Chocolate and Whiskey Cake

Chocolate and Whiskey Cake

When I asked my husband what he would like for his birthday cake this year, he thought about it for a bit and then said “Can it have two layers please?” After further consideration he added that chocolate plus one other flavour would also be nice. As you can tell he is pretty easy to…

Orange and Dark Chocolate Muffins Recipe - Dairy free

Orange and Dark Chocolate Muffins

These muffins were a happy discovery.  This is the third batch I’ve made in two weeks!  They came in to being as a way of using up left over mixed peel from a chocolate pan forte I made at Christmas time.  They got gobbled up so fast I’ve now had to buy more peel! Make…

Banana and Peanut Butter Swirl Muffins Recipe

Banana and Peanut Butter Swirl Muffins

In the last couple of weeks I’ve started a couple of crochet projects which have not turned out quite right.  I’ve also burnt my arm (fat from the frying pan) and got a few nasty blisters, despite standing with it under the cold tap for what felt like eons.  So I have been in need…

Honey and Lemon Cake Recipe!  Pistachios optional. :)

Honey and Lemon Cake

I have been struggling recently with finishing my projects. There’s a few reasons why – for starters I seem to have started a few longer projects at once. The other thing is, I am currently experimenting with some lace weight yarn, and I’m getting a lot of wrist ache. I had to stop for a…

Super Easy Chocolate and Vanilla Mix Muffins

Chocolate and Vanilla Muffins

It’s confession time. These muffins didn’t exactly turn out the way I had planned. I wasn’t even going to blog them but then my husband said that they were “the best muffins you’ve ever made”.    Well, I’ve made a lot of cakes in my time, and he has eaten even more, so this is high…

Festive Chocolate Mudcake recipe

Festive Chocolate Mudcake

This should really be called the “how not to panic that you forgot to make the Christmas cake back in September now what can I do instead that will make it look deliberate” cake.  But that seemed like too long a title. If you aren’t a fan of dark fruit cake then this may be…

Sweet crunchy topping, moist cake... yum!

Apple and Blackberry Crumble Cake

I love blackberries so it is hard to resist buying them when they come in to the shops.  Crumbles are always yummy, but it’s been so hot recently that they don’t really appeal.  A slice of cake with a scoop of vanilla ice cream however, does! Recipe: For the cake: 120g butter 100g sugar 3…

No pictures of the inside of this one... it didn't last long enough!

Chocolate Mousse Cake

Confession time:  this recipe is not actually mine!  I tweaked the original (from Green and Blacks Chocolate Recipes) by using regular dark chocolate, rather than Maya Gold (orange and spices flavoured) simply because I also had strawberries to serve on the side, and I thought plain would work better.  It turned out amazing and so…

Zingy Lemon Cakes

Luscious Lemon Cakes

I love having friends round for dinner.  Last weekend I rustled up one of my favourite Gino D’Acampo recipes; Lemon and Sage Chicken. I don’t know why supermarkets only sell unwaxed lemons in batches; I suppose it is because they know you will buy more if you need one.  I briefly entertained the thought of…

Too good to eat?

Easter Bunting Cake

I love this coffee and walnut cake.  It’s a Delia Smith recipe, and I’ve made it many times as it always turns out gorgeous!  If you can’t eat nuts, try substituting milk choc chips. This year I have decided to make this cake for Easter and decorate it accordingly.  I don’t often go in for…

Ready to eat

Chocolate Loaf with Prunes and Choc Chips

Yes, I’ve been baking again.  I couldn’t help myself!  Chocolate cake is too easy and tasty to resist. I have made this loaf cake before and it went down very well with some friends, but unfortunately I didn’t write down what I did.  So this time I kept track of how much of everything I…

Double Glazed Apple and Lemon Cake

We went away for the weekend with a whole group of students and 20’s, which was great fun.  At the end there was left over food and after the students had pinched all the tea, cereal, and chocolate spread I was left with a near bushel of apples.  I also came home to a bag…

Chocolate Mudcake

We had some friends visiting last weekend and I wanted to bake something in advance for us to have as dessert so I wouldn’t spend the whole time in the kitchen.  I was pretty busy finishing off the advent calendar I was making so I turned to this old favourite recipe of mine which I…

Banana and Orange Loaf

I mentioned it was my husband’s birthday last week; well I think it’s a tradition in most offices to take in cakes on your birthday.  He asked if I would mind baking him some to take in and of course I said I would!  There were about 30 to feed so I made a batch…