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Cappuccino Cupcakes

Well, I’m cutting it fine again this month with this, my entry for We Should Cocoa, which is hosted this month by Lucy over at The Kitchen Maid.  I will update this post to include the recipe, but I will … Continue reading

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V is for …….. Chocolate Vimto Cake

The challenge for Alphabakes this month has been a tough one – without using the usual V for Vanilla!  I was stumped for a while, but saw a bottle of Fizzy Vimto when I was in town last week picking up a few bits and pieces.  I thought, “Fantastic – I know just the recipe I can use that in!”.

So here it is – not an original recipe of mine, but a variant of a James Martin recipe from the BBC Website for Chocolate Cola Cake from the Housecall TV Programme.  I simply replaced the Cola in the recipe for Fizzy Vimto – and you can definitely taste the Vimto!  It isn’t too powerful a flavour and complements the chocolate perfectly – much better than the original cola version in my opinion.

Alphabakes is hosted by Ros from The More than Occasional Baker this month. Alphabakes is hosted next month by Caroline at Caroline Makes.

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Pear and Ginger Cakes


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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Fig and Rosewater Syrup Cake


I came up with the idea for this cake after seeing a flower shaped cake mould on Ruth Clemens’ The Pink Whisk blog. Ruth was offering a prize of a Pampered Chef Silicon Flower mould on her blog, and I thought that a rose scented cake would go very well with it. Unfortunately I didn’t win, but I couldn’t get the idea of a rose scented cake out of my mind…..particularly after visiting the Royal Horticultural Society Gardens at Hyde Hall where there are some heavily scented roses in full bloom at the moment.

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Ottolenghi Clementine and Almond Syrup Cake

First of all, I have to extend much gratitude to Yotam Ottolenghi for giving me permission to blog the baking of this cake.

I first came across this recipe when looking for details of the two Ottolenghi books – I chanced upon the blog post on the Ottolenghi website where Yotam admits that he is a cake geek…..and this recipe was hidden inside one of the comments. Also in one of the comments was mentioned an article that Yotam and Sammi Tamimi wrote for the Guardian Newspaper back in 2008. As soon as I saw the photo at the top of the article, I knew I had to try and bake the cake…… Continue reading

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Malteser Cupcakes

This is another requested recipe from a friend. I have adapted it from a Nigella Lawson recipe, and I think it works just as well if not better. The chocolate cupcakes are low fat too, but unfortunately not low sugar! Continue reading

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