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    A Very British Tea Cake

    Tea Cakes mean different things to different people, depending on where you come from. In Britain it’s even more confusing, because there are 2 different types; one with a shortbread base, topped with a marshmallow dome and covered in a thin layer of chocolate, which are more than an ickle bit scrummy. But they are quite tricky to make, and…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…