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    Christmas Yule Log

    What is more Christmassy than a Chocolate Yule Log? A real showstopping centre piece that is easier to make than you probably think. Want to impress someone with your baking prowess? Well seriously this is the bake to go to. Full of chocolatey goodness, and sweet with lightly whipped buttercream, this is a great festive treat.  Follow the video and learn to bake it like a pro. I’ve gone for the more rustic, christmas look, but you can mix up the decoration with a few fondant snowflakes, or even a natural sprig of holly. This is just my second Video Blog, and I’m sorry about the camera in the top…

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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…

  • The Cake Walk

    The Cake Walk – Isle of Wight Part 5

    The doggies at Firestone Copse Today wasn’t so much of walking to a tearoom, more of a walk AND a tearoom (or two). I had a minor disaster when the memory card in my Blackberry decided to have a hissy fit and I lost some of my pictures, but Hubster came to the rescue as he took lots on his phone AND managed to save some of mine via the power of being a cleverdick techno bod. We started at Firestone Copse with a picnic. The weather actually felt like summer as we ventured down into the forest to Wooton Creek, where the doggies found some muddy water to jump…

  • The Cake Walk

    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…