BakeClub Blog

Baking thoughts, techniques and know-how

All About Butter
15 Jun 2020 - Anneka Manning

From providing richness, flavour and colour to giving tenderness and that divine ‘melt-in-the-mouth’ texture, butter forms the cornerstone to many baking recipes. 

Here I answer some of the most common questions about butter when used in baking...

All About Eggs (in Baking)
12 Jun 2020 - Anneka Manning
Eggs are one of the most important ingredients when it comes to baking. They provide structure, texture and richness through to binding, giving flavour and providing a golden glaze for breads and pastries. Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions about eggs.
Top Time-Saving Kitchen Tools
12 Jun 2020 - Anneka Manning

Having a carefully selected collection of kitchen tools and appliances will save you a surprising amount of time when you bake. Here are my top five picks that will help ensure that you use your time in the kitchen most efficiently.

Why Baking Can Relieve Your Anxiety
18 Mar 2020 - Anneka Manning
There is no doubt that we have found ourselves in extraordinary times. And it’s not unusual to feel unsettled, unsure and a bit anxious about what is going on at the moment with COVID-19 affecting all aspects of our daily lives and thoughts.
Top Tips for Healthy Kids' Lunch Boxes
31 Jan 2020 - Anneka Manning
Whilst it can often seem such a chore to pack healthy but tasty options for your kids' lunch boxes, it doesn’t have to be that...
Mix It Up!
21 Aug 2019 - Anneka Manning
When you bake you spend a good portion of time mixing...
So it makes good sense to know a little about your mixing tools so you can choose wisely and know why they are used for different tasks.
Here are my top five mixing tools and how best to use them.
7 Things I discovered (and loved) while in Vietnam
08 Mar 2019 - Anneka Manning
Vietnam is a colourful and chaotic, yet gentle and incredibly hospitable country. When I visited in February 2019 this is just seven of the things (some foodie, some not-so-foodie) that I discovered and LOVED!
Which Type of Meringue Should I Use?
01 Nov 2018 - Anneka Manning
Meringue is a simple combination of whisked egg whites and sugar, but it is the technique used to bring them together that determines the type of meringue you end up with. Here we look at the three main types (Swiss, French & Italian).
Why did my cake crack?
27 Aug 2018 - Anneka Manning

It’s quite normal for cakes to rise slightly, but if a cake ‘domes’ in the centre and/or cracks, it could be due to one or a combination of the following reasons:

What You Need To Know When Buying Cake Tins
20 Jun 2018 - Anneka Manning

Every home baker needs a basic collection of cake pans, but what should you look for when making your selection?

Top 5 Tips for Freezing Your Baking
14 Jun 2018 - Anneka Manning
To help you make the most of your baking and to be super organised, here are my Top 5 Tips for Freezing Your Baking.
My Five Favourite Food Podcasts
25 May 2018 - Anneka Manning
My podcast collection is constantly changing but thought I would share my current top 5 foodie podcasts with you  – I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!