I have fond memories of Easter. In my rather non-religious upbringing, this holiday was always about the chocolate. I can remember waiting, waiting, desperately waiting for permission to come down stairs on Easter morning for the egg hunt around the house. With three brothers to compete with, it was always a bit of a melee! But we all knew that you only got one creme egg, or one chocolate bunny and to take a second one was very poor form. Also, after the hunt was over, my mum would do some judicious divvying up of our spoils to make sure that it was all relatively equal.
April 9th, 2014 § 0
Spring has definitely arrived! I know this because my nose is itchy and also I have had to start taking my once daily loratadine – but the sunshine and mild weather more than make up for it.
These cupcakes are very much inspired by this new season. They are light and fresh, but with deliciously strong lemon and raspberry flavours. The cupcake itself is buttery and mild, with a great texture. It’s not dry at all, but nor is it very dense like the Cake of Death. I will be using this recipe again for all my future cupcake needs.
April 1st, 2014 § 0
Delicious doesn’t have to mean complicated. This past weekend was very busy and the weekend before I made two treats with multiple steps, so I was craving simplicity for this blog post. This is a no-bake recipe that I remember having as a kid growing up. The hardest part was not eating the Mars bars before they got melted down into a fudgey, buttery goo and mixed with the rice krispies. The chocolate and Maltesers are on top are my own addition, because, well, I don’t do low fat baking and I thought it would make them taste just a little bit more special.
March 24th, 2014 § 0
I have no clue how the idea for this cake popped into my head, but once I had thought of it, I knew I eventually would have to bake it. I think it was my mind’s sugary lovechild of the Maple Apple Upside Down Cake I made before Christmas and the Salted Caramel Fudge Cake I made a few weeks ago. I love fresh apples in a cake and I couldn’t get over how good that fudgey caramel icing was.
March 13th, 2014 § 0
These brownies were long overdue by the time I made them this morning. I had originally intended to make them last Thursday but fate conspired against me. Instead of enjoying some delicious brownies, I found myself in bed with a nasty stomach bug. My tummy was still a bit too delicate last weekend to contemplate eating something as rich as these. And so it is only now that I am getting around to sharing this recipe with you.
February 23rd, 2014 Comments Off
I didn’t intend to make this cake. This week’s post was supposed to be cinnamon buns, but life got in the way, and at 11pm on Friday night I found myself reading over the recipe for the cinnamon rolls and being like “let the dough rise for 2 hours?! pffft!”. I was under the impression that you made the dough, then let it rise in the fridge overnight. I forgot about the first rising. Oops. Anyways, hopefully I’ll be better organised next week and I’ll actually be able to bake what I had originally planned.
February 13th, 2014 Comments Off
Let me start off by admitting that this cake is blatantly for Valentine’s Day. It’s cute and frilly and I shamelessly don’t care. :) I’ve always had a laid back attitude towards Valentine’s Day, even when I did have a boyfriend to celebrate it with. I still largely believe it is heavily encouraged by companies that what you to buy their products, but I don’t mind the concept of picking a day to express our feelings to our loved ones. I know, I know – why just Valentine’s Day? You should show your loved ones they’re special every day of the year. Yes, I agree with this but I also think that it’s a bit of harmless fun. Anywho, I’ll quit rambling now and regardless of your views towards this “holiday”, I hope you’ll enjoy this cake!
February 8th, 2014 Comments Off
As I write this, I’m watching the Team Figure Skating competition at the Sochi 2014 Olympics. Figure skating is one of my favourite events at the Olympics. There are of course many other events at the Olympics, such as speed skating and hockey, that require a great deal of skill, strength and co-ordination. Yet in these sports, you’re allowed to look a bit haggard and like you’re really trying hard. Like gymnastics, I find it so incredible that these athletes make it look effortless. The costumes, the music, the artistic touch – to me that is what takes figure skating up to the next level. All of this, plus the Canadians are doing pretty darn well at the moment! GO CANADA!
February 2nd, 2014 Comments Off
I have just come home from a pretty wonderful weekend! I saw the amazingly talented Hypnotic Brass Ensemble in London with a friend on Friday night. It was a high energy fusion of hip hop and really tight jazz. They were all phenomenally talented musicians and I can’t recommend them enough!
January 27th, 2014 Comments Off
It’s almost the end of January and I’m only now publishing my first post of 2014. Eep! Where does the time go? Well, I hope this cake makes up for it!
This post almost ended in tears. My beloved cake stand broke yesterday. Thankfully I managed to save the cake so it was (almost) in one piece – otherwise it would have ended in tears! This is a white chocolate raspberry streusel cake – or at least it was supposed to be. Unfortunately, I’m starting my 2014 blogging off on the wrong foot by being a johnny-come-lately, breaking my favourite cake stand AND slightly botching up the recipe. /sigh.