Recipe | Christmas tree chocolate brownies

A simple festive bake: easy chocolate brownies + fun decorations = cute edible Christmas trees!

Quick and easy Christmas baking recipe uk Christmas tree brownies

I was searching online of easy Christmas bakes and kept seeing pictures of triangular brownies made into cute Christmas trees by adding some green icing and sprinkles. I decided to give it a try using one of my own chocolate brownie recipes.

Ingredients (makes 12-16 Christmas tree brownies)

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Recipe | Halloween chocolate brownie and colourful sponge layer cake

A decadent mix of chocolate brownie and layers of colourful sponge perfect for any Halloween party

Halloween chocolate brownie and sponge layer cake orange and green with chocolate recipe uk party ideas

This was my attempt to make a large version of my Halloween brownie cupcakes. It’s a bit more effort than a straightforward cake, but still quite easy to bake and assemble.

Ingredients (serves about 10 – 12)

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Recipe | Cappuccino swirl layer cake with caramel buttercream

A beautiful swirl of coffee and vanilla sandwiched together with caramel buttercream.

Cappuccino swirl layer cake with caramel buttercream and chocolate shaving

I’m planning to publish my debut novel in April 2020. You can find out more about that at Art and Soul.

As part of the prep for publication, I’ve recently re-read the whole manuscript and was dismayed to find mentions of cakes I haven’t made yet! I wanted to correct this serious oversight as quickly as I could. You can find all the recipes for the other cakes mentioned in the novel in Sweet’s Cakes.

One of those cakes was a cappuccino swirl cake. When I wrote that, I just made it up. However, I’m pleased to say the recipe I came up with to make it real turned out fantastically well.

I got the original recipe for the cappuccino / coffee element of the sponge from the BBC Good Food site.

I am not the greatest fan of coffee or coffee cake, but this one is absolutely delicious. Probably because the sweeter elements take the edge off the bitterness of the coffee.

Ingredients (serves 10 – 12 or more or less, depending on how big you cut your slices!)

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Recipe | Rainbow sponge layer cake with white buttercream icing

This rainbow sponge layer cake looks good before you slice it, but wait til you see inside!

I’ve wanted to make a rainbow layer sponge cake for ages. My birthday gave me a reason to make the effort, and it was a trial run for the one I want to make my son later in the year. I was really pleased with how it turned out.

The recipe is just basic sponge cake mix. The difficulty is in all the dividing out, colouring, etc. This certainly isn’t low on the washing up: you’ll probably use most of your bowls. But I think the finished product is worth the effort.

Ingredients (serves 10 – 12 or more or less, depending on how big you cut your slices!)

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Recipe | Caramel cupcakes with caramel buttercream

Delicious caramel cupcakes with a swirl of caramel buttercream. A perfect sweet treat!

Sorry that all my recipes lately seem to start with, “So I made X and had Y ingredient left over so I made Z,” but I’m afraid this week it’s more of the same!

I made peanut butter and caramel fudge recently and had most of a tin of caramel left over. I searched for a cupcake recipe which included caramel in the mixture ingredients and found this one at Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen. It worked brilliantly and I was delighted with the delicious results!

Ingredients (makes 12-15 cupcakes)

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Recipe | Easy cream sponge cake

A beautiful sponge made with single cream. Bundt shape optional!

Picture of simple single cream sponge cake recipe

I recently made peanut butter fudge. One of the ingredients for that recipe was a small amount of single cream, which left me with the rest of the tub to use up. Some searching for cake recipes which need single cream as a key ingredient turned up this simple cream cake recipe In Jennie’s Kitchen.

It must have been fate as I happened to have a small bundt tin I hadn’t had a chance to use yet. That said, I’m sure you could use a tin of any shape with this recipe.

This is also a great recipe if you don’t have an electric mixer as it’s easy to combine the ingredients by hand.

The texture of the cake is lovely and it is particularly delicious if you can eat it just after baking.

Ingredients (makes 1 small bundt cake)

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Recipe | Easy peanut butter and caramel fudge

A quick recipe for peanut butter and caramel fudge. Easy to make and incredibly moreish.

Picture of slices of peanut butter and caramel fudge

This recipe is from a recent edition of The Times Magazine. It’s been a while since I made fudge and had peanut butter to use up from another bake, so decided to give it a go.

If you love peanut butter, this is an easy recipe for a sweet treat which stores well, making it straightforward to share and/or space out the calories!

Ingredients (makes 20 to 48 pieces depending on how small you cut the fudge slab)

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Recipe | Piñata cupcakes using condensed milk

Fun colourful cupcakes with a surprise sweetie centre made using condensed milk.

How to make Piñata pinata cupcakes recipe made using condensed milk and hidden sweeties and multicoloured icing

Recently I made flapjacks using a recipe which only required half a tin of condensed milk. I wondered if I could use up the rest of the tin by making cake. Unsurprisingly there are lots of condensed milk recipes on the Carnation website, where I got this recipe for piñata cupcakes.

The resulting sponge is light, fluffy and delicious. I’ll definitely be making these again!

Ingredients (makes 12 piñata cupcakes)

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Recipe | Flapjacks using condensed milk

Gorgeous chewy flapjack with the added sweetness of condensed milk.

Making flapjacks with condensed milk simple recipe uk

I suddenly wanted to bake something using condensed milk… not sure what prompted that! I haven’t made flapjacks for ages and wondered if there were flapjacks recipes out there featuring condensed milk. I found the one I used at The Pink Whisk.

Ingredients (makes 16-24 slices of flapjack)

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Recipe | Lemon bars, an easy tray bake

Make these delicious lemon bars from an easy tray bake recipe.

Lemon bars tray bake easy recipe uk

These lemon bars are lovely. The base is light and crumbly. The upper lemon layer separates on baking into a tangy lemon curd and a sweet meringue top.

I found the original recipe for these lemon bars at allrecipes. However I upped the amount of lemon juice and flour in the lemon layer and added lemon zest.

Ingredients (makes 16-20 lemon bars depending on how big you cut them)

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