Spiced Apple Cake – Gluten Free & Low Fat

This delicious and low fat cake comes from the Hairy Bikers. It contains low fat milk and sunflower oil so no butter and for a large 23cm cake, only uses 100g of demerara sugar which you could substitute for an organic variety which is less refined.

I converted it to a Gluten Free version so everyone at home could enjoy it and it worked really well. The other bonus of this lovely recipe is that it freezes well so you can cut in half or in slices and keep for when you desperately need a slice of cake to help sort out the woes of the world. Defrost thoroughly and heat up in a low oven or in the microwave. It’s perfect served hot or cold and will keep fresh for several days once you wrap it in tin foil.

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Berry Muffins

One of the easiest recipes on the cozebakes blog has to be for these Berry Muffins. No special equipment needed and they are made in no time. I filled mine with 100g each of raspberries and blueberries but there are lots of options and I’ll list them in the ingredients.

I used tulip cases to make large muffins and got 10 from this quantity.  If you use traditional muffin cases you should get about 15.

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Strawberry Crumble Cake

I was in the UK a while back and saw this recipe in a magazine so of course I took pictures and once I got home, gave it a go with sweet Irish strawberries. I picked up a punnet of King Strawberries which I hadn’t seen before. Huge fellows and very sweet!

It’s a big cake and will easily feed 12/14 people so it’s perfect for a gathering and can be dressed up a bit to make it fancy, shmancy 🙂

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Gin & Tonic Cupcakes

I have a house full of G & T fans, it’s not my tipple but it’s my son and his girlfriend’s favourite drink and as it was her birthday, I decided to make these cupcakes.

I opted not to use a recipe which incorporates gin into the batter as I felt it would be a very wet mixture and the time to bake could result in a tougher cupcake rather than a light, moist one. Using the lemon drizzle method, I opted instead to brush the baked cupcakes with the gin for it to sink in and flavour the entire bun. There’s also gin in the buttercream (of course there is!) so it’s a treat for gin lovers.

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