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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...

Cakes & Cupcakes, Recipes / 23.06.2017

I used to love ginger loaf as a child, and discovered that my husband did too. I think the last time I baked one was a good 15 years ago! So it was high time I baked it again. Making it was thoroughly enjoyable - there is something very satisfying about mixing up the dark and spicy molasses-rich batter. Being quite a dense texture, I used to spread a generous amount of butter on my slice of ginger loaf. Not this one though - it comes with its own creamy icing that negates the need for any buttering! The rich, citrusy cream cheese icing really breathes...

Cakes & Cupcakes, Recipes / 12.04.2017

I know, I know. Easter is all about chocolate. But that doesn't mean you can't mix it up a little and try something completely different! This triple-layered Speckled Egg Coconut Cake is the perfect show-stopper to end your Easter meal. It's made with light and fluffy coconut flavoured sponge cake, and iced with a coconut cream buttercream. Phyllo pastry works fabulously as a nest to hold the pretty speckled eggs that decorate the cake (so you will get some chocolate after all!). The fun part of course is the speckling. A little head's up - things are gonna get messy! So be...

Cakes & Cupcakes, Recipes / 07.02.2017

It was my Mom's birthday last week, so I gave her the choice of what cake she'd like for the occasion. She requested a Carrot Cake, which I was pleased about as it tied in beautifully with International Carrot Cake day on 3 February! I consulted my beloved Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook for a recipe, and the resulting cake was a huge hit! It has a delicious melt-in-the-mouth texture and is just spicy enough to enhance the sweet carroty goodness. The original recipe makes use of ginger but I substituted this with mixed spice instead. Use either pecan nuts or walnuts to add a lovely...

Cakes & Cupcakes, Recipes / 01.12.2016

Just about every baker out there will tell you they have the BEST chocolate cake recipe. But you can ignore them. Because this recipe is the only chocolate cake recipe you'll ever need! I've been using this recipe for over 20 years and it has never flopped. That's what I call fool-proof! This is a simple and straightforward chocolate cake. No difficult techniques or fancy ingredients. It has a lovely, light texture and is not too rich. The beauty of this cake is you can make it as modest or as magnificent as you like. A basic topping of whipped cream is absolutely delicious, or for a...

Cakes & Cupcakes, Recipes / 01.12.2016

If you want to up your cake game, say no to boring buttercream! This chocolate fudge icing has an amazing texture - like that of a spreadable fudge! It might be a little hard to imagine but once you taste it you will know what I mean. It's pretty special. The unique texture is all thanks to a surprise ingredient...

Cakes & Cupcakes, Recipes / 28.10.2016

Everybody loves a Red Velvet Cake, but this Halloween version is a spook-tacular centerpiece that your guests won't forget! Don't be haunted by all the components, there are a lot but each one is simple to make. Just focus on making one component at a time and then assembling the cake. Ingredients: Red Velvet Cake: 125g butter, softened 300g castor sugar 2 large eggs 5ml vanilla extract 250ml buttermilk 300g flour 20g cocoa powder 5ml salt 5ml bicarbonate of soda 15ml white vinegar Red food colouring (gel, not liquid) Cream Cheese Icing: 200g smooth cream cheese, softened 100g butter, softened 5ml vanilla extract 500g icing sugar Black Chocolate Ganache: 250g dark chocolate 200ml whipping cream Black food colouring (gel, not liquid) Meringue Ghosts: 2 large egg whites 100g...