Double Mango Proughnuts

So here’s the thing … as you can clearly see, I’m having some issues with my food photography.  More than usual 😉 My food photography studio has temporarily been converted into hijacked by two very cute but very evil kittens, hell-bent on running amok, and making shooting doughnuts or anything at all, a futile and…

Macro Friendly Microwave Chocolate Bowl Cake

  Necessity really is the mother of invention, isn’t it?  Often, it’s only when you lose something, that you start finding clever ways to do without it.  So it has been for the best part of this year with regard to my failing oven.  In among the whiff of charcoal on burnt pastry, and the…

Banana Doughnuts with Nutella Glaze

It all started with a few lovely over ripe bananas in the fruit bowl and some good intentions.  Banana bread.  The healthy kind.   However, somewhere between sitting in my office and arriving in the kitchen, those good intentions got railroaded by the thought of doughnuts.  Baked doughnuts.  But proper baked doughnuts.  Banana doughnuts to be…

Oranges and Cream

I know.  I know.  Sometimes you just don’t have either the time or the energy to make buttercream. Maybe you find the thought of making buttercream just a little too daunting. Maybe you just found out you are about to have guests coming over and are paralysed by the idea that you only have 30…

Salted Vanilla Caramel Chocolate Cupcakes

Sugar. It has become disturbingly fashionable to vilify this simple food in recent years. I find it really irritating that the media latches on to comments made by self proclaimed experts, with no real credentials, and qualified experts who do science a disservice by cherry-picking evidence to support their case.    But I will not rant…

A Passion for Cupcakes

  So, okay, I am due for another protein packed fighting fit recipe but, you know, there were cupcakes to be made.  Extra delicious cupcakes.  I also felt the urge to pipe swirls.  So cupcakes you shall have! Not just any cupcakes.  Not dry sandy cupcakes.  Oh, now that’s something.  I really dislike dry, sandy…

My Blue Heaven

Milkshakes are such a big part of childhood.  I always feel a little sad and as though I may have missed something essential about growing up because I was never into milkshakes as a child.  Something important.  Like a rite of passage, you know? I have never drunk milk in my entire life.  I was…

Raspberry and Chocolate Financiers

I know that many bloggers cook, bake, and generally prepare fabulous food and recipes with their blog in mind.  Out comes the semi-professional food photography gear, amazing props, flowers, table settings, and hey presto, a few days of intensive preparation and forethought produce stunning pictures to accompany posts that are thoughtfully written, peppered with witticisms…

Frosted Vanilla Orange Cupcakes (Dairy, Nut, and Egg Free)

As I sit here typing this post, I’m reminded full well just how debilitating food allergies and intolerances can be.  I’ve been suffering from a food intolerance attack since lunchtime and I’m not quite sure what triggered it, as I’m very careful with my diet, avoiding foods that will trigger my fructose/fructan intolerance symptoms.   I…

Happy Anniversary

You’re thinking I might be channelling my inner goth, aren’t you?  Don’t blame you one bit.  Because, you know, she’s in there.  The goth, that is.   Always has been.  Occasionally I let her out.  I do  😉 But when I looked at my stash of goth and blackest, darkest cupcake finery … hmmm, not…

Vanilla Cupcakes

Are you the kind of person who hates piping frosting?  Too fiddly? Or your baking is always rushed and you just don’t have the time to do it? Piping bags?  What?  Maybe you don’t even own any piping bags or nozzles at all. Or, like me, do you ALWAYS have them handy, until one day…

Cherry Amaretto Cupcakes

I had every (good/virtuous/saintly) intention of posting a healthy recipe to satisfy myself and my fellow healthy, clean-eating, protein crazy kindred spirits out there.  Never fear, I’m working on it over the next day or so.  It’s a’comin’.  In the meantime, something for everyone else … oh who am I kidding?  As a very wise,…

Mango and Coconut Financiers

MMMM Mango …  it’s no secret that I love me some mango.  I know many of you do too, judging by your comments! The savvy and astute reader, which of course describes each and every one of you, would now be asking:  Mango?  … and just where are you getting mango from, in June, woman?  Isn’t…

Spiced Persimmon Cakes

I consider myself extremely lucky.  Relatives and friends share their garden harvests every year and this provides both inspiration and opportunity for me to cook and bake things I might otherwise not do.  Over the past few months, I’ve been inundated with chillies, lemons, more chillies times a gazillion (and I’m not saying no), and…

Yuzu Sunshine Cupcakes … layering flavour like fragrance

I love how you can layer a flavour in a cake in much the same way as you can layer fragrance.  You know, you use the scented bodywash, the matching body lotion and then top it all off with a spritz of the concentrated perfume?  That kind of thing.  Works beautifully with food too, especially…

Berries & Cream Brownies

They look pretty innocuous with the swirl of cream cheese icing and berries on top.   Ah, but underneath that light summery exterior lurks a heart of darkness, full of rich, luscious chocolate brownie. The brownie recipe below is my basic brownie recipe that I’ve used for years.   After mucho tiempo experimenting in the brownie…