French Madeleines

I’m just in time for this month’s GBBO bake from my calendar as I showed you in my jammy dodgers post back in February. These were made for a training day at work and were a perfect excuse for playing with one of my new toys from Lakeland ­čÖé

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These were a total experiment for me, I want to branch out into making things other than cakes and cupcakes and these fit the bill very nicely. Comments are appreciated as always, Click here to see how it went.

Jen x

Coffee and Walnut Cupcakes

I had a whole company attended course scheduled for work and it’s becoming the norm now for me to bring something baked with me. In fact, I’d feel strange if I didn’t bring something with me! I wanted to make something a bit more grown up and this little bottle of liqueur has been winking at me for a long time so I decided to make some coffee cupcakes and flavour the topping with the liqueur. Walnuts go lovely with coffee cake and I wanted some texture in the cakes so there you go, decision made!

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Everyone prefers their coffee differently – black/white, sweet/no sugar, strong/weak etc. so I was a little nervous about making these and getting the coffee flavour right.

Click here to see how it went, comments are appreciated as they always are.

Jen x

Yorkshire Parkin

This was a special request from a friend who randomly messaged me asking for cake. As that turned out to be such a spectacular fail, he came back to me and asked for this. I’d never heard of parkin before so I was keen to look it up and give it a go.

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The spices are the star ingredients of parkin, as well as the porridge oats which gives it a great crumbly texture. Black treacle is key too, which I’ve never used before and was looking forward to trying.

Click here to see how it went, comments are appreciated as they always are.

Jen x

Banana and Mixed Fruit Flapjacks

Another team meeting at work = another bake to bring along with me. I’ve got a reputation to uphold – the clinical manager is even thinking of making us have these meetings twice a month instead of once because he’s getting so fond of my treats! I have been baking up an absolute storm recently so I searched to try and find a healthy recipe for flapjacks.

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I think I did a good job of keeping them healthy and delicious, just look at those ingredients up there, are you drooling already!?

Click here to see how it went. Comments are appreciated as always, especially from those that tried them.

Jen x

Jelly Sweet Cookies

I got given these as a Christmas present from a client and they’ve been sitting on the side in the living room since. I love Fruit Pastilles and sweets like that loads (I have such a general sweet tooth, anything with a bit of sugar in and I’m happy!) so I immediately thought of baking when I was given these.

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I wanted to bake something quickly after a quite bad baking fail (you don’t want to know!), as I get downheartened easily when a bake doesn’t go quite right. The last thing I want is to lose my baking mojo and enthusiasm.

Click here to see how it went. I’m pleased to say this was a much better result than the fail. Comments are appreciated as always.

Jen x

Chocolate Salted Caramel Cupcakes

I bought these on a Lakeland splurge in January when I only needed another ┬ú1.50 to get my total up over ┬ú60 (I had gift vouchers, don’t worry!). I had to Google what “fleur de sel” actually was and when I found out, this little pot went straight into my basket.

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I’ve been wanting to try making my own salted caramel cupcake recipe for a while, since I went to London with Alex and visited the Primrose Bakery in Covent Garden and picked one up there.

Click here to see how it went and to see the cupcake that inspired this recipe. Comments are appreciated as always, especially from those that tried them.

Jen x

PS – a pre warning for the long post that follows!