Author: The Handsome Chef

Blueberry Elephant Macarons

I have no excuses. Not only have I not blogged in almost a month, I haven’t baked in almost as long. A few years ago this would have been unheard of! But at the moment it’s an unfortunate side-effect of my life. The last baking I did was for a dear friend’s wedding in January, they asked me to make some personalised macarons for them and I was super excited to make something special. The requested macarons were purple elephants and black skulls, which was quite an interesting challenge. I just had to share the purple elephants with you...

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Jaffa Layer Cake with Macarons

Hi! Happy New Year! Can you believe its 2015? Well it is. I know, I’ve been very quiet. I’ve been very busy. Life is craaaaaaaaaaazy. But there is always cake. I thought I should share this recipe with you before I forget how I made it. Because it’s a pretty good one. Last month was my brother’s 40th birthday. A big occasion like that called for a big cake, or at least a very pretty one. My sister-in-law planned a lovely surprise party for my brother and of course I was tasked with the birthday cake. One of my...

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Candy Cane Peppermint and White Chocolate Swirl Cake

Remember how I made this crazy lollipop cake? Well I decided to take it one step further for Christmas and make a crazy Candy Cane cake! I love me some candy canes. They are so pretty and deliciously pepperminty. And now I have enough candy canes in my house to last me a lifetime. I may have gone slightly overboard stocking up on every single different sized candy cane I could find in the stores, because I wanted to make sure I had a good assortment to decorate this cake with. How awesome are the super giant candy canes?!...

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Christmas Wreath Macarons

YAYYY! December is here! Far out this year has gone by quickly. There are a lot of intense things going on at the moment, but that hasn’t stopped me from getting into the Christmas spirit. Christmas is my all-time favourite holiday to bake for, I never get sick of it and never find it too cheesy (unlike Valentine’s Day). So I thought I’d kick off my baking for this month with some Christmas-themed macarons! You may remember some of my previous Christmas macarons; Penguins, Snowmen, Present boxes. This year I decided to make some Christmas Wreath Macarons. I piped...

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Raspberry Swirl Pavlova with Summer Fruits

You know what’s strange? I love eating pavlova, it is one of my favourite summer treats but somehow I have never made it before. In all the years of baking, all the cakes and macarons and cupcakes, I have yet to make my own pavlova. So when I was asked to make one for an upcoming BBQ, I actually got nervous. What fruits should I choose? What if I completely stuffed up the meringue? Should I do anything to mix it up a bit or should I not mess with a classic? In the end I didn’t add too...

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