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    Perfect Buttercream

    The Essential Guide to Perfect Buttercream Frosting Do you whizz up some butter and icing sugar for frosting, but it’s just not right? Do you see photos of cupcakes on Instagram with sugar filled clouds on top and wish your Buttercream was as light and airy? Well, here is my Video and Blog Tutorial for Buttercream 101.  Buttercream, the easiest frosting in the world to make. However, whilst anyone can make it, not everyone can make it well. When made properly, just 2 ingredients can be transformed into the most delicious cake condiment. Eating it should make angels sing, unicorns fly by, and rainbows light up the sky. However, when…

  • Cinnamon Apple Tea Cake
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    Cinnamon Apple Tea Cake

    New Year, New Comfort Food Is it just me or is January a little sad? The fun of Christmas is over and it’s a loooong time till the next holiday. But January is a time for preparing for a whole new year. So this post is all about the year ahead for The Daisy Cake Cookbook whilst enjoying some comforting Cinnamon Apple Tea Cake. Just before Christmas I tried my hand at some video blog posts, with Brownie Christmas Trees and a Festive Yule Log. They still need a bit of refining, but I loved the idea of being able to talk you through some of my best recipes. I…

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    Cranberry Flapjacks

    Haven’t got much time this winter? Looking for something nice and easy to make after the hecticness (is that even a word?) has died down?    Looking for an easy but scrummy recipe to bake? Then this recipe is perfect for you! Our delicious Cranberry Flapjacks are quick and easy to make and perfect if you haven’t got much time on your hands. They are packed with juicy dried cranberries and baked to perfection. Cranberry Flapjacks Ingredients: 110g Brown Sugar 110g Butter 1 Large Tbsp Golden Syrup 285g Porridge Oats 100g Dried Cranberries (or any other dried fruit you fancy – chopped dates are also a great option) Splash of…

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    Cake Chocolate

        Now I know you may think the title of this post is a typo….Cake Chocolate? Surely that should say Chocolate Cake…..well, actually NO!!! This is one of the easiest recipes ever!! FACT!! What makes this recipe so easy is using an ingredient which has already been mixed. I promise I haven’t lost my mind, but this recipe includes shop bought cake mix. Huh? Really?????……..yup, really!! You did read that right……. shop     bought     cake     mix!!!   I know, I know, but haven’t you all got enough to do over Christmas without making treat making more complicated than needs be? You’ll thank me for…

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    Easy Peasy Choccie Fudge

    Sweets and Confectionary are notoriously hard to make. Recipes usually involve a confectionary thermometre, use phrases such as Hard Ball, Soft Ball and Hard Crack, and end up with molten sugar, capable of melting concrete! As someone who bakes regularly and is comfortable with a long recipe, they even scare the bejeezus out of me…..although I still give them a go, and have several burn scars to prove it! So, when I discovered this easy peasy recipe I couldn’t help but share it with you all!   There are several versions around the internet, including one on Carnations website – but this is my version. Chocolate Fudge doesn’t get any…

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    After Dinner Mint Chocolate Cookies

    I have just burnt my tongue!!!!! These cookies looked and smelt so good coming out of the oven, that I shoved one in my mouth and now have singed taste buds…..but it was SO worth it!! What is not to like about baking cookies? They’re quick, easy, don’t need any paraphernalia, and make your house smell yum!! And add to all of the above,  raw cookie dough is one of my all time faves to steal direct from the bowl!!! Biscuits and Cookies are widely thought of in as being in the same baking category, and I suppose, the way the start as a dough, they are. But, the Traditional…

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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…