Halloween Surprise Cake

There are so many fun ways to bake at Halloween and this surprise cake featuring a hidden pumpkin is one of them.

There are 2 cakes to be made; one coloured and one plain. You need to plan ahead as they can’t be made at the same time. I tend to make my coloured one in the morning, get my jobs done and then get the second one made later in the day. It can be decorated the same or next day.

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Toffee Apple Cake

Ooooh where do I start??! It’s a delicious take on a traditional Toffee Apple and adding the toffee sauce just sends it into another dimension. A wonderfully moist and spicy cake which is surprisingly easy to make.

If you don’t like dates, don’t worry. You can’t taste them. They add moistness and that great sticky toffee flavour.

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Banana & Cranberry Gluten Free Muffins

These delicious muffins are perfect for an on the run breakfast or midday snack as they are low sugar and full of goodness. You can make them dairy free if you need to and I’ve put those options on the ingredients list.

I’ve used dried cranberries because they are a firm favourite in our house and they are sweet enough to greatly reduce the original sugar content in the recipe, but you can use other dried fruit options too. Pecans or walnuts would also be a great addition.

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Bakewell Cherry & Raspberry Buns

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I’m a sucker for Bakewell Tart, the combination of almonds and cherries will win with me every time! This is such a quick and easy alternative to the original tart recipe which still retains all the lovely bakewell traditional flavours. The only problem …. they are way too tasty but I work around that by eating one only and putting them away till the next time 😉

The recipe makes a dozen fairy bun sizes but you can use muffin cases too but will probably only get about 8. I used a mix of glace cherries and fresh raspberries with raspberry jam for the centres but you can decide what you would like based on what you have and your personal taste. I would recommend you give the cherries a good wash before using them to prevent them sinking.

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Battenberg Cake

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There’s something very special about those pink and yellow squares when you cut into a Battenberg that brings you back to being young. It was such a treat to get and always felt like a special occasion when a Battenberg was produced on the table.

It feels like a lot of work but honestly, it’s not. The cutting and joining of coloured sponges can be a little sticky and rolling out the marzipan a little messy but the result is definitely worth it and always impresses when it’s homemade!

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