Great news!

My business cards arrived today and I couldn’t be happier – they are just what I wanted and hopefully complement the website.  I can now spread the word to all the technophobes out there and pop them in with my orders.

Now off to finish my Halloween cupcakes.

Happy baking.



September Weekend

This post comes today from my comfy couch, on a wet, cold Monday morning – but a Monday off so it has it’s advantages.

I am resting after a busy few days of baking and thought I’d share with you some little things I’ve learned along the way.

It has been a ‘baking for family’ weekend and so I tried a couple of new recipes as well as some old faithfuls.  My Mocha Cake – a particular favourite as I love all things coffee -was gobbled up in 2 sittings revealing that day 2 cake tastes even better!  The recipe bakes in a loaf tin but due to the exceptional rise given by the whipped egg whites, I’m going to try it next time in a round tin and triple layer it.  Not enough coffee butter icing for my taste though, so a double batch for my triple layer should make it phenomenal, topped off with some chocolate shaped coffee beans.

I’ve often wondered why they sell real coffee beans covered in chocolate – who wants to eat real coffee beans??  tip! I get my chocolate shaped coffee beans from decorate! range which I bought at Dobbies garden centre

Chocolate Paradise cupcakes – mmmm!  I like this recipe, so simple yet really effective.  If you like chocolate and you like coconut, these are the ones for you.  A chocolate cupcake covered in a gooey marshmallow topping sprinkled with coconut and a drizzle of chocolate on top, delicious and they went down a treat – doggy bags were required!

   However, you know when you get in a recipe that says – ‘leave aside to cool’, like chocolate or melted marshmallow – I      never  know how long to cool for – is it cool for 5 minutes? is it 20 minutes? cool enough to stick your finger in? those are the things that could make or break a cake, so I will endeavour to find this out.

Off now to look at some Minnie Mouse cake ideas, happy baking!