Finishing Touches

Swiss meringue buttercream

I’ve really started trying to get better at dressing my bakes recently. As a result I have been spending my Sundays playing around with different types of meringue buttercream’s, which has been slow, steady but fun progress. I’ve been using Pinterest and Craftsy to locate recipes and practice which has been great. I’m hoping soon I’ll be able to […]

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Butter Baking

Have you come across the Butter Baking blog before? It’s proper baking inspiration. Natasha bakes and blogs about the most beautiful desserts. Honestly. My mouth waters EVERY TIME I visit her sight. I follow her on Instagram and the photos of her food are perfection. I mean – the cake edges are UNREAL. If you haven’t […]

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Dreaming of Spring

Today I am mostly day-dreaming of Spring. This Sunday just gone, the sun was shining in through the windows for the first time in what felt like forever, and had given me hope that Spring is on it’s way. We were off out to friends for dinner so that morning I baked a bright Spring-esque cake to […]

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Christmas Cake Prep

christmas cake rum lime chocolate

The Christmas cake preparations have begun! This year, I have baked three fruit cakes; (two 6 inch, one 8 inch) filled with lime, rum and raisins in place of the more traditional lemon, citrus peel and brandy. Recipe to follow… but for now I’m all ready to start feeding them for the next few weeks […]

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It’s all about the Chemistry

This week’s attempts at cake decoration… This was a birthday cake with a (loose) Chemistry theme… bunsen burners and equations were shelved due to complexity so basic beakers got the vote. Not my most elegant bake of all time but fun all the same! I have also just signed up to Craftsy.  The buttercream on this […]

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Happy Birthday!

❤ Happy Birthday to my guy ❤ Here’s the  4 layer alternating hazelnut & chocolate sponge with vanilla sponge sandwiched with passion fruit puree and vanilla buttercream that I made for a birthday treat!

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Pan Di Spagna

pan di spagna with vanilla buttercream 3

I found this Italian sponge recipe whilst browsing Pinterest recently and just had to try it. It boasted absolutely no oil, baking powder or butter… just simply eggs, sugar and flour. The original recipe is from AsEasyAsApplePie and I followed the recipe to the letter as I had never made this type of sponge before. […]

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Cinnamon Blueberry Bakes

Blueberry Muffin Traybake

A week of treats for the office meant I needed some new recipes, and fast. These recipes were found on brand new blog (to me!). They worked out just perfectly for a first attempt and I didn’t fiddle with the originals at all. These little Cinnamon Doughnut Muffins from Averie cooks were so cute. They […]

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Chocolate Therapy 

Sometimes, when your day doesn’t go as planned, you just need a refresh. A do-over. A swipe-the-slate-clean moment to bring you back on an even keel for the rest for the day. Baking is my refresh. When I have a day that just doesn’t want to play ball, a couple of hours in the kitchen […]

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Chocolate Eclair

My dessert offering for a Sunday lunch hosted by friends. Choux pastry cases filled generously with double cream whipped with vanilla bean and finished with melted dark chocolate and freeze dried raspberries. (Hopefully they will be) Perfect for after a heavy lunch of roast chicken and all the trimmings.

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