• Always Baked with Love,  baking,  Blog,  Sweets and Goodies

    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…

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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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    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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    Victoria Sandwich for One

    Last year I entered a Victoria Sandwich into a local horticultural competition and was disqualified!! Yep, you read right…..disqualified!! And what was the awful deed I did to be disqualified……..I put buttercream between my layers of sponge and dusted icing sugar on the top. Shock! Horror!!!! The competition was being run according to the Women’s Institute rules, and they don’t allow buttercream or icing sugar…..can you believe that?!! Surely it says in the British constitution that a Victoria Sandwich must have a thick layer of Buttercream between two layers of cake!!! What was particularly gutting was the comments on the cards were all great “lovely moist sponge” ” “nice and…

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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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    Valentine’s Butter Biscuits

    Happy Valentines Day!! Did you get a card? Was it from a secret admirer? The love of your life? Or someone you’d rather not have received it from? So far today there has been no post, no knock on the door from the florist or chocolate delivery guy, no little jewellery box found hidden in conveniently romantic spot, so…..suffice to say, I did not get a card or Valentines gift. But I’m not upset….after 27 years with the love of my life, we see the commercial side of Valentines as a small waste of cash. But that’s not to say I don’t find the giving and receiving of cards unromantic,…

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    Lemon Cupcakes

    I love cupcakes!! They are my favourite type of cake to make. Everything about them makes me happy: choosing flavours, designing new recipes, choosing the cases, deciding on the frosting, decorating them, and above all eating them. Cupcakes allow you to have your own little cake, that you don’t have to share, and that’s been baked and decorated just for you!! This week I had an order of Baby Shower Cupcakes to make. Vanilla sponge with yellow and white frosting, sprinkled with edible glitter and topped with handmade babies dummy. As the theme was yellow and white, and I knew I would have some spare frosting (well you just know…

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    Naturally Pink Cupcakes

      Valentines is on its way….the more sceptical amongst you may think its just another way the card and gift manufacturers get you to part with your hard earned cash, and in many ways I agree. However, I also feel that its a way of making you stop and truly appreciate the loved ones in your lives, and I don’t just mean your significant others. For many many years, before he was sadly taken from us, I would send my Great Uncle, or as we all knew him, Unc, a Valentines card. And I would always get one back. My Unc was better than any grandfather. He was a personality…

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    The Egg-stra Sunday Supplement

    Well, what a week. The New Year is certainly up and running. So to recap: We’ve had Raspberry and Chocolate Cupcake Bakes And Individual Cakes in a Cup Next week…..drum roll please, I’m hoping to bring you Diet Coke Chicken, and Vanilla and Beetroot Cupcakes. But I’m apologising now if that doesn’t happen because I’m off to work in Bournemouth for the week, and I can’t guarantee the hotel will have wifi! Since starting this blog, I have become obsessed with other food blogs. I’ve got hundreds (if not hundreds then definitely loads and loads) of blogs on my reader and it has become an enjoyable habit to sit down…

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    Raspberry and Chocolate Cupcake Bakes

    It’s not just food, it’s M&S food……. Anyone who has lived for more than 10 minutes in the UK will know that strap line. And let’s be honest, as far as ‘supermarket’ food goes, Marks and Spencer is THE best! However………….   Let me set the scene: We have a weekend ritual in our house. No matter how busy we are we always have a 15 minutes sit down. We make sure it’s warm in the conservatory, and we sit down, with the dogs at our feet (or on the sofa next to us), with a good mug of British tea and an ickle sweet treat. In our house, it’s…

  • Cakes,  Recipes - tried and tested,  Sweets and Goodies

    Is it a cake?…..Is it a chocolate?…..

    YEP, it’s BOTH!!! Chocolate Cake Truffles! I predict 99% of people like chocolate cake! I like it. I’m not a lover of it, in fact, if there was a Chocolate Fudge Cake and a Victoria Sponge in front of me, I’d go with the Victoria Sponge every time. But if there was only Chocolate Fudge on offer I wouldn’t say no! BUT, put a Chocolate Cake Truffle in front of me and it would be gone in a flash! Christmas is mad in our family….and I mean mad!!! We have our big family Christmas on Boxing Day, so everyone can see in-laws on Christmas Day. For about 30 minutes on…