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Pecan Nut, Chocolate and Maple Syrup Layer Cake

August 20, 2018


Did you know that today is National Chocolate Pecan Pie Day? If you didn’t, don’t worry neither did I but I figured, hey it’s not such a bad day to celebrate especially if it means that you get to stuff your face with some of the best things on this planet. I’m talking pecan nuts and chocolate! Man, I love pecan nuts there is just something about this specific ingredient but that just makes any biscuit, cake, ice-cream, sweet, nougat etc taste awesome! Wouldn’t you agree? They’re just so warm and toasty and this cake that I’m about to share with you will pretty much make you feel exactly that, warm, toasty and amped that your face and stomach is full of soft spongy delicious cake. Damn it I love cake. I do. I love it like ants love a picnic basket, lightening loves ugly thatched roofs and bears love unsuspecting hikers. Hopefully, you get where I’m going with this.

Annnyyywwaaayy for today I thought that I’d put my own spin on a Chocolate Pecan Nut Pie and instead make a Pecan Nut, Chocolate and Maple Syrup Layer Cake because, one I didn’t feel like pie and two as I so creatively and rather confusingly explained above, I love cake. So Pecan Nut, Chocolate and Maple Syrup Layer Cake it is!

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Spanish Hot Chocolate

July 4, 2018


Ok, so it’s been pretty freezing the last couple of days out here in Africa! I actually can’t believe the snow that has been falling in the Cape. I wish the same thing would happen here because it looks so beautiful plus we never ever get to play in the snow.

So seeing as it’s been so cold I thought I would mess around a bit in the kitchen with some hot chocolate recipes. I’m a huge fan of hot chocolates, BUT I hardly ever go out and have one and think, man that was amazing I can’t wait to come back here for another round. They’re always either too watery or not chocolatey enough, or they just taste like cheap powder mixed with way too much milk. I like decadent hot chocolates, ones that make you hold onto your cup like it’s the last ornate item on earth! One where every sip takes you on a Unicron ride around the sun.

So I’m pretty pleased to be sharing this next recipe with you because it’ll have you unicorn-ing it up and down your street at all hours of the night. Guaranteed. I have no idea what I’m going on about but just go with me here.

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Scones with vanilla pouring cream and apricot jam

May 22, 2018


Did any of you watch the Royal Wedding on Saturday? I did and I couldn’t help but wonder what was going through Meghan Markle’s mind. The whole thing is so grand and out of a storybook that I wonder if it felt real to her in anyway, if you know what I mean? What did you guys think of her dress and how beautiful was her tiara? My goodness, it was such a piece of art.

All this Royal wedding hype really got me in the mood for nice pillowy scones, so I thought that seeing as the Royal Wedding fever is still going strong and it was World Baking Day a couple of days back I’d share another recipe from my baking series that I’ve started with Royal Baking Powder. So everyone say hello to my foolproof recipe for soft Scones with Vanilla Pouring Cream and Apricot Jam.

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Best Butter Cookies

April 1, 2018


Happy Easter everyone! I really hope you have all had a wonderful weekend so far and that you have been surrounded by family, friends, food and loads of chocolate eggs!

You may or may not have noticed that I’ve been sharing a lot more recipe posts lately. I’ve always loved being in the kitchen, ever since I was little kid and I’m so chuffed that Nina James loves baking and cooking as much as I do because it’s such a fun thing for us to do together and it doesn’t hurt that you get to eat the end result, which is not the story when you’re making pies out of playdough.

Yesterday we whipped up these very morish butter cookies and then sat in Nina’s room and had a full on tea party. She even picked a dress out of her cupboard and changed for the occasion, it was so sweet!

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Best Beef In Satay Sauce This Side Of Illovo

February 21, 2018


I love peanut butter and I love Thai food! I also love things that can be whipped up in 3, 2, 1 BOOM! This next recipe that I’ll be sharing with you is made from eight ingredients, eight simple yet complimentary ingredients that make up one of my favourite dishes, Beef In Satay Sauce mmmmmmmmmm….. so if you’re a fan of peanut butter and Thai food then guess what? You’re going to friggin love this recipe!

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Banana Boston Cream Cake

October 6, 2017


The other day I was feeling like a custard cake so I pulled out my Home Sweet Home book by The Hummingbird Bakery and paged through it to see if there was something along those lines in it, not only did I find a custard cake but I found a banana, chocolate, and custard cake! Those are like three of the best flavours ever so I didn’t waste any time starting to put this magnificent beast together.

There are quite a few steps involved, you have to make the sponge, the custard and the ganache that goes on top so I wouldn’t say that it’s the quickest recipe to get through, but it’s totally worth all the effort because it’s super delicious. I changed a couple of things from the original recipe, but it still worked out great and I was really happy with the end result.

So if you fancy a soft fragrant banana sponge with a sweet custard center and a rich chocolate ganache frosting, then this is the cake for you. If you don’t like bananas, custard or chocolate then may I suggest you give it a major skip!

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