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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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Salted Vanilla Bean Caramels

Posted by on 00:43 in Blog, Candy/Sweets | 4 comments

Salted Vanilla Bean Caramels

My first attempt at salted vanilla bean caramels!   I had never made caramels before, don’t get me wrong it’s always my first choice when the chocolate box is passed my way but the thought of making them never really crossed my mind. Until I spotted these salted vanilla bean caramels on one of my favorite baking blogs Confections of a Foodie Bride and I just had to try them, at least once.   Now I’m hooked and can’t wait to try some different flavors and experiment a little bit.   Salty and sweet has become a popular...

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Mums Homemade Cheese Scones

Posted by on 15:59 in Blog, Savoury, Scones/Breads/Muffins | 2 comments

Mums Homemade Cheese Scones

  Everyone is the same when it comes to their mum’s cooking, and its no different for me. Especially when it comes to these scones which I have affectionately called Mums Homemade Cheese Scones. Its true what they say, mums truly know best. I think it has to do with going back home and being looked after by someone who knows exactly what you want and how you like it.   My job recently took me back to my hometown for a while and I had the joy of being able to return to my parents for some of my evening meals. One night my mum made a warming...

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Malted Chocolate Cupcakes

Posted by on 09:12 in Blog, Cake & Cupcakes | 2 comments

Malted Chocolate Cupcakes

  For my first post I had to think carefully, did I want to go for something overly complicated just to try and show off a bit and no doubt have it back fire terribly or should I go for something a little simpler and more elegant. Start small and build from there? With much internal debating I decided to go for a little something in between. This is why malted chocolate cupcakes were a perfect choice.  A quick and simple cake to make with an indulgent chocolate topping what’s not to love?   I don’t need much of an excuse to bake a cake, the...

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