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Why do foxes glow?

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In which I bombard you with photos and beat a hasty retreat to answer REALLY important questions from Big Bear about why foxes glow when they’re pregnant*. And to stop Baby Bear from dialling 999…. again. 

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I claim they are homage to Wimbledon and strawberries. Really I just got over excited with the Cath Kidston sale. 

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They’re Earl Grey flavour. Because there’s no time for the Great British tea and cake tradition when you’re trying to fish out coins that have been lovingly inserted into air vents. So it has to be tea flavoured cake instead. It’s just as good, although cake flavoured tea might be quicker. Just a thought. 

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Pretty sure the Bears are the ONLY people who don’t understand the Pimms fascination. They aren’t particularly British summer-esque, but at least they taste pretty awesome: Malibu and Coke flavoured Bear-y cakes. Having said that, Daddy Bear doesn’t like Malibu. Herein lies the reason why Mummy Bear’s diet always fails. Cola flavoured sponge topped with a malibu and lime buttercream frosting, amazingly cute straws, and the most humongous tantrum from Baby Bear when I wouldn’t let him lick the frosting bowl. 

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Actually, this is more Wimbledon-ish isn’t it? I did start a diet. And then I made this. And it had no soggy bottom and was absolutely delicious. But did have an entire tub on marscapone in it. So basically the diet had been pointless. 

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And that moment when you realise LAST weekend was Father’s day, and the computer won’t print your amazon voucher? Gluten Free Cherry Bakewell flavour Bear-y cakes. Almond sponge, filled with cherry jam and topped with lemon glace icing. Or, how to get out of a tight spot using lots of sugar. 

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Except I haven’t showered yet. So maybe the recipes will come later. Much later.

Mummy Bear x 

*Fantastic Mr Fox; confusing asd kids since 2009. 

Mr Fox: By the way, you look unbelievably beautiful tonight. You’re practically glowing. Maybe                                                                                                             it’s the lighting. 

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A Little Ray of Sunshine

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A Little Ray of Sunshine

Or rather, a rainbow. Sure to put a smile on anyone’s face.

The nozzle is a 1M. Paint a stripe of red, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet gel colouring inside the piping bag, to each point of the star nozzle. Fill with white buttercream, pipe in a swirl, et voila, RAINBOWS!

Mummy Bear x

Toddler trouble.

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The Bears and I have been absent for a while. There is a very good reason for this, and it comes in the shape of a not-so-small two year old. I tried baking with him.

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It ended in a state of sugar induced hyperactivity, a broken measuring jug and very very little sleep. Oh yes, and a cake which looked like I had assembled it, run over it with the car, and then tried to fix it up again.

Image(It’s a Maple Syrup and Pecan layer cake with marscapone frosting, from Delia’s gorgeous new book. It did taste fantastic, but not fantastic enough to warrant only two hours sleep.)

And then I tried baking without him. This time the cakes were at least edible looking. And tasted exactly as they should:

 Image(These are Turkish Delight Bear-y Cakes: Chocolate cake, topped with a rose flavoured buttercream and dark chocolate sprinkles. Recipe may follow. Should the Toddler ever sleep.)

However, my living room wall no longer looked like it should:

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Neither did Daddy Bear’s computer screen. Or the sofa. And so, we stopped baking.

That completes my absence letter.

We hope to be back soon!

Mummy Bear x

Isn’t it ironic, don’t you think? Actually, I don’t know. Is it?

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English Summer Cupcakes, the recipe released in a book designed for Red Nose Day. Which is in March. And it’s snowing outside. Although based on last year, that is pretty much Summer in England for you. 

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Ironic or not Bake #9 of the Comic Relief Bake Off Challenge are delicious. Cupcakes with chopped fresh strawberries in the sponge, filled with strawberry jam, topped with cream cheese frosting and a strawberry slice.

Go buy the book and bake them. Then eat them all in one go. And maybe sing a bit of Alanis. Or not. 

Mummy Bear x

Double whammy

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I had a minor panic yesterday in realising that it was in fact, already March, and I was only 4 bakes into the Great Comic Relief Bake off Challenge. It’s not going too well.

March 1st was also Granny Bear’s Birthday, and I had promised her cake. See where I’m going with this?! I do LOVE being efficient.

So, to kill a couple of birds with one stone and feel better about it aleady being March, we baked two of the recipes. Although, I didn’t intend to bake two for Granny Bear initally. More about that later.

First up are the Carrot Cake Muffins. I thought I was being clever in buying some ridiculously expensive Wilton tulip muffin cases in contrasting royal blue to make the orange-ness of the carrot cake stand out. However, they did not live up to their promise and just look grease stained and awful. I feel thoroughly cheated and will never impulse buy cake cases again.

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This carrot cake recipe is very different to the one I usually follow, I won’t post it because I’m all for raising the money for charity, but I will say it used shredded bran, and called for a flavoured cream cheese centre.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m all up for new ideas. But preferably ones that work. It’s like a Carrot cake with a cheesecake centre. Which I guess it ok if you like baked cheesecake, but I think I’ll stick to using cream cheese in frosting. And the Primrose Carrot cake recipe.

Which is why I decided to try another recipe as well (and it also ticked bake #6 off the Comic Relief Bake Off Challenge)

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This is the Mocha Marble Loaf cake. Except, as you can see, it is not a loaf cake. Loaf cakes take a LONG time to bake. And Baby Bear is nowhere near patient enough to wait 90 minutes for cake. And Mummy Bear has no loaf shaped cake box. And besides, as I’ve said before: (Almost) everything is better in miniature.

So they are in Bear-y cake form, and it’s safe to say the marbled chocolate coffee sponge with white chocolate frosting far FAR better that the Carrot cake muffins. And no silly greasy tulip cases in sight.

We halved the recipe and it made 12 Bear-y cakes….. just remember to also halve the amount of cocoa powder and vanilla essence first time round. Unlike Mummy Bear.

So all that is left to say is: Happy Birthday Granny Bear!

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Mummy Bear x

Sprinkle, sprinkle, little star

Sprinkle, sprinkle, little star

Comic Relief challenge bake #4: Sprinkle Bear-y cakes .

They are made using the recipe for Sticky Confetti Cakes from the Great Comic Relief Bake Off book, but in cupcake form. (Because EVERYTHING is better in miniature. Except bank balances.)

If you haven’t tried baking sprinkles inside your cake batter, do it. Ridiculously easy and instant multi-coloured polkadots. Awesome!

Mummy Bear x

Love is in the air. Or rather, the acrid smell of burnt sugar is.

Daddy Bear and I don’t ‘do’ Valentines day. His argument is that he doesn’t need to have an overly commercialised day to remind him to buy flowers and tell me that he loves me. Which would be fine, if I got flowers on other days.

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But having discovered the amazing idea from ‘Stockpiling Moms’ of melting candy canes to make hearts, I decided I was going to bake him some bear-y cakes this year. However, (and I am ridiculously embarrassed to admit this) STUPIDLY I never considered the 250 degrees could mean Fahrenheit, and set my oven to 220 Celsius for ten minutes. This is what my candy canes looked like after 120 seconds:

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FAIL. Much anger ensued, and after peeling the candy canes off the baking tray, they looked like this.

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I did feel much better having beaten the life out of them with a pestle. Nevertheless, I was determined to make SOME sort of bear-y cake for Daddy Bear, if only to stop him from laughing at the hideous baking disaster that was the candy canes. This is what he ended up with:

Image They are vanilla bear-y cakes, topped with the crushed candy canes and then a white chocolate and peppermint two tone butter cream (in a vain attempt to still have some recognisable form of candy cane on the cake!).

The butter cream was definitely the BEST part of cake.

180g unsalted butter,

100g melted white chocolate,

300g of icing sugar

1 tsp pepper mint essence.

Beat in a bowl with an electric hand mixer until light and fluffy. Paint a stripe of red gel food colouring down the inside of a disposable piping bag with a large round nozzle in, and then fill up with buttercream. Pipe in swirls on top of your cake.

So there you are Daddy Bear, this is from me to you, on nearly valentines day, from the bottom of my arse. I would say heart, but my arse is much bigger.

Mummy Bear x

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