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Vanilla sugar cookies with Nesquik Strawberry Milkshake icing and various sprinkles. For Valentines Day to show my love for my family, friends and all of you on DA :)

I always use the recipe from the BBC for making cookies that I will be cutting out shapes with at it keeps the shape perfectly while baking [link] it makes a lot of cookie dough, so what I don't use I just freeze for another day.

The icing is icing sugar (powdered/confectioners sugar) milkshake powder and just enough water to make a paste that can be cut out with cutters.

These were so much fun to make. Of the dough I used I split in two, half for me to cut out and decorate and half for my youngest daughter Sasha to do the same with. I got to say I was very impressed with how well she did for her age, she is a natural.


The photo itself I thought just had to match our chaotic baking session with all the added accessories of table cloths, napkins, sprinkles and spare cookies (my kitchen was a complete mess!)

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Rich chocolate sponge filled with vanilla whipped cream covered with milk and white chocolate ganache, finished off with Lindt Lindors and chocolate coated oreos.

Chocolate cake recipe [link] chocolate ganache recipe is in the topping ideas for my basic cake recipe [link]

I have been baking with Oreo's long enough to know that once you start adding them on top of cakes and things they go soft very quickly so I decided to cover them in chocolate to try and slow that process down as it needs to stay good until tomorrow afternoon at least. It was fun but very time consuming, it took as long to decorate to oreos and Lindors as it did bake the cake and make the ganache! It still makes me laugh making such beautfil and cute things while listening to such bands as Marilyn Manson and Metallica!

It's been a very long time since i have got to make my rich chocolate sponge, the last time must have been my youngest daughters 1st birthday 1 and a half years ago so i felt a little rusty making this so I ended up making two, a trial cake for the family to try and approve (which they loved by the way!) The other for the girlfriend of an old friend i went to college with 10 years ago whose birthday it is tomorrow. I felt very honoured being asked to make this cake as i haven't really seen George since we all left college all those years ago, just the odd time we see each other in town and chat on facebook so i was very pleased he trusted me enough to make this for him after him saying he has seen all my food creations on facebook and thought it about time he try some of my creations himself.

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Using up some leftover marshmallows and dairy free chocolate today. S'mores are not a very common thing in my part, no one i personally know have ever tried them. I only tried them for the first time last year after a lovely lady called Meg sent me a S'mores kit from the USA. We don't have graham crackers over here, just as well as I can't eat them anyway so decided to make some cookies. This is also the first time making dairy and gluten free cookies.

For normal or gluten free cookies I recommend this cookie recipe. I have tried many cookie recipes but that is the best recipe I have used so far. I am now on the look out for the perfect dairy free cookie recipe.


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Never feel guilty about eating cake at breakfast again!
Banana, raisin and sultana cupcakes topped with Cheerios coated in honey.

As always i used my quick and easy cupcake recipe [link] This is really great to experiment with different cereal toppings and combinations, though once decorated serve straight away else the cereal will go soft.

If anyone recognizes what TV show the mug is from, you rock!


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Using up the last of the marshmallows to make this a variation on the typical rice krispie treats.
Again didn't have much time for the photography today so not happy with the photo whatsoever but I really wanted to share the idea with you that you can play with what cereal you can use instead of rice krispies.

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Today i was very excited to be baking as it was my first time making dairy free cakes, I already bake gluten free but last week decided to try out a dairy free diet too. To be honest I was not sure what to expect but in the end they just tasted pretty much like regular cupcakes which is great and to those unaware of what they are made of would unlikely taste the difference.

I used my basic cake recipe [link] but used ASDA gluten free flour and Pure which is a sunflower based dairy free butter/spread. As a topping I heated up some lemon juice with sugar then poured on the cupcakes while still warm.

That's it, that's all my Christmas practice baking done, no more photos until after Christmas. Sorry for the rush job on this photo, I haven't got the time at the moment to be taking lots of pictures.

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It suddenly occurred to me last night my kids have nothing to put out for Santa tonight so I quickly threw this together this morning with some leftover dark chocolate, golden syrup, butter, Rice Krispies (had no biscuits so this is the crunchy alternative so that is the white bubbly bits you can see in the bites) and marshmallows.

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peanut butter cupcakes (gluten free) with Cadbury Philadelphia frosting with sprinkled toasted nuts served in chocolate cupcake cases making this one tasty chocolatey treat.

Thought it about time i combine two of my recipes together and this came to mind :) Also i thought it be about time i get back to some chocolate baking after all that fruit! I have never made peanut butter cupcakes before so it was strange to see the sponge so dark.

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Jam on toast is just so, well boring sometimes, especially for my kids so today for breakfast I decided to liven it up a little by turning it into something a bit different.

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During going through the photos to make the tutorial for these I found this photo. I don;t normally like to post more than one photo of the same food but oh well.



Jam on toast is just so, well boring sometimes, especially for my kids so today for breakfast I decided to liven it up a little by turning it into something a bit different.

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