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Cakes & Cupcakes, Recipes / 02.11.2017

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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

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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...

Biscuits & Cookies, Recipes / 17.10.2017

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When I got married 4 years ago, my mother-in-law gave me a very special gift. A collection of family recipes, including many of my hubby's favourite dinners and treats. Lucky for me, it also includes one of my favourite recipes, and you're looking at it! The first time I sank my teeth into one of these chocolate crackle cookies, I thought I had died and gone to heaven.  They are deeply chocolatey and chewy, but with a crispy shell. And to top it all off, they look absolutely stunning, and make for a beautiful gift. This recipe has been slightly adapted...

Recipes, Sweets & Treats / 12.10.2017

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Chocolate purists will tell you that white chocolate is not true chocolate. It doesn't even really taste like chocolate! This is because it contains no cocoa solids at all. As a result, it is much sweeter than milk or dark chocolate and lacks that dark, slightly bitter cocoa flavour. Some years ago, the technique of caramelising or roasting white chocolate became a trend. For very good reason. By heating the sugars in the chocolate, the flavour changes from (some might say sickly) sweet to nutty, toasted and caramel-like. So delicious! I find the best way to enjoy this unique flavour is in...