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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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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Recipe round up: 15 chocolate recipes you need to try!

Top 15 chocolate recipes


It’s no secret that I am a chocoholic, and chocolate recipes are always very popular with my lovely Cupcakes and Couscous readers. So I decided that I would round up fifteen of the best chocolate recipes all in one post, yum! I have included something chocolatey to suit everyone, whether you are avoiding refined sugar, vegan or up for a fully loaded, indulgent treat. (Don’t forget to let me know which is your fave!) Without further ado let’s jump in. Continue reading “Recipe round up: 15 chocolate recipes you need to try!”

Spiced walnut palmiers (with video)

Walnut palmier cookies

I put this recipe together for the Expresso Show as part of their frugal feasting feature last month. Puff pastry was our star ingredient and we made mini chocolate and almond croissants, tomato and chevin tarts (look out for the recipe next week) and these spiced walnut palmiers. They look like a bit of a fiddle but it is actually easy to make palmiers from scratch, and they are oh so moreish!

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Choc nut energy balls (refined sugar free)

Chocolate balls with nuts and coconut.


As the mom of two rapidly sprouting munchkins I feel like I hear the words “I’m hungry” constantly. And it’s not as though they are not eating well at meal times, they just seem to burn it all off in no time and before I know it they are back for more. I also have to say that I am getting rather bored of our regular snack repertoire, so I wanted to come up with a delicious nibble that wouldย taste great but also keep them powered up for a while. Enter the energy ball! Continue reading “Choc nut energy balls (refined sugar free)”

Product review: Gay’s Guernsey Dairy

Dairy products


Happy Friday everyone! Before we head into the weekend (can I get a whoop whoop!) I wanted to squeeze in one last post. We are a household of keen dairy eaters and I was recently asked by Doorbell Deli to review a couple of products from Gay’s Guernsey Dairy. Naturally I was happy to oblige and have been looking forward to sharing these great products with you.


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Honey oat crunchies (gluten free)

Gluten free crunchies.

Last week I attended a fabulous event in Joburg with the lovely folks from Sasko. The Sasko Chefs Kitchen took place at the stunning Pick ‘n Pay Good Food Studio in Sandton, and on a rainy Thursday morning the foodies gathered to cook up a Sasko feast.

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