Fluffy cupcakes with chunks of cherry and marzipan and a white chocolate cream cheese frosting on top.
This swiss roll cooked perfectly without splitting and was light and airy. I filled it wit cinnamon cream cheese, but lemon curd or PBJ would also work well.
The vernal equinox means dark, milk, white chocolate, or any combination of the three (the equinox is the point between the solstices, when the night lasts about as long as the day). These bitesized bars have an Oreo crust and swirls of cheesecake on top. The base is around 75% Oreos and 25% Belvita breakfast biscuits, but you can use most type of biscuits for a different flavour.
As this has a significant chocolate flavour, opt for good quality chocolate if you can – 35% cocoa solids and above is a good benchmark. Dr Oetker makes good baking chocolate without the insane price tag of some artisan brands.
Red velvet cake is red due to (in addition to red food colouring) a chemical reaction between buttermilk, vinegar and cocoa. If there’s no vinegar in the recipe it’s not real red velvet, just vanilla sponge cake with food colouring. These are the genuine version and have a white chocolate cream cheese frosting. They have a slight red tinge, but the cocoa powder makes them closer to deep brown than bright red.
A light chocolate cake with cream cheese icing in the middle and chocolate ganache on top. The ‘midnight’ part comes from the star sprinkles on top, which symbolise the solstice on 22nd December. As a bonus, I also made a giant whoopie pie from the trimmed top cake domes.
These spiced pumpkin mini loaves were similar to carrot cake. Unlike some other quickbreads and mini loaves, they were very light. They were frosted with cinnamon cream cheese frosting.
S’mores are usually a layer of marshmallows and a layer of chocolate sandwiched between two graham crackers (digestives). These are all the best bits of a S’more, but in a truffle. I made two batches, half with gingersnaps and the other half with gluten free digestives. They were also a good excuse to use more of my halloween sprinkles (which I still have oodles of).
I couldn’t pass up the chance to make something pirate related. These cupcakes are packed with rum, frosted with cream cheese and more rum and topped with pirate treasure. Given the choice, I think most pirates would prefer these to whatever it is they normally eat.
Peaches may come in a can (or mine do at least), but they’re are a great summer fruit. These cake bars can be sliced smaller to make bitesize servings, but I got 18 decent sized bars from the recipe, which makes a 9″ square. They’re similar to the Rhubarb and Custard Pie I made a few months back, but with peaches and cream cheese.