Plum and Hazelnut Cake with Cinnamon Frosting {Gluten and Dairy Free!}

A deliciously tempting mini 6″ cake that is naturally gluten and dairy free! Moist hazelnut cake with plum filling and dairy free cinnamon frosting. It’s delicious and easy to make, with no oil needed!

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A deliciously tempting mini 6" cake that is naturally gluten and dairy free! Moist hazelnut cake with plum filling and dairy free cinnamon frosting. It's delicious and easy to make, with no oil needed!

The first month of 2017 is almost over, and what a year it’s been already! It’s hard to ignore politics at the moment, but for our own personal sanity I think it’s a good idea to take a step away from it for a while. Just sit down with a cup of coffee, a good book and a slice of Plum and Hazelnut Cake with Cinnamon Frosting and have some “me” time in the midst of all the craziness. Doesn’t that sound good right now? So take a moment to grab this amazing recipe and then switch off for a while, you deserve it!

Plum and Hazelnut Cake - A deliciously tempting mini 6" cake that is naturally gluten and dairy free! Moist hazelnut cake with plum filling and dairy free cinnamon frosting. It's delicious and easy to make, with no oil needed!

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Snickerdoodle Salted Caramel Blondies

These Snickerdoodle Salted Caramel Blondies are the perfect indulgent fall dessert. Delicious, cinnamon packed fudgy blondies, studded with white chocolate chunks, layers of gooey, salted caramel and crunchy sugar top. Top with even more salted caramel for a really decadent dessert! 

Snickerdoodle Salted Caramel Blondies - These Snickerdoodle Salted Caramel Blondies are the perfect indulgent fall dessert. Delicious, cinnamon packed fudgy blondies, studded with white chocolate chunks and layers of gooey, salted caramel. Top with even more salted caramel for a really decadent dessert!

jump-to-recipe-graphicOne of the many reasons I love autumn is it’s acceptable to overload everything with cinnamon, I do this all year round but in autumn people don’t think I’m weird for doing it! You may have noticed I have a small obsession with cinnamon, I will put it in my drinks, my dinner (cinnamon chilli anybody?) and my desserts – nothing is safe! Least of all, these delicious Snickerdoodle Salted Caramel Blondies!

Snickerdoodle Salted Caramel Blondies - These Snickerdoodle Salted Caramel Blondies are the perfect indulgent fall dessert. Delicious, cinnamon packed fudgy blondies, studded with white chocolate chunks and layers of gooey, salted caramel. Top with even more salted caramel for a really decadent dessert!

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Blackberry, Cinnamon and Fig Margarita

This Blackberry, Cinnamon and Fig Margarita is the perfect fall cocktail. With a delicious blend of sweet, sour and warm spice you won’t be able to resist them! They’re really simple to make, which is handy because everyone will be asking for refills! This Blackberry, Cinnamon and Fig Margarita is the perfect cocktail to serve this thanksgiving! 

Blackberry, Cinnamon and Fig Margarita - one margarita in a tall glass, another margarita is in the background

I know a lot of you are probably still lamenting the end of summer, but not me! Summer has it’s advantages; lovely fresh produce, long days, sunshine, and cocktails galore to name a few. But, as much as I love sunshine, I hate the heat. It does not agree with me! The sun may be hibernating more and more as  we delve into autumn and the days are already getting much shorter but in return we get crisp air with cooler days and colourful foliage. And we may start saying goodbye to the strawberries and peaches of summer, but we can say a big hello to the blackberries and figs of autumn, and not to mention the absolutely gorgeous, warm spices that dominate this season. Yes, I think it’s safe to say that I am big fan out autumn. Especially because it means I can give my favourite summer cocktail an amazing autumn makeover with this delicious Blackberry, Cinnamon and Fig Margarita! Yum!

Blackberry, Cinnamon and Fig Margarita - Three margaritas in tall glasses in a diagonal row

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Peach Cupcakes with Creamy Cinnamon Frosting

Scrummy, moist peach cupcakes with a spiced peach filling, topped with a creamy and delicious Cinnamon frosting – the perfect cupcake for those who don’t enjoy the major sweetness you usually get in cupcake frosting! You can used canned peaches, so you can enjoy these amazing cupcakes all year round!

Peach Cupcakes with Cinnamon Frosting by Giraffes Can Bake - Moist peach cupcakes with a spiced peach filling, topped with a creamy and delicious Cinnamon frosting. You can used canned peaches, so you can enjoy these amazing cupcakes all year round!I don’t think cupcakes are as trendy as they once were. Not so long ago you’d blink and a dozen new cupcake businesses had popped up, cupcakes were the in thing! Personally, I love a good trend, especially when it’s something as awesome as cupcakes! The trend may have died down now, but my love for cupcakes definitely hasn’t. I mean, what’s not to love? It’s basically an excuse to eat an entire cake and not have your family look at you like you’re dishonouring their name. And they’re so versatile too, with limitless designs and flavour combinations, you’re spoilt for choice! I think cupcakes get a bit of a bad rep to be honest, but I think people who look down on cupcakes just don’t know how to appreciate joy 😉

Peach Cupcakes with Cinnamon Frosting by Giraffes Can Bake - Moist peach cupcakes with a spiced peach filling, topped with a creamy and delicious Cinnamon frosting. You can used canned peaches, so you can enjoy these amazing cupcakes all year round! Continue reading →

King Cake Crepes

Crepes with a cinnamon filling, drizzled with cream cheese sauce and lots of sprinkles. Perfect for breakfast or dessert

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This Tuesday, February 17th, is what we in the UK call Pancake Day or Shrove Tuesday – it’s the day before lent and pancakes are eaten to use up all the rich foods in the house ready for fasting. In other parts of the world it’s called Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday and is marked with parades and celebrations – the same principle applies, it’s about a last hurrah before the lenten season. I knew I wanted to make something to celebrate the day and decided on crepes, a very thin French pancake. When I was deciding to what to put in the crepes I was thinking about Mardi Gras and a big tradition in New Orleans on Mardi Gras is to eat something called King Cake – which is kind of like one big, round cinnamon bun with yellow, green and purple sprinkles. And so these King Cake Crepes were born! King Cake Crepes – try saying that three times fast! 

king cake crepes

In the UK we traditionally will make pancakes that are similar to crepes, but a bit thicker and with less rich ingredients, then we serve them with lemon juice and caster sugar – it doesn’t sound like much, but it’s honestly so good! I shared British pancakes on the blog last year actually. Crepes are a little trickier to make since they’re so thin, it took me a few goes to get the hang of frying them but once you get into the swing of things it becomes pretty easy – if it’s your first time making crepes, just be prepared for a few practice pancakes first! A good non stick frying pan is key here, because you really don’t want to use a lot of butter when greasing. Since crepes are so thin, you don’t actually need to fry them both sides so if you’re worried about flipping you can skip that – I like to cook them through on one side and then flip and fry the other side for 15 or so seconds to get a bit of colour on both sides. 

king cake crepes

How fun are these crepes though? I always love taking a type of food and recreating it with something completely different, it’s a lot of fun and you get all the yummy flavours of the food you love, but with different textures and ways of eating it. Now I have never actually eaten a King Cake before, but I’ve eaten more than my fair share of cinnamon buns over the years and I can tell you that these crepes really do do the flavours justice. The sweet cinnamon filling rolled up in the thin pancakes and smothered in sweet, tangy cream cheese sauce is so good, and the soft crepes, thick filling, creamy sauce make for amazing textures, particularly when you add in the crunch of the sprinkles! You’ve probably noticed I’ve used pink sprinkles here, I didn’t have any purple!

king cake crepes

Since I was only making these for me, the recipe only makes about 8 crepes (depending on how big you make them), but it’s easily doubled if you have more people to serve. Or halved if you don’t want 8 – although if it’s your first time making crepes I would keep the quantities the same because you’ll probably lose your first few while you get the hang of it! 

king cake crepes

As I said before, Pancake Day and Mardi Gras are celebrated the day before lenten season starts – traditionally Christians would fast during Lent but these days most people give up a bad habit or certain foods. I don’t tend to observe lent, although some years I do like to use the time to take up something new, kind of like a new years resolution I guess, something to improve my life or mind. I’m not sure yet if I’m going to pick something up this year. What about you? Are you giving up anything for Lent? Or are you planning on taking up a new hobby or practice? 

king cake crepes

These crepes are going to be super yummy no matter what time of year you make them – take off the sprinkles and you have cinnamon roll crepes, amazing! Whenever you decide you want crepes, you definitely need to try these ones, they’re so good! You need them in your life, trust me! 

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