Archive of ‘Cake’ category

Banana Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting

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One of my first attempts at chocolate and banana cupcakes wasn’t quite as successful as the delightful looking treats you see here today.  I had brought some round to my friend Johns house for us to no doubt enjoy with a cup of tea…soggy is the word that springs to mind.  It didn’t help that I’d carried them around in a plastic tupperware box all day.  Wet, slimy chocolate frosting on top of overly moist banana cupcakes….not pretty.  I daresay they tasted fine, they were certainly eaten up, but nice to look at they weren’t. (more…)

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Croissants & Cake

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Croissants and cake sums up my week of baking.  Also, fail and win.

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Not every bake is a success.  I’ve burned pies, curdled buttercream and my crepes usually turn in to a pale sloppy mess.  That’s ok though.  None of us are perfect…shocking I know…we have to learn somehow and in baking I think the best way to learn is to just give it a go. (more…)

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Blueberry & Walnut Muffins

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It has been a little while since my last post, and that is due to all the packing, moving and unpacking that has been going on in my life.  It’s amazing how much stuff you accumulate over ten years.  However I’m mostly settled in now and back to baking!

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I’m attempting croissants this afternoon for my parents anniversary breakfast tomorrow morning so look out for that recipe later in the week, hopefully they work out!  For now I bring you a much quicker and simpler breakfast treat.  Blueberry muffins have to be my all time favourite muffin.  When blueberries are cooked they become sweet and mellow, and in a muffin provide bright bursts of flavour which in this muffin contrast beautifully in flavour and texture with the walnuts.  The addition of an oaty crumbly topping brings these to the next level, almost out of breafast territory but the oats are helping us cling on. (more…)

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Peanut Butter and Jam Muffins

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I love peanut butter.  This has been clearly documented on this blog here, here and here.  It took me until I was in my twenties before I really got in to peanut butter, I think it was about the time I realised I could turn it in to buttercream frosting…go figure!  Pairing peanut butter with jam (jelly) is a classic American snack, but it’s just not really a thing here in the UK.  I must say that it is actually pretty good, if you find that peanut butter is just a bit too dry on its own (you know the way it sticks to your mouth when you eat it?) then adding jam really is the answer.

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These muffins were baked after searching the cupboards for inspiration.  There wasn’t enough chocolate for cookies, no berries for cupcakes, no over ripe bananas for bread and then I found the peanut butter and a jar of homemade jam…perfect!

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I made a few minor tweaks to the recipe so suit what I had on hand and they turned out really great.  The yogurt helps keep them moist and the wholemeal flour adds texture and makes you feel like you’re doing some healthy eating.  Pat yourself on the back, the muffins are totally good for you…sorta, maybe, not.  Either way, they’re good and are WONDERFUL snack food. (more…)

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Superhero Cake

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My friends sister asked if I would bake a cake for her sons birthday party a couple of weeks ago. Well, of course, but what did she want it to look like?  He, like any other four year old, likes superheros – Spiderman, The Hulk and The Thing to be precise.  So to Pintrest I went in search of inspiration and ideas that I could cope with, but would also have a bit of wow factor. (more…)

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