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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Inside my Lakeland Bag….

Lots  of you  had a guess at the value of my Lakeland bag,   lots of you will be horrified and on the other hand lots of you won’t be surprised….

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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.

Posted in Bread, Cinnamon, Easter | 22 Comments

Win my Bag of Lakeland Shopping

Good news for me, my local Lakeland is only ten minutes away, bad news for my purse!

I love it there,  I’m an addict.  So many things I never even knew I needed.  Although I buy lots of random things there, I do rely on them for all sorts of  kitchen, baking and cake decorating supplies.

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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).  

Posted in Cake, Chocolate, Mothers Day, Save The Children, Treats | 21 Comments

Win Mum Some Chocs!


Before this weeks recipe for my great Mother’s Day celebration cake how do you fancy winning some chocs for Mum?

(or yourself of course, I won’t tell…!)

The lovely folks at Cadbury Gifts Direct and Green & Black’s Direct have offered one of each of the following to be won by Pink Whisk readers.  

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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 | 24 Comments

Name A Day – news so far…

So I’ve been home from Rwanda for a fortnight.  In all honesty I came back very angry with the world and more than a little shell shocked.  I suppose that’s understandable whilst I sort it all out in my head.

I went to try and help make a difference and I came back wondering whether I’d really achieved that by taking part.

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