• The Cake Walk – Isle of Wight Part 1

    There are a few things in my life I do for fun. 1. Bake and/or eat cake 2. Walk my dogs (Barney the Welsh Springer and Daisy the Black Labrador) with and without the Hubster (preferably with) 3. Clay pigeon shooting Some times I get the opportunity to combine 2 of my fun things, and this week that means walking and eating cake!! We are holidaying in Bonchurch, near Ventnor on the south of the Isle of Wight. I have to confess we didn’t pick the most sensible week as the Isle of Wight Festival is taking place, and it SHOULD be Glastonbury weekend, so the weather is almost guaranteed…

  • Classic Combo No.2 – Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting, in cupcake form….

    ; Today I am continuing my Irregular Series of Classic Combinations. A few posts back, I posted my recipe for Cream Cheese Frosting after I had a eureka moment. From reading many blogs from around the world, it sometimes seems that Cream Cheese Frosting, is the frosting of choice in some parts of America and Canada. It would appear it goes with every type of cake or cupcakes baked. However, back here in blighty (England for my foreign readers), Cream Cheese Frosting is traditionally found on Carrot Cake. Its one of those Laurel and Hardy combinations – just perfect together!! The moistness of a good Carrot Cake, combined with the…

  • 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…