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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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One of the things I love about baking is seeing people enjoying eating my baked goodies. The most appreciative bunch of people has to be hungry runners from my running club after a cross country race! Click here to see the red and yellow cupcakes I have made.

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photo (90)Time for another installment of the “party biscuit” cupcakes: Jammy Dodger cupcakes. These were just a mix of recipes I’ve made previously – my usual vanilla cupcakes, filled with jam, topped with vanilla buttercream, and my recipe for jammy bodger biscuits made into mini biscuits. 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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red nose jammy bodgerLast week I saw an email about a cake sale in the office today for Comic Relief so sent an email to say I’d bake something to sell. I then discovered there was a bake off too so I thought if I was going to bake something to sell I might as well enter it into the competition. There were various categories to enter so I decided I would make cupcakes and enter the cupcake and showstopper categories and then if I had time I would bake something for the biscuit category. I managed to finish work slightly early so I had plenty of time while the cupcakes were cooling. Choosing which biscuits to make was pretty easy – for Red Nose Day there’s only one type of biscuit which is suitable… Red Nose Jammy Bodgers!

Do you want to bake something funny for money? If so, click here to keep reading.

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dinosaurA few weeks ago at work, David asked if I’d make a cake for his son’s birthday. Given how much he likes cake, my initial thought that it was probably for him rather than his son. And the more he told me, the more I thought that was the case – he asked for the cake to be 2 different flavours, one of which was his favourtite cake (carrot) and he then added that his son doesn’t even really like cake! Apart from specifying the flavour of the cake and saying it had to have dinosaurs on, the rest was up to me. If you want to see the whole cake, keep reading.

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cookie monster cupcake

I only started this blog at the end of September 2012 but I’d done a lot of baking before that – I hadn’t realised quite how much until I started drafting this post. Although I’ve manged to post some of the things I made at the start of the year, I doubt they’ll all make it onto here in their entirety. So, here’s a summary of my favourite ones from each month….

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close up salted caramel profiteroles

Happy New Year! Last night Tom and I decided that we would have a quiet new year’s eve with just the 2 of us – Tom made the cocktails and I made the food. For pudding I made these: salted caramel profiteroles.

I haven’t made profiteroles, or choux pastry, for a while and it wasn’t as tricky as I remember. I made them the night before and then assembled them and made the chocolate sauce just before I served them – I’d had a few cocktails by that point but luckily it was fairly straight forward!

If you want to make some profiteroles, click here.

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Toffee Bars

These are possibly my favourite bar cookies – they are so simple to make and they are really moreish! They are essentially a simplified version of millionaires shortbread/caramel slice: the caramel and shortbread is combined in one layer. If you like millionaires shortbread you’ll love these.

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Last week, I played in a uni hockey tournament after work. The day before I asked people in the office what flavour cupcakes I should make to keep us going. James suggested “Lucozade” and Kiri suggested “half time orange” cupcakes. So I went with Orangeade – I bought a sample pack of Soda Stream syrups when I made some Cola cupcakes a while ago and I hadn’t used any of the other flavours yet so I decided to give the orange one a go. If you need an energy boost click here.

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