BakeClub Blog

Baking thoughts, techniques and know-how

Why did my cake crack?
29 Apr 2024 - 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 reasons.

Getting to know your oven
28 Nov 2023 - Anneka Manning
Ovens, a key requirement for baking, can vary enormously in accuracy and usability from one to the next. On top of this, home cooks quite often don’t know how to get the most from their oven when baking...
How to whisk egg whites
28 Nov 2023 - Anneka Manning
It never ceases to amaze me the transformation that egg whites go through when a whisk is let loose on them. From a translucent, thick...
Which type of meringue should I use?
28 Nov 2023 - 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).
Technique Tuesday: Troubleshooting Swiss Meringue Buttercream
01 Nov 2023 - Anneka Manning
Swiss Meringue Buttercream can be temperamental and can easily curdle or go 'soupy'. But with a little knowledge and some handy tips you will always know...
Portuguese Custard Tart Making Secrets
12 Apr 2022 - BakeClub Team
Did you know that a super-hot oven is essential in making Portuguese Custard Tarts? Here are the 5 secrets you need to know when making these delicious pastries.
Do You Have Time To Bake?
15 Mar 2021 - Anneka Manning
Did you know that the most common reason for homecooks not to bake as much as they would like to is the lack of time?
Here are 5 really simple tips to help you become more efficient in the kitchen and to save you time so you can bake more often!
How to Make Great Scones
21 Oct 2020 - Anneka Manning

Scones are what I turn to when time is short and I want to bake something nostalgic and soul-warming. Scones have a reputation for being tricky to make, but in reality they are actually fast and simple, especially when you keep a few things in mind when making them.

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...
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!
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!