Chocolate Candy Cane Cake

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Chocolate Candy Cane Cake - Two layers of chocolate cake, smothered in a white chocolate peppermint buttercream, and finished with a thick coating of dark chocolate ganache. A deliciously indulgent Christmas treat! This cake was the first proper cake I baked after Tilly was born. I have to admit, it took me ages! I baked the cake layers, then the icing had to wait until the next day. It took me the best part of the afternoon to get the cake covered in icing and decorated. Things that normally ...

Hot Chocolate Spoons

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Hot Chocolate Spoons - a cheap, simple, and delicious idea for homemade Christmas gifts! Today I’m bringing you a really simple idea for home made Christmas gifts. While I was doing my Christmas shopping I loads of these hot chocolate spoons and stirrers on the high street and in supermarkets. If your not familiar with the idea, they’re spoons set in a block of chocolate which you stir into hot milk to make delicious hot chocolate. I love the concept, but they struck me as pretty ...

Gingerbread Cupcakes

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  Gingerbread  cupcakes - delicious Christmas cupcakes packed full of warming spices, and topped with lashings of vanilla buttercream and a mini gingerbread man!   December is here! We can officially get excited about Christmas! What are you doing to get yourself in the festive spirit ahead of the big day? We are, rather controversially in our house, not having a tree this year. Advent calendars are up though, and I’ve started dotting festive candles around the flat, and switching on ...

Malteaser Millionaires’ Shortbread

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Considering this is my first recipe for December, it's rather strange that it's not a Christmas recipe. Especially considering how festive I'm feeling this year. We went to our first Christmas market last night. Hong Kong hasn't quite got the hang of pulling off the perfect Christmas market, but bless them, they try. There wasn't a mince pie in sight, but we had our first mulled wine of the season and I still came away feeling very Christmassy. We've set up what is possibly the world's ...

Christmas Cinnamon Sprinkles Cupcakes

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Brown sugar and cinnamon cupcakes, filled with festive sprinkles, and topped with lashings of cinnamon cream cheese icing.  This will be, rather unbelievably, my last post from the road. In 5 days time we'll get on the eurostar in Paris, and be back in London for lunchtime. It will be over 100 days since we left Hong Kong to fly to Singapore, and in that time we've made it all the way to Berlin overland. I can't quite believe we're in Berlin, a part of our trip that seemed so incredibly far away ...

A food lover’s Christmas gift guide

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How did you spend your weekend? With only two weekends left before Christmas, i'd imagine its a fairly safe guess that several of you spent it shopping for Christmas gifts. My Christmas shopping has taken a bit of a backseat this year. Time and money are being eaten up by this big trip home. Europe, it seems, is a horrendously expensive place to be! This doesn't stop me from dreaming and wishing of wrapping beautiful presents  and piling them up under a tree groaning with ornaments. These are ...

Almond Mince Pie Cupcakes

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Simple cupcakes made with ground almonds and filled with mince meat. A quick and easy alternative take on a Christmas classic, and the perfect way to use up left over mince meat. Happy Saturday everyone! How is your weekend going? We said goodbye to Russia yesterday, and we've made it to the very beautiful Estonia. We arrived into Tallinn in the early hours of this morning. We travelled overnight on the bus from St. Petersburg, hitting the Estonia border at a very antisocial 1.30am. A lengthy 2 ...

Dark Chocolate & Speculoos Cookie Butter Truffles {homemade Christmas gifts}

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Deliciously rich soft centred Speculoos cookie butter truffles dipped in dark chocolate. Creamy, indulgent and festively spiced, these truffles make perfect gifts for Christmas.  It's December! Hands up who is getting excited for Christmas?! I may have already mentioned once or twice that I'm brimming over with Christmas excitement. We're in Moscow now, and over the past few days the Christmas lights have gone on across the city, shop windows have filled with opulent Christmas treats, and an ice ...

After Eight Chocolate Cupcakes

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Gooey, minty chocolate cupcakes, filled with chunks of dark chocolate, topped with a rich, silky ganache made from After Eight mints. A perfect christmas treat! Today's post comes to you from a very chilly, snowy Russia. We've hit a new temperature low, minus 28C.... I can officially confirm that means it is very, very, very cold indeed. I'm surprised I've got any fingers left to type with, even wrapped in gloves and wedged tightly into my pockets they were painfully cold today! We've reached ...

Nutella Fudge {homemade Christmas gifts}

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 Delicious and easy homemade Nutella fudge. No boiling or beating required. The perfect homemade Christmas gift.  Maybe November still is to early to think about Christmas, but I'm afraid the excitement has taken hold of me already. It all started with those red starbucks cups. A few days ago I saw a girl walking down the street in Beijing, red cup in hand. A true victim of marketing and hype, I nagged Andy until he conceded that an over priced sugary coffee really was a travel budget necessity. ...