Mixing, prepping, baking and decorating – four things that do not come easily to me! My sweet tooth does not extend to making desserts, only devouring them, so I thought I'd share some of my favourite easy-to-follow baking channels on YouTube. Actually, make that three as you don't even need to turn the oven on with the last one!
Bake a showstopper cake
Need an impressive cake for a birthday party, anniversary, graduation or special occasion, but don't want to spend all day couped up in the kitchen? One slice of this 'showstopper' cake might contain more calories than you'd normally consume in a day but it does promise to stop your guest in their tracks!
Create a colourful pinata cake
Juliet Sear shows us how to create a colourful pinata cake from her book Cakeology
, which she says is "dead easy" to make despite its impressive appearance. London-based Juliet owns a successful contemporary cake boutique, Fancy Nancy
, and has baked for celebrities like Dizzee Rascal, McFly and Bryan Adams.
Marzipan a Christmas cake
If you're planning to bake a Christmas cake for the holidays, these clever tricks will ensure your marzipan skills not only look good but can also be used to smoothen out uneven bits. And if you're stuck on decorating tips, here's one using fondant icing
Make a rainbow cake with frosting
Aussie mum of three Ann Reardon is a food scientist and dietitian who shares her cooking tips and baking recipes on How To Cook That.
From 3D My Little Pony Princess Twilight Sparkle Cakes
(now that's a mouthful!) to a gravity defying design that looks like a watering can is hovering above the cake
, Ann's baking tips will take yours to MasterChef level.
Giant (no bake) Snickers Bar ice cream car
Four ingredients and no baking required – Australian pastry chef Elise Strachan from My Cupcake Addiction
shows us how to make a giant Snickers ice cream bar that's perfect for summer. If you're looking for delicious dessert recipes and entertaining tips, Elise's Sweet Celebrations
book is easy to follow (and also makes for a great Christmas gift).