Small Batch Strawberry Cupcakes

Small batch strawberry flavor cupcakes with an easy fresh cream frosting. Perfect for when you need to satisfy a sweet craving but don't have the time, or energy to make a big batch (or when you don't want all the calories either!). Perfect dessert for one or two. The dainty pink frosting would make this a great tea time snack as well.

These small batch strawberry cupcakes are an ideal choice for when you need to satisfy that sweet craving but don’t need a dozen cupcakes (too much calorific temptation, am I right or what?). Or like me, it might also give you a safe opprtunity to test out new cake flavours without commiting to a big batch. Whatever the case, these cupcakes are super soft and airy with a delicate strawberry flavour and are topped with an easy fresh cream frosting.

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Basboosa Cake

This semolina and almond cake, known as basbousa/basboosa/hareesa is a popular Middle Eastern cake. This light and airy sponge is soaked with a sugar syrup with lemon and rosewater to ensure it is deliciously moist. This cake is so easy to bake and can be whipped up in one bowl! Serve with tea or coffee. Great for Eid.

A Middle Eastern Almond and Semolina cake that is light and airy, and soaked in a sugar syrup with rosewater and lemon to ensure it stays deliciously moist. It pairs well with a good cup of tea or coffee and is often served at special occasions such as Eid. This is a super easy (almost foolproof) cake that can be whipped up in just one bowl. Less washing up? That’s always a yes!  In fact the trickiest thing about the cake is figuring out what to call it in English. Basboosa or Basbousa? Hareesa or Haresah?

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Bengali Sweet Yoghurt

Mishti Doi or Sweet Yoghurt is a popular and traditional Bengali and Indian dessert.. In this easy to prepare dessert, the milk base is cooked on the stove with cardamom  and brown sugar for a caramel taste before being baked in the oven to set. It is then topped with chopped pistachio.  A great dessert that can be made in advance for a party or gathering. Great for Eid.

How’s your weekend going readers? I kind of wish it could last just a teeny bit longer. I have another sweet recipe for you today, one that is really popular with us Bangladeshis and Bengalis. Mishti doi translates literally translates into sweet yoghurt. Flavoured with aromatic cardamom and topped with crunchy pistachio, it is slightly sweet with the slight tang from the curd and is a great dessert for when you want something that is light and easy to convenient to serve. It’s great to serve for company as you can prepare it the night before and leave it in the fridge until the next day. 

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Victoria Sponge Layer Cake with DIY Topper

A simple and easy 3 layer strawberry and cream Victoria sponge cake that is light and fluffy. Topped with lashings of cream, this cake is topped with a cute and easy DIY topper that makes this cake special enough for any special occasion or party.

If you’re looking for a cake that is light and fluffy, easy to whip together but still looks pretty enough for a special occassion, then this is definitely a cake for you to check out. A classic Victoria sponge split over 3 layers, put together with lashings of whipped cream and strawberry jam. It’s the perfect cake to put together when you want something tasty with minimal fuss that is sure to go down well with a crowd. 

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Cardamom and Pistachio Rolls

Cardamom and Pistachio rolls, the close sister of the ever popular cinnamon rolls. These fragrant Swedish inspired buns are flavoured with cardamom as well as a hint of orange zest for some bright notes. Pistachio and cardamom are a perfect match together and the combination is enough to transport you to an exotic destination! There is pretty much no refined sugar used in the dough but it is topped with syrup like sugar glaze which sinks into the buns. A perfect breakfast or brunch option to go with your coffee or tea especially during the holiday season.

Feeling the bite of the cold on these December mornings? Why not try these cardamom and pistachio buns to make you feel all warm and  cozy. The sister of the ever popular cinnamon rolls, these sticky and fluffy buns are instead spiced with aromatic cardamom, a favourite spice in Indian cooking and Nordic baking as well. Pistachio is a winning combination with cardamom, and the slight crunch adds a great contrast to the soft and fluffy texture of the buns. There’s also a hint of citrus from orange zest to add some brightness and zing.  

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