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Recipe: Chocolate Cupcakes to sweeten someone's day!

SUMMER. Sunshine, Barbecues, holidays and....humid commuting. It's fair to say the summer season can be the most stifling for commuters. After a long day's work, a little treat can make a big difference. That's why East Midlands Trains got in touch with me and asked if I'd like to help out in surprising commuters with some sweet treats. It's all part of their #LittleThings campaign to surprise their customers with little treats to brighten their day, which is how I found myself last week in Derby train station. The task? Making 200 homemade cupcakes ready for the evening rush hour, all in my single kitchen oven! Safe to say it was a busy 9 hours baking and icing them. When I arrived at the s

Recipe: Blackberry Bakewell Tarts

It's been a delightfully busy summer so far. I ran my first patisserie course a few weeks ago in Yorkshire, which was a great success. I love teaching and am hoping to do more soon so watch this space. I also gave a seminar to a group of school students at the Royal Institution; this was a dream come true to present in the same theatre as the iconic Christmas Lectures which are broadcast every year in the UK. I'm finding myself doing more and more science and engineering communication and I love it, especially when I get to combine it with baking. Those of you who follow me on instagram may have seen my giddy excitement on my story last week as I discovered a HUMONGOUS blackberry bush hiding


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