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The Liebster Award

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The Liebster Award

At first when I got this nomination for the Liebster award I was a little baffled, I had only been blogging for such a short time, what was all this about? After a little time spent on google I realised it’s just a fun way to share some information with fellow bloggers and share a little of the blog love around so I thought why not. If nothing else it helps others discover new and exciting blogs and maybe some new readers and followers for others. So I must say a big thank you to Gemma from and gee said for nominating me, it was very sweet of...

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Simnel Cupcakes

Posted by on 19:11 in Blog, Cake & Cupcakes | 4 comments

Simnel Cupcakes

Simnel Cupcakes for Easter   Happy Easter everyone! I can’t wait to share these Simnel Cupcakes with you, they are just so good. It may still be snowing here in Scotland but it is still time to get in the spring mood and celebrate Easter. Just because the daffodils are still refusing to flower, doesn’t mean I can’t pretend that spring is upon us. One of my favourite Easter treats is Simnel cake, but as its only my partner and myself at home this year a whole cake seemed a little indulgent and not good for the waistline so I decided to...

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Chocolate and Beetroot Cupcakes

Posted by on 11:13 in Blog, Cake & Cupcakes | 14 comments

Chocolate and Beetroot Cupcakes

There is just something so yummy about chocolate and beetroot when it is in a cake. Now I know for many this is going to sound, well frankly a bit weird but it really does work. And these Chocolate and Beetroot Cupcakes will prove that. There are stories about this being one of the original ways that the red velvet cake was made, as the beetroot does give the cake a lovely purplish reddish hue. True or not, I do not know.   But what is true is that the beetroot lends a wonderful deepness to this cake. It helps keep it moist and gives it a...

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Easy Chocolate Eclairs

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Easy Chocolate Eclairs

The perfect afternoon treat Chocolate Eclairs, Is there anything better in life then a mid afternoon indulgent snack that you know you shouldn’t be eating but you just can’t resist? I didn’t think so; after all lets face it we are all sweet addicts here. A few days ago I had a surplus of cream and was looking for ideas of what to do with it, I hate the idea of food waste, especially something as yummy as cream. My sister came up with the idea of making Chocolate Eclairs.   Now I’m up for most things but I hadn’t made choux pastry before so I...

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Millionaires Cheesecake

Posted by on 19:04 in Blog, Cake & Cupcakes, Dessert | 6 comments

Millionaires Cheesecake

This is a no bake Millionaires Cheesecake – Perfect for the weekend! I decided I needed a decedent dessert as the snow has started falling again in Scotland. Something to curl up in front of the fire with and enjoy all the day’s calories in one happy go, not necessarily the healthiest way to go but a happy one none the less. In Scotland I have noticed millionaires shortcake is really popular, I can see why it’s delicious, all that caramel and chocolate is always going to make this a snack worth having. But I wanted something more...

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Buttermilk Cupcakes with a Chocolate Butterfly Decoration

Posted by on 15:23 in Blog, Cake & Cupcakes | 8 comments

Buttermilk Cupcakes with a Chocolate Butterfly Decoration

  I recently had a birthday I needed to cater for and as much as I love baking and decorating cakes for myself I always find it a little scary doing them for someone else, because you really need to take into account their tastes, and not just what you fancy baking for yourself!   The birthday girl in question can be very girly at times and absolutely loves butterflies so I wanted to do something that incorporated them. Usually I will do something with sugar paste but I wanted something a little bit more homemade and a bit more indulgent....

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My Nans Banana Cake

Posted by on 15:03 in Blog, Cake & Cupcakes | 4 comments

My Nans Banana Cake

My Nan’s Banana Cake     Banana in any form of cake, loaf, biscuit, cupcake or just plain fruit, reminds me of my Nan’s banana cake. It can instantly transport me back to my childhood when we would go around her house as kids and be treated to a slice for afternoon tea.   Yes I know that sounds very old fashioned but my Nan is 92 years old and afternoon tea was a big thing for her generation. My mum followed her tradition when we were young; often we would come home from school and be treated to a slice of homemade cake or a homemade...

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Homemade Peppermint Creams

Posted by on 11:30 in Blog, Candy/Sweets | 0 comments

Homemade Peppermint Creams

Homemade Peppermint Creams   Why buy after dinner mints when you can impress your dinner guest by presenting them a plate of homemade Peppermint Creams instead. Much more impressive! And lets all be honest if we are hosting a dinner party we all want to show off a little and these homemade peppermint creams will help.   Are you are looking for a recipe that is so easy that you can get the kids involved with it in the kitchen? Yes? Then this is the one for you. I made these as a kid and we used to make them in all shapes and sizes. All you...

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Hairy Bikers Amsterdam Caramel cookies

Posted by on 19:42 in Biscuits/Cookies, Blog | 6 comments

Hairy Bikers Amsterdam Caramel cookies

Amsterdam Caramel Cookies by the Hairy Bikers     I am not the world’s biggest cookie fan, but my partner loves them so occasionally I’ll forgo the girly cupcakes and bake something more for him. We both really enjoyed the BBC TV series The Hairy Bikers Bakcation, and bless him he bought the book for me the moment it came out. Its a seriously good read with some cracking ideas in it. If you fancy a bit of a bake-a-thon with stuff inspired from around Europe then this is your book. Sweet and savoury treats are in abundance, {no I’m not...

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Vanilla and Yellow Plum Jam

Posted by on 15:18 in Blog, Jams/Sauces/Drinks | 16 comments

Vanilla and Yellow Plum Jam

So why Vanilla and Yellow Plum Jam?   Simple, whenever I have the chance I like to make my own jam and this Vanilla and Yellow Plum Jam is awesome 😉 I think its because my mum always made her own jam that I enjoy having it at home now, many a summer in our childhood my mum would take my sister and I fruit picking, at first we would complain but the home made cakes and jams soon made up for it. I have nothing against shop bought jams I do use them, but the good thing about homemade jam is, you know exactly whats gone into it!     Because of...

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