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    Little Apple Cakes

    Autumn is on its way which in our house means having masses of apples, so with that in mind I have set about hunting out some great apple recipes – first up are Little Apple Cakes. When I say we have masses of apples, I mean it. We have 2 apple trees, which could be very very old – our cottage is over 500 years old, and although the trees aren’t the same age as the cottage, we’re fairly certain they are older than me – so that’s pretty old! Every year our trees are full. This year has been very dry and hot, so the apples are small, some…

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    Scrummy Rocky Road

    Rocky Road…..Chocolate, Biscuits, Marshmallows, and ANY other sweets and candies that YOU want to add. There are no hard and fast rules about Rocky Road, as long as it has the basic chocolatey base, you really can throw any sweet treat you like at it and it won’t ruin it. I often make Rocky Road for Fairs and Markets, and they are always, without doubt, THE most popular thing on the table. I always make twice as much as anything else, I make them with both Dark and White chocolate, and they always, always sell. The question I get asked a lot is “what’s in them?”, and my standard answer…

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    Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes

    Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes? Are you sure they are Vegan? Really? But they look so ‘normal’!  For various reason, we often get asked to make Eggless and/or Dairy Free cakes. This recipe is a fail safe, easy to make, yummy scummy Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes recipe, which means Dairy Free AND Eggless!  To be honest, if no-one told you these were Vegan, you’d never know it, or believe it, because these Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes are light, fluffy, moist, rich, chocolatey and easy to make – everything a Cupcake should be, with nothing missing in taste and texture.   They do use a spread to add the fat content. My choice of spread is…

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    Tottenham Cake….

    ….just like Percy Ingles makes. To many people, well actually most people, Tottenham Cake and Percy Ingles means nothing, but work or live in the Eastend of London and you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. I worked in Hackney, in London’s East end for over 10 years, and was lucky to regularly enjoy delights from Percy Ingles Bakery, from ‘down the Roman Road’….and wow did they have some yummy delights. Percy Ingles is a household name in Hackney, but step away from the Capital and few people will know what you’re talking about. It is a family bakery with over 50 shops in London and makes a great classic…

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    Chocolate Lovers Fudge Topped Brownie

    It’s getting cold! Summer is very much over, but that’s no reason to be down, oh no……I have something easy and yummy to make you forget about the cold weather and shorter days. Warm and comforting baking is a great way to forget the outside and makes your kitchen smell amazingly scrummy in the process.   This bake is both a comforting Brownie, and decadent easy peasy fudge. Both can be made separately, but hey? Why do that when you can just put both together?  This bake does need a little time to set, so be prepared to wait before you can enjoy the full magic.   Fudge Topped Brownie…

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    Mince Pie Cupcakes

    Flash back 2 years ago when I first bought you the Hint of Christmas Cupcakes….. I have now practiced and perfected this recipe and am happy to present to you Mince Pie Cupcakes….the perfect, lightly spiced fruit cupcake as an alternative to rich fruit Christmas Cake. Ingredients 150gms Softened Unsalted Butter 150gms Caster Sugar 2 Eggs 2tbspns Milk 150gms Self Raising Flour 1tspn Mixed Spice 140gms Good Quality Mincemeat Line a 12 hole cupcake tin with festive cupcake cases. Preheat your oven to 160c/140c fan/ gas mark 3 In a large mixing bowl cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy In a jug beat the eggs and…

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    Its been a while……

    Weeeeell, hello there stranger! How are you? I know, I know, it’s been a while, but you wouldn’t believe how busy I’ve been. Let me give you a quick run-down of what’s been happening since I spoke to you last. My dream of owning my own tea-room and cake shop was screaming louder and louder at me, so on December 4th I handed in my notice from a full-time career, to take a part-time job, which would allow me to spend more time making and selling cakes. I had a month before starting the new job, so as it was coming up to Christmas I thought I’d get some shopping…

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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 recipe card she got through the post and texted it over to me……my Mum may be retired but she is a bit of a techie, and the main form of communication between us is either text or messaging on our iPads. So armed with my 2 text messages (one for…

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    National Cupcake Week

    Did you know this week is National Cupcake Week? Have you rolled up your sleeves and baked anything, or are you more a cupcake purchaser? Whatever your preference, this is the week to indulge in little sponge cake parcels. Cupcakes are great. They are your own personal cake that you don’t have to share, because there is only ever enough for one. They’re easy to make and great to make with your children. In fact they’re great to make with your Mum too, and I think the best times I have in the kitchen has been when me and Mum are baking together. The cupcakes on this post were made…

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    Strawberry Blondes

    Summer appears to have arrived in Surrey…..not sure for how long, but we’re being positive and saying it is NOW summer!   I’m ignoring the small blip of the torrential rain and thundestorm earlier, which I’m calling a ‘summer shower’, as the sun is again shining, the dogs are panting and we’re slowly melting (but not complaining….honest!!) So, with the arrival of summer the supermarkets are now full of bright and colourful soft fruits. Punnets of strawberries, raspberries, peaches and nectarines, blueberries and cherries greet you as you walk into the fruit and veg aisle and invite you to eat healthily.   Of course, after filling the trolly with fruit,…

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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 is frosting for grown-ups, and is close to being put into the category of things I need in life. It should definitely be on everyones list of the 10 food things you HAVE to try!!! Seriously, once you’ve tried it you won’t ever look back. It’s light, its bright, its…

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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 I mean they actually have a diet drink in them, which means you need less sugar (lets forget the butter content eh?) These cakes came at the end of the Diamond Jubilee weekend, where we had had a house full of guests, some with sore heads in the morning and…