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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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Banana Choc Chip Muffins

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Bananas are my sons favourite snack to take to nursery at the moment (complete with a face drawn on them!), which usually means that there are a few very ripe bananas lurking in the fruit bowl towards the end of … Continue reading

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Jaffa Cake Squares

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Jaffa Cakes are a much loved treat in households across the country, and have been for many years, but they have been the cause of controversy in the past, primarily because they are not in fact a biscuit as supermarkets would have … Continue reading

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Millionaires Shortbread

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Recently, Millionaires Shortbread was seen not once, but twice in one episode of the Great Sport Relief Bake Off on BBC, baked by both Anita Rani (the eventual winner) and Angela Griffin. This is my take on the classic teatime … Continue reading

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Mini Cupcake Lamingtons

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Today, the 26th January, Australia Day is celebrated here in the UK (in Australia it is on the 25th January), so what better an excuse to make my version of the traditional Aussie favourite, the Lamington, which was created in … Continue reading

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Gluten Free Chocolate and Raspberry Traybake with Salted Butter Caramel Swirls

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I came up with the idea for this traybake when I wanted to do a chocolate cake, but with a bit of a difference. I usually put raspberry jam in chocolate cakes, as it enhances the flavour of the chocolate, … Continue reading

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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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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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