Bake: Chocolate Ganache Cake

I am known in my office for my cakes and it has become a habit for me to bake when there are birthdays, people leaving etc. Last week I baked a lemon drizzle bundt cake which went down incredibly well and as it is one of the guys in my department’s birthdays today (and a big one at that since he is just short of 6 months younger than me) I thought I’d bake something for him!

BBC Food Chocolate Ganache Cake

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Home Made Vegan Hob Nob Biscuits

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I love a good biscuit and Hob Nobs are one of my favourite types. However, I sometimes find them a bit too salty and dry. Whilst on the Moneysavingexpert Old Style board many a year ago (I don’t go on there as often any more) I found this awesome recipe for Hob Nob style biscuits and I thought that I would share it with you!

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Delicious Pasties Recipe

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 (Please excuse the uneven colouring, I didn’t have much luck with the light or editing!!)

I have posted a lot of ‘makes’ this week and I hope to continue to make at least one thing every week, if not a lot more!

We made pasties using Paul Hollywood’s pastry recipe and they turned out to be delish! These are perfect for packed lunches, picnics, lunch, dinner and snacks! There’s no recipe as such, apart from for the pastry, which is Paul’s one (and pretty darned fabulous) but I took photos of the process to share with you guys at least!

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Vegan Pumpkin Spice Muffins Recipe

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I absolutely adore squashes, particularly butternut squash and pumpkin. My Pinterest boards are full of golden leaves, squashes and caramel apple delights. It inspired me to make some pumpkin spice muffins – here’s how I made these delicious treats – perfect for on-the-go breakfasts or a weekend snack Continue reading “Vegan Pumpkin Spice Muffins Recipe”

Cake: Panda Cupcakes

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Last week was National Cupcake Week and I thought that I would make some cupcakes to mark the occasion – well, why not?! So it was debated which animal I should do next, after my pig cupcakes, and it was decided on pandas.

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I used the last of the packet mixes I’d acquired from the USA, a Duncan Hines Red Velvet mix. From now on I shall make my cakes from scratch (unless someone sends me some more USA mixes, haha). I filled the cupcakes with cherry pie filling, and then baked them as per instruction. Once they had cooled I topped them with a buttercream frosting with added Marshmallow Fluff. Then it was time to get creative!

As you can see, I’m not the most skilled decorator, but I gave it my best shot and used the amazing coal dust crystals c/o The Gobstopper  for the fur around the eyes, and the nose, mouth, eyes and ears are all slices of Panda licorice (see what I did there?!).

The cakes tasted delicious and that’s not just me saying that! The buttercream tasted great and the cherry pie filling really complimented the red velvet cake. I’m so glad that I added the sherbert. It tasted so good on the cakes, and alone (with a spoon, hiding…. joking, only just!!). The sherbert is called ‘coal dust’ and I must admit I’d not seen stuff like it before. The lovely people from The Gobstopper sent some to me with a bag of delicious lemon sherbert too. I loved how well-wrapped the sherbert was and luckily for me it also turned up on my birthday, so it was a nice surprise.

Now I’m trying to figure out which animal I’m going to make cupcakes of next…. any ideas?!

PS sign ups for the penpal swap end this Sunday…. get on it right now!!