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    Sugar-free Wholemeal Apple Cake

    Gosh, it’s been a while since I last did a food and drink post! It’s not a topic I write about much nowadays, but I spent some time cooking over the weekend, and based on my Instagram stories poll, I’ve decided to share the recipe. This one is a sugar-free wholemeal apple cake. Since the possible Crohn’s diagnosis, I’ve been watching what I eat more. It’s advised to cut back on the sugar, but me being me and having a sweet tooth wanted to find a loophole (guilty). There was some wholemeal flour and xylitol (a natural sweetener) in the cupboard, so I adapted my grandma’s Victoria sponge recipe. Plus,…

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    An Afternoon in the Kitchen #2: Blackberry and Lemon Cupcakes

    On a little walk to relieve ourselves from the craziness of having a new boiler fitted and radiators cleaned, Mum and I came across a whole stash of blackberries in our village, which no one had yet taken the delight of picking. Armed with a plastic bag, we managed to gather a veritable collection of blackberries, the perfect opportunity for some baking to take place. The lemon idea came from Cake Week in the Bake Off tent, when they made the drizzle cakes and mirror glazes. Plus, lemon and blackberry are great combination of flavours. Ingredients: Blackberries! 100g self-raising flour 100g caster sugar 100g margarine 2 eggs For the glaze:…

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    Raspberry and Chocolate Chip cake

    I previously blogged this recipe on charliiandmeg a while back, but have decided that I should give the recipe to everyone who is currently following me. I invented this cake a long time ago due to a) my love of cake b) the AMAZING combination that is chocolate and raspberries and c) the experimental cook with me. This particular cake proved to be a success and it is a bake that I have produced quite a few times over the years. The mix of chocolate and raspberries is perfection in my eyes. The sweetness of the raspberries complement the bitterness of dark chocolate, managing to keep the sponge moist simultaneously. So, here…

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    The Classic Victoria Sandwich

    Cake, what a great way to start my foodie posts! The reason for making a Victoria sponge today is that I have American relatives coming to stay. So, nothing better than a traditional British cake to represent our culture. Sorry about the old fashioned measurements. I got the recipe from my mum who got it from her mum! Ingredients: For cake: 6oz Β caster sugar 6oz butter/margarine 6oz self-raising flour 3 eggs Vanilla Essence (optional) Raspberry jam For buttercream: Now I never use an exact recipe for buttercream. I just add butter, icing sugar and a splash of milk until I get the amount and consistency that I want. Method: Preheat…