Cream cheese stuffed red velvet cookie dough brownies

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Phew – that title’s a mouthful and a half!  And so are these brownies. They’re definitely not for anyone on a diet looking for a small delicate treat.  But if you’re craving something indulgent and delicious then they should be right up your street.  Dark, chocolately, gooey brownie, with chunks of chewy red velvet cookie dough, packing a cream cheese filling with just a hint of sourness, these really hit the spot.

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So where did the inspiration come from for these? I’ve seen a couple of cookie dough brownies doing the rounds but I wanted to take them up a notch.  And you may remember my red velvet cookies stuffed with cream cheese – I thought they would go perfectly inside, combined with my trusty chocolate brownie recipe which I’ve blogged about a couple of times(adding salted caramel and creme eggs).

Supercute Smiley Faces

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Let’s face it, we’re all in need of a little something to smile about just now.  While not solving the world’s problems, these biscuits should certainly bring some brightness to your day.  These are made with a simple empire biscuit recipe, but with added sprinkles for joy.  I used a smiley face cookie cutter set from Lakeland – but if you don’t have one you can just use a round cutter and make the eyes and mouth yourself with a sharp knife.

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How to create a cosmic galaxy cake

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Wow.  When I first created my cosmic galaxy cupcakes I had no idea so many of you would be interested in how to make them too!  It’s been great to see so many of you visiting my site and giving the technique a go, and it’s why I set up this blog in the first place.

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So the past few months, I’ve been thinking about what to make that would appeal to all you galaxy lovers out there.  I really hope this galaxy cake tutorial interests as many of you!  This technique is just as simple as the cupcakes, and just as effective.  Read on for how I did it.

Pretzel Caramel Shortbread

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Wow, this is a traybake of dreams!  Imagine this… buttery shortbread, goey caramel, salty pretzels, and a drizzle of chocolate.  They all combine in this recipe to make a delicious treat.  Caramel shortbread (or millionaire’s shortbread as I knew it growing up) can be really sweet, but the pretzels stop this becoming too sickly. Make it yourself if you don’t believe me!

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Colourful Rio inspired lime and mango cake

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I was asked to create this cake for a friend of a friend.  All I knew was that it had to be fruity, bright, and the person was from Brazil.  So I quickly settled on a lime sponge, sandwiched with mango and passionfruit curd, but needed to come up with a decorating plan.  That’s when I thought of the colours of the Rio Olympics, which were popping up on my tv on repeat.  I wasn’t sure how to incorporate them all at first, until I had a little flash of inspiration to pipe the different colours in a sort of wreath round the top.  It’s a really simple but effective technique, so if you’d like to give it a try then read on.

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Cherry cheesecake cupcakes

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First up, an apology.  It’s been a LONG time since I shared any recipes.  But I’m back with some delicious cupcakes just in time for summer – cherry cheesecake flavour.  Cheesecake definitely works in cupcake form.  You’ve got the buttery biscuit base, tangy creamy cheese, and to top it off, some fruit! All with the added bonus of a sponge cake too.

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White chocolate and passionfruit cake of dreams

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This may just be the cake to end all cakes.  I’m aware it sounds like a bold statement, but trust me and give it a try.  I don’t think any of my other cakes have had such a strong response from my friends and family.  If you’re still unsure, let me explain.  Light, moreish, white chocolate mud cake.  Tangy, zingy, passion fruit curd.  Fluffy, sweet, white chocolate buttercream.  The curd sandwiched between the layers of this cake prevents it from becoming too sickly sweet, and the mud cake recipe creates a really lovely texture.

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This recipe is to make a 3 layer, 6 inch cake.  If you have 8 inch cake tins you’ll need to double the cake recipe, and times the buttercream recipe by 50%.

If I’ve convinced you this is something you need to make, then read on….