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Rainbow Coconut Layer Cake

Inspired off the Malaysian Sarawak Layer Cake, this recipe is a labour of love, but oh so worth it I did virtually no recipe testing this past weekend. I often love creating new recipes, having to go through a few iterations before I find the perfect recipe. Whilst I love being able to spot a problem and fix it, sometimes I just want to bake something that I know is…

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Speckled Egg Cake

A decadent chocolate mud cake, layered with multi-coloured swiss meringue buttercream This is not just an ordinary cake! It is a six tier death by chocolate cake decorated with all the speckled eggs I could get my hands on. I am a little obsessed with speckled eggs, and if you aren’t I am questioning whether we can be friends! Mud cakes are contentious in our household. I prefer cakes with…

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Orange and Almond Cheesecake with Roasted Apricots

A very forgiving cheesecake, thanks to the roasted apricots which are piled on it – the perfect camouflage for any imperfections I know that cheesecakes can be intimidating and that people try to achieve that perfect top, without any browning, cracks or sinking – why though?! Call the cheesecake police on me, but this is a more rustic version that does not require you to line your tin with foil…

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Saffron Milk Cake

A fragrant twist on an ordinary sponge cake, tinted with a golden hue from the saffron infused milk It was whilst making some cardamom and orange puddings that the idea of making something saffron inspired came to me. My mind was racing in so many different directions initially, but in the end I decided to settle on a cake incorporating saffron. I have seen some tres leches cakes (my masala…

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Strawberry and White Chocolate Cupcakes

A slightly fruity cupcake with a silky smooth white chocolate Swiss meringue buttercream I made these cupcakes with the intention of sharing them for Valentine’s Day, but they never ended up making the cut. I was just too inundated with work to edit the pictures and type out the blog post – better late than never though ! These cupcakes have a fruity flavour as a result of the strawberry…

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Gluten Free Glacé Cherry and Almond Loaf

A dense and buttery loaf, studded with beautiful red cherries. I am quite experienced when it comes to baking cakes and cupcakes, but my recipes all call for the staple ingredients of flour, sugar, butter and eggs. I haven’t ventured much into creating eggless bakes, or gluten-free or dairy free bakes. Baking is such a science that I have always been a bit afraid of the outcome, should one change…

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Blood Orange and Almond Tea Cakes

I love the classic combo of orange and almond – borrowing from the concept of an upside-down cake with this recipe I had an entire box of blood oranges to work through, so have been dreaming up all sorts of recipes! Vovotelo, a local Cape Town based restaurant used to make an absolutely moreish orange and almond cake. They have since closed down, but I am still determined to create…

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Cream Cheese Pound Cake

A dense, buttery melt in your mouth cake with a sweet blood orange glaze. This recipe has been in my archives for a while and I thought I would dust it out and share it with you guys. I saw a cream cheese pound cake years ago and then, scoffed at the idea. I turns out that it produces an incredibly delicious cake. Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it,…

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Raspberry and Pistachio Roulade

A beautiful red and green dessert which scream Christmas, but can be an all year round pleaser. Roulades are impressive, but look intimidating to make. One of the signature characteristics of roulades however, are that they are meant to crack a little – so do not stress about getting a perfect flawless roll. What is more, the outside gets covered with a cream, so even if it does crack, nobody…

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