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Cakes & Cupcakes, Recipes / 13.04.2018

Back in the day, Red Velvet cakes were made with fresh beetroot and no food colouring. Since April is Earth month it seemed like a good time to test out that earthy beetroot flavour and make a real Red Velvet Cake. What put me off until now is the messy process of grating the beetroots and staining my counters and hands pink in the process. But this is no longer an issue since some clever folks concentrated all the colour and goodness of beetroots into a beautiful crimson beetroot powder! Something I discovered rather quickly is that beetroot only maintains its gorgeous colour...

Cakes & Cupcakes, Desserts, Recipes / 30.03.2018

This beautiful Fig and Frangelico cake is sure to turn some heads. The deep purple crown of fresh figs and generous cascade of sauce will entice the senses of your guests even before they know it's full of Frangelico! The cake is composed of three layers of hazelnut and fig sponge soaked in a boozy Frangelico sauce, then sandwiched together with a creamy mascarpone icing and decorated with fresh figs and more Frangelico sauce. It's a gorgeously grown-up and sophisticated dessert that's suited to a celebration. The whole cake can be made and assembled up to 2 days in advance, then simply...

Biscuits & Cookies, Cakes & Cupcakes, Desserts, Recipes, Tarts & Pastries / 10.02.2018

A few weeks ago, I spotted something rather breathtaking on Instagram. A woman (you could call her a genius actually) named Adi Klinghofer invented an incredible "cake" and it went viral. The "cakes" are actually more like a cream tart - 2 layers of biscuits, filled and topped with cream and beautifully decorated with fruit, flowers, sweets, meringues and macarons. The wonderful thing about this Celebration Cream Tart is that you need no fancy equipment or skills to make it! You can make the biscuits into numbers, letters or any shape you like (with Valentine's Day around the corner, I naturally...

Cakes & Cupcakes, Recipes / 21.11.2017

When I see a cupcake this cute, I actually don't really care how it tastes. I simply have to make it! I got the inspiration to make these honey cupcakes with cream cheese icing after seeing a similar idea online. As a marvellous stroke of luck I had a beautiful, big jar of eucalyptus honey just waiting to be used in a recipe. Luckily these pretty cupcakes taste as amazing as they look. The honey used in the sponge adds not only flavour, but a soft and moist texture too. A generous beehive swirl of creamy icing sweetens the cupcake perfectly....

Cakes & Cupcakes, Recipes / 02.11.2017

Hola amiga's! I've been really excited to share these not-so-cuddly cupcakes with you. Succulents and cacti are SO on-trend right now! Especially if you live in Cape Town and can grow nothing else in your garden, thanks to the drought. Perhaps you're wondering what type of occasion would call for making these prickly cactus cupcakes. In my case it was for a Mexican-themed 1-year old's party (alongside a Piñata cake, of course). Your reason may be margarita night, a garden-club tea, or even to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Whatever the occasion, these barbed beauties are sure to bring a smile to your...

Cakes & Cupcakes, Recipes / 26.10.2017

Boo! Scared you, huh? Indeed it is that time of year where all things spooky and creepy permeate our Instagram feeds. Of course, I had to get on that bandwagon myself and contribute a terrifying typography cake that will frighten the bravest of humans. Halloween treats must be both terrifying and tasty, and the crunchy dark chocolate shortbread dispersed amongst a white vanilla cake takes care of both of these criteria. Serve with a splash of blood-red jam to maximise the scary surprise! Ingredients: Chocolate Boo Biscuits 150g butter, softened 110g sugar 185g flour 85g cocoa powder 1 bottle of black gel food colouring White Cake 115g butter 200g sugar 7ml vanilla extract 4 large egg...

Cakes & Cupcakes, Edible Gifts, Recipes / 01.09.2017

Today is the 1st of September, officially Spring Day! It's an absolutely gorgeous day in Cape Town. I can smell jasmine in the air and see green shoots on the trees. To celebrate the changing of the seasons I decided to have a little fun in the kitchen. Truth be told, these pretty flower pots are just chocolate cupcakes. But when you bake them in terracotta pots and decorate them with flowers, they transform into a magical spring garden. Once you've made them, you will feel a great need to share them as they are simply too pretty to eat alone! *If the thought of...

Cakes & Cupcakes, Desserts, Recipes / 29.08.2017

I know this marbled glaze is impressing you right now. Let me tell you, the cake underneath is equally impressive. It's incredibly dense and rich in texture, and ultra-chocolatey in flavour. That's thanks to not only the deliciously dark chocolate in the mixture. But also the cacao butter. That's right - cacao butter. It's a wonderful ingredient to use in baking when you want to boost the chocolate flavour. Cacao butter also works as a great substitute for butter when you're going dairy-free. As cacao butter contains less water than regular butter, it gives an extra dense texture to cakes and...

Cakes & Cupcakes, Recipes / 01.08.2017

The arrival of naartjies in the supermarket signals that winter has arrived.  A firm favourite among South Africans, naartjies are known as mandarins or tangerines in other parts of the world.  Considering their abundance at this time of year, I felt it would be unthinkable not to create a delicious recipe using them. It was not hard to do so. I mean, what's not to love about their bright, glossy peel and juicy, sweet flesh? Keeping with a South African theme, I incorporated the fruity notes of Rooibos tea. The resulting cake is dense, citrusy and utterly "lekker". Baking it in a...