September/October 2021 autumnal issue out now!

Friday, September 3

Happy new issue! We’re on the cusp of autumn here in the UK, and are bringing you the best of the season. From gluten-free and vegan recipes to colourful, creative treats and centrepieces.

Given the time of year, this issue contains projects pertaining to some popular, autumnal holidays, which you’ll be enjoying before the next issue hits the shelves. Vicky Teather’s back with another neon drip cake, this time celebrating Halloween with super bright colours and sweet modelled decorations. There’s also an amazing Bonfire Night cake with vibrant isomalt flames and a creamy chocolate ganache. Savour a slice and enjoy this cake by the fire as well – you won’t be able to resist!

These cakes celebrate some popular, autumnal holidays. Vicky Teather’s back with a Halloween neon drip cake with sweet modelled decorations. There’s also a Bonfire Night cake by Jennifer Jackson with vibrant isomalt flames and a creamy chocolate ganache
These cakes celebrate some popular, autumnal holidays. Vicky Teather’s back with a Halloween neon drip cake with sweet modelled decorations. There’s also a Bonfire Night cake by Jennifer Jackson with vibrant isomalt flames and a creamy chocolate ganache
Hello autumn! Get in the mood for autumn with Pamela McCaffrey
Hello autumn! Get in the mood for autumn with Pamela McCaffrey's gorgeous tiered cake. Featuring seasonal conkers, fir cones and rose hips paired with a yellow bloom, this cake will rack up praise!

You can also celebrate the start of autumn with a gorgeous tiered cake. This showstopper shows off seasonal conkers, fir cones and rose hips, all paired with an elegant yellow bloom. The colour palette of this cake compliments the time of year perfectly. Or if you’re looking for something more fun, Vicky's modelled woodland-themed cake is very seasonal, as well as being ideal for birthdays and baby showers.

A few exciting projects within this issue contain chocolate, a fun and surprisingly easy medium to work with – in these tutorials at least! Pamela McCaffrey has prepared a colourful garden-themed cake using flavoured Cocoform for the decorations. Follow her detailed instructions and try your hand at modelling your own chocolate flowers and foliage to make your autumn cake extra special.

Everyone knows chocolate and orange are an irresistible combination. But if you’re looking for a new approach to this classic, consider baking some delicious macarons. With fresh orange and lemon zest, and dipped in a scrumptious milk and dark chocolate glaze, Viktorija Siskova’s recipe makes the perfect after dinner treat for both little ones and grown-ups.

Viktorija Siskova
Viktorija Siskova's chocolate orange macaron pops are elegant and irresistible. They are also perfect as an edible gift or after dinner treat for both adults and little ones
Follow Pamela
Follow Pamela's instructions and model your own chocolate flowers and foliage to make your cake extra special

Did you know that September is the most common month for birthdays? Why not treat someone to a personalised, handmade gift box of chocolates? They’ll go down a treat! And if you want to make your celebrations even sweeter, have a go at preparing a platter of rainbow royal iced birthday cookies created by cookie artist Anne Yorks. There are three different designs, so you can make the cookies as a set or just pick one to keep things simple.

Making a special celebration even sweeter, this rainbow birthday cookie set by artist Anne Yorks is over the top with vibrant colours and fun sprinkle accents
Making a special celebration even sweeter, this rainbow birthday cookie set by artist Anne Yorks is over the top with vibrant colours and fun sprinkle accents
Cake hearts are a fun and easy bake, which are great for any occasion. These on-trend geometric hearts by Rachel Bevan look great in the bright COCOL colours and with a pretty marbled effect
Cake hearts are a fun and easy bake, which are great for any occasion. These on-trend geometric hearts by Rachel Bevan look great in the bright COCOL colours and with a pretty marbled effect

Whether it’s as a gift or just to enjoy yourself, Emily Hankins’ hand-painted cakesicles should definitely be on your list of things to try. You can even swap out the painted blackberries for more butterflies or blossoms to enjoy them all year round.

Get inspired this season by all these beautifully crafted creations. And make sure to send us a picture of what you come up with!

Learn how to create and hand-paint these pretty autumn cakesicles by Emily Hankins. You can even get creative and swap out the blackberies for more butterflies or blossoms to enjoy them all year round!
Learn how to create and hand-paint these pretty autumn cakesicles by Emily Hankins. You can even get creative and swap out the blackberies for more butterflies or blossoms to enjoy them all year round!
Looking to try a new technique? Trudy Mitchell
Looking to try a new technique? Trudy Mitchell's wedding cake uses coloured, ground wafer paper sheets for a new take on texture

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Perfect for any time of year, this fruity Betty Crocker gluten-free cake is easy to make and will become a firm favourite. It would be perfect to serve up at this year
Perfect for any time of year, this fruity Betty Crocker gluten-free cake is easy to make and will become a firm favourite. It would be perfect to serve up at this year's Macmillan Coffee Morning!
These light and fluffy red velvet cupcakes are vegan and full of Fairtrade cacao and natural food colouring
These light and fluffy red velvet cupcakes are vegan and full of Fairtrade cacao and natural food colouring
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