Even after the chocolate and marshmallow birthday cake I posted for Lauren’s birthday a couple of weeks ago, I am taking the risk of being repetitive and posting yet another chocolate cake. But this time, it’s covered in Brownie (cue the drool).
So after dedicating bakes to holidays such as Christmas, New Years and Easter, I feel it is only fair that Halloween gets a turn. This time I’m also being proactive: by launching the post before the actual day, you might actually get a chance to try them out! (and let me know if you do, I’m keen to see what you think of this recipe!)
For those of you who are as obsessed with baking as I am, you will probably know the bake off graced our screens again last week. In spite of it’s move to channel 4 (and that Sandi and Noel may have been trying a little too hard, sorry!) I was still watching avidly. To be extra original, I also thought I would try my hand at my version of the technical bake, mini rolls. And yet again I safely understand why I have not been chosen for the show!
After a week of offering you something slightly healthier, I thought for this post I would offer you something a little more true to form. Unlike my healthier honey gingerbread, it is safe to say there is nothing even remotely slimming about my traybake this week. But, being modest as per, it is still pretty good!
In the wise words of the cookie monster, ‘C is for Cookie, that’s good enough for me’. And, unfortunately for Hayley, it’s going to have to be good enough for her too. My decision to make Hayley a cookie cake for her 23rd birthday was, however, not solely sparked by my desire to use what is the most overused quote in blog posts about cookies, but because I have been meaning to try it for ages. And if you have ever had a birthday cake from Millie’s Cookies, you will understand why. Let’s put it this way: if it’s anywhere near as good as the original Hayley is going to have to make a dash with it before I stop plucking my eyebrows, start taking some testosterone supplements for a more gruff sounding voice and dye myself blue as an excuse for petty cake theft.
Although they are great together earl grey tea and lemon aren’t necessarily flavours you would associate with caramel. But as with my wasabi blondies I decided to give them a go and took the Dr. Pepper attitude of ‘what’s the worst that could happen?’. Fortunately this attitude paid off! While the decision was in some ways last minute on the whole they turned out pretty well. The smoothness of the tea works well with the caramel and the hint of lemon helps cut through some of the sugar. The earl grey flavour makes it a perfect tea time snack for anyone with a sweet tooth, but even if you don’t a small piece never hurt anyone! Continue reading “Lemon and Earl Grey Caramel Shortbread”