Old-School Chocolate Cupcakes

This is it, the last baking recipe I’ll be personally eating for a while, as I’m back on the Body Coach workouts. After this post, I shall be focusing on more healthy recipes for the blog. Don’t worry though, I’ll still do an occasional treat. The recipe below is a variation on the one for…

Coconut Layer Cake

Ever since I first saw Ina Garten make a coconut layer cake in her television programme, Barefoot Contessa, I’ve wanted to make my own version. Two layers of coconut sponge, filled and covered with cream cheese frosting. Heaven. For years now, when it comes up to someone’s birthday, I offer to make them a birthday…

The Best Cream Cheese Frosting

Don’t get me wrong. I like buttercream, particularly coffee buttercream. But it is not my favourite icing, which has to be cream cheese icing. And it’s taken me a lot of attempts to find the best one. When I first started making cream cheese frosting, it always ended up being a lot runnier then the…

Chocolate-Chocolate-Chip Muffins

Muffin recipes are a great thing to have up your sleeve for those times you need a quick bake. I personally like these muffins as an occasional weekend breakfast when I have overnight guests. The first time I made these beauties was in late June last year (2017). My cousin’s daughter was feeling under the…

Blood Orange Chocolate Chunk Pound Cake

The other day I was trawling through Smitten Kitchen’s Instagram, and Deb, the lady behind Smitten Kitchen, had shared photos and videos of a cake that she did for the weekend, a version of the Orange Chocolate Chunk Pound Cake from Ina Garten’s book, Barefoot Contessa Parties!, using blood oranges. The idea lodged itself in…

Lemon-Vanilla Pound Cake with Lemon Glaze

For a few weeks I had lost my blogging mojo for some reason, I would come on here and rather than type a post, I’d stare at the blank page with no idea at all as to what to write. Luckily I’ve got it back now, and just in time for Spring. So, here’s a…

Coffee Walnut Loaf Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Today I’ve started drinking green tea again. It does taste funny but, as with every new change we encounter in our lives, we adapt to it. I do tend to start my mornings with a big cup of coffee, and I intend to keep that habit. But the rest of the day I’ll be drinking…

Maple Syrup and Dark Chocolate Chip Layer Cake

When my brothers and I were growing up, our mother made us whatever cake we wanted for our birthdays; vanilla or chocolate with buttercream and jam mostly, but for herself it was always a basic sponge with jam, and in 2012 I decided to do something about it. After flicking through my collection of baking…

Simple Banana Bread

It is getting colder by the day here. What the fuck? But then we are approaching winter here in Hampshire. Luckily I love Autumn and Winter. Here’s why. * The way how the house feels chilly in the mornings when you first get up.  * The fact that you can now indulge in comfort food…

Simple Iced Chocolate Birthday Cake

For the past few years I’ve made the birthday cakes for my family. I usually tend to do a frosted layer cake, whatever variety they want. I don’t think I would have the patience to shape cakes into numbers or whatever, and anyway I prefer doing the former to the latter. Does this make me…