Category: Entertaining

An elegant dessert to serve when entertaining. This is a gluten-free hazelnut cake with a nutella ganache. A bit like a dacquoise but the cake is more spongy and less meringue-like because of the shorter baking time. The cake layers can be made up to one week in advance and stored in an airtight container and […]

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This idea comes from my husband – a shallow tart filled with a thin layer of apple puree topped with apple slices and toffee, similar to my toffee apple slice but made with melt in the mouth pastry. I don’t have a removable base tin so I use my pie dish and line with baking paper, which makes it easy to […]

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A rich chocolate cupcake with a nutella filling, topped with a hazelnut flavoured chocolate frosting. Use speciality food flavourings instead of frangelico liqueur if preferred but remember to add in small doses according to taste. If you do find a nice hazelnut flavouring, try adding some to the cupcake mixture but only a couple of drops. These cupcakes […]

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  This is an intense tasting chocolate cake with a cream cheese frosting (in my opinion nicer than a traditional red velvet cake with a slight chocolate taste). After trial and error I have finally managed to create my idea of the ultimate velvet cake – a tender crumb with a luxurious finish. There is […]

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A chocolate sponge filled with a nutella ganache and chopped roasted hazelnuts – ideal for a party! I like to add a dark chocolate ganache “splashed” over the nutella ganache in an untidy fashion to finish it off and give a nice contrast to the sweet nutella ganache. The nutella filling is very rich so […]

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Red velvet cupcakes/cakes has certainly become popular and what makes it so special – well the colour yes but what about taste? I am told they are meant to be like devils food cake, which is a heavy and moist chocolate cake. I am however always slightly disappointed when I taste red velvet cupcakes/cakes. What […]

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This is a light lemon sponge topped with a lemon curd buttercream. I used the French method for the buttercream but you could just whip cream and fold in lemon curd for the frosting. I served as individual squares but the cake recipe can easily be made into a layer cake. Makes 32 cake squares|Baking time 20-25 […]

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It’s all about the frosting – so divine and decadent! I made a chocolate cake with mars bar frosting and cut the cake into square – it was such a success at a party. This frosting can easily be used to frost two large cake layers and served as one large cake. You may find […]

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This cake is inspired by a traditional South African pudding called Peppermint crisp tart, made from peppermint crisp chocolate and tinned caramel. Peppermint crisp chocolate is South African and you can purchase in the UK from a South African shop or use mint chocolate such as aero mint. This recipe combines a vanilla sponge with […]

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Oreo pieces in a fluffy vanilla cupcake topped with a vanilla cream frosting and cookie crumbs – looks and tastes impressive and not too difficult to prepare. I like to make them in a mini muffin tin however the recipe can be made into a standard size muffin tin. I have served the mini version […]

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