Monthly Archives: October 2014

Ginger and Orange Wreath Cake

Right everyone, if you are sick of log cakes, stollens and fruit cakes, why not order up a wreath cake for a change?

This Christmas, Alpha Bakes is launching a Ginger and Orange Wreath Cake for those of you who want something different. I can’t share the recipe here because it’s a SECRET but here’s what I can tell you about the flavor profile:

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Goma Cupcakes With Matcha Swiss Meringue Buttercream

I’ve been planning to make a black-colored cake for the loooooonnngest time. I mean … BLACK is my favorite color, after all.

So after some research, I discovered that one of the more common ingredients used to make desserts black is goma (black sesame). So at lunch on Sunday at the neighborhood organic vegetarian bistro, I got myself a can of 100% black sesame powder.

Black sesame is apparently a health food. According to the Compedium of Materia Medica, taking black sesame seeds can heal all the chronic illness after 100 days, improve skin tone on body and face after 1 year, reverse gray hair after 2 years, and regrow teeth after 3 years. I’m not sure if it’s really that awesome but I love the smoky, nutty flavor.

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Steak and Guinness Pie

I love pies and I love pies with ketchup! Anyway, rather than make something sweet today, I decided to spend time doing a steak and Guinness pie for dinner. Comfort food is always a good thing, right?

Personally, I prefer full pies … where there’s a short crust pastry at the bottom and a puff pastry on top. Puff pastry is time-consuming to make so I recommend you go to the supermarket and grab a pack of frozen ones. They work just as well too.

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Nutella Meringue Cookies

I’m not a fan of Nutella but many people seem to be. Originally, I thought, “Maybe I’ll make a batch of green tea meringue cookies,” but I think Nutella is a more popular flavour so I went with it just so people will be more open to eating them.

Meringue cookies are insanely easy to make and, best of all, they contain no fat and flour. If you want a treat to satisfy your sweet tooth without dealing with the guilt, meringue cookies may just be the answer.

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