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Thursday, September 1
It's officially September and autumn is on its way. Leaving summer behind, it'll soon be time to turn your heating on and bust out the thicker knits that have been stuffed in the back of your wardrobe for months. Cosy vibes coming at you!
A season drenched in tradition, autumn is the perfect time to reflect and embrace change. As the nights draw in, why not retreat to the kitchen and try your hand at some new cake and sugarcraft projects?
There are a bunch of original tutorials in this issue that will keep you occupied over the coming months. From simple recipes to detailed sugar work, we've got you covered.
A number of these showstoppers can be used at all kinds of events. Generic cakes are perfect for all occasions, and the ones shown here will be your best friend if you're looking for something impressive that you can tailor to whatever style is needed. The black cake from Sweet LionHeart is a great example of this. Not only does it teach you how to paint cakes, apply ganache drips and add chocolate work to your designs, but it's achievable in any colour imaginable. You can even use it as the foundation for your future pieces. Even themed cakes like Debbie Brown's can be presented at a variety of celebrations, such as a baby shower, Christening or even a first birthday party.
We also haven't forgotten that the spookiest time of year is nipping at our heels. Have a go at recreating the carved monster cake by Karen Taylor, which is sure to be a big hit with both children and adults alike. And let's not forget the amazing skull cupcakes honouring Dia de los Muertos, otherwise known as the Day of the Dead. Bring a pop of colour to your festivities or themed parties with these fun modelled treats, a delicious way to celebrate!
As usual, we have beautiful bunches of sugar flowers ready for you to experiment with. Fancy something timeless? What about a crisp white cake with delicate hand-painted elements and a king protea centrepiece. Looking to incorporate some colour? Give a pretty pastel arrangement or a blooming big and bold peony flower a whirl. If you want something inspired by bridal wear, try a classic white wedding cake with stylish wafer ruffles and a large sugar rose.
There are also some delicious recipes for you to enjoy over a cup of coffee. Try the super quick gluten-free chocolate cake, experiment with the autumnal cookie platter, and enjoy the apple or pear and elderflower cake.
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