Sprinkles & Checkerboard Birthday Cake

This weekend just gone was the 3rd birthday of Derby’s Clandestine Cake Club, which I have proudly been a member for 2 years – doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun! What better theme to celebrate with, than big, sticky birthday cakes. I’d been wanting to try a checkerboard cake for a while, and this…

Pink Lemonade Cupcakes

A beautiful summers day and perfect excuse to use some more of my treats from Sugar and Crumbs. A quick taste test and I was instantly smitten with their Pink Lemonade Natural Flavoured Icing Sugar. You know those Refresher sweets, with the fizzy lemon centre? It tastes exactly like that fizzy sherbet! And despite the…

Making Mini Doughnuts

Tonight was one of those nights where I got home from work and just wanted to have a play in the kitchen. Anyone who loves baking or cooking will know what I mean – not your average weeknight cook a healthy dinner, clean up and find the evening is over. But something more creative. More…

Silver Spoon Designer Icing – Review

Last week the lovely folks at Baking Mad contacted me to ask if I’d like to test out some of their products, and no sooner than I’d sent them and emphatic yes, the postman brought me a great package the very next day. I decided to start on with the Designer Icing – big, toothpaste-sized…

Orange & Mango Trifle and The Great Bloggers Bake Off

Last week whilst at cake club, I got to talking with someone involved in the Great Bloggers Bake Off. What was this I asked? (and how could I not know about it!) Set up by Helen and Jenny, the idea revolves around that rather marvellous television programme that is the Great British Bake Off. Like…

Mojito Marble Bundt Cake

This weekend marked the marvellous return of cake club, after its all-too-long summer break. The event on Sunday was part of Derby Clandestine Cake Club, themed as ‘Summer’s Last Cocktail Party’. Well, where to start with a cocktail cake! I’d been thinking about a marble cake for a while, and the different ingredients of a…

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…

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 & Lemon Hearts

Last night, amid a kitchen full of cake pops, I ended up with half a bowl of spare lemon buttercream. What to do…? I couldn’t throw it away; I shouldn’t eat it (although easily could have done!) so the only thing for it was to make some cupcakes to ice. It makes sense it my…

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…