Monthly Archives: March 2012

Chocolate Orange Cake

Chocolate Orange Cake

This is a really unassuming cake, looks like nothing but tastes amazing.

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Hot Cross Buns

with a Pink Whisk Twist of course

Hot X Bun LoafHot X Bun Whirls

Three ways to use this dough – as a loaf, whirls or the traditional buns – who could resist?



315g strong plain white flour

1/2 tsp mixed cake spice

1/2 tsp salt

2 tsp dried fast action yeast (or 1 sachet)

25g caster sugar

205ml milk

1 egg, large

zest of 1/2 and orange

100g currants


60g dark brown sugar

1 1/2tsp cinnamon

A little water icing to glaze (optional)

Makes 1 x 1lb loaf, 10 whirls or 8 buns

Place the flour, mixed spice, salt, caster sugar, orange zest, yeast, egg and currants in a large bowl.

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How to Make an Easter Chick

How to make an Easter Chick

How cute is this little chickie?

He’s made from a creme egg!  When I saw these made by Helen at Casa Costello I knew I had to  have a menace about and see what I could come up with!

(Do bob over and see more of Helen’s fab creations)

It’s also my first ever foray into video tutorials if you need a bit more than just the photos!

Posted in Children, Chocolate, Decorating, Easter, How To, Kids, Sugarpaste, Treats | 8 Comments

Grasshopper Cake

Grasshopper Cake

With Mother’s Day on the horizon I thought it was time for a big old celebration cake.

 When my Save the Children trip was being arranged I was told that in Rwanda they eat grasshoppers as a snack.  I went fully prepared to munch on a grasshopper (all in the name of research you understand).  

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Tiger Bread or should that be Giraffe Bread?

Tiger Bread
Tiger bread is delicious, there’s no doubt about it.  Lovely soft white bread with a crispy crunchy crust.

But did you know that it’s really easy to make it at home too?

Here’s how


1 x Quantity of Basic White Bread Dough (recipe here)

Tiger Paste

35ml warm water

1/2 tsp dried fast action yeast

1/2 tsp caster sugar

1/2 tsp vegetable or sunflower oil

15g rice flour (rice flour also makes really great crunchy shortbread if you were wondering what else you could use it for!)

Make the bread dough as per the instructions here and allow to rise in a bowl until doubled in size.

Posted in Bread, Egg-free, Rolls | 28 Comments