Just received this new recipe book in the post and I’m so excited to try it out!
Coffee and chocolate are two of my favorite things. A delicious flat white with a bar of chocolate can fix a lot of things, in my opinion. And it is almost certainly this combination that got me through my Engineering degree, I’m pretty convinced. All those late nights would have killed me otherwise Anyway, I’ve … [Read more…]
Tomorrow is National Braai Day (or officially Heritage Day) here in South Africa. Most of the people in the cirlcles of my life don’t really celebrate the holidays in our calendar. Unless sleeping late and not going to the office counts as “celebrating”. Maybe it does? Anyway, I will be stoked if this changes on … [Read more…]
I like posting some of the pictures I take with my cellphone camera every now and again. So here goes another edition A cupcake and a little artwork, both from Bean in Love in Paarl. It is such a nice coffee shop. Pretzel M&M’s from a friend who’s just come back from the States (yay!) … [Read more…]
I’ve been experimenting with various different mocha cupcake recipes. This was one of my latest experiments. I wasn’t entirely happy with the recipe, but I’ll let you know when I’ve found the perfect one. Chocolate and coffee… mmmm. x
Just some quick snaps of cupcakes I did for a baby shower a few weeks ago. I am currently loving Adobe Lightroom, as you’ve maybe gathered. Now I just wish I had an iPhone so I can take pics like this with Instagram!
I know I post quite irregularly, so if you don’t like having to check the blog for updates all the time, here are some smart and efficient ways of keeping up to date with BLNW: Follow me on Facebook or Twitter. No? Then subscribe to email updates, in the sidebar of this page (it’s near … [Read more…]
A while ago I told you about a free Keep Calm and Have A Cupcake Poster. So when I saw this one, I thought you might like it too. It’s from The Pretty Blog (which you probably read already if you are from SA), they have loads of other amazing printables too. So head over there … [Read more…]
I’m not the biggest rugby fan. You probably guessed. Actually, I’m not the biggest sports fan at all. I always feel sad for the losing team. And I get bored bored bored when I watch TV for too long. (Unless I have something delicious to snack on, that is.) My husband, on the other hand, … [Read more…]
I’ve been making some whoopie pies… keep an eye out for them on Spatula Magazine in the next week or so. Have a lovely Monday now! x
It seems that American food trends are the ones that dominate on the interweb (unless it’s just the sites I visit?) and this one is no exception. We South Africans thought cookie dough was for making cookies, not so? Well, lately I’ve been noticing cookie dough in all sorts of creations online, and most of … [Read more…]
Happy Monday! Before I go grocery shopping, here are some shots of pink and white cupcakes I made for the kids in in my sister’s maths class. (She’s a teacher). x
One of the things I love looking at on the interweb is dessert tables, especially the ones for kids’ parties. They are so much fun! I expect the dessert table trend will be seen more and more over here in South Africa too, which will be great fun. Here are some of my recent favorite … [Read more…]
What an awesome weekend – a supper with delicious burgers and nice friends at Hudsons, two awesome birthday parties, rugby watching, a lot of House, grocery shopping, family lunch AND I made cupcakes for the kids in my sister’s maths class. Here are a few pictures for Monday morning. Not really related to anything I … [Read more…]
I’ve been running my blog for about six months now, and while looking back at all the photos I’ve taken during that time on the weekend, I decided to post my favorites. It’s been so much fun experimenting with recipes and photographing the results, I really have loved having such a fun creative project this … [Read more…]
These are so appropriate for a Friday, don’t you think? I recently made them for a book review I wrote for Spatula Magazine. You can get the recipe HERE. Yay for truffles and for Fridays! x
Hello there. I hope you all had a lovely restful long weekend? Here is something to kick the mini-week off with, it’s a tutorial on piping icing that I did last week for Spatula magazine. You can go HERE to see it. Enjoy! x
Monday was baking day. I’ve been going to a course on The Artist’s Way and it’s been great. One of the things it got me thinking about is that I’d love to be better at enjoying the process of baking (and a lot of other things), and not just the product. The old “life’s a journey, … [Read more…]
I thought I’d just post a few random shots of lovely things I’ve come across over the past few weeks… Delicious South American Milk Cake from Nook Eatery in Stellenbosch. I almost died! You can get the recipe HERE. And a Red Velvet cupcake, also from Nook. I bout these awesome pyrex dishes from Nest, … [Read more…]
So if you live in Cape Town, you’ll know that we’ve been having a bit of a mini summer in the middle of winter over here. It’s been AMAZING. Last week Friday two little friends of mine came over for a fun day. We made rainbow cupcakes, had a picnic, picked flowers and climbed a … [Read more…]
Thank you to two awesome ladies for two lovely mentions! The first one to Amy from Khuluma Magazine (in-flight magazine of Kulula.com) for featuring my blog in their Follow This Foodie column. And the second to Angie from Lucky Pony, for featuring my fudge cupcakes on her blog! Shot you guys, I am stoked.
I’m taking a break this week, but here are some “reruns” for you to read: Get a free cupcake poster. Read about my favorite food bloggers. See some of the internet’s most delicious looking Red Velvet treats. Read my “Battle of the Cupcake” comic. Make vanilla cupcakes… or some freshly baked cookies maybe? That’s it, … [Read more…]
This is what I did last Wednesday and it was FUN Thank you Spatula Magazine for inviting me to help out! You can see the article HERE.
I make most things from scratch, but I am certainly not above using a mix if it works well. I sometimes make these Snowflake bran muffins. Except I make them with butter, not oil. Shhhh, don’t tell the healthy food police. This time I added grated carrots and pumpkin seeds too, they are delicious. And … [Read more…]
These two items were a wedding gift from my aunt, and it was one of my favorites. The tea strainer belonged to my gran, isn’t that awesome? I love it. Anyway, so all of this got me thinking, I haven’t shared my Earl Grey cupcake recipe with you guys yet! So here goes: Earl Grey … [Read more…]
Most of us quite like bacon. We have it all the time – on our pizza, with scrambled eggs, or on a sandwich. But how about bacon in baked goods? In America it’s all the rage, apparently, although for most of us South Africans it still seems like an odd idea indeed. Here are some examples salty-sweet bacon treats … [Read more…]
Yuppiechef featured me on their Hot Products newsletter yesterday! Thanks guys. x
So guess what I did on Sunday? OK, I suppose from the title of the post it’s obvious… I made Amarula cupcakes! And they disappeared pretty quickly, so I think I will call them a success. It was so much fun baking them after doing nothing but cleaning for the whole of last week. Although … [Read more…]
Delicious. I better follow through on my plans of going to gym this morning!
I’ve been working on a brownie recipe for Spatula Magazine. Watch out for it in the next few weeks!
I wasn’t even nearly alive then. But, thanks to Miss Moss, I’ve discovered these photo archives from Life Magazine dating all the way back to the 1930s! Looking at vintage photographs is so awesome, I love it. These photos are from a series titled Young Ladies Baking Contest, 1953. How cute are they? PS. I … [Read more…]
Hello everyone. Here are some pictures of recent orders I’ve done for you to look at. And to prove that I occasionally do some work, and I don’t just experiment with beer cupcakes all the time Speaking of which, I have lots to do today and I better be off… Enjoy the pics! x
Who says cupcakes can’t be manly? Yes, this weekend I experimented and made some cupcakes with Black Label beer in them. The first batch were a bit of a disaster (I tried to adapt a root beer bundt cake but it did NOT work), and then I remembered Nigella Lawson’s recipe for Chocolate Guiness cake. … [Read more…]
I’ve just done a new article for Spatula Magazine, go and have a read if you’re interested
Or heroines, actually. But heroes sounded more catchy. Mmmm. Anyway, as those of you who have been down the becoming-a-blogger road before, you will know that a blog is really kind of a giant work of art. It requires much creativity, and therefore an equal amount of inspiration. Today I want to introduce you to … [Read more…]
It is a cold and rainy Monday morning in Cape Town. Things I would like to do instead of going to work: get back into bed and read drink tea and play Settlers of Catan online get back into bed and watch copious amounts of House get out of bed at 12:00pm and make pancakes … [Read more…]
On Wednesday I was in the CBD, so I popped into Field Office for a cup of coffee, and afterwards to Charly’s Bakery for this cupcake. Both were delicious.
For the past week or so I’ve been obsessing over making the perfect fudge. The proper way, with a sugar thermometer and everything (as opposed to in the microwave). Once I set my mind to making something, I generally turn a bit crazy, as my husband will tell you. I’ll try it a million different times, until … [Read more…]
This past weekend I was sick in bed, which I hate, but it had its up sides. One of which was that at long last I got to watch Julie & Julia. Just when I thought I had my baking obsession under control, and that one day I’ll be able to live more outside my … [Read more…]
Sometimes, when I have so much admin to do that it becomes a little overwhelming, I just decide to bake instead. That’s what I did this weekend And also I spent three hours at Knead bakery on Sunday. It was awesome. Anyway, I made lavender cupcakes. Here’s the recipe in case you want it? Ingredients: … [Read more…]
Do you know Bakerella? She is one of my favorite baking bloggers, if not my absolute favorite. Bakerella, whose real name is Angie Dudley, is a lovely baker from Atlanta, Georgia. Her achievements are manifold, but she has become famous for her beautiful cake pops. Seriously, these things are amazing! I don’t know how she makes … [Read more…]
Yesterday I noticed that the Facebook Page hit 100 fans! And I was quite stoked. Thank you, Bake Love fans. We do not despise the day of small beginnings. If you’re not a fan yet, head right over and “Like” Bake Love on the Book. x
Hello Monday morning. Hello lovely blog readers. How are you all doing today? I have SO many thoughts in my head today, wow. Work to do, groceries to get, people to see, emails to reply to, sprinkles to order. And a pending trip to the Wynberg Home Affairs office, yikes. My husband says it’s only … [Read more…]
Tessa tagged me in her Seven Things About Me post. Which means, its my turn to write one. This is the first time I’ve been “blog tagged”, and although I try not to get too personal on my blog too often, I quite like the idea. So without further ado, here are seven things about … [Read more…]
I am actually feeling OK about the whole “back to work” situation, since I had a really nice break. I had quite a few sleep-ins, some reading in bed, two mini hiking trips, and lots of time to bake. I also had a LOT of time to think. Today I’ve been pondering this quote from … [Read more…]
After much contemplation, I’ve decided to give my recipes away more often. There’s not much point in keeping them a secret! And if you guys like baking as much as I do, I am SO happy to share them with you. So, on this lovely restful public holiday, I present to you my red velvet … [Read more…]
Have you ever wanted one of these posters? Well, great news, the lovely online shop In Good Company has put some up for FREE download!! I love free things. Go HERE to get yours. Yay.