S’Mores Cupcakes


It’s National Cupcake Week this week (14-20 Sept) so it surely deserves a cupcake recipe on the blog! 

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Easy Children’s Birthday Cakes


Is making your children’s birthday cakes a full on event?

New research from Stork shows that nearly 50% of parents spend two and a half working days baking their kid’s birthday cake, with one in 10 baking well after midnight!  

  Crikey me!

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Brownies & Ice Cream Cones


With an alleged heatwave on the way  it’s time to share my Brownies and Ice Cream Cones with you.  A waffle icecream cone with chocolate brownie baked inside, topped with a good scoop of vanilla ice cream!  It’s also my contribution to Waitrose’s #TasteOfSummer campaign.

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Self Saucing Chocolate Pudding


Self saucing chocolate pudding

What could be better than a chocolate pudding with lashings of chocolate sauce?  Well in my book, not too much! To add to the fact that this choc pud is just fantastic you can whip it up and have it in the oven in 10 minutes flat, it really is that easy. 

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Day 12 – Snowmen Macarons


Just a little delicious Christmas idea from me today! Snowmen Macarons!


1 x qty Macaron mixture recipe here

Milk Chocolate Ganache

80ml double cream

1 tbsp butter

300g milk chocolate chopped

To decorate:

Thin Christmas ribbon

Cake pop sticks

Black edible icing pen

Orange edible icing pen or orange petal dust mixed with a little clear alcohol

Makes: 16 snowmen

Mix up the Macaron mixture following the steps just here, very simply flavour the mixture at the meringue stage with a teaspoon of vanilla extract.

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Day 10 – Chocolate Meringue Roulade

DSC04007Last years Toffee Pecan Roulade went down an absolute storm so I thought this year I’d share a chocolate version.  They’re so brilliant because they’re freezable!  Make it now and stash it in the freezer for a Christmas dessert.



5 egg whites, large

2 tsp cornflour

225g caster sugar

2 tbsps cocoa powder

Chocolate Caramel Filling

1 x 315g tin of condensed milk

90g soft brown sugar

90g butter

3 tbsps cocoa powder


300ml double cream

3 tbsps icing sugar

50g chocolate curls

Popping candy (optional)

Cocoa powder to dust

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Day 9 – Cappuccino Truffles


A perfect after dinner treat, deliciously simple to make but dark, rich and packing a coffee punch.  The white chocolate coating adds a lovely creamy touch just like a Cappuccino! Here are my tips for making, shaping and coating the best truffles around.

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Day 6 – Chocolate and Mulled Wine Tart


An extremely rich mulled wine and chocolate tart – very decadent and something a little bit different to serve this Christmas.  I know isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but it’s definitely mine!



100g butter, softened

75g caster sugar

1 egg, large

300g plain flour

1 ½ tsp ground cinnamon

½ tsp ground nutmeg

½ tsp ground cloves



6 eggs, large

225g caster sugar

350ml mulled wine

100ml double cream

3 tbsps cocoa powder


Makes: 1 x 9” tart

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Day 4 – Chocolate Christmas Cake


A super rich dark Christmas cake.  I’ve been making this for a few years now and I’m always asked for the recipe.  The chocolate isn’t an obvious flavour but it is what makes this cake so rich and luxurious.  It’s a great cake to make as the fruits only have an overnight soaking and it doesn’t need any feeding – bargain! 

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Mini Cakes – Santa Stop Here!


How about these miniature cakes – teeny tiny cakes made in mini baking cups from Iced Jems.  Just like the cupcake sized Christmas cakes then one full batch of 8” Christmas cake mix is going to make a ton, 50+ of these teeny tiny ones so just make a part mixture or mix up your baking with a variety of sizes, unless of course you want to make 50?!

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