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vanilla cupcakes with chocolate icing

vanilla cupcakes with chocolate icing

Everyone has their favourite cupcake recipe. Our’s is one from Magnolia Bakery. But the thing about these cupcakes is they are labour intensive. You really do need to set aside the time to make them, and for that reason we don’t make them very often. So what…

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May 17, 2017
easy chocolate cake

Easy Chocolate Cake

This is an incredibly easy chocolate cake to make. Throw all the ingredients in a bowl, mix for five minutes, bake for 45 and you’re done. No faffing about with creaming butter and sugar and slowly adding eggs. This is like making a cake…

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March 22, 2017
Upside-down plum cake

Upside-Down Plum Cake

It’s nearing the end of stone fruit season, which is good and bad. On the one hand it means autumn is coming and that makes me very happy. On the other, there won’t be any peaches, nectarines or plums at the fruit shop for…

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March 9, 2017
raspberry pear cake

Raspberry Pear Cake

What better way to enjoy the humble pear than in this delicious cake. The combination of pears, raspberries and almond meal makes a sweet but sour cake with nutty undertones. Served warm with a little whipped cream on the side, it makes a great dessert or…

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February 22, 2017
Chocolate raspberry cake

Chocolate Raspberry Cake

The birthday cycle has started again and that means the birthday girl gets the choice of any cake she wants. This January birthday was made complete with a chocolate raspberry cake. A rich, dark, fudgy chocolate cake filled with raspberries. Topped with a good dusting of…

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February 15, 2017


What are lamingtons? Cake covered in chocolate, covered in coconut. But there’s more to it than that. They are fairly dense vanilla sponge baked in a rectangular tin then cut into squares; dipped into a chocolate sauce which is runny and very chocolatey and really…

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February 8, 2017
chocolate ripple cheesecake

Chocolate Ripple Cheesecake

Chocolate ripple cheesecake is rich and creamy: everything a cheesecake should be. It’s essentially a vanilla flavoured cheesecake, but the ripple of chocolate through the middle, gives it a whole new dimension. Choose whatever chocolate you love the most. More often than not we use Toblerone.…

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September 28, 2016
Blueberry crumble cake

Blueberry Crumble Cake

I’m a sucker for beautifully produced cookbooks. The ones that entice you with amazing photography and thoughtful layout. Oh, and don’t forget the matt paper, not an ounce of gloss to be found. This is the book I will take off the shelf every time. The touch and…

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August 24, 2016
chocolate truffle cake

Chocolate Truffle Cake

Not all cakes are created equal. There’s everyday cakes and there’s special cakes. How do you distinguish between the two? It’s simple. Everyday cakes make you think about what you are baking. How much sugar you are adding; the quantity of chocolate that goes into…

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August 10, 2016
carrot cake

Carrot Cake

There are two types of carrot cake: one where you use butter and the other using oil. The health conscious side of me says go for the olive oil option but then I remember they both have the same amount of sugar.…

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June 29, 2016