‘Have A Heart’ Angel Cake Recipe

For Valentine’s, I made James a cake using Wilton Heart Tasty Fill Tin Pan Cake Non-Stick Baking Tins Create Filled Cakes to make an angel cake with a strawberry marshmallow mousse heart-shaped centre, covered with white chocolate butter cream and white chocolate ganache. It went down very well with James, and my colleague also asked me to make one for her birthday, which disappeared in about 20 minutes in the office! Since the cake is proving so popular, I have decided to share the recipe with you!

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Ingredients

For the sponge:

  • 10 medium egg whites
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • 375g icing sugar
  • 200g plain flour

For the mousse:

  • 250g fresh strawberries
  • 25g caster sugar
  • 140g mini marshmallows
  • 200ml double cream

For the butter cream:

  • 150g unsalted butter (softened at room temperature)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 380g icing sugar
  • 80g white chocolate

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So, Cath Kidston were offering £1 postage…

and this is what happened…

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I am actually holding this jug responsible. I saw it in the shop on Valentine’s Day in York and I fell in love with it. The jug itself is quite an unusual shape (my Mum described it as squashed?) as it is quite narrow in width. Hard to explain but TRUST ME it is adorable! I also love the design, it is part of the Painterly Rose set which is new and VERY hard to resist! Hence this also made its way into my parcel… Continue reading

22 Before 22: Bake Ten New Recipes

Wow, it feels like a lifetime since I last crossed something off my 22 Before 22 list! I really need to get a wriggle on! I can now cross the ‘bake ten new recipes’ goal off my list though! Unfortunately I haven’t been able to keep up with Stephanie Pomfrett’s baking challenge of baking two recipes a month, but I have managed to bake ten new recipes this year.

Yesterday me and James had a baking session that brought me up to my goal of testing out ten recipes. We baked two new recipes, the first one coming from one of my favourite baking books, Marian Keyes’ Saved by Cake.

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James picked the ‘Chocolate Cheesecake Cupcakes’ recipe, which was surprisingly quick and easy! It only took a few minutes to mix it all together and put them in the bun cases…my kind of baking! As usual, we weren’t going for points for presentation… Continue reading

2013 Baking Challenge – March

So it has come to that time again when I have tried two new recipes for my 2013 Baking Challenge/22 Before 22! With this month’s two recipes I will have tried 8 new recipes this year so next month I will be able to cross off another one on my list!

This month’s edition is coming a little later than usual due to a broken oven for a couple of weeks! This time James and I decided to try something completely new to us – macaroons! When we were flicking through the baking books, James came across recipes for lemon and raspberry macaroons in The Hairy Bikers Big Book of Baking.

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2013 Baking Challenge – February

Last month I told you that I was taking part in Stephanie Pomfrett’s Baking Challenge to help me achieve my goal of baking ten new recipes for my 22 before 22. Last month I did three bakes and I’m racing ahead in my challenge as yesterday I completed another three new recipes.

The first one was from Whoopie Pies:

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And, unsurprisingly, it was whoopie pies that we were making! These are how out Chocolate Fudge Brownie Whoopie Pies turned out: Continue reading

2013 Baking Challenge – January

As part of my 22 before 22, I wanted to do more baking. When I came across Stephanie Pomfrett’s 2013 Baking Challenge, I knew that it was ideal. The challenge involves baking two new recipes a month, which is ideal for me in terms of time and money! As soon as I found the challenge I had my name signed up!

Yesterday, I did my first baking session and actually managed to squeeze in three recipes! The first recipe I tried was from Annie Bell’s Gorgeous Cakes:

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Helping Out a Friend

My friend and fellow blogger Charlotte commented about how many blog views I get earlier today. Thanks to the fantastic community within WordPress and some very loyal followers who I owe no end of thanks to, my blog has taken off beyond what I ever expected. I am incredibly thankful to my 200+ followers and everyone who has helped me get almost 17,000 views since starting my blog in April. I have made some fantastic friends through blogging and I love discovering new blogs and friends every day. Continue reading