Hello Autumn: Maple & Pecan Cupcakes

Hello Autumn & National Cupcake Week Over the past few days, my attention has been taken by an adorably cute, black Labrador puppy, but with autumn officially in swing and a few days remaining of National Cupcake Week, I just had to post a recipe for some autumnal flavoured cupcakes. Of all the national and…

GBBO September Recipe: Viennese Whirls

In keeping with last night’s episode of the GBBO, I’m going to start this month with the recipe from my calendar – Viennese Whirls. It was a bittersweet feeling when I saw this recipe. I love these particular sandwich biscuits, but they’re biscuits and that’s not a strength of mine when it comes to baking….

GBBO August Recipe: Frangipane Tart

With the return of the Great British Bake Off last night (and being the end of the month), it seemed appropriate to make the August recipe on my calendar and this month was the turn of the frangipane tart. I’ve made mini frangipane tarts before when I was trying to mimic my Grandma’s recipe, but…

Maple & Pecan Flapjacks

As mentioned in my last post, I also entered the flapjack round in the Mid-Somerset Show. Flapjacks is one of those bakes where I feel everyone has different preferences – plain, half dipped in chocolate or with a fruity addition, crumbly, soft or crunchy on top, the variations could go on. Now I didn’t place…

‘It’s A Boy’ Baby Shower Cake & Cupcakes

For the last few weeks I’ve been busy planning and preparing for one of my biggest cake challenges yet. A friend asked me to bake a cake and 24 cupcakes for a baby shower. Although the shower coincided with the Mid-Somerset Show (which I also entered) I felt like I was ready for this baking…

Earl Grey & Lemon Cupcakes

Earl grey isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but it certainly is mine. With a slice of lemon or a dash of milk, earl grey is refreshing taste. It’s becoming more popular to add all sorts of flavoured teas into cupcakes, so I thought I would give it a go. I picked the Tesco recipe as…

Pimm’s® Cupcakes

When the sun is out and Wimbledon is on the telly, you need either strawberries and cream or an ice cold glass of Pimm’s®. So with the all-important finals ready to take place on Centre Court, I decided to bake some Pimm’s® cupcakes. I saw this recipe in the June/July issue of Baking Heaven magazine…

GBBO July Recipe: White Chocolate Butterscotch Blondies

It’s July! A busy month for me full of birthdays including mine. So to kick off this month I thought I would start with the indulgent recipe from my GBBO calendar, white chocolate butterscotch blondies. Quick and easy to make, this recipe had only one tricky aspect which was evenly spreading the mixture into the…

Strawberry Crumble Cake

Now that we’re in the qualifying stage of Wimbledon, everyone is getting excited about who will be in those all-important finals. Fashion companies are advertising their ‘Wimbledon Whites’ and supermarkets are pushing the plastic picnic jugs and bottles of Pimms. Now I’m not a fan of tennis, but that won’t stop me from indulging in…

Naked Lemon & Raspberry Layer Cake

I love to bake birthday cakes. It’s a chance for me to get even more creative, bake bigger and better and try out new skills. This week was my best friend’s birthday and after a short conversation about cake flavours, I knew I would be baking something lemony. I really wanted the cake to be…

Salted Peanut Butter Brownies

Being one of the main taste testers of my bakes, my dad often has something to say and it’s usually along the lines of ‘less icing next time please’. Occasionally though, he will flick through one of my foodie magazines left on the coffee table and make noises about recipes he would like me to…

Profiteroles

With dad in France admiring classic cars, mum and I are spending a few days at home which means a stack of DVDs to watch, home style salon and a selection of naughty treats. Today’s recipe was the technique challenge from the May issue of Delicious magazine. As soon as I saw it, I knew…