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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chocolate eggs

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

Chocolate easter and spring season cake. Two layer chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream filling and green grass topping frosting decorations with eggs 5

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Top baking posts of 2016

Friday is usually the day for a new recipe. But, for my last post of the year, I thought I’d revisit the five recipe posts which proved most popular in 2016.

Counting down to the most popular…

5. Shredded Wheat chocolate nests – with golden syrup and mini eggs!

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Top baking posts of 2015

Happy New Year!

Friday is usually the day for a new recipe. But, for my first post of 2016, I thought I’d revisit the five recipe posts which proved most popular in 2015.

Counting down to the most popular…

5. Maltesers rocky road. Such an easy, no-bake recipe. Make your own chocolate bars!

Maltesers chocolate rocky road pictures for 2015 best of
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Recipe | Chocolate Butterfly Cakes

These are cute, delicious and easy to make! Growing up we called them “butterfly buns” but today I guess they’d be “cupcakes”?

Chocolate butterfly buns cupcakes photo

These are a variation on other butterfly cake recipes I’ve featured. Scroll down to the bottom of this post for links to those!

Ingredients (makes 12 cupcakes)

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Recipe | Banana and peanut butter muffins

A perfect breakfast muffin. Satisfyingly chewy and not overly sweet.

(Also good for using up over-ripe bananas and excess peanut butter).

Banana and peanut butter muffins stack

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Recipe | Chocolate fudge cake with chocolate buttercream frosting

Chocolate fudge cake with chocolate buttercream icing finished view from sideI’m gradually making good on my “fantastic idea” to make all the cakes which pop up in my first novel, Art and Soul. This week it’s chocolate fudge cake, which is the favourite of Becky, my main character.

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Recipe | Cute Butterfly Cupcakes – perfect for kids of all ages

A childhood classic perfect for kids of all ages. Butterfly cupcakes are easy to make and versatile.

Pink and yellow butterfly cupcakes

Butterfly cupcakes before dusting with icing sugar

Ingredients (makes 12 cupcakes and 1 spare if you’re lucky!)

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Recipe | Viennese Biscuits – delicate and delicious!

Christmas. Someone opens the posh biscuit selection tin. The Viennese fingers always disappear first.

Viennese finger biscuits - the perfect companion to a cup of tea

Viennese finger biscuits – perfect with a cup of tea

That’s because they are melt-in-the-mouth gorgeous. They have a delicate vanilla flavour and crumble easily.

I got the recipe from one of my trusty books: Sweet and Savoury bites by Jane Price. I’ve made a couple of small changes to her method – mostly to make things easier and reduce washing up!

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Recipe | Red velvet cake with white chocolate buttercream icing

Yesterday, in celebration of World Baking Day 2015 (who knew?!), I tried to make red velvet cake. For my first ever attempt, the cake turned out great – fluffy and delicious – but sadly, not very red.

Red velvet cake with white chocolate buttercream icing and filling

Red velvet cake with white chocolate buttercream icing and filling

As you can see from the pictures, the cake has a reddish tinge, but it’s not the deep red I was hoping for. This was entirely my fault. I didn’t read the recipe properly when buying red food dye and so didn’t buy enough – turns out you need A LOT.

Anyway, it still tastes great!

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Recipe | Diane’s delights

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This is a very sweet treat that you can buy everywhere in Northern Ireland (where my mum and the recipe comes from), although I’ve never seen it anywhere else. Let me know if you have!

Ingredients

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