Double Chocolate Birthday Cake

Sahara's Double Chocolate Birthday Cake

I was delighted when I was asked to make my niece Sahara’s very first birthday cake! Mum left it completely up to me and I spent the next week sifting through design ideas and recipes. I soon settled on a fondant covered cake and not long after picked a classic chocolate cake recipe. I can’t remember the last time I made a chocolate cake, when I first started baking Chocolate seemed to be they only flavour I desired but now I find my preference leaning towards the more fruity varieties but who doesn’t love a good chocolate cake?

Next was the cake

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Ginger Kisses

Ginger Kisses These are lovely delicate ginger sandwich cookies complete with double ginger filling. You could fill them with any flavor icing but I wanted an intense ginger taste. Can you have too much ginger? I have slowly become a huge ginger fanatic: ginger beer, ginger cookies, chocolate covered ginger, ginger cake, ginger ale – it is all fantastic! These sweet little cookies are addictive and you’ll find the batch will quickly disappear. My batch lasted a few hours….

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Coconut Vanilla Cupcakes

Coconut Vanilla Cupcakes I seem to be going coconut crazy! Coconut chocolates, Coconut cupcakes …… I wonder if Coconut marshmallows would work? I made these Coconut Vanilla Cupcakes for a baby shower and topped them off with a green butter cream using a Wilton ‘grass and hair’ icing tip and lady bug chocolates. The grass was really effective and looked great. However, if you want even more coconut flavour sprinkle some shredded coconut on top :)

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Chocolate Banana Cupcakes

Chocolate Banana CupcakesDecorating cakes, cupcakes and cookies for kids, in my opinion has to be the best kind of decorating. You can have so much fun and the themes are limitless: pirates, fairies, bugs, bright colours and cuddly teddy bears, just to name a few. I have 2 1/2 baby nieces now so my cupcake decorating days have only just begun and I’m excited! Of course, you can frost these cupcakes with any kind of frosting, but I went for the classic banana chocolate combo and finished off with a brown and pink teddy bear theme.

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Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes with Blueberry Cream Cheese Frosting

Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes with Blueberry Cream Cheese Frosting

I only recently became a Blueberry fan, mainly because they have always been fairly expensive in Australia and not that commonly used (compared to other parts of the world).  But, after spending 2 months in New York during winter I absolutely fell in love with blueberries and ate them every chance I got….. hmmm…. blueberry pancakes and blueberry tart and bagels with blueberry cream cheese … drool….

They were slightly cheaper in the US ($3 a punnet), I must say I was expecting them to be a lot cheaper.  Well I am back home now and have decided I am willing

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Caramel Mud Cupcakes

Dr Who Caramel Mud Cupcakes

Made for the birthday of a HUGE Doctor WHo Fan!  Caramel Mud Cupcakes with Caramel Frosting

Caramel Mud Cupcakes

Recipe from Women’s Weekly ‘Cupcakes and Cookies’

Ingredients 125g (4.4oz, 1 stick)  unsalted butter chopped 100g (3.5 oz) white eating chocolate, chopped coarsely 2/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar 1/4 cup golden syrup 2/3 cup full fat milk 1 cup plain flour, sifted 1/3 cup self-raising flour, sifted 1 egg Method Preheat oven to 160C degrees and line a 12 hole muffin pan with cupcake cases. Combine the butter, white chocolate, sugar, golden syrup and milk in

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Cinnamon Scrolls

Cinnamon Scrolls

Gooey,  oozy Cinnamon Scrolls.  I was introduced to these sweet spirals of cinnamon goodness while on holiday to New York.  They love all things Cinnamon over there and who can blame them?  This fragrant spice marries so well with one of their other culinary obsessions…. Cream Cheese.  They are known are ‘Cinnabons’ in the USA and are available from franchises all over the place.

Unfortunately, they are a little harder to find in Australia so baking them was the only way to enjoy these scrolls down under.  I have re-created many dishes first experienced on in New York since coming home

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