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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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Sneaky cookies you ask? Well these were going to be chocolate chunk cookies but my youngest decided to open a bag of raisins and throw them into the cookie dough when i wasn't looking so sneaky cookies they became.
I had a busy weekend so wasn't even going to take photos for this but I just had to have a bit of sneakiness in my gallery.

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Shortbread cookies sandwiched and decorated with white chocolate ganache for my eldest daughters lunchbox tomorrow.
Using up leftovers again! Today using up some butter and cream as i want it all out of the house and replaced with dairy free items. You can probably tell i got my inspiration from yesterdays star cake.

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Chunky banana slices wrapped in pancake on skewers served with a chocolate ganache dip. I also had a maple syrup dip and some lemons so the family had a choice of toppings for breakfast on this day, Pancake Day here in the UK.

I was wondering all yesterday what pancakes to make today but then I remembered the crepes I made and how much the family loved those so thought I would go for a similar flavour combo but served in more of a fun and interesting way.


That's it from me this week, no more baking, or food photography as my eldest has chickenpox. Also tomorrow is my Birthday and I don't fancy baking, not even a cake for myself, funny as I am always making other people birthday cakes, I just don;t have the same enthusiasm for baking for myself.

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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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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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Orange sponge cake fingers on sticks with melted white chocolate, various sprinkles and Cadbury Flake pieces.

I hate leftovers so today decided to use these off cuts of cake to make some cake fingers with the kids. It was great to get the kids involved in baking and decorating. My youngest helped whisk the sponge mixture but got a little annoyed when the mixture stuck to the whisk and managed to flick it all over herself. Both kids were a little less messy when it came to adding the sprinkles and seemed to add more sprinkles to their mouths than the cake.

The funny thing is, we spent so much time with the off cuts of cake and made so much of it I never got around to making the cakes I was planning on decorating today, instead I had to freeze the main cake so I can continue with my original plan another day.

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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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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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I don't normally take photo of ingredients but I bought a cute little glass jar and had some left over marshmallows to put in it from making my S'mores cookie sandwiches and thought it looked pretty. Now to find something to make with the leftover marshmallows.


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