it can feel a bit repetitive to always go for the same two flavours, especially since there is a sea of other delicious flavours out there. In this article, we have compiled some of the most underrated cake flavours so that you can try something new at your next party or family get-together.

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14 October 2022

Chocolate cakes around the world

Sachertorte

Chocolate is one of the very few ingredients that almost everyone can agree on. It can be creamy, rich, or decadent, and in most cases, all three at once. It has a rich and deep flavour while still remaining well balanced between sweet and bitter. In addition, chocolate's versatility enables it to satisfy any craving, no matter what form it takes. However, at Cakes & Bakes we believe that there is nothing that can compare to it when baked into a cake.

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14 October 2022

Delicious cake flavour combinations to absolutely try!

Vanilla & chocolate cake

Cakes are ideal for sweet cravings, gatherings, celebrations, and pretty much any other occasion. They come in a variety of flavours and combinations, such as red velvet, vanilla and more. These days, you very much have the freedom to flavour and shape cakes however you want. However, the fact is that not all flavours blend nicely. In order to help you choose your next cake, we have compiled a list of some classic flavour combinations that are guaranteed to please.

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14 October 2022

How to choose the right cake for each occasion?

How to choose the right cake for each occasion

At Cakes & Bakes we believe that every celebration deserves a delicious cake! Indeed food brings people together and is a great way to treat the people you love the most. But you cannot just pick any random cake either. There are so many different flavours, shapes and styles out there that it is almost a science to pick the right treat. We know it is complicated to make such a big decision, this is why we have put together this guide. Once you have read it, you should be a pro at choosing the right cake for each occasion!

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