We’re celebrating two special family birthdays in October, my son’s and my dad’s, and in honour of that today I’m sharing my go-to vanilla party cake recipe. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve made this cake, it’s THAT good. My favourite thing about it is that it keeps so well. I can make the cake a day ahead and quickly ice it on party day which saves so much time and stress on the day. Of course the vanilla flavour just wonderful too, it’s always a crowd pleaser.
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Just four sleeps until Christmas (I get the daily count down from my kids, ha ha!) and just time to squeeze in a festive treat to enjoy these holidays. It doesn’t feel like Christmas until I’ve baked something spiced and the homely aromas that come from the kitchen when this gingerbread cake is in the oven are so enticing and comforting.
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Halloween is just around the corner and it’s interesting to see how this holiday has taken off in S.A. over the last few years. When I was a child Halloween was a holiday we saw in movies and on t.v. shows but never celebrated ourselves. This year my kids want to dress up and many neighbourhoods are organising (socially distanced) trick or treating. I decided that I would create a “spooktacular” cake to mark the occasion and for a bit of fun!
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In my last post I promised something special for the bakers out there, and here it is! This week I’ve teamed up with Grace Stevens for a fun giveaway and to share a scrumptious cake recipe.
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It’s time for another cake recipe! Several weeks ago I was asked to bake an apple cake for Miss M’s class to enjoy as a treat as part of their winter festival on their last day of term. Something simple but beautiful, and of course delicious. I turned to my recipe books for some inspiration and decided to go with an Ottolenghi apple cake recipe – as usual, it did not disappoint!
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March is always a busy birthday month, and lately I feel as though I am either busy planning or baking a celebration cake (or both!). My most recent creation was a Peppa Pig cake which I made for my daughter’s third birthday. I have a few other special birthday cakes planned for the coming weeks – look out for a cake filled post with all the photos sometime in the future.
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So today we are talking fruit cake, spices and chocolate. Music to my ears… and my stomach. I am not sure how I got this far in my baking career without trying this recipe! I suppose that while traditional fruit cakes are found in abundance around Christmas time, the simnel cake is less common down here at the tip of Africa. This fruity cake adorned with marzipan is traditional around Mothering Sunday and/or Easter particularly in the U.K, and I thought I would channel my British ancestors and give it a bash this week.
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