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Fiona Carter
Australia
Small business owner of Ribbons Galore & Baked by Fiona, blogging in my spare time.
Interests: Pastry cook student, baking, cake decorating, handmade, crochet, sewing, cooking, eating well, gardening, ribbons.
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Date: Saturday 1 December 2018 Time: 1:00pm to 5:00pm Where: Fiona's kitchen in North Willoughby (between North Sydney and Chatswood in Sydney, NSW) Homemade biscuits are a beautiful and delicious gift to give family, friends and colleges at Christmas. In this workshop we will spend the afternoon around my kitchen bench baking a variety of shortbread and Viennese biscuits, perfect for the festive season. Once baked, your biscuits will be packaged up into bikkie tins and tied up with ribbon. During the afternoon: I'll show you how to prepare the biscuit doughs and how to create new flavours from the... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Sydney Cakes | Baked by Fiona
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I asked several locals where the best bakery was on Naxos, as usual I need to have my Greek pastry fix! Λαγογιαννη was one bakery that kept getting mentioned. It can be found on the busy corner of the main road through Vivlos. We were staying in the next village... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2018 at Greek Island Holiday
Milos certainly has a very good selection of tavernas and bars, spread over the island. We have stayed out in Pollonia both times we've visited Milos and although it's a small port settlement, it offers a great array of food and drink options. Gialos, Pollonia The best taverna in Pollonia,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2018 at Greek Island Holiday
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Mouratos Bakery on Milos During our 2014 holiday on Milos, we discovered Mouratos Bakery on a rainy day. We took refuge from the rain and wind in the bakery, finding a table in the corner by the window and eating pitas and spanakopita, drinking coffee and then eating fruit pies.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2018 at Greek Island Holiday
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On our last day on Sifnos we returned to Artemonas to visit a traditional pastry shop. We’d been told about this sweet shop by Maria (who gave us a tour of her vegetable allotment). Maria proved to be a fantastic source of information regarding all things sweet on Sifnos and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2018 at Greek Island Holiday
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We’ve seen the biscuit cake become very popular in 2018. I have been working on baking a variation of this, the number or letter layer cake, which I believe is a little more delicious than the original. BakedByFiona's number cake which is topped with piped buttercream and decorations. My shaped cake layers are sandwiched with Swiss meringue buttercream, and if desired, ganaches or fruit jams can be added to the layers also. Any of my cake flavours can be used for this style of cake: chocolate cake vanilla butter cake lemon and blueberry cake coconut cake coconut and raspberry cake... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2018 at Sydney Cakes | Baked by Fiona
We discovered this deliciously packed little delicatessen, Mētato, on our second last day on Serifos. It’s a block behind the waters edge in the port town of Lavadi. There were shelves full of jars of local thyme honey, wine, fresh eggs and olives, the fridge cabinet displayed local cheeses and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2018 at Greek Island Holiday
Folegandros... you tiny but oh so mighty island sitting in the south west area of the Cyclades. I knew we would be friends well before I arrived on the island. The island is only 32 km2. At it's highest point it stands commandingly at 455 metres above the Aegean sea.... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2018 at Greek Island Holiday
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The biscuit cake, one of the 2018 cake trends, is now available to order from Sydney Cakes Baked By Fiona. The biscuit cakes can be shaped as a number cake or a letter/alphabet cake. Baked By Fiona offers custom celebration cakes on Sydney's North Shore. Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2018 at Sydney Cakes | Baked by Fiona
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A Bundt cake is a cake that is baked in a Bundt pan. The cake batter is shaped into a distinctive ring shape once baked, taking on the beautiful curves and design of the Bundt pan. I have baked many of my cakes as a Bundt cake which I then top with a piped buttercream "crown" in flavours matching the cake. My beautiful black chocolate Bundt cake is just one flavour that I love to bake. The cake has a chocolate drizzle and is finished with a crown of piped berry scented buttercream. It is the perfect cake to share... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2017 at Sydney Cakes | Baked by Fiona
Hi Kendal They were the cardboard polling booths used during our elections, the first photo in the blog post above are what they look like. Cheers Fiona
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Hi Penelope, no I wasn't given any by Better Homes and Gardens this year. Cheers Fiona
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Last December we travelled to San Francisco. The decision to go on a family holiday was very last minute. Within a month of travelling, we booked onto one of QANTAS's new direct flights to San Francisco, booked our accommodation with... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2016 at living on the crafty side of life
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The neapolitan cake is inspired by the flavours of Neapolitan ice-cream. There is a layer of chocolate cake and a layer of vanilla cake with a strawberry filling layer in between. The cake is coated and decorated with swiss meringue buttercream (flavoured milk chocolate, strawberry and vanilla). The cakes shown are the 6" size cakes (approximately 16cm across). A cake this size would serve up to 12 people (cut into cake wedges). Thanks for visiting. Cheers Fiona Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2016 at Sydney Cakes | Baked by Fiona
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Easter is a great time to get a little creative with baking. This year's creations included a cake and a tart, based on the caramel filled easter eggs that are a long time favourite in our house. The cake is a chocolate cake with a caramel mouse filling, covered with swiss meringue buttercream and chocolate ganache. My Easter Egg tart has a caramel filling, covered with chocolate ganache and salted caramel swirls. A few little tarts were made as well, with a little left over caramel mousse... And lastly, a favourite baking treat I've been making for years, the Easter... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2016 at Sydney Cakes | Baked by Fiona
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Easter is a great time to get a little creative with baking. This year's creations included a cake and a tart, based on the caramel filled easter eggs that are a long time favourite in our house. The cake is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2016 at living on the crafty side of life
So nice to hear from you Petra. Yes, the girls are all grown up now. How are you all going? xx
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This morning I stood on my front verandah and waved goodbye to Phoebe as she drove off to her LAST first day back to school. Today's the day I have sort of been looking forward to, but also not. We've... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2016 at living on the crafty side of life
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Lamingtons... a classic little Australian cake enjoyed all over the country! We seem to see more of these delicious little cakes around Australia Day these days, they've almost become a national dish for our day of celebration... along with Aussie... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2016 at living on the crafty side of life
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Hello 2016! It's going to be a year to celebrate this year. By the end of this year.... I'll be 50. Yes, 2016 is the year I turn the big 5-0! This year is one year I've been anticipating for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2016 at living on the crafty side of life
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The Lamington Cake is available to order now for Australia Day 2016. Inspired by the humble lamington which is eaten on Australia Day, I created this cake keeping the vanilla cake and chocolate/coconut coating, I added a delicious raspberry mousse filling to replace the often used raspberry jam filling of a lamington. The whole cake is then covered in whipped milk chocolate ganache and coconut. Decorated with a dark chocolate ganache drizzly drips, fresh raspberries, coconut and meringues. The cake shown is the 6" size cake (approximately 16cm across). This cake would serve up to 12 people (cut into cake... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2016 at Sydney Cakes | Baked by Fiona
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The house is quite, everyone's returned to school, uni and work today. I'm back to work too, I'll be packing Ribbons Galore orders today. But just before I get back into work, just wanted to share a little story. My... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2015 at living on the crafty side of life
Hi Ann. I haven't dyed these yarns, I bought the yarns in those colours. Cheers Fiona
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The school holidays are almost finished which means back to school... back to making some snacks for the lunch/morning/afternoon teas. I've just realised that I have just over one year left of school lunches/snacks, with my baby getting towards the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2015 at living on the crafty side of life