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Sunday, 1 March 2015

Do you know what's really in your cake?

We all know that cakes are bad for us, but have you ever actually read the ingredients list on shop bought cakes?  Believe me when I tell you that there all kinds of nasty chemicals, unnatural additives and a ton of 'ingredients' that in my opinion shouldn't be there.

Mr Kipling Mini Bakewell Tart

Even the packaging that touts 'natures' own will have some not so natural additions, and if the cake is organic, I can guarantee that to act as a preserver they've used a ton more sugar than you should consume.

So, should you give up cakes?  God, no!  To me the thought of not having a sweet treat in the house sends me into palpitations, a dinner is not a meal without an indulgent pud to finish it off.  So what can you do?  Simple, make your own.

I'm not going to lie, it will be more time consuming, (slightly) more expensive and even stressful at times, but you will have the benefit of knowing exactly what has gone into your cakes and bakes.  I promise that 95% of the time they will even taste better than the shop bought stuff!  There is something very fulfilling about having a tin filled with cakes, I get an enormous sense of pride knowing that I am carrying on the traditions that my Nan taught me - always a home baked treat to share with loved ones.

If you've never baked before or are somewhat of a novice, then start simple.  No one is expecting you to be churning out patisserie standard confections!  I've been baking for a few years now and my husbands favourite cake of mine is still the humble Victoria sponge.  Your time spent baking should be one of indulgence and an act of love to both yourself, family and friends.

You may worry that you don't have enough time in your schedule to squeeze this in.  We are a single income household (mine) and on top of working full time, running two businesses, general household chaos and spending time with my family, I still manage to bake at least once a week.  No, I'm not being smug, just telling you it can be done; I just tailor my bake to the time I have available.  Forward planning is a must and so whenever possible I will decide what I will be making in advance and ensure the ingredients are ordered with the weekly shop.  Simples.

I shall share some of my easy bake recipes with you, just click here for a full list.  I'd love it if you commented below with links to your creations!

Enjoy :)

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