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1, 2, 3 Can you say GLUTEN FREE!

We all LOVE a delicious and sinful cake, BUT sometimes you can’t eat it because of the GLUTEN! How unfair is that?

I myself have a gluten intolerance and a few of my friends do too. While having that divinely decadent, full-gluten cake is mind blowing in the moment, we pay for it hours later. One of my gluten intolerant friends just LOVES cake, and over the past few years I have been using her as a guinea pig to perfect my own gluten-free cake recipe. In just a few easy steps, you too can convert your favorite cake recipe to gluten-free.

Step 1: Substitute your flour.
I have found that a mix of gluten-free flours is best, so I buy a 1kg bag of coconut flour, 1kg gluten-free cake flour mix and one other gluten-free flour like tapioca flour. If you can’t get that then get 2 x gluten free flour mix with a bag of coconut flour. Mix all 3 bags of flour together to form one batch of gluten-free flour. Pop it in an airtight container and keep it on hand for your gluten-free baking.
Side note: if you can only get gluten-free self raising flour mix, that will also work.
Your ratios of gluten-free flour to normal cake flour is as follows – for every 2 cups of normal cake flour you will only use 1.5 cups of your gluten-free flour mix.

Step 2: This is the most important step.
For every 1.5 cups of gluten-free flour you use, you MUST add 3 teaspoons of Xanthan Gum to the mix.
The rest of your dry ingredients will be as your recipe states, that is: salt, baking powder and cocoa.

Step 3:  Add more moisture.
Add 1 extra egg – if your recipe uses 3 eggs, for gluten-free use 4. If your recipe uses oil, add an extra 30mls. Add an extra 30mls of milk to your milk quota.

If you are feeling brave and want to bake a tried and tested gluten-free recipe, watch my video and follow the recipe below.

Tina’s Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake  – Makes 1 x 20cm, three-layer cake, or 24 cupcakes

Dry Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cup gluten-free flour mix
  • 3 tsp Xanthan Gum
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1 1/4 cups castor sugar

Wet Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups milk
  • 100ml Canola Oil
  • 5 eggs
  • 5ml vanilla essence

Preheat the oven to 150 degrees celsius. Beat sugar and eggs for 10mins. Whisk in half the dry ingredients. Whisk in all the wet ingredients, once all mixed, add the rest of the dry ingredients and mix well. Divide into 3 greased or lined sandwich pans or 24 cupcakes. Bake at 150 degrees for around 30 to 40 mins.

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Mother’s Day treats

In preparation for Mother’s Day – Sunday 9 May, I will be creating a few delicious treats that will be perfect as a gift for mom or shared as a delicious dessert after lunch or for tea on Mother’s Day.

First up, on Tuesday 20 April, I will be creating a delicious cupcake flower basket, because while getting flowers is really nice, it is even nicer when you can receive something pretty as well as be able to enjoy eating them with the whole family – no one will judge if you ate them all to yourself.
In the basket will be some new flower styles that I have never used before – an Astrantia,a Dahlia, a Gerbera and a Rose.

You can now place your orders for this delicious Flower basket. Specify your option for vanilla or chocolate cake.

Second up, on Wednesday 21 April, I will be creating a Giant Heart Sugar cookie, that will be iced with royal icing with a “I love Mom” and a royal icing flower arrangement. This one is for the Dad’s to buy for the kids for the moms.

I made these delicious Giant sugar cookie hearts iced and decorated in royal icing – A delicious message just for mom! These are now, also available for order online.

Last but not least, on Friday 23 April, I will be baking up some new additions to my Tea Time treat range just in time for Mother’s Day.

LIVE on Twitch and
playback on YouTube – Tina’s toppers in a box

Be sure to order your delicious Mother’s day treats online by Wednesday 5 May 2021.

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Easter Colouring-in Competition

Enter and win!

Click on the pic to take you to the competition on Facebook

Download the image from my website or Facebook page and let your little ones get creative. Then post the final artwork on my Facebook page with your child’s name, age, size of clothing (so that we can have the correct size hoodie made) and your contact details. We will select two winners, one boy and one girl. Entries close midnight Wednesday 24 March 2021 and the winner will be announced on Friday 26 March 2021.

The prize hampers include:

  • 12 x small, filled eggs in a bag
  • 2 x individually wrapped 8 cm hollow Belgian chocolate eggs 
  • 2 x Iced Bunny sugar cookies 
  • 2 x homemade decorated marshmallow eggs 
  • 2 x hot chocolate bombs 
  • 3 x White sugar-coated eggs with royal icing and sprinkles to decorate
  • 1 x Craft decal decoration 
  • 2 x Easter colouring-in page 
  • 1 x Pack of Easter Treasure hunt cards 
  • 1 x 16cm basket to collect eggs in 
  • 1 x Bunny ears hoodie

To complete the entry make sure you:

T’s & C’s apply:

  • Entries 𝙘𝙡𝙤𝙨𝙚 at midnight Wednesday 𝟮𝟰 𝗠𝗮𝗿𝗰𝗵 2021.
  • Winners will be 𝙖𝙣𝙣𝙤𝙪𝙣𝙘𝙚𝙙 𝙤𝙣 𝙈𝙖𝙧𝙘𝙝 26 2021.
  • 𝘗𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘦 𝘮𝘢𝘬𝘦 𝘴𝘶𝘳𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘢𝘷𝘢𝘪𝘭𝘢𝘣𝘭𝘦 𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘥𝘢𝘺 𝘰𝘧 𝘢𝘯𝘯𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘤𝘦𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘵𝘰 𝘤𝘭𝘢𝘪𝘮 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘱𝘳𝘪𝘻𝘦.
  • Winners have 24 Hours to claim their prize.
  • Collection of prize in Table View CT on 1 & 3 April 2021.

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Easter treats galore!

The shops have been full of Easter goodies for a few weeks already (is it just me, or does it seem to get earlier and earlier every year?). And while you may have already picked up a box or two of marshmallow eggs to snack on and perhaps even a few hot cross buns, you’re going to need to stock up on chocolates for the Easter weekend itself before the shelves are empty. 

With Easter Sunday coming up on April 4, why not plan ahead and give the little ones something different this year? I’ve put together a couple of exciting Easter Treat Basket options to make sure your day is full of tastiness and fun (see details below). Instead of stocking up on the mass-produced bunnies that line the shelves every year, these treat baskets include high quality, home-made treats and more! The Small Easter Treat Basket makes for a sweet surprise for your little one with added colouring-in pages, and the Deluxe Easter Treat Basket is larger with chocolatey snacks, has a fun paper decoration craft, white candy coated eggs with royal icing and smarties & sprinkles to decorate, colouring-in pages, to keep you busy on Easter and of course to make life even easier there is a set of Easter Egg hunt clue cards in there too, to make the hunt so much more fun!

So instead of running around from shop to shop trying to find those last-minute Easter eggs that haven’t already been squashed by your fellow shoppers, you can spend the day getting creative, egg hunting and nibbling chocolate goodies comfortably at home.

For Easter 2021 I’m collaborating with a couple of talented treat makers. First up is Leeane Liversage from Lee’s Corner. She makes delicious Hot Chocolate Bombs. A dark or milk chocolate shell, filled with home made cocoa and mini marshmallows. Pop the bomb in your mug, pour hot milk over it and watch the magic! The bombs come in various flavours and you can buy them separately for R25 each, or a pack of six for R150.

I’m also running an egg-citing colouring-in competition, so get your crayons and pencils ready!

My second collaborator is Marianne Vinck from Marianne’s Fine Chocolates. Her addition to the Easter range this year is an 8cm hollow milk chocolate Easter egg. You can also browse some of her other Easter treats on my site. 

Both contributors will also be donating prizes for the colouring-in competition. The hampers will also include bunny ear hoodies from Denver and Colette from Kismet Kids. These hoodies are made from brush fleece, perfect for cold winter days. To browse their range, head over to their Facebook page. 

Deluxe Easter Treat basket R195

All about our Easter Treat Baskets
Make this Easter egg-stra special with an Easter Treat Basket. There are two options available, packed with delicious treats and activities. And of course you can also order it all individually!

The Small Easter Treat Basket costs R85 and includes:

  • 1x 9cm basket to collect eggs in
  • 1x 8cm hollow Belgian chocolate Easter egg
  • 1x iced bunny sugar cookie,
  • 1x home-made decorated marshmallow egg,
  • 1x hot chocolate bomb and two colouring-in pages.

The Deluxe Easter Treat Basket costs R195 and includes:

  • 1x 16cm basket to collect eggs in,
  • 1x 8cm hollow Belgian chocolate Easter egg,
  • 1x iced bunny sugar cookie,
  • 2x home-made decorated marshmallow eggs,
  • 1x hot chocolate bomb,
  • 3 x white sugar-coated eggs with royal icing and sprinkles so you can decorate them yourself,
  • 1x craft decal decoration,
  • 2x colouring-in pages and
  • 1x set Easter egg treasure hunt cards.

Get your orders in now as orders close Friday 26 March 2021! Collection for orders will be on Thursday April 1 and Saturday April 3 2021.

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Covid-friendly treats for school and parties…

Iced Sugar cookies
Chocolate coated cake pops

One of the best parts about having your birthday during the school term used to be bringing delicious treats for your classmates, and running around the playground hyped up on sugar at breaktime. While some parents may have started to opt for “healthier” options in recent years, 2020 dealt a far sadder blow to celebrating birthdays in general as little ones were stuck at home away from their friends.

But now that schools are largely open again, class and birthday parties can and must resume! Obviously with safety front of mind. That’s why we’ve come up with a plan so that your kiddos can still take yummy party treats to school for their friends, we want things to feel as normal as possible. Being able to celebrate our birthdays with friends, family and collogues is so important, especially for our little ones.
Our Covid-friendly treats come individually packaged and sealed. The added bonus is that if someone would rather they wait until they get home to enjoy their nibble, Mom isn’t going to discover a mangled cake pop squished all over said child’s books and pencil case in the bottom of their school bag later that day. 

Chocolate coated cakesickles
Cake Lollies

Treats that are perfect for school parties in particular, include iced vanilla sugar cookies, cake pops, Cake Lollies and cakesickles. We will also pop cupcakes into individual boxes if you arrange that specifically with us. As far as theme goes, let us know if you have a specific colour scheme in mind, or what the theme of your child’s party is going to be, and we’ll make sure the treats fit perfectly. Whether your little one is going through a Pokemon phase, is wild about jungle animals, or keen on partying like a superhero, we can make their dreams come true.

Our kitchen and collection processes stick to very strict safety protocols to ensure that both you and we are kept as safe as possible. The kitchen is kept clean and sanitized at all times. When collecting your orders, please remember to wear your mask and make use of the sanitiser provided at the door. Arrange your collection ahead of time so that we can ensure your order is ready and waiting in the entrance way so that collection is a quick and easy process for everyone. 

Go have a browse of all the party treats we offer and start planning your child’s school celebration today.
You can order directly through our website, it’s safe and simple.

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Have a delicious day!