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Cupcakes, Costa Rica and a boy

Cupcakes, Costa Rica and a boy

I came to Costa Rica with a backpack filled with flip flops and bikinis and a ticket for a flight leaving six months later. Fast forward five and a half years and I’m finally leaving Costa Rica after unsuccessfully trying to stuff a houseful of belongings into that same backpack. Flashing back to July 2009, I had just graduated from Edinburgh University with a Law degree that I never planned on using. Looking for a more stimulating adventure, I accepted a job offer to teach English in San Jose, Costa Rica. Living and working on a beach sounded fantastic so I rushed through a certificate in TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) and headed to sunnier shores. Share the...
How to make a 6 layer rainbow cake!

How to make a 6 layer rainbow cake!

It may look complicated and elaborate but it’s surprising easy to make, honest. And it really is worth the time and effort because look what you get at the end of it – truly beautiful to behold and a tastebud sensation! The first thing you’re going to do is preheat your oven to 350º f/180º. I lined three 7-inch pans with parchment paper and baked the sponges in two batches. Simples! Basically, use whatever pans you have at your disposal, between 6 and 8 inch will be fine. Share the...
Three cakes for Winnie

Three cakes for Winnie

There are just some people in this world that make your heart happy when you are in their company. For me, one such person is Winifred Clifton. Winnie was my neighbour when I lived in Northampton and a few years ago we struck up a friendship over conversations of cakes and baking. We both love to don our aprons and fill our kitchen with the heavenly aroma of home baked goods. Winnie’s specialities are rock cakes, jam tarts and her deliciously moist and plump fruit cake.  Good, old-fashioned baking that literally comforts the soul which, incidentally, is exactly what Winnie does herself. Share the...