Category Archives: Cakes

Gluten Free Cherry and Chocolate Traybake

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This recipe is another one I came up with for the mums at Thursday playgroup, and is perfectly simple for National Baking Week.  I had some Glace Cherries in the cupboard which were calling me, and I thought they would … Continue reading

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Chocolate Chip Frangipan Cupcakes

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I had hoped to post this earlier in the week as it has been National Chocolate Week, but this post has been delayed slightly for various reasons, so I’m thinking of it as a last hurrah for Chocolate Week, and … Continue reading

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Mini Chocolate and Vanilla Marble Cupcakes

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I wanted to bake some mini-muffin sized cakes to take along to our usual Thursday afternoon playgroup, and came up with this idea when trawling through my cupboards for inspiration. They were a huge hit, with mummies and preschoolers alike, and are perfect for a small bite of cake without having a whole slice of a larger one. Continue reading

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Gluten and Dairy Free Apple, Raisin and Sultana Bake

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At this time of year, I’m always on the lookout for recipes which use up some of the cooking apples from the tree in my garden. I saw something similar to this online, and came up with this to meet the idea of what I wanted to bake. Gluten Free and Dairy Free, this was perfect to take for the mums at our local playgroup the other week! Continue reading

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Mandarin and Chocolate Chunk Cupcakes

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My son asked me to bake some cake for him today as a treat. When asked what he wanted, he said Chocolate Chip. I added in some crushed tinned mandarin segments from my storecupboard to mix things up a bit, and this is what we ended up with – deliciously moreish and moist cakes, with a hint of mandarin orange. Continue reading

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Courgette Cake

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It is that time of the year again, where courgettes are in abundance if you are growing them in the garden like I am. You might also be like me in that you love courgettes, but have a small child that doesn’t like them if served as a vegetable at mealtimes! This recipe is great in that it not only uses up courgettes, but also adds pineapple into the mix as well, and so far, my son hasn’t turned down a single slice! I have made this with Regular Plain Flour and Doves Farm Gluten Free Plain Flour, and I have to say that both are great, but the Gluten Free version just has the edge for me! Without the frosting, this is also Dairy Free. Continue reading

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“Ice-cream” Cupcakes

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I wanted to do something a bit different for my brothers girlfriends birthday a couple of months ago (I did the Butterfly cake at the top of my blog for her last year), and was reading one of my cake books, when I came across an idea for cupcakes baked in ice cream cup cornets. Perfect little cakes, that look just like Soft-serve ice cream cones when finished! Continue reading

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Carrot Cake

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A few weeks ago, I went to the Essex Food Show, at Cressing Temple near Braintree. The lovely Harriet and Rebecca from Kin Knives introduced me to John and Tom from Love Farm, who sell the most fabulous Cold Pressed Rapeseed Oil. I would normally run a mile from anything to do with Rapeseed, as it is my main hayfever trigger, but I was persuaded to try some and I am so glad that I did. Their oil is fragrant and tasty, and much improved my recipe for a standard Carrot cake. Continue reading

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Pear and Ginger Cakes

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Occasionally, looking around my kitchen for inspiration, I come across something and it reminds me of something I used to bake years ago, but seem to have forgotten about. Last week was one such occasion. I was sat typing up a recipe, and glanced over to the fruit bowl. Yes, you saw right – the fruit bowl. I used to bake an absolutely gorgeous Pear and Ginger cake, which disappeared rapidly whenever I baked it. I had glanced upon some blush pears, which, to be truthful, had started to look like they had seen better days. I decided to up the ante on an old favourite recipe, and came up with these beauties! Continue reading

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Tow Mater Birthday Cake

Okay, okay……. a few people have asked me to post a few photos of my sons 3rd Birthday cake…. “Tow Mater” from the Disney/Pixar film “Cars”. I’ve also decided to post this as part of the blogger EnglishMum’s Big Bake Off. So here it is…… Continue reading

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