Lime and Coconut Cake

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Summer is over and autumn is officially upon us. The nights and drawing in and the chunky knit jumpers and coming out of the wardrobe. However do not despair, this lime and coconut cake will bring a comforting taste of summer into your lives.

I kind of made this recipe up as I went along and it turned out surprisingly well. The sponge turned out lovely and fluffy and the flavours of lime and coconut definitely came through.

P.s- I’m not telling you you have to listen to this while baking it, but you know you want to…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aA9OqUuA6a0

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Fruity Iced Biscuits

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I am loving the current trend for iced biscuits that appears to be going on at the moment. Have a look at my ‘baking inspiration’ board on Pinterest and you will see some of the designs that I would love to have a bash at at some point. The actual biscuits are so easy to make and the possibilities for different shapes and decoration are endless. I chose to go for a fruity, summer theme and the end result is very cheery looking to say the least!

This was my first attempt at iced biscuits and I don’t think they’re too bad for a first go. However next time I think I will make my icing less runny and invest in some very thin piping nozzles for piping the outline of the biscuits. I used a slightly adapted versions of Bake of Star Ruth Clemen’s recipes for the both the biccies and the glaze icing.

The icing can be quite fiddly- I was concentrating so hard that I think I ended up in the ‘piping zone’, which is unfortunately why I ended up abandoning my camera during the decorating process- sorry about that. Anyway, as I said before, they are something I would like to try again so I will be able to go into more detail regarding the piping technique then. For now I hope you enjoy these as my first attempt…

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Raw Pops

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Cake Pops, aesthetically pleasing yes, but are they tantalising to the taste buds? I guess this is debatable. I don’t know about you but for me cake mushed up with buttercream into a stodgy ball and coated in candy melts isn’t really my cup of tea.

Now don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against cake pops, I think they are wonderful little things and can look absolutely amazing- I just think that there must be another way of achieving the same effect without all the sickly, sticky, sugariness they entail.

Cue the Raw Pop- just the same as the cake pop yet WAY healthier and much quicker and easier to make. No baking required, these little balls of heaven are also Vegan friendly, Dairy Free and Gluten Free. I know what you are thinking-Surely this must mean they taste gross? Well there you would be wrong. They are totally delicious, full of energy and if that isn’t enough to convince you I will have you know that my friend Maddy who gave me this recipe once had the one and only Benedict Cumberbatch come into the café where she works to sample one of these wee beauties- if that isn’t enough to convince you then I don’t know what is!

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Lemon Tart

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Ah when life gives you lemons… Well if it’s after five then I would always go for a gin and tonic, however if it’s before five then might I suggest a lemon tart. Tangy, sweet, and delicious this is the ideal bake for a dinner party dessert.

Plus it sounds super impressive when you use its fancy French name and tell people they’re having a *cue French accent * Tarte au citron for pudding.

Its super easy to make but you will end up with a really impressive final result. Best served with lots of berries and cream!

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