Cappuccino Slices – Recipe!

These are one of my favourite recipes, they’re so easy and quick but also look and taste delicious. You can do whatever you like with the topping. I like doing zig-zag coffee icing, grated white chocolate and finished off with a coffee bean, but mixed dark and white chocolate curls on top of icing also looks good. I also prefer to break up chocolate into chunks for the filling instead of buying chocolate chips, but if you’d prefer less chocolate (although I don’t know many who would :P) then chocolate chips will work also! Ā Hope you enjoy these yummy coffee treats šŸ˜€

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Cappuccino Slices

Makes 9 slices

You will need a 20×30 cm/8×12 inch baking tin, greased and lined

Ingredients

200g/7oz light brown sugar

175g/6oz butter

3 tablespoons instant coffee granules

2 eggs, beaten

1 tsp vanilla extract

250g/9oz gluten free plain flour

1 and 1/2 tsp gluten free baking powder

3/4 tsp xantham gum

200g/7oz white chocolate, broken into chunks

To decorate

110g/4oz icing sugar

white and dark chocolate shavings

chocolate covered coffee beans

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 170C (325F).

2. Melt the brown sugar and butter in a saucepan on a low heat, stirring constantly. In a small bowl, dissolve the coffee granules in 1 and 1/2 tablespoons of boiling water. Stir two thirds into the pan and save the rest for the icing. Remove from the heat, transfer the mixture into a large bowl and leave to cool.

3. Once cool, stir the eggs and the vanilla extract into the bowl with a wooden spoon until smooth. Sift the flour, baking powder and xantham gum into the bowl and fold until well mixed. Then fold in the chocolate chunks.

4. Pour the mixture into the baking tin, level with a spatula and bake on the middle shelf of the oven for 25-35 minutes, until set in the middle and the top has formed a crust. Remove from the oven and leave to cool completely in the tin.

5. Once completely cool, remove the cake from the tin. Make up the icing by mixing the rest of the dissolved coffee with the icing sugar and zig-zag or spread across the cake. Grate some chocolate and sprinkle on the top of the cake, then cut the cake into 9 slices and top each slice with a chocolate coffee bean.

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In other news I am frantically trying to sort my stuff out for the Shrewsbury Food Festival in a few weeks time, I’ve made 8 different lists today of all the different things I need to think about, make and bake! Still, I’m hoping my advanced planning will pay off and my stall will be a success!

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An update, news… and cakes.

Well I’m ashamed to say my last post was Christmas… I definitely have some catching up to do! What have I been up to? Well, aside from making and creating new exciting recipes, I’ve also been making plans for the summer. I don’t know why but summer just seems to be the perfect time to do new things and expand the business. I’ve decided to get my foot in the door on the whole summer food festival craze, and I’m very excited to announce that I have been accepted for a bursary stall at the Shrewsbury Food Festival šŸ˜€ I’ve never done anything so big before so I’m nervous but also very very excited! Any local readers please come and say hi!

I was also asked to make some Valentine’s truffles for a special Valentine’s screening at the Old Market Hall cinema/cafe and was quite proud of the end product, I loved getting my creative side out and doing all the packaging…

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I’ve also been working on a few favourites in the hope that I can sell them on my stalls in the summer… what do we think of…

Chocolate Orange Cake (this tastes just like a Terry’s Chocolate Orange)

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Nutella Swirled Banana Bread…

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and Sticky Golden Syrup Loaf?

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(I have to admit, I tried out the Chocolate Orange Cake and the Sticky Golden Syrup Loaf on my friends and they were definitely given the thumbs up).

Next post will be a recipe post, if anyone has any requests then let me know!

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Gluten and Dairy Free Lemon Drizzle Cake – Recipe!

Recipe time! I’ve had a few requests for this recipe so here it is – you can make it either just gluten free or glutenĀ andĀ dairy free, you just use different butters depending on what you want. I also do various decorations for this cake, the first time I did it for a friends birthday so I crystallised some edible flowers for decoration… but you can really do whatever you fancy. Grated lemon rind sprinkled over the top always makes for a pretty cake, and recently I used little sugared lemons and dotted them around the outside of the cake… just be creative & enjoy!

Gluten and Dairy Free Lemon Drizzle Cake

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Makes one round 7 inch cake, serves 8-10.Ā 

Oven temperature – 180C/160C fan/350F/gas mark 4

Ingredients

225g/8oz gluten-free self raising flour

1tsp gluten-free baking powder

3/4 tsp of xanthan gum

225g/8oz soft butter/margarine (if you want to make it dairy free then just use dairy free butter, I used the Pure Sunflower dairy free butter and it worked well)

225g/8oz caster sugar

4 medium free-range eggs

Juice and rind of half a lemon (I always use a bit more because I like my cake to be very moist and lemony)

Icing:

110g/4oz icing sugar, sifted

Juice and rind of half a lemon (the rind is for decoration if this is what you choose to do)

MethodĀ 

1. Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs a little at a time, beating well after each addition.

2. In a different bowl, sieve together the flour, baking powder and xanthan gum. Fold in the creamed mixture using a metal spoon. Add the juice and rind of half a lemon (or more).

3. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin lined with grease proof baking paper. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until golden brown and springs back when touched.

4. Once you have taken it out of the oven, leave it in the tin for 15-20 minutes until it has cooled slightly. Then remove from the tin, peal off paper and leave to cool completely on a wire rack.

5. Once the cake is completely cool, mix the sifted icing sugar with the lemon juice. The icing should coat the back of the spoon, if it is too stiff it won’t run down the sides of the cake.

6. Pour icing over the top of the cake and allow to run down the sides. Sprinkle with the lemon zest or whatever other decoration you fancy.

Gluten and Dairy free Lemon Drizzle Cake

Gluten and Dairy free Lemon Drizzle Cake

 

Gluten and Dairy Free Lemon Drizzle Cake with Crystallised Rose Petals

This cake was a challenge for me – my first ever gluten AND dairy free cake. I was worried about doing it because I’ve never even made a dairy free cake before let alone a gluten and dairy free one! But since it was my lovely friends birthday who is allergic to both gluten and dairy, I knew I had to have a go at it just so that she could eat cake on her birthday! And I’m really pleased and surprised with how it turned out… I honestly would not have known that it was free from gluten and dairy, just goes to show that even if you are on a gluten or dairy free (or both!) diet you do notĀ have to miss out on yummy food.

Gluten and Dairy free Lemon Drizzle Cake

Gluten and Dairy free Lemon Drizzle Cake

Gluten and Dairy free Lemon Drizzle Cake

Gluten and Dairy free Lemon Drizzle Cake

 

As this was a birthday cake I wanted to make it that little bit special so I crystallised some edible flowers to decorate the cake with. This is such an easy and pretty thing to do – simply brush the flowers with egg white and then sprinkle sugar over them and leave to set! I’ll definitely be doing some more to decorate some of my other bakes with. Just remember to only pickĀ edibleĀ flowers though!

Crystallised Rose Petals

Crystallised Rose Petals

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