Here are some of the Tips that I initially wrote to go on the packaging of the mixes and equipment in my Home Bargains range, and I’m also answering your questions here as they come in. I’ll add more Tips as they occur to me - do let me know if you have any useful ones of your own that we can share here, and send me any comments and questions you have too.
When cutting shapes from roll-out icing, dip the cutter in icing sugar to stop it sticking. Cutters also make perfect templates for crafts, drawing and sewing projects And try making star-shaped sandwiches for a special tea, or cut cooked cake into star shapes as a change from finger pieces for a celebration
Try adding a spoonful or two of desiccated coconut to porridge, or for coating prawns after dipping them in egg before deep frying.
For a pretty centrepiece, gather my Edible Daisy Wafers in bunches on top of trifles, gateaux or birthday cakes.
To add sparkle to presenting a cake, pipe random squiggles onto the cake board with writing icing and dust with edible glitter. Shake off the excess glitter, then position the cake in the centre.
To freeze a cake, freeze it uncovered for ten minutes or so, then wrap in baking paper and silver foil, label and freeze. Allow to thaw, unwrapped, at room temperature.