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Last year for Easter Emma and I were back at our parents for a few days, so we thought it was about time we made a mess of Mum’s kitchen and did some baking! We wanted to do a slightly different take on a traditional Simnel cake, and came across this yummy chocolate orange Simnel cake recipe. The decoration was another idea taken from Pinterest. So if you haven’t made a cake yet, this one is lovely and the decoration is fairly simple too. Click here to keep reading…

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Sometimes simple is best – and when you’re short on time, it always is. I know that it I can get a batch of cupcakes made and iced with buttercream in just over an hour. However, I usually underestimate how long decorations take to make. These snowflakes though are super quick to make, and anybody can make them since the only skills required are being able to roll fondant icing out and use a plunger cutter.
Click here to make it snow!

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photo 1 (6)It’s December so I think it’s acceptable to start doing some Christmas baking. I always start thinking about what I want to bake for Christmas months in advance and then come up with a list way too long and completely unachievable. I’ve tried to be a bit more realistic this year but it still feels like there’s a lot to fit in in a short time! So here’s our first batch of Christmas baking…

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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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20131014-190504.jpg I’m always looking for new ways to decorate cupcakes, and when I came across a photo of these, I decided they were too cute not to make. I was looking for something autumnal and had done various searches on the internet before I discovered them. Finding the ingredients to make them was the trickiest part – I think I had to empty 12 tubes of Smarties before I found enough red ones to make the toadstools and even then I didn’t have enough to make one to go on each cake as planned but I decided that if I went back to the Co-op to buy a third lot of Smarties they might start to ask questions so I left it! Click here if you want to make a family of hedgehogs.

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20130715-215317.jpgFor Father’s Day this year, I decided to bake my dad a present – Amaretto brownies. Since I wasn’t going to see him on the Sunday, I gave them to him, freshly baked, on the Saturday. The plan was that he wouldn’t eat them until Father’s Day, but the temptation was too great and he couldn’t wait. He said he’d just have one, but after he’d eaten it, he decided one just wasn’t enough so had a second… after that my mum decided to ration them!

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Crunchie cupcakesSeveral years ago (probably over 20!) I got a Cadbury’s Crunchie bar at a birthday party I went to. I decided I didn’t want to eat it so I gave it to my grandpa. However, he forgot to take it home with him so I held onto it until the next time I saw him. For a while afterwards he called me “Crunchie” and I would always get a Crunchie at Christmas or a Crunchie Easter egg at Easter. So when it came to trying to decide what to make him for his birthday this year I decided to make Crunchie cupcakes.

Fancy an inside-out Crunchie in cupcake form?

If so, keep reading…

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