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!

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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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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 3 – Marshmallow Snowflakes


These seem to be all over the place in the shops at Christmas time so I thought it was time I figured out how we do them at home – and it’s easier than I thought.  You will need a sugar thermometer and a silicone snowflake mould (or any other kind of Christmassy silicone mould if you prefer)

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They are easier to make in a stand mixer if you have one, it makes the hands juggling a lot easier but it can be done with an electric hand mixer too.

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Vanilla Layer Celebration Cake

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A big thank you from me goes to the lovely Sam at Sams Kitchen for the inspiration for this cake, when I was at a complete loss for what to make for my Dad’s 60th birthday Sam came to the rescue.  

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Raspberry Ripple Cake

Fancy a slice of Raspberry Ripple Cake filled with raspberry ripple cheesecake filling?

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Oh yes indeed, especially now you know about my Flora Buttery experiment.  Don’t worry though if you can’t get hold of Flora Buttery where you are the recipe will work with regular butter instead.  

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Baking with Flora Buttery

Lets talk margarine and spreads – are you in the butter camp or do you swear by a spread or margarine?

Hands up, I’m not a huge fan of the latter.  Depending on the brand I can taste it in baking.  

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Vanilla Giant Cupcake Recipe

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Vanilla Giant Cupcake Recipe!


375g butter, softened

375g caster sugar

6 eggs, large

2 tsp vanilla extract

375g self-raising flour

3 tbsps milk

Prep your tin – a really good grease  in all the folds and shapes and a circle of baking paper in the bottom of the base section.

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Biscuits for Decorating – Non Spreading, No Chilling Required!

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This is a great biscuit recipe, one that doesn’t need chilling and barely spreads.

Perfect to make biscuits for decorating!


220g butter, softened

200g caster sugar

1 tsp vanilla bean paste

1 egg, large

425g plain flour


Makes approx 30 biscuits.

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Valentines Parfait

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 You know what everyone loves?  Parfait!  Seeing as hidden hearts are all over the place at the moment I thought I’d hide them in this lovely dessert too.

(And yes, I know its not baking but it is larking around in the kitchen so that’s good enough for me!)

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