SURPRISE INSIDE CHRISTMAS TREE CAKE {gluten, nut & soy free, dairy free option}

This Christmas tree cake may look intimidating, but is actually super easy to make! A surprise inside cake that takes a simple loaf cake and transforms it into a work of art – and with no fuss or fancy equipment! This is the simple, yet impressive, Christmas dessert recipe everyone should have up their sleeves.

A front view of the surprise inside Christmas tree cake, with a few slices having been cut. The yellow batter envelops the Grinch green central Christmas tree pattern. White sprayed pinecones and candy canes provide the Christmas atmosphere.

This cake is like a ninja – perfectly ordinary on the outside and then you cut into it and WOWZA: there’s a Christmas tree in each slice!

As with many of my recipes, this one has come about because I’ve seen something vaguely similar… somewhere… and remembered the process… approximately. So, of course, I simply had to try it myself. Plus, it’s a pattern INSIDE a loaf cake. It’s fun! (And “it’s fun” is always the best reason to bake something.)

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GLUTEN FREE ALMOND & ORANGE BUNDT CAKE {gluten, peanut & soy free}

This gluten free orange bundt cake is both easy to make and ridiculously satisfying to eat. It definitely has that old fashioned dessert vibe, that takes you back to your best childhood memories. Infused with plenty of orange flavour from the orange zest and juice, this gluten free bundt cake is moist, buttery and utterly scrumptious.

Gluten Free Almond & Orange Bundt Cake {gluten, peanut & soy free} - This gluten free orange bundt cake is both easy to make and ridiculously satisfying to eat. Infused with plenty of orange flavour from the orange zest and juice, this gluten free bundt cake with a delicious orange glaze is moist, buttery and utterly scrumptious. #glutenfree #bundtcake #cake

Bundt cakes. Such a strange thing, aren’t they?

Tell someone you’ve made a bundt cake and all you’ll be met with are blank stares. A what cake? And it’s surprisingly difficult to explain the concept of a bundt cake. The conversation usually goes something like this:

“I’ve made a bundt cake.”

“A what cake?”

“A bundt cake. It’s a cake with a hole in the middle.”

“So… a donut?”

“No. It’s a bundt cake. A cake. With a hole. In the middle.”

“Huh. Never heard of it. What’s the point of the hole?”

(At this point, you usually start feeling the urge to bang your head against the nearest wall.)

“It’s… it’s… Oh for goodness’ sake, just google it.”

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THE BEST PALEO CHOCOLATE CAKE. EVER. {gluten, dairy, nut, soy & ref. sugar free, paleo}

Prepare to be blown away by this healthy paleo chocolate cake. It’s decadent, it’s chocolatey and I bet you can’t tell it’s also gluten, dairy and refined sugar free! Super easy and quick to make, it’s the perfect mid-week chocolatey treat. And even better – no nuts, for all those who are fed up with all the healthy sweet treats being nut-based (or have a nut allergy)!

The healthy paleo chocolate cake sits on a decorative black and white plate, in a bright setting.

The best. That’s a bit presumptuous, isn’t it?

It’s assuming that you’ve tasted all the paleo chocolate cakes out there and that THIS ONE comes out on top. Unfortunately, I haven’t sampled all the paleo chocolate cake recipes in existence – but I’m still confident in my claim.

Why?

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GLUTEN & DAIRY FREE CARAMEL MOUSSE CAKES {gluten, dairy, nut & soy free, refined sugar free option}

A mousse cake might seem like an impossible baking feat, but it actually couldn’t be simpler to prepare! These caramel mousse cakes are gluten, dairy and refined sugar free, but still pack a powerful flavour punch. A healthier fancy dessert, which anyone can make!

Gluten & Dairy Free Caramel Mousse Cakes {gluten, dairy, nut & soy free, refined sugar free option} - A super easy recipe for mousse cakes with a refined sugar free caramel mousse and a delicious dark chocolate shell. Complete with a gluten and dairy free cookie bottom, this healthier fancy dessert is a joy to make and eat!

Is it Friday yet? Please say yes.

It’s been a long week in a series of long weeks – and I need my weekend. Time to regroup, to sleep in, to have breakfast at 11 am, to bake at a time other than it’s-getting-late-shouldn’t-you-be-thinking-of-sleep-rather-than-brownies o’clock.

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