The queen of cakes

Oct

10

2016

The queen of cakes

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Many people go to New York for the shops, but Charlotte Pearson meets one woman who learnt all about buttercream instead. Before it became gentrified, Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen was a run-down neighbourhood best known for its history of gangs and mobs rather than its cupcakes. But it was here, when...

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Odiham Cake Company

Apr

28

2016

Odiham Cake Company

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Charlotte Pearson talks to an Odiham baker whose creations look a million dollars. Looking at all the cakes created by Odiham Cake Company it seems almost a shame to eat any of them, be it Olaf from Frozen or the sorting hat from Harry Potter. “I see my cakes as edible art,” explains master baker...

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Cake couture

Feb

9

2016

Cake couture

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Peter Courtney-Fitch finds a Crawley-based cake designer who lets nothing curb her imagination. There is an art to romance. Romantic novels tell stories that are full of drama, struggle, and sacrifice that serve to create a fantasy in our minds – a picture of perfection. Yet, it is the details woven...

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Taking a slice

Sep

28

2015

Taking a slice

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An Ashdown Forest baker reveals to Charlotte Pearson how the big apple provides her with big inspiration. When most people go to New York on holiday it is usually for a shopping trip in search of shoes, bags and perfume. However for Mandi Morton, cake designer at La Maison des Petits Gateaux, when she...

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Baking delight

Jan

14

2015

Baking delight

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Charlotte Pearson heads to Worthing where one cafe is rewriting the recipe books.  Being ill can often make you feel helpless, but for Gemma Early it ignited a passion that would see her start her own business. Gemma “I couldn’t work, run or do much else really,” reveals the owner of Daisy Moo’s...

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Spoonful of sugar

Nov

11

2014

Spoonful of sugar

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Charlotte Pearson heads to East Grinstead and finds a little cottage full of baking delights. When growing up Mary Poppins was the nanny most children wanted in their lives. However magical adventures aside there was one thing Mary Poppins never did, that Sarah Beckman, a former-nanny for 13 years does…and...

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Cosy Cakes

Oct

28

2014

Cosy Cakes

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Bake your way through the winter blues with a little help from pastry chef Claire Clark. Keeley Bolger has a lesson in sweetening up the season. If you haven’t made your Christmas cake yet, you’d better get your skates on.According to Claire Clark (who has an MBE for services to the food industry,...

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Mum knows best

Oct

8

2014

Mum knows best

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Cake can bring people together, as Charlotte Pearson discovers in Southsea. When it comes to family there are two things you can guarantee will bring them all together – food and a crisis. Dave and Jane “Whenever something bad happened we would bake,” says Jane Endean of My Mum’s Cakes. “So...

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Cat Dresser

Jul

10

2014

Cat Dresser

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Cat Dresser tells Laura Cartledge how she found the recipe for a happy life. For Cat Dresser the Great British Bake Off is more than just a television programme. As a self confessed ‘superfan’ from a family of food fanatics it is also a way of life and, since being a finalist in 2012, a life changer. “It...

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Flour power

Jul

3

2014

Laura Cartledge heads to Winchester and finds a National Trust property which is far from run of the mill. From Queen Mary Tudor to Mary Berry, Winchester City Mill has been on quite a journey. While it is more than 460 years since it was given to the people of the city as a royal gift – believed to...

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