Showing posts from February, 2011

The Unwanted Cake

What a sad story this is! This poor cake just didn't want to be eaten.

I've made this Cappuccino cake a fair few times now, including a couple of birthdays last year, and it's never let me down. It's simple to make and with the decoration being quite plain, it always looks OK too. Unfortunately, this time I really struggled to find people to take it off my hands!

One of my friends had commented on a picture of it on Facebook a while ago saying how much she liked the look of it, so I decided to bake it for her when she came over for a tea a few weeks ago. I was just putting the finishing touches to it the night before (literally sprinkling the cocoa powder over it!) when she texted me to cancel. At the time we were slightly selfishly relieved because it meant we could greedily cut into it straight away and fill our faces.

The next day Mike took a few slices into work for his colleagues... but one of them had phoned in sick. He tried to palm the last slice off on to som…

Cherry Shortbread Hearts

Last year I started what I think will become a tradition - to bake something heart-themed and therefore slightly cheesy, for Valentine's Day.

This year I've noticed quite a bit of Valentine's backlash, and it makes me kind of sad... I know it's gone very commercial (like everything it seems; is it just me or was Halloween in particular really OTT last year?!) but surely you can enjoy it without having to buy into the commercialism. It seemed that nobody was even bothering to acknowledge it - at work people were saying things like 'we don't need Valentine's Day to show each other we care so we don't bother' - I mean, neither do we, but isn't it just nice to have a day where you can just celebrate what you have together?

Anyway, I digress... so last year I did some heart cupcakes, which I didn't think I was going to be able to top (and I don't think I did) but I want to do something other than cake, since we seemed to have eaten so much of i…

Baileys and Chocolate Chip Scones

OK, so the title's not exactly accurate - it was Tesco Finest's version of Baileys, but I can't tell the difference myself!

When I saw The Pink Whisk's recipe for these scones on Friday, I knew that they HAD to be made before the weekend was out! Scones have been on my list of things to make for ages, and I don't like raisins or sultanas so I was in search of something a bit different.

Mike and I are in agreement that these were possibly the nicest things to come out of the kitchen here so far! You could really taste the Baileys!

They were so quick and easy to make aswell - all done and dusted during the course of tonight's Top Gear.

Mike had his with that and chocolate spread, as suggested in the original recipe.

I cheated and got some squirty cream, which made for nice decoration!

We both scoffed two each in one sitting and really had to exercise some self-restraint at that point!

You can get the recipe here. Thanks so much to The Pink Whisk for sharing these beaut…

January: the baking drought

Wow, is it really February already... where is this year going?

Well, this blog has been a bit of a poor show since Christmas. I'd love to tell you that it's because I've been so busy baking that I just haven't had time to show off my efforts, but unfortunately, that hasn't been the case. I was starting to worry that I'd lost the baking love, but I think that real life had just taken over a while - with starting my new job just before Christmas I suppose I've just been trying to find my feet in this new co-habiting plus full-time job routine. And another spanner in the baking works was that we've just got ourselves the Playstation Move, so that along with Little Big Planet 2 meant that after tea we have been tending to sit around gaming and eating leftover Christmas chocolate!

So I just have 4 measly things to share that I made in January, only one of which is baked goods but I'm pleased to say that 2 of them are my own ideas for once.

1. Cheese, onion…