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    Halloween Cupcakes

    Oooooooooo…aaaaaaahhhhhh….arrrrghhhhhhh Are you ready for Halloween?!!! With these incredibly easy Cupcake Decorations you will more than thrill any Trick-or-Treaters that come to your door. Ingredients For each cupcake, you will of course need cupcakes – homebaked from scratch, baked out of a box or shop bought, any will do. Frost each cupcake with buttercream or frosting coloured with orange food colouring Also, prepare some melted chocolate in a piping bag or zip-loc bag with the corner cut off. Spidersweb Cupcakes These need no extra ingredients than those listed above. First, on a piece of greaseproof paper, using the melted chocolate, pipe spiders webs, and spiders. This may take a few…

  • Rocky Road
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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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    150 Muesli Flapjacks

    This recipe is not actually for 150 Muesli Flapjack bars, but it is for some of the easiest flapjack bars ever. Everything is just 150 grams and its baked at 150c. If you remember the name, you’re pretty certain to remember the recipe. My husband has a breakfast problem. 4 years ago he never ate breakfast, now we have so many packets of porridge, muesli, granola, cereals and bars that our cupboard is literally bulging…..seriously, the door won’t actually close. The biggest issue is that our small, kitchen has built in units that the average cereal box won’t fit in, so we have to take all the bags out of…

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    Leftovers Smoothy

    This week, in 32 degree heat, I delivered a 3 tier wedding cake covered in white chocolate ganache. It was a scary moment. Chocolate, especially white chocolate, isn’t happy in any kind of heat, and when it’s wrapped around a wedding cake it kind of turns your heart to fear. However, the lovely staff at the London Wetland and Wildfowl Trust, let me drive my car as close to the wedding room as possible and I hurriedly carried 3 tiers of cake into the cool room with all the windows open. This weeks Wedding couple had designed their cake to not have the usual fondant covering, but wanted something a…

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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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    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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    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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    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 then, seriously, you can do this!!!!!! Firstly, freeze your eggs……NO, NO……..don’t all run down to the local fertility clinic! I mean put your Creme Eggs, Caramel Eggs, or whatever delights you’ve been given this past easter in the freezer for a minimum of 3 hours. They have to be frozen…

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    Creme Egg Chicks

    I always have a problem with chocolate Easter gifts. They usually contain more packaging and air than actual gift. So I have decided to make my easter gifts this year. They still contain a chocolate egg, but I have added value to the egg, rather than giving a gift of primarily cardboard and plastic. You will need: A Cadbury’s Creme Egg (or similar) A ball of marzipan, yellow sugar paste or white ready to roll icing coloured yellow. I’ve used yellow sugar paste. Some chocolate sprinkles An orange jelly diamond (usually found in the baking department of the Supermarket) A small bowl of water and a cotton bud or small…

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    Chocolate Sponge Push Pops

    I attend a few fairs and markets every year, with an offering of cupcakes and biscuits. When I have a table covered in cupcakes, there a are a few things I’m guaranted to see and hear….. * “Oooo, they look too good to eat” to which I always reply, “but cakes are made to be eaten”. * Parents will always, very firmly say “Point to the one you want….don’t touch it!” * “But we haven’t had lunch yet!” usually said by a man when his lady points to the chocolate cupcakes. * “Mummy can you hold this” as a small child passes their parent a cake, minus buttercream, looking slightly…

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    Chocolate Cream Cheese Butter Bars

    This is what you get when 2 worlds collide! Last year, the people of England (well women mainly) were up in arms when their beloved and quintessentially English chocolate brand Cadburys was sold the the US giant Kraft. Terror hit the country as the worry that a bar of Dairy Milk would somehow change in taste and texture, that a Wispa would would no longer be tiny bubbles joined by light milk chocolate, but would somehow be tranformed into a dark Hershey type chocolate. Seriously, the British female population was gripped by fear…… ……but of course there was nothing to worry about. Dairy Milk still tastes like Dairy Milk, a…

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    Please Sir, can I have S’more?

    Most Americans and Canadians will know exactly what I’m talking about when I mention S’more, but if you’re a Brit, like me, chances are you’ll have a ‘huh?’ look on your face. In the UK, we never grew up with the S’mores thing, and in fact I only really heard about it last year, so I was surprised to find out it has real history! I read recently that they first appeared in the Girls Scouts Handbook back in the 1920’s.   The most recent time I saw S’Mores was on The Apron Gal blog, so I have unashamedly stolen the idea and made it British (well with British ingredients).…