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Rich Christmas Fruitcake

Rich Christmas fruitcake packed full of rum soaked fruit. Make in advance and feed regularly with rum, whiskey, brandy or sherry

So it is somehow December already and I have done no Christmas shopping or planning whatsoever; I wont be hosting Christmas lunch (my house is essentially a building site at the moment) but I do need to make dessert and some Christmassy nibbles. I did manage to be organised enough to bake a rich Christmas fruitcake last week though; I haven’t yet decided how I want to decorate it but I’ve got a few weeks left to come up with something. (more…)

Chocolate Glazed Black Cat Doughnuts

chocolate glazed black cat doughnuts - delicious, soft, chocolate glazed fried yeasted doughnuts with super cute cat face designs

I made these super cute chocolate glazed black cat doughnuts to take to a Halloween party on Saturday, but really their appeal is not just limited to Halloween; omit the black food colouring and you have a brown cat doughnut; omit the cat design altogether and you are left with a delicious, soft, chocolate glazed ring doughnut. (more…)

Mini Bleeding Heart Halloween Cakes

Mini red velvet layer cakes with ermine frosting topped with a bleeding heart and ganache 'blood'; perfect for Halloween

I haven’t had as much fun in the kitchen in a long time as I had making these mini bleeding heart Halloween cakes; yes I am still trying to clean the food colouring off my hands and worktops but it was a fun and almost therapeutic craft project. The hearts are the brainchild of Lily Vanilli, an incredibly talented baker and author who originally designed the hearts as an anti-valentines cake. I thought they would be great for Halloween and would look even more impressive placed on top of mini red velvet layer cakes with a cascade of ganache ‘blood’ down the side. (more…)

Crumble Topped Pumpkin Spice Cake

Crumble topped pumpkin spice cake - super moist, soft, spiced pumpkin cake with a crunchy crumble topping; easy to make and so delicious!

I was initially dreading the end of Summer but it has to be said that there are some appealing aspects to Autumn – the pretty coloured leaves, big jumpers, Halloween, hot (alcoholic) drinks, soup, but most of all the warmly spiced baked goods. I love using spices in baking, and while I do use them year round, it feels so much more appropriate to be heavy handed with them in Autumn and Winter. Lately the internet has exploded with all things pumpkin, and not wanting to be left out I jumped on the bandwagon and baked this crumble topped pumpkin spice cake. (more…)

Meringue Bone Palace Halloween Cake

meringue bone palace halloween cake - moist chocolate cake filled with vanilla swiss meringue buttercream and raspberry jam covered in meringue bones with berry coulis blood on the side

So now it’s October (how already?!) I think it’s acceptable to start posting Halloween things. I love coming up with Halloweeny bakes, it’s a chance to let my gothic creativity run wild and I have so many ideas that there’s no way I’ll be able to make them all. I actually made this cake a couple of weeks ago but have been waiting till October to post it; I wasn’t quite sure what to call it – meringue bone garden? Pile? Graveyard? In the end I went with palace but any of the former would fit. Basically it’s a chocolate cake filled with vanilla swiss meringue buttercream and raspberry jam, covered in meringue bones with berry coulis ‘blood’ on the side. (more…)

Hokkaido Milk Bread Hot Cross Bun Loaf

Hokkaido milk bread hot cross bun loaf, perfect for Easter - Domestic Gothess

The best part about any holiday or celebration is the food, and more specifically, the baked goods; cakes and breads feels so much more special if you only consume them once a year. My favorite Easter bake is hot cross buns, though I do also love Simnel cake, but I have a particularly weak spot for sweet enriched breads. I generally bake at least one batch of hot cross buns around Easter time every year; I decided to do something a little different this year though and baked a hot cross bun loaf using my hokkaido milk bread recipe as the base. (more…)

Mini Nutella Stuffed Chocolate Chunk Skillet Cookie For Two

Mini nutella stuffed chocolate chunk skillet cookie for two - the perfect indulgent Valentines day dessert.

You wont catch me dead in a restaurant on Valentines day, as much as I enjoy eating out it really has to be the worst day of the year to do so – the overcrowding, the predictable, overpriced set menus, the air of awkward forced romance… No, a delicious meal at home with a bottle of wine (and/or some cocktails) is where it’s at; although what with having not one but two birthday parties to attend the day before Valentines, in all likelihood my partner and I will both be too tired and hungover to want to cook… but if anyone happens to want to come cook for us then this mini nutella stuffed chocolate chunk skillet cookie is what I want for dessert. (more…)

Strawberries & Cream Lindor Truffle Brownies

Strawberries and cream Lindor truffle brownies - dense, fudgy brownies with pieces of Lindor truffle, perfect for Valentines Day

Valentines day is fast approaching and while I have no plans to celebrate it personally (I’m not single, we just don’t really do Valentines), I will happily take any excuse to do a spot of baking, especially when said baking involves copious amounts of chocolate… So I made brownies, because a warm, gooey brownie topped with a generous dollop of ice cream would be my Valentines day dessert of choice. These brownies are elevated beyond regular brownie territory by the addition of  strawberries and cream flavoured Lindor truffles, which meld with the dense, fudgy brownie, creating pockets of strawberry and cream flavour. (more…)

Baileys Cheesecake With Baileys Ganache & A Flat White Martini

Baileys Irish Cream cheesecake with gingersnap crust & Baileys ganache and recipe for a Flat White Martini - Domestic Gothess I’ve always felt like New Years Eve falls too soon after Christmas; by that point I’ve had enough of celebrating and socialising and just want to hibernate for about a month with a duvet, stack of films and a supply of Christmas chocolates… And I certainly don’t want to go out to a packed bar or club with an hour long wait to get drinks; parties at home with friends are definitely my preferred form of celebrating. So I shall be doing just that for this New Years, though not at my own home, which is probably best as I wouldn’t want to have to clean up the next day! (more…)

Apple And Mincemeat Filo Wreath

Festive apple and mincemeat filo pastry strudel wreath - Domestic GothessChristmas is only a few days away now and I’m still not feeling festive…this is due in part to the fact that we don’t have a Christmas tree or any decorations up this year; we are in the process of renovating our house so it’s in a bit of a state and there was nowhere to put the tree. I intend to make up for it next year when the house is finished by going overboard with the decorations… I’m sure I will be in the Christmas spirit come Christmas day, which we are spending with a group of friends, and then Boxing Day will be spent with family. I am on dessert duty for both occasions (what a surprise!) and am planning on making chilled desserts that I can prepare the day beforehand as I wont be in my kitchen to bake anything on the day. So I wont be making this apple and mincemeat filo wreath as it needs to be eaten fresh from the oven (although I am partial to a slice of it cold, the following morning for breakfast). (more…)

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