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  1. Buttermilk Chocolate Cake

    The most delicious, moist and easy to bake chocolate cake with buttermilk. This is my favourite recipe I bake often for my family and friends - it's always a big hit!

    Here is what you need:

    For the cake:

    175g unsalted butter

    1 teaspoon of vanilla essence 

    350g caster sugar

    4 medium eggs separated into egg whites (one bowl) and egg yolks (second bowl)

    100g self-raising flour

    40g cocoa powder

    175g buttermilk

     

  2. American Sweets

    If you've recently visited USA and miss all the amazing sweets you've tasted there, you might be searching for where to buy them here in the UK. Or perhaps you've moved to UK from USA and missing your childhood treats. 

    Either way, here is where to buy traditional American Sweets in UK

    Where to buy American Sweets

    Supermarkets

    All major supermarkets seems to have worked out that the general public rather enjoys traditional american sweets and most large supermarkets have designated aisles with American foods.

    On-line shops

    American Sweets

    www.americansweets.co.uk

    American Fizz

    www.americanfizz.co.uk

    Candy Hero

    www.candyhero.com

    Kingdom of Sweets

    www.kingdomofsweets.com

    I'm sure there are many more - do let me know if you have a favourite place to go for your american sweets. And by the way, which one is your favourite?

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    I'm not really sure when exactly the unicorn craze started, but these days, unicorns seems to be everywhere. And they are not just for the children. There is definitely something mystical about unicorns - they might or might not be real, they have wonderful flowing hair and they love rainbow colours. If you like me, think that we could all do with some magic in our lives, here is a little something to bring that rainbow into your day...

    Unicorn Hot Chocolate Recipe

    Here is what you need:

    Hot milk

    White chocolate, chopped in small pieces (or white chocolate drops)

    Food colouring - pink, blue or purple

    Minimarshmallows 

    Sprinkles 

    Rainbow sweets or any other pastel coloured sweets

    Whipped cream

    Chocolate or icecream sauces

    Pretty drinking straw

  4. Belgium Chocolate

    The background of Belgium Chocolate

    Belgium is justly famous for its chocolate. It may be a small country but a whole array of beautifully decorated and immaculately finished chocolate truffles looms large in so many shops, particularly in Brussels and Bruges (Brugge). Sometimes, it doesn’t feel like there’s a chocolate quarter, so much as a whole district in itself, solely devoted to all things chocolate.

    And no quarter is given or taken when it comes to perfecting the art of making gorgeous looking and tasting chocolate truffles. So, after a recent visit to the capital of chocolate, we wondered what is Belgium chocolate, why do we call it that and what makes it so special that makes so many of us want to come back for more?

  5. Rhubarb Cake recipe

    I've developed this recipe for rhubarb cake when I was working at Down House - a historic house where Charles Darwin lived for most of his life. We had an amazing garden kitchen which also had a large patch of heritage rhubarb. I wanted to create a recipe that would use the rhubarb as the main ingredients, as we had a bounty of rhubarb every year.

    So, each day during the rhubarb season, I would walk down to the end of the garden as I was finishing my work and cut few stems of rhubarb. I was under strict instructions to make it look like 'nothing was missing', so I would spend a lot of time working out how to cut the best stems that were ready from each cluster. fortunately the head gardener was a great fan of the rhubarb cake!