Simple Couture Cupcakes

There is always something special about a cupcake; little mouthfuls of loveliness in a perfect package. They can come in almost any flavour and with a multitude of decorations to please anyone. Cupcakes are still popular for weddings and celebrations for just these reasons and they can look stunningly beautiful too. This week I’ve been … Continue reading

Lemon Griestorte

Last week was European Cake Week on Great British Bake off. We saw Yeast Leavened Cake, Kugelhopfs, Savarins and Tortes and the final challenge was Mary Berry’s Prinsesstarta . I was slightly unsure where to start baking – not too sure what was a Kugelhopf and what was a Savarin; and slightly unnerved by the … Continue reading

Baking and technology

Baking with an Acer Iconia A1 Tablet I have recently discovered the Acer Iconia A1 Tablet. I wouldn’t call myself a technological person and have generally been happy with my laptop and a mobile phone and think of myself as more of an artistic / creative person. I bake, make and create cakes and enjoy … Continue reading

Lovely Lemony Layer Cake for Mothers’ Day

This is a lovely lemony drizzle layer cake filled with fresh cream and lemon curd and then covered with buttercream and decorated. Find the recipe for the cake here To make the buttercream beat 200g soft cheese, 50g butter and a tiny dot of your chosen food colouring. To make lemon buttercream, add the zest … Continue reading

Valentine’s Day Chocolate Cupcakes

For a Valentine’s Day treat take an ordinary chocolate cupcake and make it extraordinary with some simple decorations! You can find a chocolate cupcake recipe here:- Fearne’s Chocolate Cupcakes with Buttercream Topping by @FoodNetwork_UK To decorate your cupcakes roll out some coloured sugar-paste – I used red and white. I used three different sized heart … Continue reading

Last Minute Chocolate Christmas Cake

Things have been so busy this year that unfortunately I haven’t had time to bake as often as I would like. My Christmas Cake has been a last minute affair completed just in time – but I’m actually quite pleased with the result! It’s an 8″ chocolate cake, filled and covered with chocolate buttercream. I … Continue reading

Chocolate Tea Time Treats

One of my favourite Christmas Treats is chocolate! This year I’m using lots of chocolate recipes for the coming Christmas celebrations including a chocolate Christmas cake. This weekend I took delivery of a deliciously chocolatey Thornton’s Hamper – a gift  for me! I couldn’t wait to use some of the chocolate for a pre-Christmas Tea Party … Continue reading

Naked Chocolate Celebration Cake

“Naked” cakes – that is a cake without icing – can look stunningly beautiful and provide a simply delicious celebration cake! I made this Naked Chocolate Cake for a wedding in the summer. The wedding theme was a Tea Party with vintage china, vintage tablecloths and bunting, set in a barn decorated with simple country … Continue reading

Double Chocolate Heart Cake

Valentines Heart Cake This cake is a chocolate sponge baked in a heart shape, with a white chocolate fudgy topping and completed with swirls of pink marshmallow fluff. It’s a chocolately, gooey, heavenly cake just perfect for Valentine’s Day! Chocolate Cake:- 175g light muscovado sugar 175g butter, softened 175g egg – approx. 3 large or 4 medium, beaten … Continue reading

Double Chocolate Harvest Festival Cake

My double chocolate Harvest Festival cake was inspired by Fiona Cairn’s Vegetable Plot cake in her Birthday Cake Book. She uses a spiced apple cake in her book and decorates the top to look like an allotment. My cake was for a chocolate lover’s birthday so I used a lovely double chocolate cake recipe adapted … Continue reading