Julia Daniels

…and they lived happily ever after.



A Very Darcy Christmas Guest Post & Giveaway

Hello Dear Readers, This month’s agenda is filled with Christmas posts 🙂 For me Christmas has always been a family season, and even if I haven’t enjoyed it in the last years as I used to, I’m havi…

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Tea and cakes

A popular theme in Austen, Austenesque, and meetings of Janeites is tea, usually served with bread and butter or cakes, or both. In the time period, cakes usually referred to what we call soft cook…

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Building a social media platform

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Death Comes to Pemberley

P.D. James wrote the novel and it was adapted for television earlier this year. The main plot is, as the title reveals, a murder. Who did it? And why? Who is that mysterious lady in Lambton? There …

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Seven Costumes and A Castle

Summer greetings to all of you! I have not travelled to the Lake District, nor have I picked strawberries. But I have seen an exhibition that might interest you. First, some familiar faces. All of …

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The dapper beau – a yummy Regency stereotype

So today I’ve invited a lady who writes Regency novels – mainly because I am rather fond of Regency novels – after all, what is there to dislike about novels in which extremely we…

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68 Book Marketing Ideas To Help Authors Increase Sales

By Kat Heckenbach Make sure your book is not written in a dead language. Don’t market your book to people who cannot read the language your book is written in. Type your manuscript and have m…

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The good reasons behind strict courtship rules

Today, I turn my blog over to Maria Grace. She has been writing fiction since she was ten years old, but those early efforts happily reside in a file drawer and are unlikely to see the light of day…

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Spiral cake with marbled sponge – or cake and maths

Ink Sugar Spice

I was doodling spirals, as you do, and wondered how I’d go about decorating a geometric spiral cake… after much more doodling and some time creating a pattern in Adobe Illustrator, this cake is the result.


I thought perhaps a plain sponge might be a bit of a let down after having such a graphic outer layer, so this is a vanilla and lemon verbena sponge and chocolate and orange sponge marbled layer cake. You know me by now – I either go for a real plain but intensely classic and tricky perfect bake or I have to fiddle about with the flavours.


If you haven’t got lemon verbena, just add plain milk to the sponge and then add in one half teaspoon of lemon juice. (Skip the warming and infusion notes)

You can use either the plain spiral and print it out to your own size

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