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Adventures with Sugar I’m an actuary but profession and a baker by passion. I love experimenting and creating new recipes, and the sharing them with family and friends !

Recipe Alert 🚨 Gluten-free coconut loafI have been experimenting with a few gluten-free recipes with mixed success. This...
18/03/2024

Recipe Alert 🚨 Gluten-free coconut loaf

I have been experimenting with a few gluten-free recipes with mixed success. This gluten-free coconut loaf is one of the successes. It has all the coconut I could possibly cram into a cake – coconut flour, coconut sugar, coconut oil, desiccated coconut, coconut milk.

Gluten-free baking really is not as intimidating as I thought it was initially, and I am quite enjoying this journey.

Let me know in the comments if gluten-free recipes are something that interests you.

http://adventureswithsugar.com/2021/07/06/gluten-free-coconut-loaf/

Recipe Alert 🚨 Glacé Cherry and Almond LoafHello friends! It’s been a minute and I have not had time to do much baking r...
02/03/2024

Recipe Alert 🚨 Glacé Cherry and Almond Loaf

Hello friends! It’s been a minute and I have not had time to do much baking recently. Life has been happening far too fast for my liking, so instead of baking on weekends I have been trying to rest.

I’m hoping I get to get back into the swing of things soon and get my groove back in the kitchen.

This gluten-free glacé Cherry and almond loaf is delish, especially when fresh cherries are not in season.

It’s moist, buttery, sweet and the crunch on the top from the almonds is a wonderful texture.

http://adventureswithsugar.com/2022/06/14/gluten-free-cherry-and-almond-loaf/

Recipe Alert 🚨 Red Velvet MacaronsA labour of love is a good way to show your Valentine how much they mean to you 😉 Sand...
10/02/2024

Recipe Alert 🚨 Red Velvet Macarons

A labour of love is a good way to show your Valentine how much they mean to you 😉

Sandwiched with a creamy baked cheesecake, these macarons are probably my second favorite, after my blueberry cheesecake macarons.

The recipe link is in my bio.

Recipe Alert 🚨 Cranberry Breakfast MuffinsI’ve been ill for the past few days and have really had much of an appetite - ...
30/01/2024

Recipe Alert 🚨 Cranberry Breakfast Muffins

I’ve been ill for the past few days and have really had much of an appetite - but been craving these cranberry breakfast muffins 🙂

They’re based on my go to muffin recipe and can be adapted in so many different ways.

http://adventureswithsugar.com/2021/05/09/cranberry-crumble-muffins/

🚨 Strawberries and Cream Sundae The summer in Cape Town is really a scorcher and this  delicious dessert is sure to cool...
25/01/2024

🚨 Strawberries and Cream Sundae

The summer in Cape Town is really a scorcher and this delicious dessert is sure to cool you down!

Delicious strawberry semifreddo and vanilla whipped cream form the base of this sundae, with an almond brittle and some fresh fruit for texture.

It so refreshing!

Recipe Alert 🚨 Litchi and Lemon Sorbet I love summer for all the seasonal fruits it brings. In perusing my local superma...
08/01/2024

Recipe Alert 🚨 Litchi and Lemon Sorbet

I love summer for all the seasonal fruits it brings. In perusing my local supermarket, i realized that litchis are now in season.

I do enjoy the fruit as they are, but also find it nice to sometimes to make this litchi and lemon sorbet.

This sorbet contains 4 ingredients, but is wonderfully refreshing.

http://adventureswithsugar.com/2022/01/17/litchi-and-lemon-sorbet/

Recipe Alert 🚨 Rafaello CakeI just saw a recipe for Rafaello Oats pop up on my feed and was reminded of this delicious R...
07/01/2024

Recipe Alert 🚨 Rafaello Cake

I just saw a recipe for Rafaello Oats pop up on my feed and was reminded of this delicious Rafaello cake which I made a few years ago.

The sponge is coconut, with a creamy white chocolate ganache in between the cake layers. The outside gets adorned with an almondy whipped cream, stabilized with cream cheese and crowned with the inspiration themselves - Rafaello’s.

Making a layer cake like this is a labour of love as it requires patience, but so worth it when you taste the final product.

http://adventureswithsugar.com/2022/01/18/raffaello-cake/

Recipe Alert 🚨 Blueberry Cheesecake MacaronsHave you tried making macarons yet? They can be a bit finicky, but if you ha...
06/01/2024

Recipe Alert 🚨 Blueberry Cheesecake Macarons

Have you tried making macarons yet? They can be a bit finicky, but if you have a solid recipe and follow directions well, you’re sure to eventually achieve success.

This recipe here switches up a traditional filling for discs of cheesecake studded with fresh blueberries - it is indescribably good!

http://adventureswithsugar.com/2021/01/11/blueberry-cheesecake-macarons/

Recipe Alert 🚨 Blueberry Swirl Ice CreamHappy New Year’s friends. Its been a minute on here - we’ve had a much needed br...
04/01/2024

Recipe Alert 🚨 Blueberry Swirl Ice Cream

Happy New Year’s friends. Its been a minute on here - we’ve had a much needed break with some time with family and enjoying a holiday in New York.

Whilst I am glad to get back to summer, the adjustment has been felt and I’ve needed something to cool me down a bit.

One of my favorite things about summer is that I get to make my own ice-cream to enjoy - playing around with different flavours is always fun.

There is a local brand of ice cream (not sure if they still make it), from which this recipe was inspired. It’s one my dad used to buy often.

http://adventureswithsugar.com/2022/01/09/blueberry-swirl-ice-cream/

Recipe Alert 🚨 Milk Tart Slices A simple bake to ease into December, before the real baking a cooking begins!  puff past...
02/12/2023

Recipe Alert 🚨 Milk Tart Slices

A simple bake to ease into December, before the real baking a cooking begins!

puff pastry makes this a fairly effortless process as all you need to do is make the milktart filling.

Why not turn this into a Christmassy bake with the addition of some nutmeg and a dash of rum to the filling 😉

http://adventureswithsugar.com/2022/03/09/milk-tart-slices/

Recipe Alert 🚨 Gluten-free lemon and poppyseed loafI think I have a  addiction. I do like the functional use of this tin...
25/11/2023

Recipe Alert 🚨 Gluten-free lemon and poppyseed loaf

I think I have a addiction. I do like the functional use of this tin which allows the glaze of this cake to drip down prettily.

The recipe for this moist, lemony loaf is in my bio.

I absolutely love a simple, tart and sweet lemon drizzle loaf cake. The tender crumb bursting with zingy lemon flavour m...
23/11/2023

I absolutely love a simple, tart and sweet lemon drizzle loaf cake.

The tender crumb bursting with zingy lemon flavour makes my tastebuds dance.

As opposed to the traditional syrup soaked into the cake, I prefer more of a thin glaze which seeps into the cake and creates a crackly, lemony crust.

I will definitely share this recipe on here at some point soon!

I cannot wait for Christmas baking to begin! Here, I’ve taken my classic lemon meringue pie and dressed it up with a cro...
19/11/2023

I cannot wait for Christmas baking to begin!

Here, I’ve taken my classic lemon meringue pie and dressed it up with a crown of fresh raspberries and raspberry jam for something more festive.

What do you think?

🎄

Recipe Alert 🚨 Rye Brownie CookiesThese cookies have a slight fudginess that is reminiscent of a brownie, but they still...
16/11/2023

Recipe Alert 🚨 Rye Brownie Cookies

These cookies have a slight fudginess that is reminiscent of a brownie, but they still retain some level of cookie-ness. They’re the perfect balance between a brownie and a cookie, and they’re sure to satisfy any sweet tooth cravings.

http://adventureswithsugar.com/2023/04/24/neapolitan-pound-cake-3/

I really wanted to share this Diwali celebration to my feed as its been the first proper one in our new home, since movi...
13/11/2023

I really wanted to share this Diwali celebration to my feed as its been the first proper one in our new home, since moving in 2020.

2020 and 2021 were sad times with the passing of my dad and grandmother, and 2022 was spent in Durban with my mum. So it meant a lot to create these memories with and (even though she refused to keep her outfit on)

The food and festivities were spectacular!

Recipe Alert 🚨 Eggless Saffron Milk Cake with a White Chocolate GanacheHere is a Diwali recipe that’s a bit different, i...
11/11/2023

Recipe Alert 🚨 Eggless Saffron Milk Cake with a White Chocolate Ganache

Here is a Diwali recipe that’s a bit different, if you’re looking for an after dinner dessert.

Personally, my family does not consume meat (or eggs) on Diwali, but I appreciate that every household is different.

A version with eggs is included on my blog, but this is an eggless one (thanks to my mum for her eggless sponge recipe which I’ve tweaked 😊).

I’ve posted it here for ease of access.

Saffron Milk Cake (Eggless)
- 1 and 1/4 teaspoon saffron threads
- 2 cups milk
- pinch of turmeric (for colour)
- 250g butter
- 400g caster sugar
- zest of an orange
- 4 cups self raising flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder

1. Add all ingredients except the flour, baking powder and orange to a pot. Gentle heat on medium until sugar is dissolved and bring to a boil. Once boiled set aside to cool.

2. Strain the mixture to extract the saffron threads. Add the orange, flour and baking powder to the cooled mixture.

3. Add to a 10 cup Bundt tin and bake for 60-70 min at 170 degrees, or until a skewer inserted comes out clean. Let cool completely before icing.

White Chocolate Cream Cheese
- 250g cream cheese
- 100g butter
- 120g icing sugar
- 150g white chocolate, melted and cooled

1. Cream the cream cheese until smooth.
2. In a separate bowl cream the butter and icing sugar.
3. Then mix in the white chocolate to the butter and icing sugar.
4. Lastly fold in the beaten cream cheese, gently to avoid splitting.
5. I slice the cake into three layers and frost as desired.

Recipe alert 🚨 Cardamom and Orange Microwave puddings Seeing all the Diwali baking does fill me with a bit of hope and c...
08/11/2023

Recipe alert 🚨 Cardamom and Orange Microwave puddings

Seeing all the Diwali baking does fill me with a bit of hope and cheer, amongst these difficult times.

These microwave puddings come together in a flash and are super delicious.

Sharing this recipe, not to be insensitive to all the suffering at the moment, but to try and be hopeful - remembering one of the signifiers of Diwali is that light will triumph over darkness.

For those prepping for Diwali, hope it is going well.

ORANGE SYRUP

- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 2 tablespoons orange juice

1. Mix the orange juice and sugar together in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for a minute and 30 seconds until the sugar has dissolved. Set aside to use later.

ORANGE AND CARDAMOM SPONGES

- 4 tablespoons butter
- 4 tablespoons sugar
- Zest of 1 orange
- 2 egg yolks
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 8 tablespoons flour
- 1 teaspoon cardamom
- ½ teaspoon baking powder.

1. Melt the butter in the microwave for 30 seconds, in a microwave-safe bowl.
2. Add in the orange zest, sugar, egg yolks and milk and mix to combine.
3. Add in the flour, cardamom and baking powder and fold through.
4. Spoon the batter into two ramekins and bake in the microwave for a minute and thirty seconds. You may need to bake it for 10 seconds more or less, depending on the size of your ramekins. The puddings are done when the top is firmly set and a skewer inserted comes out clean.
5. Poke the pudding with a skewer and spoon about a tablespoon of syrup onto each one.
6. Serve with vanilla ice cream and toasted flaked almonds.

Trust me, you want to hit save on this one 😉 Happy baking friends.

Recipe Alert 🚨 Marble Pound CakeAn easy cake with quick prep time but still delicious - a good way to maximize your rest...
28/10/2023

Recipe Alert 🚨 Marble Pound Cake

An easy cake with quick prep time but still delicious - a good way to maximize your rest time this weekend 😉.

Save the recipe below.

For the Marble Pound Cake

200g self-raising flour
100g cake flour
300g caster sugar
300g unsalted butter, cubed at room temperature
6 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla essence
100ml full-cream milk
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp coca powder

METHOD

Preheat the oven to 180˚ celsius. Grease a 23cm bundt tin by brushing it with butter and dusting it with flour. Chill in the fridge or freezer while you make the batter.
Place the flour, salt, sugar and butter in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment.
In a separate bowl, gently whisk the eggs until fully mixed together.
Add the vanilla and milk to the eggs.
Pour half the egg mixture into the flour and butter mixture, and beat for about 30 seconds.
Add the remaining egg mixture and beat for a further minute, allowing the batter to increase in volume.
Make a thickish paste with the cocoa powder and boiling water. Add it to a third of the batter to make the chocolate batter.
Spoon the vanilla and chocolate batters into your bundt tin, mixing very slightly so as to create a marbled effect.
Bake for 50-60 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.

I’m ready for a bit of a weekend! This cleopatra cake from  and  was delicious and I may make it again, post some weeken...
20/10/2023

I’m ready for a bit of a weekend!

This cleopatra cake from and was delicious and I may make it again, post some weekend wine tasting! The cake has a decent amount of wine in it.

Recipe Alert 🚨 Lemon, Poppyseed and Olive Oil BundtI’ve been raving about this lemon, poppyseed, olive oil and white cho...
19/10/2023

Recipe Alert 🚨 Lemon, Poppyseed and Olive Oil Bundt

I’ve been raving about this lemon, poppyseed, olive oil and white chocolate ice cream I had a while back.

The fruitiness of the lemon is intensified by the olive oil, so make sure you use a good quality one.

The white chocolate ganache is optional, but makes an ordinary Bundt extraordinary.

Recipe link in bio.

Recipe Alert 🚨 Lemon Curd Cake This cake always reminds me of spring with its zesty, bright lemon flavour and the beauti...
18/10/2023

Recipe Alert 🚨 Lemon Curd Cake

This cake always reminds me of spring with its zesty, bright lemon flavour and the beautiful flowers which adorn it.

Made with golden caster sugar and lemon curd.

The recipe is adapted from

http://adventureswithsugar.com/2020/11/18/lemon-curd-cake/

Red Velvet Bundt with a Cheesecake CentreSomething a bit different from the ordinary - I’ve baked my red velvet cake in ...
17/10/2023

Red Velvet Bundt with a Cheesecake Centre

Something a bit different from the ordinary - I’ve baked my red velvet cake in a Bundt tin, with a cream cheese centre.

I love the element of surprise when you cut into the cake.

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