Butternut squash brownies

Carrot cake, beetroot muffins and avocado and chocolate mousse are some of the desserts with fruit/vegetables that have become popular over the last few years. I am not a big fan of the latter two, but I do try to incorporate vegetables in cakes and puddings. I had a butternut squash that came in our…

Cranberry blondies

The idea of having a gluten free week has been both exciting and daunting. While I am up for a challenge that forces me to be creative in the kitchen, I thought I would struggle with dessert recipes. Until I realised you can get gluten free flour, obviously? Corn flour is one of those.  Naturally…

Pink velvet vanilla cake

Red velvet cake is as American as a cake can get. Fluffy, moist and dramatic. Traditionally a chocolate cake, with a significant amount of food colouring, it’s a bright feather-like treat that looks SO fancy.  We have had quite a lot of chocolate cake lately,  so I came up with a vanilla version of red…

No baking banoffee pie

Sometimes you just want to use some bananas that are looking like they’ve seen better days, sometimes you just wake up really fancying a banoffee pie, regardless of whether you have bananas or not. Or if guests are coming for dinner (they may not like bananas after all)… Today was a banoffee pie mood day,…

The ultimate chocolate cake

For years,  I have struggled to find a great chocolate cake recipe, one that produces a cake that is moist yet not too dense, rich but not sickly. I found myself compromising flavour to get the right texture, and full of frustration because I couldn’t compete with shop bought chocolate cake. I found myself reminiscing…

Dark chocolate cupcakes

It is very hard to find good quality chocolate cupcakes (and chocolate cake for that matter), either they normally don’t have a rich chocolate taste, the sponge part is dry or the icing lacks flavour. I have been experimenting with different recipes and have come up with a very simple way to make really nice…

Lemon curd cupcakes

I love buttercream. Who doesn’t like buttercream? What is wrong with those people that meticulously peel buttercream off a cake and relegate it to the side of a plate? When I was a child I was always hoping my parents did that, so that I could have their buttercream leftovers. On a rainy morning (we…

Double chocolate brownies

I am always keen to try new treats, especially those that have ‘double chocolate’ in the title. These brownies are indulgent, quick and don’t require many ingredients. The trick is in using the right baking tray size, so that they have the right depth, and leaving them slightly undercooked, so that they are gooey. Also,…

lemon curd cupcakes

I love lemon drizzle and anything citrusy in cakes, but I also love buttercream; wait, who doesn’t? On a rainy morning (we get plenty of those), I felt brave enough to experiment with lemon curd and cupcakes. I find it that lemon cupcakes are never lemony enough, unless they are drizzled in which case buttercream…

Double chocolate Brownies

I am always keen to try new treats, especially those that have ‘double chocolate’ in the title. These brownies are indulgent, quick and don’t require many ingredients. The trick is in using the right baking tray size, so that they have the right depth, and leaving them slightly undercooked, so that they are gooey. Also,…