Christmas Cake – preparing for festivity!

With the addition of Sailor Jerry to this fruit cake you’ll have a spicy soaked fruit sensation for this year’s festivities

This year I am making my first Christmas Cake!  Exciting times I know…although a little white lie as I made one when I was in high school as a surprise for my Mum and Grandma, that was entertaining trying to buy miniatures without them knowing!  The one problem with Christmas Cake and the reason we have not united in Baking-Matrimony in so long is down to the devil’s MARZIPAN!  My mate Nic loves the stuff and yet I can’t think of anything worse…Christmas is full of the stuff…on Christmas Cake, in Stollen and even those damned marzipan fruits.  Anyhoo, I decided not to let this little hurdle prevent me from making a delectable delight which to be honest I could simply NOT marzipan.

So here is a nifty Zobird’s-Twist recipe inspired heavily by the wonderful Jamie Oliver, who I am loving with all his indulgent delights in his Comfort Food series and equally by leafing through his Save with Jamie book – in Costco for a bargainous £4.99!  His recipe you can find here or you can take a risk by trialling my interpretation below:

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Lemon & Lime Cake – Happy New Year!

A refreshingly double layered cake with zesty tones and delicious creamy frosting

Happy New Year to everyone out there…this cake is the start of 2014 and even though I don’t make resolutions, I decided that when it came to my blog I needed to make an exception…I need to blog more.  The thing is i’m baking at least once or twice a week but i’m not making the time to get it down on here…So 2014 is the year for more blogging and getting my delectable delights up on here for you all to see, try and share.

This recipe is a take on the Hummingbird Lemon Cake but with lots of changes and additions.  I love lime, as does Tiki G, so it was inevitable that a recipe which states lemon in it, would end up with lime additions or replacements.  I also wanted to make something light and refreshing after we devoured our New Year’s Eve Brisket and Broche buns courtesy of Tiki G’s BBQ-ing skills.  So feel free to alter and amend this recipe at will and to make it with or without the candied limes and lemons. Continue reading »

Banana, Pecan & Maple Syrup Cake

A cake for banana fans…and blooming lovely with a cuppa coffee!

I’ve made lots of other banana related recipes and this is largely due to the fact that Grant pretty much only likes bananas and in turn we end up with a glut of them by the time the week is out.  I’ve trialled many recipes, but this little beauty is adapted from a gluten-free recipe in the ASDA catalogue.  I know I go on and on about the catalogues I pick up for free but seriously, give them the time of day, the recipes are quick, simple and fail-safe! Continue reading »

Banana & Chocolate Loaf Cake

A mouthwatering, moist and filling cake…plus it’s got banana in so surely this is 1 of your 5 a day :)

This is a staple recipe of mine which I tend to make when we have loads of bananas left over.  Grant loves bananas but we frequently over-buy them and I end up going in to mass-banana-bake-off!  This recipe is good because it is versatile and you could replace the chocolate with something else or maybe mix things up a bit…peanut butter, banana and jam maybe?! Continue reading »

Mars, Snickers & Twix Cake Bars!

 

Mars, Snickers & Twix Cake Bars

Mmm cake tray bake!

So…I love my weekends and even more I love my la-ins, but it would appear that the older we get Grant and I are struggling not to wake up full of the joys of spring any time after 8am!  This morning was no exception and at 4am for him and 7:20am for me we realised that very little can happen on a sleepy Sunday morning when the rest of the neighbourhood are asleep and we are desperate to finish our garden decking.  Being the considerate people that we are and wanting to stay in our neighbours good books, I put on a load of washing and filled this morning with some baking…you lucky peeps!

This morning it’s a modified ASDA magazine recipe called Fudge Cake Bars which i’ve topped instead with Celebrations – Mars, Snickers and Twix to be precise… Continue reading »

British Pudding Cupcakes – Rhubarb & Custard, Jam Sponge & Custard and Banana & Custard!

A British Pudding Medley

This varied concoction came from inspiration based on rhubarb & custard sweets!  Great idea I thought…except for 2 reasons:

  1. Rhubarb is out of season – stupid Zoe
  2. Rhubarb is like Marmite – people either love or hate it.

…and so this 3 route recipe surfaced…intended to keep all happy but driven by the desire to create a medley of fruit and custard puddings in teeny weeny cupcake form!  Continue reading »

Toffee Coffee Cupcakes/HUGE Cupcakes/Muffins!!!

Toffee Coffee Cupcakes with sprinkles!

My fiance Grant LOVES coffee cupcakes, he always suggests them whenever I ask the dreaded ‘What shall I bake?!’ question, and until 3 months ago it infuriated me as I didn’t like coffee.  Something weird happened though and after a coffee out with friends, and perhaps a combination of sheer determination too, I am now a self-confessed coffeeaholic much to the glee of my mate Nic!

So this Tuesday just gone I decided to make coffee inspired cupcakes for our school department lunchtime.  Even though the Hummingbird Espresso ones are Grant’s favourite I was desperate to make some with my own twist.  I found a Toffee Mocha Recipe on the Baking Mad website and made them unique to me…. Continue reading »

Mountain Bike Birthday Cake

Mountain Bike Birthday Cake

I was asked by a close friend to create  cake for her boyfriend’s father who as turning 50 and loved Mountain Biking. This was a scary commission as i’d never been asked properly to do anything like this before.  The cake was inspired by internet pictures, my cookie cutter tin contents and generally my mad imagination. Continue reading »