Winter Chocolate Cupcakes

So finally it seems like the end of winter might be in sight, dare we hope? The days are getting lighter and longer, the snow is getting less frequent, and the temperatures are, well, still damn freezing to be honest! In any case I thought it was about time these made it up, they were…

Fondant Fancies & Afternoon Tea Party

In case you didn’t hear already, it was MY BIRTHDAY this week! Not that I get at all excited… 😉 I’d decided on an afternoon tea party to celebrate, but what else. After hosting at home last year, this year a very lovely friend offered to hold it ar her house. She told me I…

Happy Birthday to me! Fondant Stars Birthday Cake

Yes that’s right – today is my birthday! There are 3 great rules at my office about birthdays: 1 – everyone has an extra day off on their birthday 2 – everyone chips in £5 for everyone else’s present, so everyone gets a present and by mutual agreement of everyone else, something that they like…

Red Velvet Valentines Ombre Cake

Happy Valentines Day! We have agreed not to do presents this year (it is going to be a costly enough 2013 as it is, watch this space…) but of course I couldn’t shy away from the valentines cake tradition! Rob would be broken-hearted if there wasn’t a red velvet surprise waiting for him. Last years…

Chocolate, Flowers and Butterflies Cake, for a new Baby Girl

This weekend we finally had the opportunity to go and see one of my best friends and her nearly-new (now 3 week old) baby girl. Of course I couldn’t turn up without cake in hand! Am pleased to report that all are well, baby is such a cutie and mum and dad filled with scrummy cake 🙂 The…

One Year Blogiversary!

Happy birthday to blog, happy birthday to blog… Can you believe it’s been a whole year since my first post, on a blog dreamed up in a corner of my mind on a quiet afternoon in the office. That humble first post – Baked Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake – still looks pretty tasty to me! 88 posts later…

Chocolate Philadelphia Swiss Roll

So my first ever attempt at a swiss roll went really rather well a couple of weeks ago. So well it was devoured entirely the same day, with not a crumb left! Immediately after making it a thought popped into Rob’s head, his little face lit up, “how about making one with chocolate Philadelphia?” Well…

Macarons… in McDonald’s?!

Last weekend I was working in a very cold Brussels – the temperature didn’t seem to reach above freezing the whole time we were there. More than a little tired (think, 12 hour days, 3 hour plane delays…), a colleague and I set out for dinner, only to stumble across McDonald’s advertising macarons in their…