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Lavender Honey Cake with a Scent of Lemon & Honey Cream Cheese Icing

Lavender Honey Cake

Mother’s Day is fast approaching and I can’t help but think of cake. I feel something light and spring like is needed. I know, how about a lavender honey cake scented with lemon and smothered in honey cream cheese icing? Sorted.

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Goji Berry Bliss Balls (vegan, refined sugar & gluten-free)

Goji Berry Bliss Balls

 Energy balls are all the rage now. Look in any self-respecting modern “healthy” cookbook and you’ll find at least one recipe for them. There’s a good reason for this. They are easy to make and utterly delicious. I’ve made quite a few over the last few years and these goji berry bliss balls are the latest.

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Chocolate Coconut Cannellini Cake for Mother’s Day

Cannellini Cake

Happy Mother’s Day to everyone. I’ll be heading off to visit my mother shortly. I was going to take her out to lunch, but turns out she hadn’t realised the significance of the day and has invited friends over. So I decided to make her an ultra healthy, dairy-free, grain-free and refined sugar-free vegan cake instead. Why? Because I felt like it and thought it would make a nice change. So this chocolate coconut cannellini cake is what she’s getting.

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Marmalade Runeberg Cakes for Mother’s Day

Runeberg Cakes

Small Cakes | 17th March 2015 | By

A sticky chewy little cake made with breadcrumbs and almonds. It comes from Finland and is easy to make. These Marmalade runeberg cakes are astonishingly light and very moreish.

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Lavender Chocolate Goose Egg Cake for Mother’s Day

Lavender Chocolate Goose Egg Cake with a rich chocolate ganache.

This dark rich lavender chocolate goose egg cake is made with a single egg. You can, of course substitute the goose egg with chicken eggs, but it’s well worth trying to get hold of one if you can. The cake is filled and covered with an unctuous chocolate ganache which is also flavoured with lavender. Ideal as a Mother’s Day cake and probably best enjoyed by adults.

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Cocoa Hand Cream from Hotel Chocolat

Hotel Chocolat Cocoa Hand Cream

Chocolate comes in many forms and here it comes in the form of hand cream. What’s not to love about cocoa hand cream? Well not surprisingly, there’s not a lot. Read on for my review.

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St Clements Cake Truffles

For Mother’s Day this year, I decided to make some cake truffles. I had some left over lemon & poppy seed cake from the book swap event which, I thought, mixed with orange, would make some nice tangy St Clements Truffles.

This is what I did:

  • Creamed 1/2 oz unsalted butter with 1 oz icing sugar until very pale.
  • Crumbled in a square of lemon & poppy seed cake.
  • Beat this together until all incorporated and smooth.
  • Added a couple of teaspoons of orange liqueur & beat some more.
  • Formed into small balls and placed in the freezer for 30 minutes to harden.
  • Melted 60g dark chocolate (Green&Black’s 72% cook’s chocolate).
  • Dipped the cake balls into the chocolate and placed on some greasproof paper to set.
  • Almost immediately, placed a sugar flour on top of each before the chocolate set.
  • Placed in a pretty box and tied a ribbon around.
Oh my, these were delicious. It may not say much for the sophistication of my palate, but I’m becoming a real fan of cake truffles. They are a lot nicer than I would ever have believed and are set off so well when covered with a nice dark chocolate. I was a little concerned at how well the lemon flavour would go with chocolate, but I needn’t have been – sweet and sharp is a well known winning combination. The box found its way back to me empty, so I have to assume my mother quite liked them too.
A walk along the lovely Lerryn river following an early lunch at Duchy Nursery were to be the treat of the day. My mother is particularly enamoured of the leaf that appears in the froth on the top of their coffees, as can be seen in the above picture (sort of). Although the weather was showery, we didn’t get rained on, which was most fortuitous as, due to an oversight on the restaurant’s part, we had to sit outside for lunch. Luckily, my mother is a hardy soul and she really enjoyed her day.

Marmalade Cake for Mother’s Day

Marmalade Cake

Large Cakes | 15th April 2011 | By

Having made my first experiment using marmalade in cakes with this chocolate and marmalade cake and been won over by the result, I decided to have another go.

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Chocolate Almond Cake – Only Five Ingredients & GF

Slice of gluten-free chocolate almond cake on a Cornishware plate.

Gluten Free, Large Cakes | 23rd March 2009 | By

This amazing chocolate almond cake contains only five ingredients, yet it’s one of the best chocolate cakes I’ve ever eaten. It’s made with ground almonds rather than flour, so it’s naturally gluten-free. It’s rich, has a wonderful smooth texture and is utterly delicious.

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