Raspberry red velvet cake

Made this rich, decadent beauty from ‘Cool Layer Cakes’ by Ceri Olofson and adapted the recipe a little, as V and I aren’t fans of marzipan. Turned out beautiful and moist, and is lasting us all week šŸ™‚ Serves 20+ (slice the cake thinly, as it is extremely rich and portions do not need to…

Ghostie meringues

Here’s a quick and super easy bake for Halloween šŸ™‚ (I originally wanted to make them marshmallow-filled, but I couldn’t get my hands on any suitable sized/shaped ones for this occasion) This is just a simple vanilla meringue*, piped and baked at 100C for 40 minutes, then decorated with melted chocolate. I used the end…

Chocolate fridge bites

Super quick recipe that requires no equipment other than a measuring cup of sorts (I used a small mug), a microwave, and a spoon. These were so delicious (though very naughty – definitely a special treat type of thing!), and went down very quickly at homeĀ šŸ™‚ Choose any fillings that you have lying around, just…

Passion Fruit Meringue Pie

If you’re looking for a little twist on your lemon meringue pie classic, this one’s the perfect way to jazz things up. Best enjoyed on a warm summer’s evening, preferably in the garden, and preferably with a class of Pimm’s to hand… For this dessert, I used a mix of Mary Berry’s pastry case, the…

Mango Upside-Down Cake (with cardamom cream)

We had really ripe mangoes at home that needed to be eaten, so this is what came out of that. I used the all-in-one cake method, making this is such an easy recipe. It’s really delicious, and I hope you enjoy it as much as we did šŸ™‚ Update: on making this cake again, I…

(Dairy-free) Strawberry milk

A perfect summer drink, recommended if you have particularly ripe & sweet strawberries šŸ™‚ Ingredients: Handful strawberries (5-6) Rice milk Vanilla bean paste Agave nectar (optional, best used with non-ripe strawberries) Method: (Serves 1) Halve strawberries into a jug. Cover the strawberries with rice milk until almost or just covered. (On my jug, I got…

Coffee & walnut macarons

For a special birthday lastĀ Tuesday (happy birthday Bev!) I made a gluten-free coffee and walnut cake with a coffee buttercream, water-ganache rosettes, fresh walnuts, and coffee-and-walnut macarons (also filled with the water-ganache). I used Nigella’s recipe (found here x), with a few little tweaks such as using gluten-free self-raising flour, and using more coffeeĀ granules. Firstly,…

Mint-chocolate birthday cake

Sorry for my absence, life has been incredibly busy recently, but hopefully will be back to regular posting from henceforth (fingers crossed!). Here’s a recipe to kickstart my return back to WordPress – my little sister’s mint chocolate chip 4 layer birthday cake, for her 16th! I’ll leave theĀ link here XĀ for the recipe and video…

Lemon & blueberry cream cupcakes

These were a big crowd-pleaser at home, inspired by a recipe I saw in Martha Stewart’sĀ cupcake book, and one for those who find your average cupcake icing too sweet. Plus, it’s got fruit in it, so it’s healthy… right? Ingredients: Cupcake batter: 150g caster sugar 150g unsalted butter 3 eggs 150g self-raising flour zest of…

Berry blondies

Man oh man, these were salivation-worthy. Quite often, white chocolate baked goods can turn out too sweet, or not tasteĀ of white chocolate. But by using all of my dried berry powders, which are quite earthy and not at all sweet, itĀ counterbalanced the sweetness of the white chocolate, and by drizzling melted chocolate over at the…

Arctic Power Berries appreciation post

After searching extensively online for some decent berry powders to use in my baking (mainly to flavourĀ macaron shells and meringues) I stumbled across these Arctic Power BerriesĀ on Instagram and checked them out.Ā I was pretty impressed by their somewhat unusual flavours (seabuckthorn to mention one), decent prices (considering the equivalent amount of fresh berries you getĀ perĀ pot),…

Rice cakes 3 ways

Just a few things I’ve eaten this week (on my healthy spree) Ā that I thought were pretty good, and might give any rice cake fiends an idea or two šŸ™‚ 1) RICE CAKES WITH SMOKY AVO-MASH In a bowl, mash together: 1 small avocado 1 spring onion, finely sliced few leaves of chopped coriander garlic…