Coffee and Walnut Cake

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This Friday is the Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning and I thought I’d share with you what I’m going to be making to take along to the one at my boys’ school. It’s my version of a classic coffee & walnut cake.

As you may have realised, I’m a bit of a fan of cake. However, there’s one cake I love above all others and that is coffee & walnut. If I spot it in a café then I really struggle to resist buying a slice to have with a pot of tea (as a side note shouldn’t all tea in cafés come in a pot? It’s just not the same having just one cup)…

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Snickers Cupcakes

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The idea for this recipe came to me recently when I created my peanut buttercream. It really reminded me of a Snickers bar, so I decided to bring together the other Snickers flavours, chocolate and caramel, and turn them into one delicious cupcake…

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Peanut Buttercream

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It’s been a little while since I added to my cupcakes and icing collection so I thought it was about time I created another new flavour – Peanut Buttercream.

Firstly a big thank you to everyone on twitter who helped me name this recipe. I was torn between Peanut Butter Buttercream (which I guess is really what it is, but it’s a bit of a mouthful to say) and Peanut Buttercream (which is much less of a tongue twister). The votes were pretty close but Peanut Buttercream was the winner.

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SPLENDA Cupcakes with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

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Sponsored by SPLENDA.

Last week I was invited by SPLENDA to try out one of their low sugar recipes and tell you all what I thought about it. I was immediately drawn to their cherry clafoutis as it’s something I’d always wanted to try, but as I’ve never actually had one before I didn’t have a frame of reference to compare it to. Instead I opted to whip up a batch of cupcakes. I consider myself a bit of a cupcake expert (well I make them a lot if that counts) so I can really drill down and see how this low sugar version compares to my usual creations…

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Chocolate Meringue Nests

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I am a massive fan of meringues and it would seem by the popularity of my meringue nests recipe that you all are too, so I thought I’d create a recipe for chocolate meringue nests if you fancied something a bit different. These chocolate meringue nests are made from the same basic french meringue recipe but with added cocoa powder and grated dark chocolate…

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Dairy-Free Chocolate Buttercream

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A few days ago I shared my dairy-free chocolate cupcakes with the promise of sharing the buttercream (can you call it BUTTERcream if it’s dairy-free? what do you think?) to go on top.

As with the cupcakes, this buttercream gets it’s really chocolatey flavour from using a combination of both cocoa powder and real melted chocolate (dairy-free of course) in the mix and as with the cupcakes, you’d have no idea it was dairy-free unless you’re told – it’s delicious…

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Dairy-Free Chocolate Cupcakes

Dairy-free chocolate cupcakes topped with dairy-free chocolate buttercream.

A few weeks ago I received a message from one of my readers saying how much she loved my birthday cake recipe and asking if I could recommend a dairy-free cake recipe for her to bake for her daughter’s upcoming birthday. I consider myself extremely lucky that no-one in my household has a food allergy or intolerance so it’s not something I have to manage on a day-to-day basis, but I know from friends how hard it can be for children who want to be able to enjoy the same foods as others but simply can’t. I therefore jumped at the idea of figuring out a dairy-free cake recipe she could make to help her daughter have a really special day…

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Baileys Cupcakes

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Over the past few weeks I’ve been sharing a wider variety of different recipes on my Facebook page, some of mine and some others that I’ve discovered that I think you’ll all like. I’ve noticed a definite theme over there and that is that you all seem to love bakes with alcohol in. Gin seems to be a popular choice, along with Prosecco and of course, Baileys. As Baileys is one of my favourite drinks (it’s just so yummy and creamy) I thought I’d have a go at creating my own delicious cake with it featuring as the main ingredient…

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Baileys Buttercream

It’s been at least a week since I last shared a buttercream recipe with you, so I thought it was about time I posted another one. This one is flavoured with one of my favourite things – Baileys Irish Cream 🙂

I’ve piped this buttercream onto some delicious Bailey’s cupcakes (recipe coming very soon) but it would also go brilliantly with other flavours such as vanilla, chocolate or coffee. As you know, I like to post my cupcakes and icing separately so you can mix-and-match the flavours to your heart’s content.

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Gin & Lemon Scones

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I love getting creative in the kitchen testing out new flavour combinations and scones are perfect for a bit of experimentation. The obvious way to tweak them is by adding extra bits such as the fruit in these very berry scones or the marzipan and mincemeat in this festive version. However, you can also get creative with the liquid you use in the recipe too, infusing the dough with lots of flavour. Usually I use milk for my scones, but I thought I’d have a go with gin instead and they taste amazing…

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