Chocolate & Hazelnut Cake with Espresso Ganache

As you can see from the Christmas decorations in the background this was a cake I made for a pre Christmas dinner we hosted. I love the combination of chocolate and hazelnut and try to sneak ground hazelnuts into a lot of cakes I make. This particular recipe is quite interesting as the base of … Continue reading

Best EVER Chocolate Chip Cookies

I know the title of “best chocolate chip cookie” is a big call but I stand by the statement. If you love chewy cafe style chocolate chip cookies then this recipe is one you’re going to want to try. My family devours these and I have not used any other method since I tried this recipe. These … Continue reading

Toffee Almond Chocolate Semifreddo

I’m a big fan of semifreddos. They are the perfect answer to homemade ice cream for those that don’t own an ice cream maker. They’re super easy and a great make ahead dessert. Even though I do have an ice cream maker I find that I veer towards semifreddos a lot more than traditional ice … Continue reading

Chocolate Salted Caramel Tart

I wish I had taken a picture of this tart once it was sliced to show the just set and slightly runny caramel interior as it would sum up more than any words could just how delicious, rich and decadent this tart is. If you’re not a lover of caramel, especially the kind that just … Continue reading

Layer Cake with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Layer cakes make a fantastic celebration dessert. They not only look impressive but they’re delicious and can feed a large number of people. I made this three layer cake for a birthday dinner for 12 and there was still half a cake left over – which is not a bad thing! The batter for this cake … Continue reading

Red Velvet Cupcakes

I’ve never really understood the fuss about red velvet cakes and couldn’t figure out what could be so special about a normal cake batter that has some red colouring added to it. Hence, I’ve never been inspired to bake a red velvet cake, but my niece recently turned sixteen and  asked for a batch of … Continue reading

Chocolate & Coffee Semifreddo

Semifreddo is an Italian ice cream dessert which literally translates as “half-cold” and is basically a partially frozen ice cream. I really enjoy the texture which is softer and more mousse like than normal ice creams and unlike traditional ice cream, semifreddos have the added advantage of not requiring an ice cream machine. Whilst I do own … Continue reading

Chocolate Angel Food Cake – A Fat Free Cake

Yes, that’s right, fat free! I’ve made Ina Garten’s black and white angel food cake before and just love the idea of a cake that doesn’t incorporate any fat – no butter, no oil, no egg yolks. In fact you shouldn’t even grease the baking tin. In this version even the chocolate is fat free as … Continue reading

Coconut & Nutella Swirl Loaf

My sister has recently started baking something sweet once a week to put in her children’s lunch box. Whilst it’s nice to provide a sweet treat it can be a struggle to find something wholesome. Home baking means that you can provide the occasional treat and have the peace of mind of knowing exactly what’s gone into … Continue reading