Category Archives: Sweet

Vegan. No, Really. Chocolate Hazelnut Gooey Cupcakes

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Question: What do you do when you’re not sure you’re going to even see an oven for the next several months?

Answer: You go mad baking and force feed whoever is within a five mile radius.

Obviously.

I did this recently. I’m still not sure when I’m going to see an oven again – within the next few weeks and months I’m going to become a traveling vagabond and have some adventures while I build up my (other) career.

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On Imperfect Eating – Or, An Argument For Cake

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And on the proposing side of the motion – cupcake selection boxes..

Here’s a few scenarios we’ve likely all been a part of, centrally, or peripherally.

There’s the group at the restaurant, an evening out to unwind, that turns – by stealth – into a subtle and resolutely unspoken competition between the women at the table. Who’s not eating bread, or pasta – who can pass off the most of the contents of their plate on their boyfriend? Who has eaten earlier and doesn’t particularly want more than two bites? Everybody remarks loudly and conspirationally on how full they are, once half (or less) of their main meal is dispatched. Four people can share a dessert, can’t they…? Most don’t want it, at all. Enjoyment of the night, and the food, erodes into a discomforting, uneasy struggle to eat without judgment and enjoy the calm of a night off.

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Vegan? Yup. Tropical Papaya, Cashew & Coconut CupCakes with a Coconut Rum Caramel Layer

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When you have a small number of weeks free between moving from one end of Ireland to the other for the mania and chaos of a new clinical practice block, you end up doing ridiculous things with your time.

Ever tried to put tofu in a cake?

Stop making that face, it’s nowhere near how you’re imagining.

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Trashy-Healthy-Sweet: The Blueberry Weekend

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I’ve spent the past three months in a manic, non-stop whirlwind of thesis writing, clinical placement, cross country moves, exams, presentations, study, research & general complete and utter inability to sit down. It’s been insane, everyone. Really off the deep end of insane. But insanity drives creativity, as we all know. Prepare yourselves.

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Mascarpone & Nutella Cupcakes

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These were the happiest accident, ever. They happened at the end of a long day baking on commission – I found myself with leftover odds and ends of just about anything and I was determined to find a way to use it all.

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Coconut Sunshine Cupcakes with a Malibu Spike

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Coconut and I have always gotten on in a pretty casual sort of way. You know, like that person you know down the road who you see on the same bus sometimes; they’re alright and you vaguely mean to get to know ’em a little better but you just never quite get around to it. It’s not that I have anything against coconut; I just never get around to it.

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Secret Bliss Centres…Cherry Nutella CupTails

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This is cold weather food right here. Right now, it’s late, I’ve had two car rides and two train journeys to get home, the wind is battering the windows and rain is trying to drill a hole in the pavements outside – I have a feeling that nights like these are what make these gorgeous, gooey centre cakes even better.

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Pure, Fresh, Lovely: Vegan & Gluten Free Chocolate Banana Muffins

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A quick post: this was one of the first recipes I created on my very own, and I was very happy with how it turned out. I had gotten an assignment to cater for one of those typical post-meeting ‘cake half hours,’ and as the meeting involved an assembly of health care professionals, I wanted to be sure to cover all my bases in terms of coeliacs, dietary restrictions and food choices.

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Nature’s Caramel…Giant Sticky Date CupCake Bombs with Maple Cinnamon Creamy Tops

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Me and Mango have a pretty serious relationship, but me and Dates? Well. Let’s put it this way – I’ve been known after many a long day to disappear off to bed with just a full bowl of medjools and a terrible film for company. As a teenager I had a terrible weakness for the chopped date mix that was sold in solidifed squares in some supermarkets – I’d buy that instead of chocolate. My mum makes hot, paradisically good Sticky Toffee Date pudding every Christmas, without fail. In my opinion, dates are God’s snackfood. Sticky brown sugar and caramel notes with a hit of healthy fibre, you say? Come right this way…

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Pink on Paddy’s Day? LemonBerry GrownUp MilkShake Cupcakes

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Alright. So I’ve seen the regulation flood of green cupcakes appearing in time for our country’s favourite ‘everybody go out and drink enough to make friends with the floor’ day. A lot of them look damn good – and I was even considering making my own take on green cake as a comment on the day.

But then perverse instincts kicked in and I went off on a massive cocktail-inspired cake quest instead – hey, alcohol-inspired treats are still appropriate, right? I like to call ’em CupTails. I’m sure somebody has likely already thought of that, but I like it. It’s all catchy and stuff.

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