Peppermint & Chocolate Cupcakes – Best Chocolate Cupcake Recipe EVER!

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I have finally come up with my favourite chocolate cupcake base and I am super excited to share it with you! I reworked my favourite chocolate cake recipe so now my chocolate cupcakes taste just as good as my cakes – what a relief! And seeing as it’s Blogmas I thought I would put a festive spin on it by making it minty; I personally cannot stand mint but my boyfriend absolutely loved them. I love the base of this recipe with all of my heart; it’s dense but light with a strong chocolate taste and it also rises evenly – it.is.the.BEST. What are you baking at the moment? Have you made Christmas mince pies yet? I haven’t even eaten one of the supermarket ones yet – blasphemy!

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Pinup Christmas #2

I am so sorry for the lack #pinupchristmas outfits! This is only my second one and it’s already the ninth of December; how horrid! This cute outfit embodies the festive spirit from my vibrant red Lindy Bop dress to my Elf hat – it’s the whole shabang. I know A LOT of you enjoyed my cupcake decorating photos from earlier in the year so I thought I would recreate it but make it more CHRISTMASSY (honestly, I have never said that word as much as I have been in the month of Blogmas). The cupcakes I’m baking here are using my favourite chocolate cupcake base with mint icing and minty chocolate from Whittakers – there will be a recipe post up later this week so stay tuned. I hope you enjoy these photos as much as my boyfriend and I enjoyed taking them!

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The ULTIMATE Mini Ginger Cake!

This is my go-to ginger cake recipe; it’s literally the BEST ginger cake I have ever tried. I’ve been using this recipe from BBC Good Food for at least five years and it has always been a winner. I have omitted the caramel icing just to keep it simple but if you’re going all out I HIGHLY recommend making it because it’s magical. I’ve also quartered the recipe to fit in two 10cm mini cake tins because I live with my boyfriend and there is no way we can eat an entire cake! Well we could but we shouldn’t.

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Gingerbread Christmas Tree Biscuits – Recipe

I adore gingerbread biscuits and I feel as though December is the month of the ginger spiced foods and I thought I might as well make gingerbread Christmas tree biscuits; just to make it that little more festive! I don’t know about you but I do not have the time to make a gingerbread house only for it to fall down in five minutes and/or smear white royal icing on every service of my kitchen – no thanks. I decided to simply cut out triangles in the dough that way you won’t need any stencils and you can whip these biscuits up in no time at all. The base of these biscuits is vegan if you use a vegetable fat margarine which is  what I do and it tastes exactly the same.  I have also added fresh ginger to this recipe as I think it makes it taste TEN times better!

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Miss Flossypots’ trip to Auckland!

Earlier this month my Mum and I decided to head up to Auckland for a few days to refresh and unwind! For those of you who don’t know Auckland is located near the top of the North Island – one hour away from Wellington via plane; a pretty quick flight! Whilst we were up there I decided to blog and try to take as many photos as possible and I’ve come home only to realize that all of the photos are pretty much food related – typical. I hope you enjoy this little follow me around – let me know in the comments below!

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Miss Flossypots’ Bakes: Chelsea Buns

I originally wanted to bake cinnamon rolls yesterday but unfortunately I had only one tbsp of cinnamon left in the cupboard and it was a pajamas and gross hair kind of day. I wasn’t leaving the house  so I had a rummage around in the cupboard and managed to find some sultanas, mixed peel (leftover from my Lemon Fudge Slice) and a bit of powdered ginger. I haven’t baked chelsea buns since my culinary arts course (we had a test on them)! And I remember absolutely loving them when I baked them – they’re just as good as the bakery, maybe even better. I omitted the sugar syrup glaze which creates a shine and a sticky texture because I felt it didn’t need it – if you want to here is a simple recipe that you just pour over the buns when they’re fresh out of the oven.

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Lemon Fudge Slice

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If a slice recipe contains sweetened condensed milk in the ingredient list then I’m 100% interested in baking it. Recently my boyfriend bought me The Great New Zealand Baking Book filled with tons of Kiwi classics from complete and utter indulgence to healthy twists to usually quite rich recipes all from Kiwi chefs such as Nadia Lim, Niki Bezzant, Dame Alison Holst, Jo Seagar, Julie Le Clerc, Ruth Pretty and Simon Holst just to name a few! I came across the lemon fudge slice within minutes looking through the book and just had to bake it! Lemon fudge has a nostalgic feel to it, something I had a lot growing up and there’s something about two packs of digestive biscuits mixed with condensed milk  and lemon that’s incredibly enticing for me (& hopefully you too)! This recipe is super easy, requires no oven time and tastes amazing! Continue reading “Lemon Fudge Slice”

Miss Flossypots’ Luxurious Caramel Slice

This slice is my ALL time favourite; it’s rich, chocolate-y, super luxurious and it’s the reason why I love caramel. I came across this recipe years ago and have tweaked it slightly to make me feel less bad about the calories being consumed. I usually use coconut as said in the recipe but I COMPLETELY forgot about it at the supermarket so I just added more flour, I also halved the amount of caramel filling as it’s just too rich. I make this recipe once a year and only once as I get obsessed and want to eat all of it – treat yourself but in moderation (#hard).

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Miss Flossypots’ Luscious Lemon Slice

I have been on the hunt for a good and proper lemon slice recipe for a long time now and I couldn’t find anything I liked when browsing the internet until I decided to take matters into my own hands. I think lemon slice should have a thick shortbread base and an even thicker lemon curd topping – none of this sweet pastry bull crap that’s only half a centimeter thick. So I created my own lemon slice, a cake/shortcrust bottom with a stiff lemon curd that won’t ooze when cut. Biting into this slice is almost like biting into a cake; it’s light and fluffy then you get this huge hit of indulgence and lemon-y goodness. If that doesn’t make you want to bake this then I don’t know what will.

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Lemon Curd

I have been so weary of lemon curd for such a long time, maybe it’s because of the time where I completely split the curd to the point where it resembled lumpy orange porridge. Or could it be the time when I took it off the heat at least five minutes early resulting in a soup like texture; who knows? It could be either one of them. Well I have now seen the light after finding the perfect recipe; it’s simple, no thermometer necessary nor will you need any muslin. Four ingredients, ten minutes tops and foolproof (if you listen to me that is)!

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