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Merry Berry Christmas

Merry Christmas cake angels!

I hope you’re all having a wonderful day surrounded by friends, family, rich foods, desserts, and sweet wines!

Christmas always seems to be a time of repeated recipes in my household. Despite my eagerness to flaunt my baking abilities and showcase new recipes, my household love to request their favourite bakes… This Christmas I baked two light and crunchy Apple Streusel cakes, with a warm berry compote. Close your eyes and picture this, a light and fluffy vanilla cake lying beneath a layer of apples, and a crunchy bed of streusel topping. Drizzled over the cake is a cocktail of sweet n sour summer berries, the perfect winter warmer.

These are two of the simplest recipes you’ll find on the cupcakinglydelicious blog. Check out the Recipes page for the how-to.

Have yourself a Merry Berry Christmas!

Love, Peace & Joy,

Tracey xo

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Sweet ‘n’ Zesty

Happy Mother’s Day ladies! 

What a beautiful thing to celebrate the Superwomen in our lives – and what better way to do it than with a spot of tea and cake!

My Mother requested a plain Vanilla Sponge cake, but I also surprised her with a new recipe, a Classic Cherry Cake

Classic Cherry Cake

 

A loaf of sponge cake embedded with sticky Glacé cherries, with a blend of flaked almonds and a light hint of lemon. My taste buds were tantilised with the sweetness of the fruit, the wholeness of the nuts and the crumbly-softness of the cake. I can see that this could fast become my new favourite! I’ve quickly learnt that the flavours of berry-based cakes and bakes can be enhanced by the zest and juice of lemon; so if you’re a lover of the sweet ‘n’ zesty then this is a cake for you. 

 

 

‘Strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them’ ~ Anon.

 

Have a wonderful day Superwomen!

Tracey xo

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Pastries in Paris

Bonsoir mon petit Croissants,

I come to you this evening with another belated blog update from my recent travels. One of the beautiful things about living in the UK is that we are just a few hours away from so many amazing European cities. You may have guessed from my greeting that the journey I am reminiscing about is France, Paris to be precise.

I took a casual day trip with two of my close girlfriends to the City of Love. We ventured out on the Metro and visited cafe’s, restaurants and Museums, including the famous Louvre where the Mona Lisa resides. We spent the evening enjoying some fine French cuisine in a restaurant near the Eiffel tower.

I always make it a priority to try street food in every country I visit, so I indulged in some freshly made churros after dinner… Close your eyes and imagine hot churros, straight from the oil, freshly rolled in a bed of sugar, and dipped into a side of chocolate-hazelnut spread. Heaven!

The day wouldn’t have been complete if we didn’t stop at an authentic Parisian bakery to pick up treats for the journey home. The sight of golden, buttery, flaky croissants smiling from behind the glass was a treat I couldn’t resist. (Quite frankly I’m grateful that there was glass between us, because if it hadn’t been for that restriction I would have gladly devoured everything in sight.) The plain croissant choice was easy, but then came the decision between almond croissants, baguettes, tarts, quiche and doughnuts- I must have let at least ten people pass in front of me before I was secure in my decision!  I eventually bought more pain au chocolat and danish pastries than I could carry. Tucking into those tantalizing delicacies on the train back to London was a beautiful end to an eventful day. And believe it or not I was even able to savour some until the next day! Pastries are one sweet treat I haven’t mastered yet, so I’ll be sure to add them to my list of bakes to conquer.

Au Revoir mon amies,

Tracey xoxo

Chocolat

Chocolat

Churros et Chocolat

Boulangerie

Patisseries

Quiche et Patisseries

Tour Eiffel

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Gobble til you Wobble

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Happy Thanksgiving ya’ll!

I imagine you’ve all been salivating over your roasted turkey, silk smooth gravy; crispy, golden potatoes and mac’n’cheese (with your side of fresh vegetables I hope!) I thought what better dessert for this holiday than a warm, apple treat. There’s something beautiful about eating an apple-based dessert inside a cosy home, while the chilly Autumn season passes by…

I chose an apple-crumble-sponge-cake, otherwise known as the Apple Streusel Cake. The cake is built on a foundation of light and fluffy sponge cake. Topped with a thinly sliced layer of sweet n sour green apples, and a light n crunchy, golden crumble sprinkled on top. This dessert is the perfect end to any heavy meal; it’s not too sweet that you feel the guilt of gluttony, and you can count the apples as part of your 5-a-day! But if you’ve already crossed the line of ‘gobble til ya wobble’ then you may as well add a side of vanilla or toffee ice cream!

Apple Streusel Cake

Happy Turkey day to all my American friends and family all the way from chilly England :)

Have a beautiful day,

Tracey xoxo

 
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The Only Way Is Silicone

For my British readers, fear not! This post is not a spin-off of the UK reality show TOWIE. (Nor am I surfacing my views on plastic surgery.) Seeing as it’s a new month I thought I should venture into something different and do a product review.

For the ardent bakers among you, you may already be aware of the life-changing invention of silicon baking moulds. Long gone are the days when you would have to knock the metal baking tin against the kitchen work surface to liberate your cake! And you can also wave goodbye to the days of scraping out half of your cake from the tin, because silicone moulds are the next best thing. Easy to clean. Easy to turn out the cakes. And if you’re brave enough, you won’t even need to grease the silicone beforehand.

I remember the first time I used a silicone mould in my parent’s gas oven and my Dad asked me if I was trying to burn the house down! Rest assured the silicone will not catch fire and nor will your cake, (well, the cake part isn’t guaranteed, that depends on your own baking skills!) Over the years I’ve upgraded all of my baking tins and I recommend you do so too.

Love & Cupcakes,

Tracey xoxo

The Only Way Is Silicone

The Only Way Is Silicone

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Quest for a ‘manly cake’

 Evening cake lovers,

Yes, it is I. Returning to you with new, exciting and mouthwatering recipes.

With Father’s Day in mind I wanted to venture into the untouched pages of my recipe books. With my Dad’s high blood pressure and dislike of “sweet things” I attempted to dig up the most manly-cake… I found a number of recipes containing nuts. What’s more manly than nuts eh? The decision was made, Blueberry Crumble Loaf. (Fruit+Nuts, yup a manly cake!)

Having been a recent convert to blueberry pancakes, I was certain that this cake would be a success. Especially with the divine partnership of a crumble topping with pecans. When I wrapped and presented this loaf of heaven to my Dad, he oh so conveniently announced that he had a conference to attend. Meaning he would be taking the entire cake with him! I know, I know, I baked the cake for him but every baker must sample their own produce, right? And I’m convinced that the rest of our household shed a silent tear as we watched that cake leave the house…

The manly cake!

The good news is that Dad loved the cake! Even more importantly, I baked another cake the next day so that the other hungry mouths could sample the delicacy.

The softness of the berries, embedded in the spongy bed of cake; sitting underneath a blanket of light brown, nutty crumble, was a taste of heaven that I had never experienced before. The crumble topping was crisp, and golden brown corners fell away from the knife, like nuggets of treasure. The contrast of the supple sponge and crunchy crumble was just the right amount of machoism I needed for this Father’s Day treat.

Served with a side of fresh blueberries and a cup of breakfast tea, this is the perfect summer’s afternoon indulgence.

“Over years I discovered that my Father was not just an advisor to kings but a kingmaker” -Nelson Mandela 

Happy Father’s Day to all the men who have raised young boys to be men, and those who taught their girls to value themselves as Queens. And to those who are no longer with us, let us remember the legacies that they’ve left behimd. For me, every day is Father’s day.

Love & manly cakes,
Tracey xoxo

Bluberry Crumble Loaf

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Food Stories Award

Evening cake angels,

Tonight I’m writing a belated Award-post that I really should have posted earlier this summer! Despite my rogue memory it hasn’t taken away from the fact that I am overjoyed to have been given my second award this year. The award I’ve been given is called the Food Stories Award (For Excellence in Storytelling http://foodstoriesblog.com/food-stories-award/and it was bestowed on me by a new blogger friend http://terriskitchenuk.wordpress.com. 

Firstly I’d like to say a BIG THANK YOU to Terri for the nomination; this is only my second award but I feel like it’s my first. I honestly feel like one of those blubbering Actors struggling to give an acceptance speech at the Oscars: “I’d like to thank God… and my parents… and my sisters, gosh I love those girls… and of course all of my amazing followers. You guys got me to where I am today. You are the wind beneath my wings; the cinnamon in my apple crumble, and the frosting to my cupcakes. Without you there would be no blog :’) ”  All jokes aside, thank you. I am extremely grateful that my hobby is recognised as being worthy of an award.

The rules of this award stipulate that I must thank my ‘nominator’, reference back to the award website, highlight a random thing about myself and nominate others.

Random Fact: I  know every single word to the movie ‘Save The Last Dance.’ Say what you will about contemporary dance movies, but THIS is one of the greatest dance movies of all time.

Nominees: I follow a variety of blogs, from photography, baking, Art and parody. This award is food based so I’ve had to narrow down my choices. “…And the nominees are…”

  1. Jen Maan in Amman; http://jenmaaninamman.com/ I love the rustic, home-made feel behind this blog, from the Itty Bitty Apple pies to the Easter Bunny Buns and Ginger Bread houses. This blog mirrors the home-made-recipe-feel that I also try to embody in my blog posts. Good job! 
  2. I’ll Have the Works; http://illhavetheworks.com  Is a new blog on the block that I’ve literally just discovered. Another homely blog, on the road to catering-stardom. I love what you’ve done so far, and I know how scary it is to be the new kid on the block, so here’s an Award to boost you into a blogging high!
  3. NR11: English Kitchen Baking; http://nr11blog.wordpress.com Here’s another new blog that I’ve recently discovered. I’m handing this award to N11 not only for the quality and precision of  blog posts, but also the presentation of the baking, and amazing photography. Go follow this blog and be inspired!
  4. Easy baked; easybaked.net Is a blog that caught my eye during this Christmas period; make sure you check out the Christmas recipes in particular, the presentation is enough  to make you drool all over yourself!
  5. Things My Belly likes; http://thingsmybellylikes.com This blog is an ol’ fave of mine. I’ve been following this blog for almost a year now, and I’m always in awe of the authenticity of the recipes. Okay so I may be cheating a little because this blog isn’t strictly about baking, but it’s far too good to surpass. 

So there you have it cake angels, I have achieved two blog awards this year and I have you guys to thank for it. Keep reading, keep baking and keep sharing!

Love & Cupcakes,

Tracey xoxo

Marble cake and summer fruits :)

Marble cake and summer fruits :)