Moustache Cake

Is it just me, or are we all guilty of those before bed Tastemade  binges? The very addictive videos pop up on our facebook feeds and the next 5 to 10 minutes are spent drooling over scrumptious looking meals and the easy ways to make them. It’s a torturous night time debauchery.

I’m always saving links to interesting recipes and meals with the best of intentions. But find myself forgetting to ever go back, because there is always something newer or more enticing. This time however, I went back & was pretty chuffed I did.

My brother was hosting an event in association with Movember and so my midnight indulgences could be called upon. I had recently seen a spectacular video by In The Kitchen With Katie and thought, this was the perfect opportunity to try it out, yes you guessed it, a Moustache Cake !!!!!

*If you have the resources, you can still donate to a good cause. Team Roders is the official fundraising link to my brothers’ Movember team. 

 

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Firsts all round (Part 2)

And then he was 31…
and
we looked back at the year and thought,
‘holy crap – did a whole year just fly by?’
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This is my very handsome husband on the day of our Wedding. According to him, the grey hairs started to appear from this moment on. (what a drama-queen) ha
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A year later and he’s got a following… (I don’t see any grey hairs, do you?

Relationships and marriages aren’t easy and there are always compromises to make…

but

as soon as it’s your birthday week you have the delightful knowledge that you have what we like to call,

a free pass…

which entitles you to things like;

breakfast in bed, not having to do dishes, cake, your FAVORITE dinner, your choice of movie in the cinema (pfft that’s a lie, it’s always his choice- i mean zombies?? why?!)

and

yes, you guessed it, endless amounts of xbox time (even though i’m sure he’ll dispute this)

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Heart shaped crumpets with fresh strawberries and a drizzling of golden syrup
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VANILLA SPONGE WITH A FRESH STRAWBERRY FILLING AND COCONUT CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

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Firsts all round (Part 1)

This past week we got to celebrate and photograph the First Birthday of a very pretty Little girl.
From big toothy grins to the Yummiest Birthday cake Ever (her very talented aunt made it)!
Happiness = kids parties!!

&

Then to top it all off you have this…

Look at those eyes!!!!

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I mean seriously, How cute is she??? 

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A beautiful little family

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It’s all in the beard…..
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My husband – the human kiddie magnet 
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I’m just in LOVE with this photo. Two very pretty girls
Cake, glorious cake!!!!!

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Easter Treats

Now, I’m putting all cards on the table, I do not claim that this is in any way good or healthy for you but it is UBER tasty and that wins every time in my book.

It’s my go to recipe for when I don’t have much time or I want a quick and simple yet ‘Oh so tasty’ something sweet.

Whenever my grandmother would make a Chocolate Marble Cake we’d devour it, almost straight away. And that, my friends, hasn’t changed.

So if you want to make something for Easter and you’re under pressure, try this yummy treat…

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Ingredients

  • 120g Butter
  • 200ml (3/4cup) White Sugar
  • 3 Large Eggs
  • 125ml (1/2cup) Milk
  • 375ml (1&1/2 cups) Plain Flour
  • 15ml (1 Tbs) Baking Powder
  • 10ml (2tsps) Vanilla Essence
  • 30ml (2 Tbs) Cocoa Powder
  • 30ml (2 Tbs) Boiling Water
  • 45ml (3 Tbs) Icing Sugar

Method

Preheat oven to 160ºC or Gas mark 6.

Melt butter in a mixing bowl set over simmering water (OR set your microwave to defrost, place butter in a microwavable jug and allow to melt)

Remove from heat/microwave and add sugar and eggs. Whisk until mixture resembles custard. Add milk and whisk again.

Gradually add sifted flour, baking powder and vanilla essence. Gently fold in until smooth.

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Pour mixture into a moulded ring tin (If you don’t have one, I’m sure a normal springform will do) make sure to grease well to avoid the cake sticking. (You can now lick the bowl but please share, it’s only fair)

Mix sifted cocoa powder and boiling water (If the cocoa mix is too stiff or gloopy add more water, you want a dropping consistency). Pour over the cake mixture and use a fork to squiggle gently through both mixtures to form a marbled effect. (How cool does that look?)

Bake for 45-50 minutes or until the cake springs back when lightly pressed.

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DSC_0228Cool in the tin for 10 minutes then turn onto a wire rack or plate. Sometimes it’s good to run a butter knife along the edge of the tin to loosen the cake.

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To make the Icing, I added a teaspoon of cold water to 3 tablespoons of icing sugar and mixed then added more liquid, very slowly. You don’t want the icing to be too runny it needs to be an opaque white (not transparent then you’ve added too much water). Once desired runniness has been reached – drizzle over the cold cake and allow to set.

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Enjoy xxx

Morning Markets with a slice of Baking (on the side)

DSC_0071We started off Good Friday with a stroll, coffees in hand, through the Market in Clonakilty. It was a little blustery and a little cold as it is in April but then the glorious sun shone for us, which was a great treat.

A little stall tucked into a corner of the market spewed lines of patiently waiting people. People who had flocked toward a pungent aroma that had crept toward them. The smell of fresh coffee escaped little paper cups everywhere and stole across cemented car-park’s and stone buildings. Crisp morning air does that, doesn’t it. It can take a smell and intensify it a hundred times over.

What amazes me the most however, is how the sight of homemade potatoe crisps can draw a man. In the blink of an eye he was standing, heavy-footed, in front of a man frying these thinly sliced potatoes, wide-eyed and gaping like a hungry child. So, in keeping with our healthy lifestyle, ha, we got some and they were pretty tasty.

Loaves of fresh bread piled high and the neatly stacked vegetables looked proud as they sat in their stalls. It’s always such a relaxing, laid back atmosphere at a market.

We met our friend, Orela and her baby, Jasper the Labrador. He may be handsome but man is he strong. He had dragged us along loving all the new smells around him.

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Tired after our little stroll, I decided I’d bake…

Now, if you know me you’ll know that I’ll bake when I’m happy, I’ll bake when I’m sad but most of all, I’ll bake ALL the time. And if I’m not baking then something’s wrong (or we’ve run out of flour).

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Easter Cupcakes

So because it’s Easter I decided I’d make a Marble cake (and cupcakes).

It’s a cake my grandmother would always make and make so well.

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Iced marble cake

         

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