Traditional Scottish Shortbread Recipe

Every Christmas when I was a girl, my grandmother would show up with a present for me in one hand and a foil-wrapped brick of shortbread cookies for my father in the other. It was never placed under the tree with the other presents, but you could be sure that it was always dad’s favourite. A…

How to prevent sugar crystallization

What is sugar crystallization? You may have heard about sugar crystallization or experienced it for yourself. Have you ever had a jar of golden, syrupy honey turn into a solid, grainy mess? Have you ever made some simple syrup for your cake and discovered a few days later that it looked more like toothpaste than syrup?…

Italian Meringue Buttercream boil sugar and water to 240 degrees

Simple syrup for cakes

One of the best ways to keep your cake moist is to brush the top of each layer with simple syrup. Simple syrup adds moistness and flavour to any cake – it’s that magic ingredient that gets people talking about how good your cake tastes. Making simple syrup is easy, and only takes a few…