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Drunken Monkey Cupcakes

Remember the super simple technique I wrote about yesterday to make filled cupcakes? You can finally put it to good, over indulgent use. These cupcakes are a mix and match of an old but favorite cupcake recipe with spiked cream and reliable ganache.  I love cupcake recipes that do not use butter – they remain []

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Shamefully Easy Yogurt Cream Sauce

Happy Halloween! Now I’m not big on Halloween but do I have a treat for you! While the rest of them are busy with ghouls and haunted houses, you can tuck in and eat this spooned over some blueberries – or any fruit actually, it’s a pretty versatile sauce. I’m also glad to be finally []

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Shamefully Easy Chocolate Chip Muffins

I happened to catch some of Nigella Lawson’s TV show the other day and the theme was comfort food. While she explained that comfort food should not only be comfort eating, it should be comfort cooking, I furiously jotted down the recipe for this shamefully comforting double chocolate chip muffins. I happen to love this []

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Shamefully Easy Series II: Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

There’s something oddly comforting about cooking from Nigella Lawson’s book – not only because the recipes are converted to express mode which makes life a lot easier or because no matter what you pick from her book, its extremely high on the show-off scale but its definitely because there is a sure shot way of []

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{DIY}: How To Make Filled Cupcakes

Did you ever play dress-up as a kid? Rummaged through your mom’s closet and mixed and matched till you found the perfect combination to admire yourself in? Today, I played dress-up with cupcakes. See, I love cupcakes. Sincerely, ardently and loyally. But I love making them more than I love eating them. It sounds strange []

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Molten Chocolate Cake with Salted Vanilla Caramels

That’s a long long name but this cake carries the title with a lot of pride. After some quality time with the new candy thermometer, these caramels make for a pretty keepsake. They’re excellent to have around in case of emergencies as I’ve discovered and they’re pretty good as gifts but I discovered another use []

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Black Tea Cake with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

Tea, for me, is always associated with something good. Morning coffee is usually a blur – sleepy eyes and a rush to get the day started but when I smell tea brewing, I know it’s time to wind down. So much so, that I’ve taken to drinking ginger tea post dinner while watching some Masterchef []

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Happiness in a Pound Cake

Forgive me PurpleFoodie, I’m renaming your cake. But there is very little that can be said about this cake, except that it actually is happiness in a loaf. To quote Purple Foodie ‘I ate this cake for three meals straight. Only this.’ There. Proof of how happy this pound cake makes you. The fact that []

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Grown-up Chocolate Pound Cake

I’m not a planner whatsoever. I can’t make lists, I find the idea of task organizer apps tedious and I never get any sort of pleasure from checking things off a list. In fact, my little notebook that I carry around everywhere is mostly full of arbitrary recipe ideas and scribbles. Having said that, once I make []

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Dorie Greenspan and some Chocolate

I have been dying to cook from a cookbook. I’ve been dying to get butter stains and chocolate stains on my pristine white bake-books. Finally, the opportunity arrived in the form of 3 hungry friends and a lazy brunch. It also came with a list of dessert do’s and don’ts – no loaves, no cakes, []

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Dark Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Rose Frosting

Remember my mother’s birthday tea I was telling you about? Well, the real star of the party was this cake (sorry mom!), if I may say so myself! I was apprehensive about making this one, mostly because my mother isn’t one for desserts, sadly. She eats everything I make but she definitely doesn’t have a []

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It’s an Eighties cake!

One of my favorite things to eat as a kid was a bowl heaped with jelly and custard. The “dish” won me over texture-wise, color-wise and needless to say, taste-wise too. Since then, I have wanted to create some kind of (sophisticated) dessert that involved jelly, creamy custard and sponge cake. And I cannot tell []

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Grand Marnier Apple Cake

I’m sorry. I know the boozy treats are coming at you one after another. But I can’t help it. I’ve never taken to drinking really, but I have this compulsion which I know most bakers suffer from. If you have a new thing on the kitchen counter, it must be used! I was super excited to []

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Cake Pops!

Is it just me or does everyone find the prospect of cake pops terrifying? Maybe it’s the idea of smashing a carefully made cake into bits but I’ve always stayed away from them. They’re cute, sure and they have a lot of scope to get creative with them but I could never smash a perfectly []

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