Celebratory chocolate cake extravaganza!

 

This is a special chocolate cake made for a dear friend who was celebrating the arrival of her pen friend of several decades who had flown over from USA to meet for the very first time. A lovely and moving occasion. Continue reading “Celebratory chocolate cake extravaganza!”

Cauliflower cheese & roasted garlic bites

Cheesy, garlicky and intensely savoury, these deep-golden little bites are a cross between mini muffins and soufflés. They are great eaten warm as canapés or just to graze on as a snack! Continue reading “Cauliflower cheese & roasted garlic bites”

Guinness & chocolate ombré cake with Guinness Chocolate truffles

In Guinness and chocolate cakes, I like just a hint of the Guinness flavour to come through. Sometimes, though, the Guinness is far too pronounced for my palate, but this version is not at all in your face: the Guinness here adds very subtle undertones which works well with the chocolate, and is more of a gentle spice here. Continue reading “Guinness & chocolate ombré cake with Guinness Chocolate truffles”

Parmesan, basil & toasted pine nut cannelés

A savoury variation on my lemongrass and ginger cannelés,  these are essentially pesto cannelés (or canelés!), and are fantastic as light canapés when served warm. They have a thin exterior crust with a soft interior, bursting with flavour.

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Carrot cake with white chocolate & cream cheese icing

I had not made a carrot cake in decades, but was delighted to have been asked by a former student if I would make a carrot cake for her wedding. As I made far too much mixture, I also made a batch of cupcakes with the excess, along with a loaf-sized carrot cake – the recipe for which I give here. Continue reading “Carrot cake with white chocolate & cream cheese icing”