Halloween Two-Tone Rose Red Velvet Cupcakes

rose red velvet cupcakes

I like Halloween (being a gothess I suppose that’s a given!), but i prefer the more elegant side as opposed to the gory one – deep colours, vampires, witches etc. I wanted to bake something that was Halloweeny, but also attractive, so I went for red velvet cupcakes decorated with red and black two-tone roses; both roses and the colours red and black are very prevalent in gothic imagery.  I’d been itching to try this two-tone piping effect for a while now and thought that it would work perfectly with these cupcakes (my piping technique really needs some work though…). (more…)

Spiced Poached Pear and Frangipane Brioche Tarts

spiced poached pear brioche tart

This recipe took a couple of go’s to get right, the first time I made them, the tarts were delicious but the frangipane sort of exploded and spread everywhere, they tasted good but looked a mess. I was determined to get them right and not be defeated by a tart; so I tried again with a few tweaks and they turned out beautifully! (more…)

Ginger Chocolate Cake

Ginger chocolate cake

My fiancé doesn’t get excited by food like I do, while I want to try everything and have the most enormous, varied list of things that I want to bake that I am unlikely to ever be able to work my way through, he is a little more set in his ways about what he likes. One of the things that he does love is chocolate cake, and he has requested that there always be a supply in the freezer in case a craving hits. (more…)

Grape Bread

Grape bread

Have you ever had a disappointing grape? You know the ones that look all plump and crunchy but when you bite into one it’s just a bit…soft? I ended up with a punnet of them the other day – tasty looking but just didn’t hit the mark. But I hate wasting food, I will go to great lengths to attempt to use up anything that would otherwise be thrown away (unless it’s actually gone mouldy, I don’t go quite that far…), so I racked my brains to try and come up with something to do with them. (more…)

Streusel Topped Apple Brioche

streusel topped apple brioche

I lost all form of self-restraint when I baked this ( not that I had much to start with). I was incapable of going into the kitchen without gobbling down a slice it was so incredibly moreish. I got through nearly half of the loaf by myself in a day, and it is not a small loaf… I justified this gluttony by telling myself that the apples counteract the butter…right?! (more…)

Cherry Cakes

Cherry Cakes

I am always on the lookout for recipes that use up egg whites as I hate to waste them and after making blackberry ice cream the other day I had four whites leftover that needed to be used. These cherry cakes were perfect. They are made using a slightly odd method, meringue is stirred into batter that is made with the addition of natural yoghurt, but it results in a very light, delicate, moist cake and also helps prevent the fruit from sinking. (more…)

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