Chocolate layer cake with dark chocolate ganache

Ottolenghi chocolate cake.


Helloo there. Welcome to March (say whaat?!) and my first blog post for the month. It’s a rather celebratory post and this recipe is inspired by one of my personal foodie icons, Yotam Ottolenghi. This easy chocolate cake recipe is adapted very slightly from one that appears in his book “Sweet” (co-written with Helen Goh) and the reason for this cake post is that this week Cupcakes and Couscous celebrates its fifth anniversary!

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Chocolate cheese tart with dark chocolate ganache

Baked chocolate tart


Valentine’s Day is coming up and this lovely little dessert is perfect for the occasion. It’s inspired by an old chocolate tart recipe I made back in college whilst doing my food training, and I have adapted it by adding a decadent dark chocolate ganache layer and using my favourite sweet pastry recipe for the base. (And if making pastry from scratch for someone isn’t a sign of love then I don’t know what is!)


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Spinach and feta empanadas with red pepper sauce

Spinach empanadas with roasted red pepper sauce


Capetonians will be pleased to read that this post has nothing to do with the water crisis… argh, I said it! We are all a little bit obsessed right now you see, (one’s Facebook feed is enough to induce a severe case of hysteria!), and in uncertain times like these we could all do with a little comfort food. Like a golden pastry pocket that fits snugly in your hand, filled with a delicious cheesy spinach stuffing and dipped in a warming roasted red pepper sauce. I’ll take one! Or three…


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Saffron and almond ice cream sandwiches

Vanilla and saffron ice cream sandwiches


We have been having plenty of ice cream weather this month, and what better time of the year to enjoy some delicious home made ice cream sandwiches. This recipe is taken from the book “Sweet” by Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh, you may remember me mentioning it in a post a few weeks ago. This book is a must have for anyone who loves their baking and/or treats as it is filled to the brim with recipes for fabulous cakes, desserts, cookies and pies to name a few. There is also an entire chapter devoted to cheesecakes, what’s not to love?!


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Easy banana chai muffins (refined sugar free)

Spiced banana muffins with walnuts


For most parents it was back to school today and that means having to think about lunch boxes again. I still have a couple of days to go before my littlies go back and I am already dreading them! So today’s recipe for sugar free banana muffins will hopefully provide a little inspiration and be something that the kiddies (and you!) will enjoy as a school or afternoon snack.


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Recipe round up: 10 Christmas desserts and snacks

Christmas dessert ideas


Just five more sleeps until Christmas Day foodies! Are you excited? For this, my last post of the year I have rounded up ten of my favourite Christmas desserts and snacks for you to make and enjoy these holidays. There is even something for the kiddies and some no-bake options if you aren’t in the mood to fire up your oven.

I will be taking a short break to spend some time with the fam but will be back in January with some brand new recipes… ooh, it’s going to be good! In the meantime I wish you a very happy and peaceful festive season and thank you for reading this year! Eat good food, have fun and stay safe! x

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Christmas phyllo crackers with salted caramel dipping sauce

Phyllo crackers filled with fruit mince


It’s December already and time to start thinking about what delicious things to make and eat these Christmas holidays! In our home we are starting to get into the Christmas spirit and my little ones especially look forward to lots of baking and treat making in the kitchen during their summer school holidays.

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Sasko hamper giveaway

Sasko hamper giveaway.


**This competition is now closed**

Christmas is just around the corner (yes, I said it) but no need to panic because I have teamed up with the foodies at Sasko to give two lucky readers the chance to WIN a baking hamper worth R1,000! The hampers are filled with all the goodies you need to whip up loads of delicious holiday treats for your loved ones these holidays, like these chai latte muffins with pistachio glaze or this chocolate and orange bread pudding, delish!

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