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Mother's Day cupcakes

I decided to go 'back to basics' this Mother's Day and made some vanilla cupcakes with lemon buttercream. Sometimes, you just can't beat the taste of a nice, plain, simple cupcake.

To jazz them up a bit, I picked out a pretty box and some nice cases, made some butterflies and letters out of sugarpaste, and piped the buttercream in a rose swirl. Rose swirls are definitely my favourite kind of piping, it's so quick and easy to do and makes for a simple but classic effect.

I think she liked them. But to be honest, she had a piece of El Gringo cake aswell on the day and I think that stole their thunder a little! Hopefully that was the first and last time my mother has ingested tequila!

El Gringo Margarita cake

This is a cake borne out of an obsession. An obsession with cheese....

Back in March, I was aware that a new limited edition cheese was on the horizon - the El Gringo, from the Cheshire Cheese Company, which was a cheddar cheese with tequila, lime and chilli, or to put it another way - the cheese of dreams. Normally, I can limit myself to buying 'special cheese' at food festivals only, but I knew I would have to get my greedy paws on the Mexican cheesy goodness as a matter of urgency.

Unfortunately for Mike, the El Gringo was released during a week off work, which meant I became obsessed with tracking it down (and also possibly temporarily insane) - ordering it online and waiting DAYS was just not going to cut it. Happily we discovered there was a food festival happening in Wigan where the cheese was to be available, so I forced Mike to drive us there and I obtained two truckles of the Mexican beast from Deano, the slightly bemused stallholder. Possibly the shortest trip anyon…

Not Cakes From Kim: Sweet chilli and tomato chutney

I LOVE chutney - chutney stalls are probably the second place you should look for me if you ever lose me at a food festival (cheese stalls being the first). I had high hopes of mastering the dark art of chutney making last year so everyone I know could have received jars of it for Christmas adorned with pretty labels and ribbons, but of course I didn't bother pulling my finger out and trying any recipes, so it was a chutney-less Christmas for all who know me! (I'm not even sure how many people I know would actually eat chutney but still, might have made a nice change from having cakes forced upon them...!)

So I had a week off in March and decided it was time to give it a go. I'd had this Pink Whisk recipe for sweet chilli and tomato chutney (a firm favourite flavour) bookmarked for a while which looked like a good place to start, having really good step-by-step instructions and handy photos, so off I went.

Well, I don't really know what else so say other than the reci…

Peanut butter and toblerone cheesecake

Another post that isn't a cake! We were having some friends over a few weeks ago and I wanted to make a nice dessert. Proper desserts aren't something I've made very many of, I'm definitely more of a cake girl, and plus, I'd always rather have a boozy coffee or a cheeseboard than a dessert (or seconds from the main course...!).

Anyway, I had had a Peanut butter and Toblerone cheesecake on my 'to bake' list for a while, and as it was a 'no bake' recipe I thought it would be a fairly quick and easy dessert. And the only springform tin I had was the exact right size. AND it had an Oreo base and it's been a while since I indulged that little obsession of mine.. so you can see, I was struggling to think of a reason why I shouldn't make it. (Although one did present itself when I weighed out the ingredients and realised the sheer volume of cream cheese involved, but I was too far down the line then!)

It was super easy to make - the most difficult …