Simple carrot cake recipe

seeds-2908636_1920Carrot cake is one of those cakes that I either love or hate – and I never know until I actually take the first bite.  When it’s good, it is amazing.  Not too sweet, moist and flavourful.  When it’s bad, it’s bad.  Dry, bland, often with overly sweet frosting.  There never seems to be an in-between.  And when it’s good, it’s one of my favourite cakes ever (coming second only to red velvet, another it’s hard to get right). Recently, I have made it my mission to come up with – for me – the perfect carrot cake.  A mix of a number of recipes, I think I’ve finally cracked it! Continue reading

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Basic Meringue Recipe (even I can’t get it wrong!)

seeds-2908636_1920Meringues are one of those things that scared me for years.  Every time they came up in conversation, there seemed to be a horror story attached.  So I stayed clear…until last year, when I finally bit the bullet and had a go.  Turns out, I had not reason to be afraid – they were pretty easy.   Continue reading

Raspberry Cheesecake Mousse Recipe

seeds-2908636_1920I may be the least romantic person on the planet. My husband isn’t much better and we decided a fair few years ago to not worry about exchanging valentine cards.  We do, however, try and sit down to a nice meal to mark the occasion and open a bottle of fizz (though to be fair, any day is an excuse for fizz as far as I’m concerned).

Last year, I went all out and made a rather romantic desert, if I do say so myself.  To be fair, it’s mainly romantic because I put it in a heart-shaped dish.  Otherwise, it’s just a great pudding for anytime of the year, well it is if you like raspberries…. Continue reading

Baking with kids (a.k.a. gingerbread men taste good even when they go wrong)

baked it myself

As you might be able to tell by the number of recipes I’ve started to post on the blog, I spend a lot of time in the kitchen.  I love cooking and I love baking. I’m better at the former but like the latter more.  That’s because I get to do it with my daughter.  Anything that involves sweet stuff, she is there, ready to help and it’s just great one-on-one time, something we don’t get enough because she is a bit of a social butterfly and has a million and one after school activities to take up her life. Continue reading