Author Archives: Aoife

About Aoife

I enjoy making cakes and decorating them for family and friends. I am interested in swapping recipies and techniques with others interested in cake baking and decorating.

Banoffi Pie

This is my first time making this dessert and the good news is that it is very easy to make, looks good and tastes great. Ingredients 2 large bananas For the top: 250ml cream 1 Flake or cocoa powder For … Continue reading

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Vanilla & Chocolate “Rose” Cake

This is a 2  tiered vanilla and chocolate sponge cake.  I don’t have a photo to show it, bit when you cut into the cake you get a checkered layered cake.  This was easier to do than I thought.  You … Continue reading

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Strawberry Meringue

This is a strawberry meringue cake made at Christmas time as a lighter dessert than Christmas cake.  Meringue is handy to make when you have egg whites left over.  This tends to happen when I make custard which uses 4-5 … Continue reading

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Mickey Mouse Cake

I made this cake for my niece for her 3rd birthday as she is a huge Mickey Mouse fan.  I cut the cake freehand into the shape of his face and used a glass to cut out 2 large pieces … Continue reading

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Curious George Birthday Cake

My sister made this Curious George birthday cake for her daughter’s 5th birthday party.  Curious George is a big star in my niece’s house.  The cake was made using a simple vanilla sponge.  The decoration was done by hand using … Continue reading

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Viennese Whirls

I was inspired to make these delicious biscuits while watching the contestants struggle with this task on The Great British Bakeoff.  You can find the recipe here.  Their origin is unclear, they appear to be from the UK but are … Continue reading

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40th Spurs Birthday Cake

This is a 40th birthday cake I made for my husband who is a huge Tottenham Hotspur fan.  This was made with 2 colours which works well.  The cake was a vanilla sponge with buttercream and a jam filling.  It fed … Continue reading

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Banana Bread

I never tried  baking Banana Bread until recently when I found I had lots of bananas in the fruit bowl and I thought I’d try making something ‘healthy’ for a change. It turned out pretty well.  It is a tasty … Continue reading

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I came across these little cakes recently at an Italian coffee shop in Dublin.  They are in fact French in origin and are really delicious.  So delicious that I thought I should have a go at making them and save … Continue reading

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I had a go at making Madeleines.  They are suprisingly easy to make and delicious. Like many good baking products, they are French, originally from the North East of France.  I read that they don’t keep very well and are … Continue reading

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