New Years Firework Cupcakes

Tangy lemon cupcakes with coloured fondant fireworks, shimmer spray and plenty of edible glitter! To be enjoyed tonight with a large glass of bubbles 🙂 Farewell to a fantastic 2012 and and looking ahead to what promises to be a great 2013. Happy New Year to you and yours, hope it starts with a bang!

Merry Christmas! Red Velvet & White Chocolate Santa Cookies

Seasons Greetings to you and yours, hope that Santa bought everything you wanted and more! These little bites of festivity were cut using a Santa cutter I bought in Hamburg a couple of weeks back (you can see some photos from the Christmas markets here). You could easily find a template online if you don’t…

Christmas Spiced Santa Cupcakes

Last weekend I went to a Santa fancy dress party… was there really any choice about what to make? I wanted to add a little twist to some simple vanilla cupcakes – so added 1 teaspoon vanilla essence, 1/2 teaspoon ginger, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and 1 teaspoon of nutmeg to the batter, to give them…

Christmas Gingerbread Houses

What could be more Christmassy than the warm spice of gingerbread, sugared with crunchy royal icing and adorned with yummy sweets? I’d not made a gingerbread house before and decided that was my challenge for this festive season! Using the recipe from BBC good food and tips from Kirstie Allsopp’s version over on C4. For the…

G and Teatime – Afternoon Tea with a Twist

This afternoon we spent a lovely couple of hours at The Lacehouse in Nottingham (at the time of writing their site is under development, find them on Facebook in the meantime). In the heart of Nottingham’s Lace Market, the Lacehouse is a lovely new bar taking full advantage of the areas original brickwork and beautifully…

Christmas Cupcake and Cake Pop Course – April Delights, Nottingham

Last Sunday I spent a truly delightful afternoon over at April Delights in Bestwood (a few miles north of Nottingham city centre) taking part in a cupcake and cake pop decorating class. I’d paid for the class about 6 months ago through groupon – the price of £23 seemed like a bargain for 4 hours…

Chocolate Brownie Christmas Trees

What a week last week turned into! The winter weather well and truly hit the UK with some horrid floods followed by a sharp cold snap – road closures and ice everywhere. I shouldn’t complain, a lot of people have far more serious problems caused by the floods, but for me it’s meant some horrific…

Red Velvet & Chocolate Reindeer Cupcakes

A couple of weeks ago I attended a work event where we had a quick team building session – cupcake making! The lovely lady who was running us through things had some fantastic Christmas ideas (you may have seen them over on my twitter). As soon as I clapped eyes on her reindeer cakes I…