Spiced Chocolate Pumpkin Cake

Fancy making your own pumpkin cake? – my chocolate cake with a spiced pumpkin frosting filling is just the thing!

(and not to mention easy to do too!)

You can find my recipe and step by step instructions in the Bake with Stork Baking Academy.

And as a special Halloween treat I’ve got a great competition too! – I’ll make this very cake for a person you nominate and you’ll win yourself some gorgeous Orla Keily kitchen essentials too.

The prize is one Halloween Pumpkin cake, baked by me, and a tea party set from Orla Kiely (including two mugs, five cake tins, one cake stand and one pair of oven gloves). The tea party set will be sent to the winner of the competition and the Halloween Pumpkin cake will be sent to the winner’s nominee from their winning tweet/FB reply.

To enter you’ll need to watch for my competition tweets on twitter or posts on facebook.

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Pumpkin and Choc Chip Bundt


This has to be my new all time favourite cake, and believe me it takes a good deal to get to that top spot!  Delicious pumpkin and chocolate chip cake, with a cream cheese maple icing and caramelised pecans what’s not to love?!


 This cake is absolutely worth going out and getting a tin of pumpkin puree (I picked mine up in Waitrose and they have it all year round but plenty of supermarkets will stock it at this time of year too).  This is the tin you’re looking for – Libbys Pumpkin Puree.  The recipe doesn’t use the full tin but you can easily use up the leftover adding it to a homemade soup or casserole.

 pumpkin puree


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#GBBO and Bake with Stork

Wednesday nights just won’t be the same!  As the Great British Bake Off crowns it’s 2015 winner it’s all over for another year :(

Here’s a look at the #GBBO inspired recipes I put together for Bake with Stork – lots of lovely things for you to bake your way through on a Wednesday evening xx

Sticky Toffee Baked Alaska

Tear & Share Garlic Mozzarella Bread

Mediterranean Vegetable Tart

Apple Rose Custard Tart

Spiced Carrot Cake Showstopper


Follow the links to find the recipes and step by step photos

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Spiced Carrot Cake Showstopper


Today’s recipe is a #GBBO final inspired Great British classic – a Spiced Carrot Cake! Complete with lacy white chocolate collar and carrot roses for decoration, full steps instructions and photos can be found here on Bake with Stork.


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Cheshire Cheese & Chive Loaf #AutumnWarmers


Waitrose are kicking off their autumn campaign celebrating quality food and delicious warming dishes from across the UK and I just knew that I’d have to contribute a recipe!

Autumn is very much the time in our house for delicious stews, casseroles and real tummy warming teas, and what’s better to go with them than some delicious, crusty, freshly baked bread?

This loaf is packed with o

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Ulster Weavers Giveaway

Not only do I have S’Mores Cupcakes for you today but I’ve teamed up with Ulster Weavers to celebrate National Cupcake Week with a great giveaway and you could be in with a chance of winning some fab kitchen goodies from their lovely range!



If you missed the recipe earlier you’ll find it just here – S’Mores Cupcakes  and spot their dotty sheep in the background!

Now to the giveaway, three lucky winners will have the chance to win a luxury Ulster Weavers gift set worth £178.50.

Each prize set includes a cake stand, Teapot, 4 Cups & Saucers, Milk & Sugar pots, 1 pk Napkins, 2 Tea Towels and an Apron from either the pretty Amelia, Rooster or Vintage Kitchen ranges.

Amelia Cup and Saucer

Amelia Cup and Saucer

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S’Mores Cupcakes


It’s National Cupcake Week this week (14-20 Sept) so it surely deserves a cupcake recipe on the blog!  And we’re not just celebrating with a recipe, I’ve a fab giveaway lined up for you today too in partnership with Ulster Weavers and you can be in with a chance of bagging some beautiful goodies for your kitchen – watch out for my post coming later today!

Cupcakes are a great way to spoil someone special and come in all sorts of flavour combinations.  My boys have loved making S’mores this summer so as a special treat for all sorts of reasons – a birthday for a new teen and starting a new school for another of my boys then I knew these would be just the ticket!  There are a few ‘elements’ to assemble but they’re definitely worth the work.

So let’s on with the recipe and do make sure you bob back later to see what goodies I’ve got from Ulster Weavers to giveaway!


250g caster sugar

160g plain flour

45g cocoa powder

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

1 egg, large

180ml milk

90ml vegetable oil

180ml boiling water

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Mediterranean Veg Tart & Apple Custard Tart

Here are my 2 #GBBO pastry week inspired recipes for Bake with Stork’s Baking Academy – one savoury and one sweet – hopefully something for everyone!

Mediterranean Veg & Feta Tart

If the sunshine seems to have disappeared wherever you are then a slice of this means you can taste it instead!

Apple Custard Tart

Using a simple technique to finish this tart with stunning Apple Blooms – a surefire stunner.



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Favourite Food Blog – Good Housekeeping Food Awards 2015

Just a quick post from me today to very proudly announce that The Pink Whisk has been voted by readers as Favourite Food Blog in the Good Housekeeping Food Awards 2015!


What an honour – thank you hugely to all of you who voted x

Really chuffed to bits to be listed along with some huge names! :)  You can see all the winners just

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Sticky Toffee Baked Alaska

Just dropping in with a lovely Bank Holiday Weekend pudding idea for you – Sticky Toffee Baked Alaska, a retro pud that’s sure to please!

Part of my collection of recipes for Bake with Stork you’ll find step by step pics and all the instructions just here – Sticky Toffee Baked Alaska.

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