Cranberry and Orange Cake with White Chocolate Icing

The month of December has arrived and with it, a whirlwind of preparation and anticipation… People have started decorating their Christmas trees, putting up twinkle lights and going to Christmas markets where the mouth-watering smells of spiced wine, candied orange peel, and fresh pine trees entice them to buy treasures of all sorts and delicious homemade goodsContinue reading “Cranberry and Orange Cake with White Chocolate Icing”

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Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes

The month of November is now in full swing and the warm autumn days have been replaced with dark and frosty winter mornings. Yet, despite the cold and dreariness, the shops have already started decorating their windows with beautiful Christmas ornaments and the streets, which are illuminated with magical twinkle lights, are full of bustling passers by who are all too eager to start their Christmas shopping… Continue reading “Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes”

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Halloween Pumpkin Cake

Hallowe’ en has arrived and everybody is frantically buying their last-minute pumpkins to carve as jack o’ lanterns and decorate their houses and gardens… Jack o’ lanterns are named after carved pumpkins, squashes, turnips and other root vegetables of the sort and are associated with the strange lights flickering over peat bogs. They are a yearly Hallowe’en tradition in America that originally came from the Irish legends of Stingy Jack and are used in many different kinds of folklore stories. The headless Horseman, for instance ( from ” The legend of sleepy Hollow” written by Washington Irving), is often depicted with a pumpkin or jack o’ lantern in lieu of a severed head…

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White Chocolate Hallowe’en Cupcakes

As Hallowe’en night approaches, my mind goes wild imagining stories about a spooky yet mystical wood; Black bats flapping about and screeching wildly disrupt the eery silence, and the dark night is broken only by the mysterious blue-ish, silvery light which seems to emanate from a trembling moon...  Continue reading “White Chocolate Hallowe’en Cupcakes”