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Death by Chocolate

It’s no secret that Autumn (Fall) has made a swift exit and Winter is here to stay. The thought of being snowed in for days on end sends shivers creeping down my spine.*  If you’re fortunate enough to live near the Equator, the Autumn and Winter seasons may be a fantasy only seen in movies (lucky you!) As painful as it was packing away my Summer wardrobe, I soon found comfort in knowing that this is the season of chunky knitwear, double duvets and hot bakes :)

For some time now I’ve been promising my readers that I would move away from the safe place of cakes and explore other bakes, today is that day! *Finally! I hear you exhale*  Despite my sweet tooth, it may surprise you to know that I’m relatively health-conscious… that said, the Winter months are the perfect excuse for a foodie like me to experiment with mouth-watering and gluttonous bakes. 

My first baking venture is a deadly combination of sugary afrodisiacs. A dark and rich bake that it often described with a deep sigh of satisfaction:

C H O C O L A T E  .  B  R O W N I E S. This is the perfect sweet treat to have besides a cup of your favourite tea, whilst wrapped up in a blanket, and watching a movie. That is exactly how I enjoyed my plate of gluttony. 

(N.B. I am not responsible for any weight gain following the consumption of these brownies. I highly recommend that you have a side of cardio for lunch. Eat responsibly.)

Love & Brownies,

Tracey xo

*Let’s face it, there are far worse things than being snowed-in… 1) Being snowed-in without eggs. 2) Being snowed in without flour. 3) Being snowed in without chocolate! 

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It’s That Day… V-Day

It’s that day again- Tuesday. For besotted among you it’s Valentine’s Day, and for the romantically liberated it’s Singles Awareness Day! Rest assured I’m not anti-love and neither am I bitter; on the contraire, this particular day had me writing romantic and thought provoking tweets from dusk til dawn!

Do you want to know what I’ve been earnestly craving to do all day! Bake! All day I day-dreamed of devishly sinful chocolate fudge recipes, and sickly sweet jam delights. The only thing that prevented me from doing so is the fact that I’m a ‘grown-up’ and I had to work *sigh* (Apparently trading in a day’s wage for hours of frivolous baking is not ideal) So I decided to bake after work instead, only to come home and remember that I had baked a batch of dark chocolate brownies the night before. As a cake-a-holic I had to ask myself, ‘do I really need to bake again?’ If I was at my parents’ house I would have whipped up a storm, with the reassurance that it would take less than 48hrs for any baked treat to be devoured. But as I was in my own flat, I thought it wise not to consume a plate of brownies to myself, washed down with a batch of cinnamon cupcakes. It was a hard choice, but I made the right choice and backed away from the flour!

In the past year I’ve seen this day as an excuse to bake to my heart’s content, and as much as I try not to portray myself as the crazy bachelorette who eats excessive amounts of cake, I’m starting to believe that’s who I am! But hey, if I’m enjoying it then why not? Being single is a choice and not a curse, you gotta enjoy it while you can. Love life. Love cake.

Happy Valentines Day!

Tracey xoxo

Enjoying one of the finer things in life: Hot Chocolate!

Another developing addiction.

‘Keep smiling because life is a beautiful thing, and there’s so much to smile about’ -Marilyn Monroe.

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You can’t buy their Love… But you can bake them Cake!

Marbled Chocolate Mud Cakes: gifts of love I baked for my colleagues.

Marbled Chocolate Mud cakes (Keep an eye on the 'Recipes page' for the how-to)

Have you ever struggled to find the ‘perfect gift’ for someone? There’s no denying we have all been there- birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas, just-because-gifts; they can all be a pain in the derriere, especially when you don’t know exactly what the person loves. The key to providing a jaw-dropping gift lies in your listening and visual skills. What is the person passionate about, and where do their hobbies lie? If you pay enough attention to these things then you’ll have no problem whatsoever. I always thought I was the master of gifts, sensei if you wish, well that was until one particular friend knocked me off the top spot!

It was last year on my birthday that I received a new revelation of gift-giving: I was handed a sparkly gift bag with a picture of a giant cupcake on. I grinned from ear to ear and peeped inside the bag to see a lavishly scented, hand-crafted, cupcake-shaped candle. But wait, she didn’t stop there, the biggest and best birthday gift- two gift wrapped bags containing freshly baked, rich, and nutty chocolate brownies. OMW! (Oh My Word) If ever you were blessed with the gift of these brownies you would know the utmost joy I felt that day…

You can’t gobble down these brownies in 2mins, no, no, no. These brownies are so moreish that you can’t help but nibble them, just so that they last that little while longer. The top was flakey and the inside so soft, it felt as though it were melting on my tongue. Rest assured these ‘Killer Brownies’ are not the gooey kind but baked to perfection. And the finely chopped nuts, oooh they were just the right amount of crunch that was needed. (There’s no denying that was one of my best gifts that day, and I had obtained some pretty awesome gifts. ) It was that particular gift, from that very special person which spurred me on to bake my way to people’s hearts ; )

But isn’t this a gift only females would appreciate you ask? No, everyone loves cake, yes everyone. There’s a saying that goes, ‘the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.’ Follow up any hearty meal with a freshly baked treat, or present a bag full of cake-shaped-sin and they’ll be singing your praises all day! So dust off those recipe books and whip yourself into action because I have a feeling that it’s going to be a cupcakingly delicious year.

Love & Cupcakes,

Tracey xoxo

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Never Judge a Cake by its Cover

Welcome to 2012 fellow cake followers! We’re just three days into the new year and I’m super eager to bring some ‘cakespiration’ to you ; )…

There’s nothing I love more than the sweet, crisp smell of freshly baked goodies wafting through the hallways of my home. The excitement of knowing that a golden-coloured sponge cake awaits my tastebuds, or perhaps a rich and buttery apple crumble, is almost too much glee to contain. But what if I were to offer you ‘garden cakes’ with your mug of tea or coffee? Carrot cake sounds normal enough, but would you be willing to try beetroot cupcakes, or a slice of courgette cake? I have a feeling that some of you may be putting your foot down at carrot cake. But wait, it’s a new year, aren’t you willing to try something new?

Hear me out, I recently went to visit relatives and my Aunt, who is a fantastic baker, offered me the very same ‘garden cakes’ that I told you about. Naturally a look of horror swept over my face as I imagined the taste of soggy courgettes embedded in a cake, but I was reassured that I wouldn’t be able to taste the veg, and they were only used to keep the cake moist. When it comes to food I like to think that I’ll try anything once- so I did. One of each…

Lo and behold, it was pretty darn good! Both the courgette and beetroot cakes were so soft they broke in my palm. They weren’t too rich, neither were they tasteless. My tastebuds and my stomach were happily lapping up this new cuisine and I have to admit that I had judged a cake by its cover. I can’t say that I’m reformed and delivered from the chocolatey goodness of a marble cake, or devilishly tasty brownies, but at least I can now eat a cake and count it as one of my five a day ; ) Moral of the story: Never judge a cake by its cover.

Viva la vegetables!

Love & Cupcakes,

Tracey xoxo

Garden cakes

Beetroot cupcakes. Courgette cakes. Carrot cake. Mince pies.

Are you tempted now?