Archives for category: Sweets

Elisa of Globetrotting in Heels celebrated her birthday recently, which called for fashionable cupcake decorations with a sparkle.

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Peaches and cream fashion cupcakes

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As an added treat, I made peppermint creams drizzled with mint infused dark chocolate.

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I was very excited when I discovered this recipe, especially being allergic to all types of nuts myself! The truffles are made with Oreo biscuits and cream cheese and the decorating options are only limited to your imagination.

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IMG_5577IMG_5554 I did also make three truffles rolled in crushed cashew nuts for the nut lovers.

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Definitely something to add to the Indulgence repertoire!

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As requested by V, a delicious weekend treat

As always, I’m on the lookout for challenges and new recipes and then spend time experimenting with new recipes.

Today was macaroon day!

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Coconut and shaved almond macaroons, crunchy on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside.

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clip_image005So I got the crazy idea in my head that making homemade gifts were the way to go this year. I don’t actually recall where the idea came from, but after seeing the first recipe on Martha Stewart, I did some research (visiting my go-to baking site as well) and watched countless videos of demonstrations of how to make it. I pretty much do this with every new recipe or technique I want to try. I decided that Martha’s recipe was simplest and most practical – meaning I didn’t actually need to use a candy thermometer! and I enjoyed her how to video. My first attempt was a total flop, I thought (wrongly) that I could substitute the dry gelatine with the vegetarian alternative, Agar Agar. It couldn’t have been more of a mess! After 2 days it still hadn’t set and even the food colouring didn’t mix in, it just floated on top of the sticky sugary mass.
In the end, it worked out much better with the proper dry gelatine. I could even tell the difference when mixing it and of course, the food colouring took! The hardest part now is finding finding the patience to leave it and let it set – so hard not to stick my fingers in it!

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Pretty pink vanilla
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Lemony hearts
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And stick blue vanilla (I forgot to take a picture of the blue circles)
I made little gift bags with a few pieces of each colour and found the cutest, ‘vintage-y’ gift tags.

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Everyone loved them, its definitely now part of my repertoire!