Chocolate and Ginger Tarts

I got Edd Kimber’s book Say It With Cake for Christmas and the first recipe I attempted was the Chocolate and Ginger Tarts. The pastry itself was a bit different, Edd uses some ground almonds and the seeds from a vanilla pod. The recipe actually called for a muffin tin, but I had to use my bun tin, so mine are a bit smaller than they should be.

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Marbled Cupcakes – Hummingbird Bakery

I have Hummingbird Bakery’s Cake Days cookbook and I’m becoming a huge fan of the book, I’ve tried a few things from it so far – Sticky Toffee CupcakesChocolate Guinness Cake and Red Velvet Cupcakes. I decided to give their Marbled Cupcakes a go next… Here’s how I got on!

Marbled Cupcakes! Yum!

Marbled Cupcakes! Yum!

These were brought into work and went down a storm so I’d highly recommend them! I have step by step photos and a link to the recipe after the cut!
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Traybakes!

Traybakes are the best thing in the world when it comes to bringing baked goods into work! You can slice and transport them in the tray. A lot easier to lug into work on the Luas than a cake or cupcakes!

I tried two different traybakes recently, both from The Great British Bake Off How to Bake book.

The first traybake I made was a Sticky Maple Apple Traybake. You could almost fool yourself into believing it’s good for you… It’s got apple in it!

The second one I made was a Quick Chocolate Fudge Cake – there is no chance this one is good for you…

I think given the festive season the next traybake I try will have to be Lorraine Pascale’s Christmas Winter Wonderland Traybake. Might be hard to get in on the Luas, but hopefully it’ll be worth it!

Mary Berry’s Chocolatines

I got Mary Berry’s Baking Bible recently and was only dying to try some recipes from it. I had a friend coming over for tea so I decided I’d bake something. Flicking through the book there was a lot to chose from, but I was in a chocolate mood so I settled on making the Chocolatines.

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Chocolate Biscuit Cake

Chocolate Biscuit Cake was the choice for the bottom tier after I did my first wedding cake tasting! I used a recipe I found on another blog – Edible Ireland. This recipe is really tasty and has enough of a fat content that it’s easy to cut into.

It was also the quickest moving of the leftovers that I brought into work afterwards! Absolutely gorgeous with a cup of tea!