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Sweet Sweet Lies, The Haunt, Brighton

It's always the anti-romantics who are the truest romantics of all. In order to be disappointed by something, one needs to have been a believer in the first place. Anyone who's listened to ABC's The Lexicon Of Love will know that already.

The 10 best cookies

Crunchy or chewy? Studded with chocolate chips or stuffed full of oats? Whichever way your cookie crumbles, check our this scrumptious selection...

Tiramisu Gino D'Acampo style

Gino D'Acampo makes tiramisu

The 10 best birthday cakes

Whether it’s personalised, pink or covered in pirates, the right cake will make your party go with a swing. Don’t forget the candles...

Video: Gingerbread house built in London

An incredible edible gingerbread house is being built at the Brunswick Centre, Bloomsbury to raise money for Great Ormond Street hospital.

Doughnut chain expands in UK

The doughnut chain Krispy Kreme is to double its number of UK stores over the next five years as the country's desire for sweet treats grows.

On The Agenda: Blek Le Rat; Pierre Hermé; Cox Cookies & Cake; CLiNT; Central Saint Martins; Jellyfish Theatre; Martin Creed

Artists singing, shoemakers making cookies – has the world turned upside-down?

How to make American pies

Muffins, cookies, cupcakes: classic US-style baking is everywhere. Why are we obsessed – and how easy is it to do at home? Alice-Azania Jarvis takes a lesson

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Butterfly cakes with passion fruit filling

Makes 12

Blood-orange cake

200g/7oz softened unsalted butter
350g/111/2oz icing sugar
Zest and juice of 2 unwaxed blood oranges
3 unwaxed blood oranges, to decorate the top of the cake

Coconut cake

This is my version of a coconut cake from the American South. I love the sweet and nutty flavour of coconut. I cook with coconut milk a lot – at work we get in fresh ones, puréeing the flesh with water and straining to make a thick cream. This takes patience, though, as it does take quite a lot of work. Coconut milk from a tin will do nicely in this recipe.

Album: Kate Walsh, Light and Dark, (Blueberry Pie)

A third album by the Brighton-based songwriter. You may be familiar with her internet success two years ago, Tim's House. This is confessional pop manufactured for the age of social media: ooops-I've-said-it-now writing justified on the basis that, well, it's possible to say it.

Games Review: Cake Mania: In the Mix!

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Rhubarb and blood-orange meringue

Serves 2
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Paul Scholes column: I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England

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