26 Jun 2016

Solstice Pinwheel Cookies

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These cookies have a chocolate and vanilla swirl for the solstice. They’re easy to make in advance then slice and bake when needed.

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29 Apr 2016

Cutout Sugar Cookies

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Show your support of the Rebel Alliance by making Stormtrooper cookies for Star Wars day on May 4th. These sugar cookies are vanilla and almond flavoured. They didn’t hold their shape particularly well, so half ended up as space monsters.

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26 Oct 2015

Dracula’s Blood Cupcakes

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Having stocked the cupboards with damson and plum jam, I happen to have a kitchen full of blood coloured gooiness. I’ve tried a few sponge recipes and all tend to end up too heavy or too airy. These were perfect. The crumb was dense enough to hold together, but full of flavour and not dry. My secret this time was time spent beating the mixture – at least 5 minutes before adding the flour, then another 5 after to mix everything really well.

I fill them with at least 1 tbsp of plum jam and frosted with strawberry buttercream. The blood drips on top are more jam and if you look closely, there are also some vampire lips on each.

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01 Mar 2015

Pots of Gold Cupcakes

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Known to be a favourite among Leprechauns and other magical folk, these rainbow cupcakes are fun to make for St Patricks Day and aren’t alcoholic unlike some of the other St Patrick’s Day recipes. Rainbow cupcakes with white chocolate cream cheese frosting, topped with a Rolo and rainbow sprinkles.

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22 Oct 2014

Blackberry and Apple Pie with Vanilla Custard

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This was going to be a peach pie, until I found a stack of blackberries we picked last month. A layer of blackberries sandwiched between two layers of sliced apples with a lattice top. Sprinkled with cinnamon sugar and served with vanilla custard.

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06 Jun 2014

Banana Burger Cupcakes

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Is it a burger? Is it a cake? No, it’s a banana burger cupcake. Rich chocolate cake sandwiched between layers of vanilla sponge with banana cream cheese icing.

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17 Apr 2014

Mini Egg Chocolate Vanilla Sponge

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A layer cake sandwiched together with Creme Patissiere and coated in chocolate ganache. The ingredients here make enough for 4x12cm layers of chocolate and 2x12cm layers of vanilla sponge. If you’re not big on Creme Patissiere, you could also use buttercream, jam or cream cheese frosting.

Sprinkled with mini eggs

Chocolated and sprinkled with mini eggs

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22 Mar 2014

Boston Cream Cupcakes

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Boston Cream Pie is  usually a vanilla sponge cake with custard in the middle and chocolate ganache on top. These light buttermilk cakes are mini versions filled with Creme Patissiere (Bakers cream) and topped with chocolate ganache. Makes around 12 muffins, depending on size. They’re better if you can wait for the ganache to cool before you eat them, but good luck with that.

Boston Cream Cupcakes

Filled with custard and topped with ganache

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