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Last weeks challenge had to wait till we got back from Devon earlier this week, so I made this on Wednesday and assembled it on Thursday morning in a bit of a rush while trying to get Emily breakfast and get ready to go out. None of the individual parts were too complicated, but it was very time consuming to make! Click  here to see how I got on.

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IMG_3067The other week I realised it had been a while since I’d baked for the office so I decided I should bake something to take in. I wanted to make something quick and simple, which only needed store cupboard ingredients since I didn’t want to go out to the supermarket, so I decided to make some cookies. After a flick through some of my recipe books I came across these in the Hairy Bikers Big Book of Baking. Despite having to make the caramel to go in them, they’re straightforward (and quick) to make. Need a quick sugar fix?

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main cakeA few weeks ago I said that I would make an Easter cake for the office to raffle off for charity. I hadn’t decided what cake I would make so I used my usual source of inspiration – Pinterest. However, none of the Easter ideas I’d pinned last year jumped out at me so I decided to have another search. I was looking for ideas rather than something to copy completely but after I saw this cake I decided that there wasn’t much about it that I wanted to change. Is it Easter yet?!

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IMG_4645[1] Most people know this as milllionaires shortbread. However, I’ve always called it caramel slice. It reminds me of when we were younger – when we went shopping with mum in Cambridge, sometimes she would treat us to a slice of cake at a cafe called Carringtons. I would always go for their caramel slice – for me it was the perfect combination of crunchy biscuit, smooth caramel and rich chocolate. When I found out that Sunday Baking Club were having a caramel theme last weekend this is the first thing that came to mind. Having made it, I decided to have a look on Cafe Carrington’s website to see if they still do caramel slice but discovered that it went into liquidation just over a week ago. So this caramel slice is in memory of Cafe Carrington’s and all the yummy caramel slices I had over the years. Click here to get the recipe!

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Mars Bar Cupcakes

20140215-205717.jpg Last weekend I told Tom that I’d make something for him to take to hockey. However, just over an hour before he was due to leave I realised I hadn’t made anything. Ooops. So I decided to see if it was possible to bake and decorate some cupcakes in an hour. The answer was yes… just! Click here to keep reading.

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sticky toffee cupcakes

I’ve been wanting to make these cupcakes for ages and they were definitely worth the wait. The caramel cream cheese buttercream is probably one of the best buttercreams I’ve tasted for a while – the texture was so smooth and silky and it had just the right sweetness. I could have eaten the whole bowl! If you want to find out how to make this yummy buttercream (and the cupcakes!) keep reading…

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cut giant rolo cake

At lunch yesterday, I met up with Julia. She wanted to go to WHSmiths to look at cook books that were on offer so I said I’d go with her. She’s a very bad influence on me and pretty much forced me to buy another cook book – ok, maybe that’s an exaggeration… I saw the Green & Black’s Ultimate chocolate cook book with 75% off, asked her if it was any good (since she owns just about every chocolate recipe book), she said yes, so I bought it. I then had the urge to bake something chocolatey. So instead of cleaning/tidying the house yesterday evening before Julia stays tonight and my parents come up for the weekend, I made myself an early birthday cake. I’m sure Julia won’t mind (she’d much rather have a slice of chocolate cake than see a tidy house) and my parents will understand (they know me well enough to realise that I prefer baking to tidying 🙂 If you’re looking for an excuse for not doing the house work, or have an urge to make something really chocolatey, then keep reading.

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