• baking,  Biscuits and Cookies

    Coconut Chocolate Cookie Bars

    So…summer seems to be over. But hasn’t it been good?! Well it has here…………   We’ve enjoyed warm weather (actually a bit hot on a couple of occasions, but I promised not to complain after last years rain!), long days and pleasant evenings filled with dog walks and sitting outside pubs with a cold cider. It’s definitely been a vintage…

  • Cakes

    Waitrose Raspberry Cupcakes

    Inspiration for baking comes in many forms. This week I got a text from my Mum. It read ‘Did you get the recipe from waitrose for cupcakes to enter their competition to win a cookery course. Thought you should enter that!! xxx’   Well no I didn’t, and yes I should. So in the age of technology, she photographed the…

  • Biscuits and Cookies

    Red Velvet Cookies

    WOW!!! London you were amazing, Team GB you were completely awesome. I’m all Olympiced out. What an amazing couple of weeks, and today it somehow seems wrong to not be watching another sport on the television.   I have well and truly become an armchair expert in loads of different sports, and have gone through a wealth of emotions whilst…

  • Biscuits and Cookies

    Lemon Crumble Bars

    If you live in the UK, There are 2 things you can’t have failed to have noticed this summer: 1. The Olympics are nearly upon us – yep, London 2012 will be opening in just a weeks time. 2. It hasn’t stopped raining for what seems like forever!!   Firstly the Olympics. Personally I’m very excited. We get TV Olympic…

  • Cakes

    Grown-up (Italian Meringue) Buttercream

    There are few things in life I can say I ‘need’. My family, my dogs, my own comfy bed….yep that’s about it. However, there are many things I think are necessary to help make life happy including a job you enjoy, a car that doesn’t break down, a food mixer and an oven AND Italian Meringue Buttercream. Italian Meringue Buttercream…

  • Cakes

    Diet Cola Cupcakes with Brown Sugar and Cola Frosting

    How many times have you gone for a takeaway, ordered a mahoosive burger, a portion of chips and diet drink and then realised how ridiculous your meal looks – lashing of fat, but hold the sugar! But the diet drink makes the burger more angelic…..doesn’t it? That’s you having will power….right?   Well these cupcakes are just like that! And…

  • Cakes

    All in 1 Cake Bars

    Firstly I must apologise for being MIA for nearly 2 months. My ‘proper’ job has been crazy busy, but hopefully it’s now all calmed down (well for the time being anyway). Anyway, now I’M BACK!!!!   I love being busy, but there is a down side – the lack of baking time! Baking is my relaxation, so on top of…

  • Cakes

    Titanic Apple Meringue Cupcakes

    One hundred years ago, on this day, hundreds of people in the city of Southampton were waiting anxiously for news of their loved ones. My Great Nan was a child one hundred years ago today, so hopefully knew little of the distress her mother was going through, as she waited patiently for news of my Great Great Uncle, Mr Christopher…

  • baking,  Sweets and Goodies

    Creme Egg Cupcakes

    OK, so Easter is over. You’ve got a tonne of chocolate eggs sitting around waiting to be eaten. What do you do with them? Eat them? Nah…..let’s not be boring about this……why not bake them in a cupcake? This is one of the easiest, but most impressive tricks to pull off. If you can bake a cupcake, and have a freezer…