Chocolate Cauldron Cupcakes

We are getting down to the wire. A fortnight from now, the streets will be filled with a wild and wonderful assortment of other worldly creatures in crazed search of sugar. If you are the type of person who likes to plan ahead or just need something to keep slightly older apprentice witches out of trouble, […]

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Roasted Butternut Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting (or not)

These days there can be very little difference between a muffin and a cupcake. Bran and Oatmeal has given way to Banana Chocolate Chip and Blueberry Coffeecake Crumble. This offering swings both ways. Served plain with butter and honey for breakfast or topped with a maple cream cheese frosting for a special fall occasion. It uses precooked […]

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Zucchini Bean Chocolate Cake (Yes! you read it right)

Many gluten free cakes benefit from being chocolate as the extra flavouring helps to cover the taste of the substitute flours. This cake does not even pretend. It goes the alternate ingredient route with beans that add moisture, substance and disappear into the batter just like the zucchini does. I added a cube of my frozen blackberry […]

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No Flour Chocolate Cake

I could tell lovely stories of dark chocolate cake uses for symbolizing lightless Winter Solstice nights but really, if you like chocolate cake, you are good to go any time of the year and since this one has half a dozen eggs in it, it would be more than a bit of a stretch to suggest this harkens […]

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Naked Cakes

Food has fashion. Popular flavours and food ingredients come and go. Some like bacon, hang around for a little longer….but eventually change comes. The hot “new” thing these days are naked cakes. I see them at weddings and on display in bakeries. For me, the really nice thing about the current fashion is the ability […]

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Blackberry Cheesecake for Two (or three)

Blackberry season is upon us and although they are thought of, in some parts of the world, as food for fairies and should therefore be left alone, there seem to be many first harvest recipes that include blackberries as they are the naturally available fruit of the season. “Thank you fairies for your willingness to […]

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Minis!

The best kitchen purchase I have made in the past few years was this 4 inch spring form pan. It is great for a couple of reasons. One, community includes people we are living on their own. People who do not have a need for a cake that serves ten but still enjoy the occasional […]

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Dandelion Cake with Forsythia Frosting and Sugared Violets

Fairies is a broad category for a range of magical creatures. Hobgoblins and brownies are more connected to homes while sprites and pixies are happiest outside and trolls, under ground. They range from wrinkled old men, the height of ones thumb to enticing women who have relationships with Gods. Legends say that under The Tor […]

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Whipping Cream Cake with Almonds and Apricots

Variations of this recipe has been around for awhile. Simple ingredients, lovely cake and a crunchy topping made with almonds, butter, sugar and cream. In Italian, the word for almond is Mandorla and it connects into the mystical traditions of the Vesica Pisces, the shape that forms in the middle of two interconnected circles. You […]

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Orange Marble Cake

At spring equinox I like to bake things that reflect that balancing time of light and dark. A time that can be well used to consider what might be out of balance in our own lives and what steps taken can adjust our paths. In the ancient religion of China, orange is thought of as […]

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