Saturday, 31 December 2016

Cheese and Marmite Scones!

Happy New Year you lovely people!!

Here's a scrummy recipe to ruin ALL of your January diet plans! Moohahaha.

But seriously these are insanely tasty as I've snuck in some marmite and extra mature cheddar and will be baking these several times a month to increase the Christmas waistline I've created even further!
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Friday, 2 December 2016

The Collective Dairy :: #tub4grub

You know when you hear about something special and it gives you a warm, fuzzy glow inside and makes you want to open your front door and shout, 'YES! THERE ARE RUDDY WONDERFUL PEOPLE IN THE WORLD'...

Well when I received an email from The Collective Dairy about their new scheme for Action Against Hunger - #tub4grub, that was one of those moments.

I reeeeally hope if you're reading this you will pass on the message so we can all spread some joy to people less fortunate than ourselves and brighten their days. The Collective's scheme is just wonderful.
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Wednesday, 30 November 2016

*NUT FREE* Christmas Pudding Energy Balls!

With all these scrumptious healthy desserts flying around the place containing all sorts of weird and wonderful super-ingredients, I often find myself being unable to eat most of them because the key ingredient tends to be nuts, of which I am allergic *cue pantomime 'aahh'.

One look at Deliciously Ella's blog and deli is enough to make me weep as so much of it contains the dreaded noisettes!

The main culprit being energy balls!

So I'm taking matters into my own hands and making my own super duper nut free energy balls which, by the way, taste insanely good and definitely feel like you're munching on a naughty treat rather than a healthy snack! (Minus the icing, but you can always ignore that bit if you're being well behaved).
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Thursday, 24 November 2016

Herby Parma Ham Cheesey Twists!

Well these lasted all of about 10 minutes.

I'm actually salivating thinking about them again.

Does anyone else get those urges for something naughty and then accidentally buy those gooey delicious cheesey twists from the Sainsbury's bakery?

It's happening to me on a more regular basis than is necessary. I tell you they just fall into my basket without me even noticing.

So I decided to try and make some and what a cracking success! SO simple to make, yes maybe a little bit naughty but ya know...they can be your midweek/weekend/Monday treat! (She says tucking into a bag of Popchips....apparently everyday is treat day for me!)

I made them slightly more fancy shmancy with parma ham, rosemary and garlic so you're definitely getting a flavoursome fill with each mouthful.
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Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Sticky Marmalade Loaf :: Granny Cool

Sticky Marmalade Loaf The Betty Stamp Granny Cool

Granny Granny Cooooool, Granny Granny Coooool, I've now had this song stuck in my head all day long. And now so will you *monkey hand over mouth laughing emoji*

The lovely team behind Granny Cool sent me into a cosy autumnal frenzy after sending my some delicious marmalade and curd goodies to try. I have to say, I'm a sucker for a preserve...

Dream Scenario:: Packet of digestives, thick layers of preserve, Take Me Out on TV.

I timed my baking perfectly as I've had one of those 'sorting out my life' kind of days. I wrapped myself in a blanket, steamy cups of tea constantly in hand and haven't drawn breath from my laptop screen. So a comforting slice of something scrummy was certainly needed to keep me going on several occasions.

I would merrily shower in a bucketful of this marmalade, but I didn't think that would be very blog photo friendly, so decided to bake a sticky marmalade loaf instead :)
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Thursday, 3 November 2016

Emily Victoria :: Salon, Mortlake

A million gazillion years ago when I first started The Betty Stamp, (actually it was my 2 year anniversary a week ago! I should probably bake some sort of this space), I went to visit my dear friend Emily at her brand spanking new salon in Mortlake, South West London and wrote this post about my relaxing, Christmassy experience.

Two years on and Emily Victoria is a buzzing little hub of top quality treatments, complete relaxation and charming personality.  I absolutely love going there, especially during the winter months as you can snuggle up under your towel blanket cocoon and be pampered to the max whilst everyone outside is getting drizzled on :)
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Sunday, 16 October 2016

Exploring Stratford Upon Avon

I have to say, hand on heart, the medieval market town of Stratford Upon Avon is one of my favourite places in England. (Not to be confused with London's more concrete version on the Central line)! Luckily for me, my Auntie & Uncle live here, so it gives me a great excuse to jump on a train out of London and into the fresh air of Shakespeare's birth place.

So when my family invited William and I up for the weekend with the promise of a Mexican food feast and Bananagrams, we obviously jumped at the chance. Not just for the Mexican food feast though...promise... ;)

We had such a lovely weekend rambling along the river, seeing the bustling barges with swans gliding behind with the knowledge of them being the best tourist traps for bread crusts! Ducking into shops and pubs, munching on the scrummiest fish and chips at The Dirty Duck ale house just behind The Globe theatre and accidentally stumbling into the all year round Christmas Shop... AKA

And with all the womping willows hanging over the river, it makes me feel like I'm in a Harry Potter film :) So really, what's not to love.
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Saturday, 8 October 2016

3 Year Anniversary and a Victoria Sponge!

I've been treated like an absolute princess!

The 4th of October marked 3 whole years of William putting up with me in his life. I don't know about you, but I think that's pretty impressive, seeing how temperamental relationships can be these days, (and how much I scrutinise his washing up methods) I know I count my blessings daily to have found such a good egg :)
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Sunday, 25 September 2016

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies EVER!

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe The Betty Stamp

Sooo usually of a Sunday I'll write a Sunday Fitness Fix post, but this week I BAKED COOKIES INSTEAD!!

I'm sorry waistline. I'm sorry readers who wanted new workouts. We're all going to have happy tummies this weekend instead because these are honestly THE BEST CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES IN THE WORLD!
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Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Afternoon Tea at The Black Swan, Helmsley

Afternoon Tea The Black Swan Helmsley The Betty Stamp

Oh what a beautiful mooooorning, oh what a beautiful daaaay!

I feel like we picked this day perfectly as the final beams of Summer sun shined their shine on us in Helmsley this weekend. What a cheery little market town! Rivers, pubs, old fashioned sweet shops - that sort of vibe, ie - right up my street :)

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Thursday, 8 September 2016

Oliver Bonas :: Kitchen Wish List

Oliver Bonas Kitchen Wish list The Betty Stamp

IF I won the lottery (which would never happen because I don't even play...sooo lets say instead if a money tree grew in my garden...more likely), firstly I would build at least one gigantic window in my kitchen so that I wouldn't have to take all my bakes outside to photograph(!) and secondly, I would buy the entirety of the Oliver Bonas home section and KIT. MY. KITCHEN. OUT!

I've often left slobber on their windows so I must firstly apologise for that.
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Monday, 5 September 2016

Sticky Cinnamon Rolls :: Speculaas Spice Company

 The Betty Stamp Speculaas Spice Company Cinnamon Rolls

My. Kitchen. Smells. Delightful!

I wish I had smellyvision so that I could send through the blissful cinnamon scented cloud that's wafting through my kitchen right now. 
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Sunday, 28 August 2016

Sunday Fitness Fix #4

After our trip to Krakow where I ate like a baby elephant, I've been on a bit of an exercise kick. I think I've made peace with the fact that I just cannot diet, it's physically impossible for me to look at cake and not eat it's entirety. So there's no point in even trying anymore. I will just gym more, EAT CAKE and be merry.

I've been getting some really encouraging responses from you guys on my 3 other Fitness Fix posts, so I'm hoping they're coming in handy to some of you and you might be trying out some of the workouts, even if it's just taking tit bits of exercise ideas. It's like having workout buddies across the internet!
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Tuesday, 23 August 2016

*MUFFIN PORN* Banoffee Muffins

Banoffee Muffins The Betty Stamp

We've just spent the loveliest weekend up visiting family in Stratford Upon Avon and I wanted to thank them for having us with some baked goodies! 

But alas, it all sort of went tits up...
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Sunday, 14 August 2016

A Wedding Weekend in Krakow

Wedding Krakow The Betty Stamp

What a weekend! 

Krakow is hands down one of the most beautiful cities I've ever visited. What a gem of a place. The sun was beaming and the main square was constantly buzzing with locals and visitors sprawled out onto the pavements in cafes and restaurants, supping cocktails and wiping plates clean of Polish stew.
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Friday, 29 July 2016

*Zero Baddies* Banana Granola

The Betty Stamp Banana Granola Refined Sugar Free

This granola is the absolute bee's knees.

Honestly and truly.

I've had a bit of a complex about making this granola since I nearly burnt my house down last year in an attempt to make it...(I had the oven on grill by accident...with the door shut, MASSIVE freak out was had). I'm lucky both myself and the oven are still alive to tell the tale. The baking tray however is not. RIP.

Anyway, I feel like a cat that's got the cream, I've definitely found my weekday breakfast item to surpass all other breakfast items and I'm SUPER excited to share it with you all so you can bask in healthy oat-y, banana-y glee as well.

ZERO refined sugars in this recipe only natural sugars, so you can plonk yourself down with a smug smile plastered to your chops whilst tucking into a bowl.
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Thursday, 14 July 2016

Vanilla Beer Brownies

The Betty Stamp Vanilla Beer Brownies Recipe

I have a confession. 

I've never baked brownies before that weren't from a packet.


I know. BUT yesterday was the magical day when I found out what I've been missing all these years. 

With a little bit of help from Joe at Little Pod providing me with an absolute treat of all treats - award winning vanilla beer and madagascan vanilla shortbread! Vanilla beer to use in the baking, vanilla shortbread to use in my mouth whilst baking...

These brownies were...(big statement blooming)...out of this FREAKING WORLD.
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Sunday, 10 July 2016

Northcote Road Summer Fete

I LOVE a fete. I really don't think there's anything better than supping Pimms, tasting food from all over the globe, breathing in that smokey sausage and cooked onion smell and getting your face painted.

(maybe that last one applied more 15 years ago...maybe)
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Saturday, 25 June 2016

Saturday Fitness Fix #3

The holiday is looming! The bikini is staring at me. The gym is a calling!

I've had a couple of chub chub weeks which has been slightly crap on the old love handles, but this week has been a turn around one, packed full of gym time and scrummy juices! Well...also one not quite so successful green juice involving chia seeds that tasted of the ground but we'll skip over that.

If you're wanting a few easy to follow gym workouts, then give some of these a try, my whole body has definitely reaped the rewards and I've been sleeping like a log!
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Friday, 17 June 2016

The New Blend on the Block :: YUYO

If you're an avid herby tea fan like myself and enjoy the sentence - ''a more sustained lift than a cup of coffee - without the crash - and more antioxidants than herbal and green tea'', then read on my friends!
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Wednesday, 15 June 2016


Going an entire 2 weeks without baking even a single cookie threw me into a sugarless hole that I will never enter into again I tell you! Never!

I think my White Chocolate Blackberry Crumble Cake was what did it. I consumed my entire month's recommended allowance of sugar in one cake. Not that I regret a single mouthful!

But a very special occasion this week broke my cold turkey cake ban...
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Sunday, 5 June 2016

No Churn Banana & Honey Frozen Yogurt

It's now my 3 week countdown before I'm lying on a lilo- mojito in one hand, trashy book in t'other, getting a lovely tan in Portugal! Eeek. Ergo, I'm going to need to cool it (slightly) on the cake intake!

My sugar cravings were a-tingling the other night for something creamy and refreshing. It had been one of those steamy hot days in London so I wasn't in the mood for anything that involved an oven! So I decided to make some banana frozen yogurt to curb my cravings and stash in the freezer for a rainy day.

No fancy machine needed for this one, no siree, (mainly because I'd forgotten to freeze the machine bowl.) So, machine or no machine, this is fool proof and extremely simple to make.
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Sunday, 29 May 2016

The Food Sauce :: Pop Up Brekkie

To brunch or not to brunch,  that is the question.

Is anyone's answer to this ever no?

Because, if the prospect of leisurely munching your way through two-meals-in-one into the wee hours of the afternoon doesn't fill you with giddiness, then I'm afraid we can no longer be pals.

One person who is my new pal though is Colin from The Food Sauce. A couple of weeks ago I received an invitation from Colin asking if William and I wanted to attend a pop up brunch event at The Salad Kitchen and of course the answer was a big fat yes!
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Tuesday, 24 May 2016

White Chocolate & Blackberry Crumble Cake

White Chocolate & Blackberry Crumble Cake The Betty Stamp

I baked a cake that wouldn't fit in our fridge.

So we had to eat it all.

And eat it all we did :)
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Thursday, 19 May 2016

Against The Grain Food Market :: Camden

Usually I blink and miss things on Twitter but last week something caught my eye that made me pen a date in the diary - not even pencil, immediately penned in!

I love food markets. LOVE. So when I saw Camden Market was hosting a gluten free food market - Against The Grain, I was all of a flutter.
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Sunday, 15 May 2016

Lazy Breakfast Smoothie :: SOTW #2

I've had the laziest Sunday morning and it has been glorious. No regrets. Yesterday I was in a hormonal grump, only cheered up by sitting oneself outside and having a quiet word with oneself. Oh, and visiting my best buddy, getting tipsy on pink wine and Indian take away. Yes I was drunk off of Indian take away. Food comatose'd and tiddly. So my tummy hasn't been too happy with me today!

I needed a little pick me up and realised I hadn't done a Smoothie of the week post in quite some time - perfect. My belly needed some TLC, so I could kill two birds with one stone.

My first smoothie of the week was a Belly Busting Detox Smoothie which kicked arse. Perfect vitamin C boost or hangover cure if you've had one too many sherbets the night before.

This is more of a soothing breakfast alternative packed full of oats, banana, mint and more to give you a slow release of energy throughout the morning. Or, if you're like me you had a lazy lie in, a slow release of energy throughout midday. Oops.
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Thursday, 12 May 2016

Dark Chocolate & Raspberry Engagement Cupcakes

I will find any excuse to bake cupcakes. Yes siree. But isn't it the best when a celebration presents itself as a legitimate excuse instead.

One of my best friends just got engaged! That's two Emilys in one month! So much baking to do :) I thought I ought to try something new, so I made my first ever attempt at piping! I was pleased as punch with how it turned out. What do you think?? If you follow my Instagram you'll have seen the frosting evolving - it was a magical moment. 

William must have approved because I turned my back for five seconds and he was piping the leftover frosting straight into his mouth, with my flatmate licking the bowl. Animals.

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Sunday, 8 May 2016

5 Feel Good Sunday Blog Reads

Oh glorious sunshine, you make me so much more productive! (That, and the hangover brekkie I've just devoured). I've de-weeded the jardin, baked engagement cupcakes, super glued my Harry Potter world Muggle mug back together (you know you have a cupboard full of 50 mugs but you always use the same one - yep, imagine smashing that one...distraught) and finally got round to playing with my new cake piping kit(!) GREAT SUCCESS! You can see the end result on my Instagram, ooo boy oh boy I can't wait to share my scrummy cupcake recipe next week. I was chuffed as a chocolate frog!

After reading some cracking blog posts this week, I thought I'd get into the habit of writing a post every now and again sharing my favourite finds so you lot can add to your reading lists too. #spreadthebloglove
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Friday, 6 May 2016

Birthday Cake #2 Fresh Strawberry Cake

Sooo the reason I decided to start writing fitness posts on The Betty Stamp was to counteract the cake consumption associated with a baking blog. But now that I've decided to bake two birthday cakes on the trot I'm a little unsure as to where that leaves me....

It probably leaves me in dire need of running marathons to work off the calories.
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Thursday, 5 May 2016

Birthday Cake #1 Crushed Oreo Cake :: ft The Magic Baking Tin

Whoever invented the Oreo was a ruddy clever human with impeccable taste in biscuits *heads to google* Sam Porcello! I salute you Mr Porcello!

Not to blow my own trombone or anything (that is exactly what I'm about to do) but I baked two birthday cakes this weekend and they were up there with the tastiest cakes I've made so far (mainly due to the freakishly fantastic frosting!) The winner still being the Crushed Crunchie Marble Cake, but I've found that if you whack an Oreo on anything you're bound to win hearts. And more to the point, if you combine an Oreo with buttercream.....well, taste buds are guna be a-tingling!
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Sunday, 1 May 2016

Sunday Fitness Fix #2

This week has been a seriously chubtastic one. By that I mean I have over indulged in ooey gooey chocolate cake, double birthday cake baking involving a lot of oreos! (post coming next week - it's a ruddy good'un) and basically given myself a flubber layer of fat storage ready for next Winter, fit for a baby seal. Ergo, I have needed to exercise my socks off to balance the cake intake!'s a good challenge for William's PT'ing isn't it! So I'm doing him a favour really ;)
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Wednesday, 27 April 2016

*CAKE PORN* Swedish Kladdkaka ! #BBbakingclub

Swedish Kladdkaka Sticky Chocolate Cake The Betty Stamp

This is the ooey gooiest, melt in the mouth chocolate cake I've ever eaten. Imagine a concoction of fudge brownie, chocolate souffle and molten volcano cake in your mouth...uh huh. Are you dribbling? Because I have only one slice left in my fridge and it's taunting me! I MUST wait until after lunch to eat it...

Or maybe I could accidentally open the fridge and it could accidentally fall in my mouth...
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Sunday, 24 April 2016

Sunday Fitness Fix #1

(I know, my socks are offending me too in this picture but William was uber proud of his trainer shot)!

I thought it would be fun to introduce a fitness series to The Betty Stamp so that it means we can all stuff our faces with delicious cake without feeling guily. William's on his way to becoming a fully qualified personal trainer and I'm reaping the rewards of being his guinea pig. I thought I could share some of his workouts with you guys so you can benefit too! Would this be something you would be interested reading about?
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Thursday, 21 April 2016

*Gluten Free* Date & Banana Energy Bites

Gluten Free Date & Banana Energy Flapjack The Betty Stamp

I'm SO over the moon with how these turned out. Scrumptious bites of healthiness! These have zero gluten and, if you eradicate the chocolate on top, they're also zero refined sugar. I'm a chocolate monster sooo....chocolate had to be in the equation somewhere. I need something to work for in the gym right?
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Monday, 18 April 2016

Gluten Free Food Journal :: Entry 1

I've jumped aboard the free-from train !
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Saturday, 16 April 2016

Venn Street Market :: Clapham

Venn Street Market , The Betty Stamp

Pottering around Venn Street Market of a Saturday has soon become one of mine & William's weekend adventures that we get most excitable about.

Though it may be small, (nothing like the beast that is Borough market), it has all you need to satisfy that slightly hungover, Saturday feeling of just wanting every type of delicious cuisine in your mouth without having to cook any of it yourself!
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Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Easy Peasy Lemon Drizzle Cake

Easy Peasy Lemon Drizzle Cake The Betty Stamp

More cake? Oh go on then.

Sometimes you just fancy baking something simple and easy. This humble, spring-inspired lemon drizzle cake was my recipe of choice for a very special occasion this week!
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Saturday, 2 April 2016

Blueberry Cheesecake Banana Loaf

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I didn't even mean to hit the CAPS key but it got my point across stunningly!

Blueberry cream cheese frosting running through a banana loaf? ummm why had I not discovered this earlier?? Is it wrong that I want it as my wedding cake/loaf? Wedding coaf...?
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Thursday, 31 March 2016

Home Sweet Home :: Somerset

 You know those days you look back on and they create a warm fuzzy feeling inside? That you want to cling onto forever and lock inside a little golden treasure chest? And wrap that golden treasure chest in alpaca wool to keep it all warm and fuzzy forever? 

Yeah that. 
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Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Belly Busting Detox Smoothie

Detox Smoothie The Betty Stamp

For those of us who developed food babies over the Easter weekend (me), I have found the perfect smoothie solution and it takes only minutes to make!
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Saturday, 26 March 2016

Cheesy Hot Cross Biscuits

The Betty Stamp Cheesy Hot Cross BIscuits

Soooo I have a confession...
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Sunday, 20 March 2016

5 Months of Silence

During my blogging break I should probably share with you guys what I actually got up to living on a ship. I say I was working...*cough* the majority of time was spent donning my explorer cap, wanderlusting across luscious islands, mingling with monkeys, scoffing my face with oodles of Asian noodles, spending my birthday brunch in the Bay of Islands, swimming with sharks in open water or lying flat on a white sandy beach, piña colada in one hand, nachos and Mexican guacamole in t'other. And, (please don't hate me anymore), I was lucky enough to be getting paid to do it. 
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Monday, 14 March 2016

Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries

The Betty Stamp Lifestyle Blog Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries

These little red pods of creaminess were exactly what the doctor ordered for a girl's night in. It's the peasiest pudding to rustle up and took me a grand total of 8 minutes to make.
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Sunday, 6 March 2016

*CAKE PORN* Crushed Crunchie Marble Cake

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*Warning* - Contains contents of cake porn. Do not look if you're failing your new years resolution of 500 calories a day.

This cake was a sensational hit for my big brother's birthday (if I may say so myself). I wanted to make him something special and tasty and boy did it go down a treat :) You can crush any choccie bar you like on top but his all time fave is a Crunchie which worked perfectly to add a little honeycomb crunch.
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