Recipe | KitKat chocolate cupcakes with vanilla buttercream

As you can imagine, I used the recent publication of my second book as an excuse for cake! KitKat chocolate cupcakes with vanilla buttercream

Elle's A to Z of Love by Claire Huston cupcakes

KitKats feature in my second book, Elle’s A to Z of Love, so I wanted to include them in my publication day celebrations. I found the recipe for these KitKat cupcakes at Crumbs & Corkscrews.

You can get a copy of Elle’s A to Z of Love here.

Ingredients (for 24 KitKat cupcakes – halve these quantities if you only want 12 cupcakes!)

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My new book, Elle’s A to Z of Love, is out today! #NewRelease #RomanceReads

Look at that! I wrote another book!

Elle's A to Z of Love by Claire Huston book cover

My second novel, Elle’s A to Z of Love, is out today.

Today is publication day for my second book, Elle’s A to Z of Love. As I’m sure you’ve guessed from the title and cover, it’s a happy, light-hearted love story set in a small (fictional) village in the English countryside.

It’s available in ebook and paperback. The ebook is on Amazon and if you have Kindle Unlimited it’s free to download. The paperback is available everywhere so you can order it from your preferred online or high street book store.

Please help me spread the word!

I’d be very very grateful if you could help spread the word of the book’s release on social media or add the book to your to-read shelf on Goodreads. Thank you 🙂

I’ll obviously be making publication day cake and will be back soon with details of that!

Here’s the blurb and a bit about the blog tour which starts today and runs until 13th July.

The blurb:

Haileybrook, a beautiful village in the peaceful Cotswolds countryside, is most people’s idea of heaven on earth.

Born and raised in this small slice of paradise, Elle Bea can’t wait to leave.

It should be easy, but every time she packs her bags for exotic adventures, old loves and loyalties pull her back.

Will Elle be forced to forget her dreams of far-flung places and epic romance, or can she grab one last chance to have it all?

An uplifting, romantic story about friends, family and the relationships that make a place a home.

The blog tour!

Thank you to all the lovely bloggers taking part in the tour for Elle’s A to Z of Love. Special thanks to the fantastic Rachel Gilbey at Rachel’s Random Resources who organized the tour.

Elles A To Z of Love by Claire Huston book Full Tour Banner

I’ll be doing my best to share everyone’s posts on my other social media accounts. Thank you again to everyone for your support!

Get your copy of Elle’s A to Z of Love now!

Claire Huston / Art and Soul

Recipe | Easy four-ingredient flapjacks

A super simple recipe for delicious oaty flapjacks

Picture of easy flapjacks sliced and stacked

These flapjacks are so easy to make this will probably be the shortest recipe post I’ll ever write. If you want to jazz them up you can add 50 g of raisins, nuts, choc chips … whatever you like. Just make sure to add an extra tbsp of syrup if you do. You could also drizzle some melted chocolate on the top when the flapjacks have cooled and before slicing.

Ingredients (makes 16 to 32 flapjacks)

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Recipe | Coffee sponge cake with cappuccino buttercream

Coffee sponge cake topped with delicious cappuccino buttercream

Easy quick recipe coffee sponge cake traybake with cappuccino buttercream dusted with cocoa uk

This cake has a terrific coffee flavour and I say that as someone who struggles to drink the stuff!

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Recipe | Pecan and almond loaf cake

Yummy loaf cake chockfull of almonds and pecans!

Easy recipe for pecan and almondy loaf cake UK grams and oz

I had pecans to use up and found this recipe at lovefoodies. I left out the salt and almond essence from the original recipe. I never think the salt is necessary and I find almond essence makes things taste like marzipan and I don’t like marzipan!

If you need the ingredients in cups, best to head over to the original recipe.

Ingredients (this makes enough mixture for a 30 x 12 cm / 12 x 5 in loaf tin):

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Recipe | Malteser chocolate biscuit bars (no bake!)

Maltesers, dark and white chocolate, plus crushed biscuit. The sweetest of no-bake treats!

Easy no bake quick Malteser chocolate biscuit bars with white chocolate topping recipe uk

I got the original recipe from allrecipes but made a couple of tweaks to it. A very easy no-bake option for fans of Maltesers with a very sweet tooth.

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Recipe | Banana, raisin, oat and honey muffins

An easy recipe for banana, raisin, oat and honey muffins. No mixer required.

Banana, raisin, oat and honey muffins quick recipe breakfast muffins simple recipe uk

I found this recipe for easy banana, raisin, oat and honey muffins at delicious. They are a tasty way of using up overripe bananas and a good breakfast muffin option.

This is a particularly good recipe if you don’t have a stand mixer or electric beaters to help you as there’s not a lot of stirring involved.

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Review | Ariadne by Jennifer Saint

Beautiful writing but lacking some pace and drama. 3.5/5.

Ariadne by Jennifer Saint cover image

Thank you to Headline/Wildfire for providing me with an e-copy of this book via NetGalley.

The blurb:

My take:

I’ve enjoyed many books in the current trend of telling mythological tales from often side-lined female characters’ perspectives. The high-water mark in this genre (or sub genre?) for me continues to be Circe by Madeline Miller.

In the case of Ariadne, I was particularly intrigued by the author’s choice of narrators because Theseus, like many of the male Greek heroes, didn’t treat the women he encountered all that well (intention understatement) and I thought it would be interesting to get the women’s point of view. And overall, I think the author’s creative depiction of Ariadne and Phaedra’s experiences is perceptive and the dual narration adds to the story and provides some interesting contrasts. The writing is beautiful and the descriptions are particularly evocative.

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Happy Book Birthday to me! Art and Soul is one today! #ArtandSoul #RomanceBooks

Phew! That went fast! Happy 1st book birthday to me!

Art and Soul by Claire Huston first book birthday 23 April 2021
My debut novel, Art and Soul, came out a year ago today!

Thank you to everyone who has shared, read, reviewed and been so supportive over the past twelve months. It’s been an odd, difficult year for everyone and I truly appreciate you taking any interest at all in my book when I’m sure you’ve had many other things to worry about.

In case this is the first you’re hearing about it, Art and Soul is an uplifting contemporary romance with oodles of art and cake. And if that sounds like something you’d like to read, it’s available in ebook and paperback and free to download with Kindle Unlimited.

New news! Book 2 is coming soon!

Book 2 is coming soon (2)

My second novel – another contemporary romance – will be out on 6th July! Watch this space, as I’ll have more to share about that soon.

I hope you’re all keeping well. Take care x

Claire Huston / Art and Soul

Recipe | Lemon curd swirl sponge cake

This lemon curd swirl sponge cake is easy to make and has great lemon flavour

Easy recipe lemon curd swirl sponge layer cake uk

I wanted to make a lemon cake, but I’ve been disappointed in the past with recipes which produce a sponge with only a hint of citrus rather than a decent lemon flavour. So I decided to experiment and come up with something myself. I adapted one of my favourite recipes – for raspberry ripple sponge cake – to make it using lemon curd. And it was a success!

This recipe gives a beautifully fluffy sponge packed full of lemon flavour. It also happens to look rather pretty without the need for any extra decoration after baking.


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