Recipe | Raspberry and coconut cupcakes

A bright swirl of raspberry buttercream is a great finishing touch to these raspberry and coconut cupcakes.

How to make raspberry and coconut cupcakes with raspberry buttercream frosting simple recipe uk

The last recipe I’ll post for a while featuring raspberries (promise!). One bonus of this one is that it allows you to use fresh or frozen raspberries. The original recipe for these raspberry and coconut cupcakes comes from the BBC goodfood website.

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Recipe | Raspberry cupcakes with orange sugar drizzle

The orange sugar drizzle is the perfect topping for these simple raspberry cupcakes.

Easy fresh raspberry cupcakes with orange drizzle recipe

My parents grow raspberries and had a huge crop this year. This is my excuse for featuring a raspberry cupcake recipe this week and next. Apologies to those who don’t like the flavour or cakes with any “bits” in them! The original recipe for these raspberry and orange sugar drizzles cupcakes comes from the BBC goodfood website.

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Recipe | Snickers no bake cheesecake

Inspired by Snickers bars (still “Marathon” to some of us!), this no bake cheesecake is a a decadent combination of chocolate, caramel and peanut.

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All credit for this recipe goes to the lovely Jane over at Jane’s Patisserie. She is a cheesecake genius and her website features over forty cheesecake recipes. Make sure you check it out!

Following some suggestions from Jane, I made a couple of changes to her recipe. She has all sorts of helpful ideas as to how to make the recipe even more peanutty, so take a look at her original recipe if that’s what you’re after.

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Recipe | Orange sweetie cake

Soft sponge cake with a subtle orange colour and flavour, covered with white icing and all your favourite sweets!

Orange sweetie tray bake cake easy uk recipe with white icing and haribo

This is a simple sponge tray bake recipe with orange zest and colour to give it some extra zing. The best bit is obviously the topping. Use whatever sweets you like. If you’re not a fan of Haribo or dolly mixtures, you could stick to chocolate, hundreds and thousands or other sugar sprinkles. A very easy tray bake which will go over well with kids of all ages.

I found the original recipe – Sweetie Tray Bake – at GoodtoKnow, where the cake is topped with melted white chocolate instead of water icing: another good option!

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Recipe | White chocolate and strawberry heart truffles

White chocolate and strawberry heart truffles: small bites of deliciousness.

UK white chocolate strawberry heart shaped truffles easy recipe

After a long break from baking, I’m back with something a little different: white chocolate and strawberry heart truffles. This recipe comes from a recent Tesco’s magazine (I didn’t take a note of which month, but I suspect it was February 2017).

Making the white chocolate truffle mixture is easy, although cutting out the hearts can be fiddly. But all-in-all it’s worth the effort because the final result are small bits of deliciousness!

Ingredients (makes 20 – 40 heart truffles depending on how thick you pour the slab): Continue reading

Easter baking and spring recipe ideas, featuring mini eggs and lots of chocolate!

Rather than post a new recipe this week, here’s a round-up of a few recipes which are ideal for Easter and/or to celebrate the arrival of spring.

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4. Double chocolate Easter cake with chocolate buttercream and mini eggs

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Recipe | Lemon drizzle cupcakes

These lemon drizzle cupcakes are just about perfect.

Baking with kids lemon drizzle cupcakes uk

These lemon drizzle cupcakes are light and fluffy while also moist and tangy. They’re just about perfect and very easy to make.

I adapted the recipe from Mary Berry’s lemon drizzle traybake recipe. So if you want to make a bigger cake, you might want to take a look at Mary’s original recipe.

Ingredients

  • 4 oz / 115 g butter at room temperature or baking margarine straight from the fridge
  • 4 oz / 115 g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • Finely-grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 level teaspoon baking powder
  • 5 oz / 140 g self-raising flour, sifted

For the glaze

  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 3 oz / 85 g granulated or caster sugar

Method

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Recipe | Chocolate and hazelnut snaps

Crunchy hazelnut brittle, dipped in rich dark chocolate.

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After making chocolate, almond and white chocolate brownies last week, I’m staying with the same cookbook this week for these chocolate hazelnut snaps – Chocolate (Australian Gourmet Traveller).

I’m not going to lie to you, these aren’t the easiest things to make. Putting together the ingredients is simple, it’s the baking stage where things get tricky. Make sure you have plenty of greaseproof baking paper ready, cut into sheets the size of your baking trays.

That said, the end result it worth the effort. The lattice structure looks impressive, but it develops in the oven. All you have to do is drop balls of the mixture onto a baking tray… chemistry does the rest!

Ingredients (makes approx. 40 chocolate hazelnut snaps): Continue reading

Recipe | Chocolate and vanilla marble loaf cake

This marble cake is a tasty mixture of chocolate and vanilla with the bonus of a pretty swirl.

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I found this recipe for chocolate and vanilla marble cake here, on Pretty. Simple. Sweet (thank you!). The pictures over there are a heck of a lot better than mine! It’s been dark and gloomy round these parts recently, which doesn’t make for good photos.

I used a loaf tin, but there’s no reason you couldn’t use another shape of baking tin.

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Recipe | Easy lemon cupcakes with lemon buttercream icing

Delicate, fluffy lemon cupcakes with lemon buttercream icing.

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Still avoiding chocolate in the post-festive period, this week I’ve made easy lemon cupcakes. These are so simple to make using the most basic of sponge recipes plus some lemon zest. The buttercream swirl helps to make them a little more exciting! Perfect for every occasion from afternoon tea to the school bake sale. Wait! There’s more. Click for the recipe and more lovely pics!