Monthly Archives: December 2012

Devil’s Food Cake with Vanilla Bean Buttercream

SONY DSCIt’s so close to Christmas! It’s going to be a busy few weeks, and it’s already started. The kitchen is being inspected by food hygiene so that I can sell the cakes I make in it, which inevitably meant a very thorough clean. Who knew we had so many old tins in our larder?! On average, the things we threw away had a date life of 2006…. oh dear….

Yesterday I was back up in London to watch Jake in his first rowing race; so exciting, so proud! For a novice boat, they looked amazing, so smooth and splash free! And now I’m baking for the flat christmas dinner. I tried to do a red velvet cake, but I don’t think the red food colouring had enough ooomph so it’s more just a chocolate devil’s food cake. Normally, you’d couple a red velvet cake with a cream cheese frosting, but I decided to go for an old favourite, vanilla bean frosting, as it tastes like vanilla ice cream and I didn’t fancy trying to make dairy free cream cheese frosting. Continue reading

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My sister’s dairy free eggnog cupcakes

My sister hosts a christmas dinner every year. This is the first year I’ve been in London so the first time I’ve been!

The first christmas dinner of the season (it’s perfectly normal to have more than one!) and she pulled out all the trimmings. Roast beef, potatoes, parsnips, carrots, stuffing and sprouts. She even made me some dairy free yorkshire puddings! She also made some chocolate orange cupcakes, and some dairy free eggnog cupcakes just for me! Well, not all for me. I think she did an amazing job, they looked amazing and tasted just as good! She finished them with some edible silver spray, very festive.

Speaking of festive, it snowed today. I say snowed, there was a spattering of white dust on the floor. Of course, London’s public transport could not cope with a little bit of the white stuff. Fortunately for me I was going away from Waterloo, so I watched all the people crammed on to the platform opposite, trains pull in practically full, pull out and see all the same people still stood on the platform.

Anyway, here’s some photos of the feast.

My sister's christmas dinner

my sister's christmas dinner

Christmas eggnog and chocolate orange cupcakes

dairy free eggnog cupcakes and chocolate orange cupcakes



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