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Pumpkin and Ginger Cake

If you’ve ever gone to the effort of cooking with, or carving a pumpkin, you’ll agree that it’s a good thing Halloween only comes around once a year. For me, at least, the whole process or halving, scooping, peeling, slicing and grating was a great deal of fun but a great deal of strenuous activity. Snigger away, pumpkin pros, but with the size squash I bought, it really was a mammoth task for me! But I will admit that the fruits of this labour were definitely worth it.

Deliciously spiced!

Deliciously spiced!

As I’m sure you’ve gathered, I spent most of my morning working on this pumpkin, just so I could make a cake (or possibly teabread) from it. And it sure was worth it. Pumpkin, when baked, doesn’t really have a strong flavour, but gives the cake a lot of moisture, and the ginger, naturally much stronger, lends a lovely aftertaste in your mouth a few seconds after eating a slice. But just remember to pat your grated pumpkin dry thoroughly and adjust the cooking time accordingly because if you’re not careful, the cake unknowingly could be a little too wet and doughy in the centre, like mine was. And of course, keep those seeds! Continue reading


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Hunger Games Themed Food: Mini Mockingjay/Bread Loaf Cupcakes

Part 2 of my Hunger Games post is here! In this episode, I have no special recipe for you – just the simple one of a cupcake and a reference; visit this wonderful site –  Savoury Sweet Life – and you will learn to make many things such as the chocolate butter cream I used for this recipe. It’s currently one of my favourite food sites out there at the moment. But I did spend hours slaving away on the golden decorations on the cupcakes you see before you, determined to carve these tiny features from a block of royal icing and then glaze it over with a sun-kissed spray. 

‘Peeta’s bread’

This started off fine – I could easy cut out the shape of a bread loaf with my knife and add little markings on with a toothpick. Then I decided to challenge myself by recreating the famous mockingjay pin – the symbol of Panem’s rebellion – and failed miserably. My hand wasn’t as steady as I would like to think and my ability to etch on intricate details lacks some talent. Ah well. The cakes, intended for my friends were enjoyed by all, and many laughed at my pitiful attempt of a bird. No one could understand how a swordfish  was related to the Hunger Games! Continue reading


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50 shades of blue… (Cupcakes)

Looking at the title and image, you may be wondering two things. Firstly, what do cupcakes have to do with the best-selling but quite inappropriate novel by E. L. James? And secondly, what is a cupcake doing in a teacup? 

A real teacake!

I’m going to answer both. Today, whilst shopping, I found a packet of Dr Oetker’s food colouring gels and thought they would be a better answer to my cry for colour than the old fashioned sour tasting liquids. The packet said that it would take 12 or so drops to make the perfect dark blue I wanted. It lied. After going through at least fifty shades of blue and using all the azure gel; I was left with this mockery of navy. I soon cheered up, as to my delight, I found a lovely treasure of my Grandmother’s and decided it would serve as a nice holder for all of my cakes.  Continue reading


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Triple Chocolate Cake

Triple Chocolate Cake… Perfect for a celebration… Or just any time you’re feeling hungry! 

Tripled!

So. You may be wondering why a ‘Triple Chocolate Cake’ has 2 layers – not 3. This is because the amount of chocolate icing you spread on instantly triples the chocolatiness; it’s so thick! As you can see, I lathered the whole cake in this oozing muddy mess (as you should!) so after a hard decision of to-make-or-not-to-make? I went for Betty Crocker’s Rich and Creamy Chocolate Frosting as it was so much cheaper and easier for a large cake. In the end, I gave this cake to my Aunt for HER birthday (Jeez, so many b-days in February!) and she loved it, so I’m hoping you will too!

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