• 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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).…

  • Cream Cheese Frosting

    Cream Cheese Frosting….easy?! You’d think so eh? After all it’s a basic frosting, so it should be easy! But for ages – and I mean ages and ages – I was totally incapable of making a Cream Cheese Frosting without buttery lumps in it, didn’t slide right off of the cake, or wasn’t so sweet it made your teeth ache just looking at it! But then a couple of months ago, I made another attempt at it, and I cracked it! I made some great Cream Cheese Frosting. So I wrote down the instructions, to make sure I always made great Cream Cheese Frosting. Yay….easy after all!! But then, a…

  • Salted Caramel with White Chocolate…..was meant to be Salted Caramac

    There was a series of events that happened this week, which lead to this post: 1. I was home alone with full control of the TV remote 2. This meant I could watch The Brits without any tutting from the hubster 3. This made me feel intensely old…..for 2 reasons. Firstly I didn’t know half the artists because they are bright young things, and secondly the Lifetime Achievement Award went to one of my all time fave bands, Blur. They were first in the charts whilst I was at college – thus I am old!! Aside: I also fell in love with Adele – the woman girl is awesome!! 4.…

  • Pancake Stack with Lemon Sugar Syrup

    Today is a very important day…..very important!! Last week, on February 14th, I saw a Facebook status from one of my good friends saying “forget Valentines Day, this time next week it’s Pancake Day!!” and here it is!! For readers in America, you’re probably thinking, so what, we have pancakes every day for breakfast. Well here in England, we save our pancakes for a very special day, and today is it – Shrove Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday, where tradition (and the Christian religion) states you abstain for Lent, which is the 47 days until Easter Sunday. Over the years I have given up many things for Lent: Sweets,…

  • White Chocolate Marshmallow Cups

    I’m very proud to be British, and why wouldn’t I be? Reasons I love being British: A good cup of Tea Victoria Sponge A Royal Family giving us extra holiday days last year and this The British music scene and Glastonbury Festival Digestives, Bourbons and Custard Cream biscuits Eastenders – enough to make anyone feel grateful for their lives A variety of weather we can talk about The full English breakfast (although I forgo the black pudding) and a good Sunday roast! I’m not saying its all great….we also have the boredom of the Premier League, Marmite and Jaffa Cakes but never mind…… However, sometimes I read blogs, written by…

  • Christmas Treats

    This week has been busier than I could ever believe. Sunday was spent bringing Christmas to the Daisy Cake household. The Tree was put up, the presents were wrapped, the cards were written but…….. since then I feel like I have totally ignored that fact that Christmas is happening. UNTIL TODAY, when I realised it’s only 2 days away….EEEEEEEK!! I promised sweet treats for friends and family, and so have prepared some of my No Thermometre Chocolate Fudge in both white and milk chocolate, and have made Real Hot Chocolate and Chocolate and Peppermint Creams. There is nothing better than real Hot Chocolate, and by that I mean real chocolate…