Christmas Cakes and Mistletoe

Surely I’m not the only one who loves this time of year.  It’s cold outside and Christmas is on its way.  On Saturday afternoons in December, when all the cake orders have been collected or delivered, it’s nice to curl up on the sofa and either watch a Christmas movie, or read a book.  This year, I have visions of myself reading Christmas Cakes and Mistletoe by Carole Matthews. 


So, here’s the story…Fay and Danny are madly in love and it’s all Fay’s ever dreamed of. But she left everything – including the delightful cake shop she used to run – to be with Danny on his cosy canal boat The Dreamcatcher. As she soon finds out, making delicious cakes on the water isn’t always smooth sailing! Then Fay gets a call from her friends, a call that sends her back to where it all began, back to where she first met Danny, back to her friends and the Cake Shop in the Garden. And she soon she begins to wonder if she ever should have left.

With Christmas around the corner, she is determined that her friends will have a very merry time, but can Fay really get everything she ever wanted in … Christmas Cakes and Mistletoe Night


A cake shop…

A little romance…

Surely, what’s not to like? A cup of hot chocolate in one hand, the book in the other and a cupcake on a side plate, I’m ready and set for this festive page-turner.


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It’s what’s inside that counts

Fridays are usually super-busy for me; I’m either baking or decorating cakes, ready for celebrations over the weekend.


But nothing was going to stop me attending the Krispy Kreme, Magic in the Middle Pop-Up event showcasing the new Original Filled range of delicious doughnuts.

Do you love doughnuts and in need for a sugar rush? Then I know you’ll enjoy this event. As you step in the doughnut domain, you’ll be guided through the history of Krispy Kreme doughnuts, taste the flavour fillings for the Original Filled Doughnuts (I won’t spoil the surprise, but you’ll love it).


Hang out in the playrooms decorated with a doughnut wall, chocolate drip wall and doughnut decor.


Check out the chocolate drip walls.

there’s even a doughnut trampoline (I was very tempted to try this), all of which provide plenty of selfie opportunities.

Krispy Kreme selfie


The pop-up is only up and running for two days – Friday 8 March (10am  8pm)  and Saturday 9 March (11am – 6pm) at 5 Great Newport Street. London WC2H 7JB. Nearest tube is Leicester Square and admission is FREE.

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Secret Sip

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To mark FairTrade fortnight, the FairTrade Foundation unveils its first secret hot chocolate salon from 25 February – 3 March.

Inside an east London newsagent, tucked away behind the magazines and snacks, Chocolate lovers are invited to press a secret button that will show a hidden door, that will open and transport them to a West-African themed speakeasy-style cafe.

There are three delicious hot chocolates to try:

  • The Rosine– a delicious hot chocolate recipe with maple syrup
  • The Leocadie– a decadent, salted, vegan hot chocolate recipe
  • The Genevieve – a dairy-free coconut and baobab hot chocolate recipe

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Each creation is named after a real cocoa farmer from West Africa and will be priced at £1.86 – the cost of a day’s living income for a cocoa farmer.

All money raised from the pop-up will go towards funding programmes such as the Women’s School of Leadership in Côte d’Ivoire. The project aims to empower women cocoa farmers in West Africa to become business owners, members of farming groups and leaders in their communities.

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As you sip your hot chocolate, you’ll be treated to some West African jazz, surprise appearances from celebrity ambassadors and the chance to hear the compelling stories behind the cocoa farmers.

The Hidden Hot Chocolate Pop-Up Salon is at 66 Kingsland Road, London E2 8DP.

Take a stroll down the east end, for a secret sip. I should cocoa.


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Chin-chin with chocolates


ChocktailCocktails anyone? At last, London finally has its own chocolate cocktail bar, in Brick Lane, with every cocktail on the menu based and laced with the good stuff. It’s a wonder we’ve managed so long without one.  The concept of The Chocolate Cocktail Club was created by Holly Brooks and Rachel Wisson; a dynamic duo who have more than a passion for chocolate.

Book a ticket that’ll last you an hour and a half and you’ll receive a classic Chocolate Chocotini on arrival, or just walk in and take your pick from the 12 choctastic menu marvels. The bar is open from the afternoon, but I reckon the real fun takes place after eight (d’you see what I did there?). There’s even chocolate beers and wine on the menu.

Sugar rush or chocolate hangover? This is definitely one for the 2019 bucket list.  The Chocolate Cocktail Club is a pop-up and open until 28 May 2019.

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The joy of sprinkles


I’m not sure why, but all that pop and colour, just bring out the joy! Nothing beats sprinkles, they have the power to take you back to your childhood, to that happy place.

Happy Friday!

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This thing called LIFE

Isn’t it all about this?


Let’s get the most out of 2019.

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Happy New Year

Cookie 2019

Looks like it’s going to be a super-sweet one!

What are your plans?

What are you most looking forward to?

What are you glad to leave behind?

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Breaking news from George the Gingerbread man

I feel a bit like a newscaster with this breaking news story…


Pic: courtesy of Krispy Kreme

Gingerbread is a firm favourite flavour for the festive period, whether it’s a gingerbread house, cookies, or a variety of other foods. Krispy Kreme has created a limited edition doughnut, just in time for Christmas.

From Wednesday 19 December until Christmas Eve, Krispy Kreme will be offering the Gingerbread Glazed Doughnut. Perfectly spiced gingerbread dough with hints of cinnamon, covered in a warm gingerbread molasses glaze.

A spokesperson, known as “George the Gingerbread Man” has delivered a special message on behalf of gingerbread men and women everywhere who want to avoid being eaten during this season.

“We understand that gingerbread people are delicious to everyone … family, friends, foxes. But in the name of St. Nicholas, please DON’T EAT US for holiday tradition. Please do your part to enable us to keep all our parts. Help save the lives of innocent gingerbread people everywhere. The destruction of gingerbread culture and habitats, aka gingerbread houses, must stop.”

And there you have it. So “run, run as fast as you can” to participating Krispy Kreme shops, before all the Gingerbread Glazed Doughnuts are gone, gone, gone.

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