Hungry Squirrel

IMG_3420This section is home to all things food-related. From restaurants to home baking to feeding the Little Squirrels.

  • A Moana Birthday Cake For Littlest Squirrel’s 3rd Birthday - When asked what sort of birthday cake Littlest Squirrel would like for her 3rd birthday, there was no hesitation… Moana. Alongside a Moana costume and a Moana wig on her wishlist for her birthday presents, a Moana cake was the order for the day. I opted for a simple design, very similar to the Tangled […]
  • #BUENOSHEROES – Win A Trip To Buenos Aires With CAU Restaurants - Last week I was invited along to CAU Glasgow to try out their menu and to learn more about their summer-long campaign, #BUENOSHEROES, which offers diners the chance to win the trip of a lifetime to Buenos Aires. The #BUENOSHEROES competition runs until August 31 2017. In order to enter into the grand prize draw to […]
  • Monty’s Bar & Restaurant, Glasgow – A Review - Last week I was invited along to Monty’s Bar & Restaurant on Radnor Street in Glasgow’s West End to sample their menu. Monty’s is one of Finniseton’s newest openings. It is open for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, 7 days a week. With a big focus on locally sourced products, the menu is Scottish-led, with some […]
  • The Italian Kitchen Glasgow - Last week I was invited, along with four other bloggers, to try out the new menu at The Italian Kitchen in Glasgow’s Merchant City. The restaurant has been part of Merchant City’s landscape for over ten years now but has recently undergone a complete refurbishment. The interiors are welcoming and inviting with warm lighting, and the […]
  • A Tangled Birthday Cake For Little Squirrel’s 4th Birthday - It is hard to believe yet another month has gone by since we celebrated Little Squirrel turning 4. For her 4th birthday cake, she had been telling me since before Christmas that she would like a Rapunzel/Tangled cake. As usual I turned to Pinterest for my inspiration, and these were my two favourite designs I […]
  • A Bunny Birthday Cake For Littlest Squirrel’s 2nd Birthday - Littlest Squirrel turned two almost a month ago now, so I thought it was time to publish a birthday cake post… I had been planing her birthday cake since the New Year, and knew straight away it would have to be a bunny cake as her favourite toy is a little cuddly bunny that she […]
  • Indian Tapas Meets Craft Beer At Crossing The Rubicon, Glasgow - Crossing The Rubicon opened on Glasgow’s Great Western Road at the end of 2016, and in my mind is the most exciting addition to the West End’s dining scene in some time. It is from the same family as Drygate Brewing Co, so if you love craft beer and exciting beers from around the world this place […]
  • Celebrate Burns Night With The Calvin Haggis Burger At Byron Burgers - Byron is getting into the spirit of Burn’s Night in true Byron style – with a delicious burger special, available exclusively across all Scottish Byron restaurants from Monday January 23 to Sunday January 29 2017. The Calvin Haggis features a 6oz hamburger patty, haggis, bacon and onion relish, a classic tattie scone, American cheese, dry […]
  • Roast Tomato Soup - After a recent trip to see my Dad in N Ireland, I came back to Scotland laden with produce from my Dad’s garden, including an array of Dad’s own jams and marmalades, cucumbers, green peppers, and some plump, and beautifully red tomatoes from his greenhouse. I knew I wanted to make a tomato soup with […]
  • Foodies Festival Christmas 2016 At Edinburgh EICC – Ticket Giveaway - Foodies Festival Christmas launches at EICC Edinburgh on the 25th, 26th and 27th of November, and promises to get you ready for the culinary Christmas season! The Chefs Theatre has a fantastic line-up of chefs sharing their tips for a tasty Christmas, including MasterChef 2016 Winner Jane Devonshire, Jamie Scott of The Newport, Scott Davies […]
  • Feast Of Fife – The St Andrews Farmhouse Cheese Company - Day two of our Feast Of Fife Adventure started with a trip to Falside Farm. Situated just 8 miles from St Andrews, and 4 miles from Anstruther, Falside Farm is home to the St Andrews Farmhouse Cheese Company – Fife’s only unpasteurised cheese makers. The land here has been farmed by the Stewart family since the 1930s. […]
  • Feast Of Fife – The Newport Restaurant by Jamie Scott - After a fabulous first day for the Feast Of Fife Bloggers Event at Eden Mansion, there was just enough time to check in to our accommodation for the night, and get ready for an evening at The Newport Restaurant in beautiful Newport-On-Tay. Jamie Scott, Masterchef: The Professionals Winner 2014, and his wife Kelly opened the […]
  • Feast Of Fife – Eden Mansion Hotel & William Curley Patissier Chocolatier - For the first of my #feastoffife posts, I want to introduce you all to Eden Mansion… Eden Mansion Hotel was the setting for the first day of the Feast of Fife Bloggers Event. Situated in Guardbridge, just a few miles from St Andrews, Eden Mansion offers luxury five star accommodation in a Victorian mansion house, in a […]
  • Chompsky – Glasgow’s First Permanent Street Food Truck On Kelvin Way - Chompsky – Glasgow based street food company making delicious munchies from around the world. Chompsky was set up by chef Felicity Day, and friends Andrew and Tom, in January 2015. The business was born out of a love for informal and accessible international food, and a desire to bring something new to Glasgow. They started hosting […]
  • Hungry Squirrels Introduction To Fife - If you follow me on social media, you will have seen an abundance of posts last weekend from the #feastoffife – an exclusive foodie weekend aimed at food bloggers and writers, hosted by Welcome To Fife. We were promised award-winning restaurants, a chance to visit some of Fife’s best food & drink producers, and a […]
  • Sweet & Sour Chicken Fakeaway - This has to be one of my favourite dishes to make at the minute. I love sweet & sour chicken, but this just tastes fresher and healthier than sweet & sour dishes from your local Chinese takeaway. This is surprisingly easy to make, and just tastes so good. My little ones love it too, and […]
  • Blueberry & Banana Muffins - The Little Squirrels love banana muffins, and I love blueberry muffins, so I decided to experiment with a banana muffin recipe I have been using, and throw some blueberries in. The result is a deliciously moist muffin, bursting with juicy blueberry goodness. Since posting the picture above on Instagram and Facebook a few of you […]
  • Sunday Roast at The Trading House Glasgow - On Sunday, Team Squirrel was invited to try out Sunday Roast at The Trading House. Situated between Buchanan Street and George Square, The Trading House’s location couldn’t be better. This was our first visit to The Trading House, and definitely not our last. Housed in the old Clydesdale Bank building on St Vincent Street, The Trading […]
  • Thaikhun – New Kids Menu For Little Adventurers - The Little Squirrels and I were recently invited to try out the new children’s menu at our local branch of Thaikhun in Silverburn, Glasgow. THAIKHUN is an exciting new casual dining experience from the owners of Chaophraya Thai Restaurant group, with 8 branches nationwide in Aberdeen, Glasgow, Newcastle, Manchester, Nottingham, Guildford, Cambridge and Oxford. This was […]
  • Easy-Peasy Pizza Recipe - Those of you that follow me on Instagram will have seen quite a few pizza shots lately. I have recently rediscovered the joy of homemade pizza… I used to make my own pizzas quite regularly before I had the Little Squirrels, but for some reason (Motherhood!) I had completely forgotten how easy and tasty these […]
  • A Unicorn Cake For Little Squirrel’s 3rd Birthday - It took me a while to decide what the theme of this year’s birthday cake would be for Little Squirrel. I wanted to make something special for her, as I didn’t get round to making her a birthday cake last year with Littlest Squirrel only weeks old. Little Squirrel really loves all things magical and fantastical […]
  • Little Darlings Afternoon Tea at Blythswood Square - Last weekend I was invited (as a complimentary guest) along to try out the Little Darlings Afternoon Tea with Little Squirrel at my favourite luxury venue in Glasgow, Blythswood Square. So I hopped on the train with Little Squirrel in to Glasgow, met Granny Squirrel in town, and made our way up to the beautiful […]
  • Triple Choc Orange Brownies - Chocolate + orange = pure joy! Yes, I love this flavour combination… add in a bit of chew factor and I am in my happy place. If you share my love of chewy, chocolatey, orangey goodness, then this brownie recipe is going to be right up your street. One word of warning, however, this recipe […]
  • Juice Garden – New Menu Preview - Born out of passion and frustration, The Juice Garden was created to serve as an alternative to the conventional fast food outlets in our cities. Our aim is to be the place to turn to in our cities when seeking a healthy alternative, we vow to make being healthy cool again. #healthyisthenewsexy – With […]
  • Slow Cooker Coconut Chilli Chicken - Just recently I have finally unboxed some of our wedding presents that had been in storage at my in-laws house until we moved in to our new home. Amongst these was a Tefal slow cooker – what a revelation! It is so satisfying to prep all the ingredients in the morning, quite literally dump them in […]
  • BBC Good Food Show Scotland 2015 Haul - Autumn has to be my favourite time of the year. I love the colours of the leaves and the crunch and crackle underfoot once they have fallen from the trees. I love blackberries. I love crisp Autumn days. And I love the BBC Good Food Show which makes its journey up to Scotland every Autumn. […]
  • Pancakes – A Recipe For Crêpes - Last month I shared the recipe my Mum passed on to me for Drop Scones, so today I am sharing the recipe my Mum used for crêpes. I have really fond memories of the family gathered round the dining table eagerly awaiting Mum dishing up a big batch of crêpes. One batch was never enough, but […]
  • Banana Leaf Glasgow – A Review - I received an exciting email a few months ago from the Wong Family inviting me for a complementary meal at the VIP relaunch party of their newly renovated restaurant, Banana Leaf. I had heard lots about Banana Leaf through my friend and fellow blogger Michelle, and have been yearning for a visit to try out the Malaysian Chinese cuisine […]
  • Nairns Oatcakes Healthy Eating For Healthy Kids & Astro Bites - A few weeks ago the postman arrived at my door with the most lovely box of goodies from Nairns. My toddler is constantly on the lookout for snacks, so I was thrilled to receive this box of oaty goodness. I have to be honest I hadn’t really thought of oatcakes as a snack option for Little Squirrel […]
  • Drop Scones - If you follow my Instagram account or are friends with me on Facebook you will have noticed that there have been a lot of pancakes being produced and consumed in the Squirrel household of late! Since we moved into our new home last year I have thoroughly enjoyed our first proper family kitchen. My favourite […]
  • An Evening At Jamie’s Italian Glasgow - I was lucky enough to be invited to a bloggers event at Jamie’s Italian in Glasgow last week for an evening of canapé-style tasters and cocktails. I have been a fan of Jamie’s Italian in Glasgow since it opened, and before I had the Little Squirrels I used to frequent it regularly. However with the […]
  • A Day at Foodies Festival Edinburgh 2015 - If you have been following my posts lately you will know I was very kindly given some tickets to giveaway to this years Foodies Festival in Edinburgh’s Inverleith Park. I was also given some day tickets to use myself. I have never been to Foodies Festival so was excited to experience it for myself as I […]
  • Foodies Festival Edinburgh Ticket Giveaway – The Winners - Well, we have our winners for the Foodies Festival Edinburgh Ticket Giveaway… Using the Random Number Generator to pick our winners, the 6th and 8th commenters on the blog post were chosen… Congratulations to Nora and Julie! I will be in touch soon by email with details on your tickets. Hope you have a great food-filled […]
  • Foodies Festival at Edinburgh Inverleith Park – Ticket Giveaway - Foodies Festival’s flagship event returns to Edinburgh Inverleith Park August 07, 08, 09, celebrating its 10th anniversary with a three-day showcase of Scotland’s finest culinary talents and regional produce as part of the Year of Food and Drink Scotland. This year’s festival is set to be even bigger than previous years, with new food and drink […]
  • The Best of BBC Good Food Show Scotland 2014 - I attended my first BBC Good Food Show last year with my Mother-In-Law & Little Squirrel. I love visiting Farmers Markets, and buying from the producer themselves, so was in my element drinking in all that was on offer. This year, I was delighted when Mr Hungry Squirrel offered to look after Little Squirrel by […]
  • When The Squirrel Met The Fox – The Hyndland Fox - There’s a new fox in town… Occupying the space that was Peckham’s on Clarence Drive in Glasgow’s West End, is The Hyndland Fox. Eggs poached to bursting point & Bloody Marys spiced just how you like for brunch. Big bowl salads, artisan coffee & grazing platters to share with friends who lunch & quality, hearty fayre washed down with […]
  • The Butchershop Bar & Grill Glasgow - Over the last few months, I have really enjoyed meeting up with some fellow bloggers and Yelpers at various events such as Yelp’s Gallery of Glasgow launch and the book launch for Three Sisters Bake new cookbook. Just the other week, a group of friendly bloggers on Twitter arranged a catch up over dinner at […]
  • The Tiki Bar & Kitsch Inn, Glasgow – A Review - Last week, I attended the book launch of Three Sisters Bake: Delectable Recipes For Every Day. It finished up just in time for dinner, so Alex & I, along with the lovely Bex from The Olive Dragonfly blog, decided to consult Yelp Glasgow for nearby hotspots! We quickly decided to head on over to The […]
  • Hotel Chocolat Giveaway – The Winner - Well, we have a winner for the Hotel Chocolat Pick Me Up Easter giveaway. Using the Random Number Generator to pick our winner, the 2nd commenter on the blog post was chosen… Congrats to Helen! Will be in touch soon by email to get your details. Hope you enjoy this delicious Easter treat! Ali xx […]
  • Three Sisters Bake – Book Launch - Last week was a busy week here at Squirrel HQ! One of the highlights of last week was being invited to the book launch of Three Sisters Bake: Delectable Recipes For Every Day at Waterstones on Sauchiehall Street in Glasgow. I brought along my friend Alex, and we had a great night catching up with other bloggers and […]
  • Giveaway – Hotel Chocolat Easter Gift - I love chocolate. I think most people do. So I am excited for my very first giveaway on the blog to be chocolate-based! Hotel Chocolat have very kindly offered to supply a deliciously chocolately prize for one of my readers. How adorable is this Pick Me Up Easter box from Hotel Chocolat? It contains 6 white praline […]
  • Bluebasil Brownies – The Perfect Gift Through The Post - I love chocolate, and I love receiving mail, so I was over the moon to receive this beautifully presented box full of fudgy, chocolatey goodness last week. I first heard of Bluebasil Brownies through Twitter a couple of years ago, and instantly thought… what a great gift idea! A lot of my friends are spread throughout England, […]
  • A Taste Of Home - I am ashamed to say I have been a little quiet on the blog here in the month of February, especially as I was voted Blogger Of The Month for February 2014 by Glasgow Blogs readers. I have my reasons though… I have spent the last 2 weeks at home in Co Down with Baby […]
  • Smarties Cookies - I haven’t made cookies in a long time. Cookies and biscuits require a steady and controlled oven temperature, so now that we have a new (normally functioning) oven, I decided to try out a recipe that my good friend Alex introduced me to. The original recipe is from the BBC Good Food website, although Alex had […]
  • Black Cherry Brownies - Well, after a fairly long break from baking (partly due to Baby Squirrel, party due to a broken oven), I decided it was time to dust off the mixing bowls and get back on it! Also it was time to put my new oven to the test… My last baking post was Triple Chocolate Raspberry […]
  • Vegetarian Chilli - I am not vegetarian myself, though eat and cook vegetarian most of the time, as I don’t want to cook separate meals for myself and Mr Hungry Squirrel (who has been vegetarian for 21 years). I am always on the lookout for super tasty vegetarian meals, though this recipe has been part of my repertoire […]
  • Pesto Bean Bake – A Vegetarian Delight - I have to Thank my good friend Alex for introducing me to this recipe. This is quite simply one of the tastiest vegetarian meals I have tried recently. I made this over the Christmas holidays for Mr Hungry Squirrel, and my Sister-In-Law and niece who are both vegetarian, and it went down a treat. Even […]
  • Chobani Yoghurt & The Perfect Guacamole - Shortly after I attended the fabulous cocktail & dinner event hosted by Chobani, I received a fabulous package in the mail from them. Inside was a hamper with a selection of Chobani yoghurts to try. If you like your yoghurt thick and luxuriously creamy, then this is the yoghurt for you.  I am definitely a […]
  • Cushion & Cake – A West End Tearoom - Last week I made my first visit to Cushion & Cake for a tea and cake date with the lovely Briony from The Glasgow Food Blog. Cushion & Cake is a friendly and inviting tearoom run by the very lovely Pamela Clocherty. It is situated on Old Dumbarton Road in Glasgow’s West End. The decor […]
  • Chobani Greek Yoghurt – Cocktail & Dinner Event Glasgow - Last week I attended a cocktail and dinner event in Glasgow’s The Corinthian hosted by Chobani. The three course dinner featured Chobani yoghurt in every course. I have to be honest this was the first time I had come across Chobani, but an online search revealed the company was founded in 2005 in America by Hamdi Ulukaya. Within […]
  • Baby Bootie Cupcakes - It is hard to believe it is nearly 6 months since Baby Squirrel entered our lives! While I was pregnant Mr Squirrel and I attended the NCT antenatal classes in Glasgow’s West End. We couldn’t make our NHS antenatal classes, so on the recommendation of a friend, we booked on to the NCT antenatal course. […]
  • Tomato & Spinach Daal - Mr Squirrel has been vegetarian for 21 years now, so I am always looking for new tasty vegetarian recipes to try. I recently bought Vegetarian by Alice Hart. This is a beautiful book, with many new recipes to try. However, the first recipe I decided to try was her Tomato & Spinach Daal. I thought […]
  • Birds Of A Feather Photo Shoot – Cakes & Cookies - Just over a year ago I received an email from a group of wedding professionals explaining that they were planning a post-wedding celebration photo shoot for Mandy & Mark. They asked if I would be interested in providing a cake for the shoot. The theme for the shoot was to include birds and subtle shades […]
  • Cupcakes For A Baby Shower - I have finally dusted off my sugarcraft kit after a period of extreme sickness during pregnancy, followed by the birth of our beautiful baby daughter. One of my childhood friends, Sonia, was having a baby shower this weekend, so I decided this was the perfect opportunity to make some cupcakes. Sonia has kept the sex […]
  • Triple Chocolate & Raspberry Brownies - So, we are still waiting for Baby Squirrel to make an appearance… Yesterday I was 2 days overdue, and felt the urge for some comfort food… what better than a super indulgent, moist and fudgy chocolate brownie! I love chocolate, and there are days when I just can’t decide if I want dark, milk or […]
  • Cinnamon & Raisin Loaf - I’m back! For regular readers, you may have noticed it has been sometime since I updated this blog. I can now tell you that shortly after my last post (June 2012), I found out that Mr Hungry Squirrel and I were expecting our first child. This was the best news, and we were both over […]
  • My Week With Paul Bradford – 5 Day Intensive Cake Decorating Course - I definitely have the cake decorating bug! What started out, last year, as a cupcake obsession has now graduated into a fully fledged love of celebration cake decorating. So far, I have just dipped my toe in to the water of celebration cakes, and feel I still have a lot to learn. I have found the […]
  • Happy Father’s Day Cake - Tomorrow I begin my 5 day cake decorating course at Paul Bradford’s Sugarcraft School. I am so excited to learn more about creating special celebration cakes. I tackled my first celebration cake at Christmas just past, and since then I am pleased with what I have achieved, though am keen to improve my technique, and […]
  • New Home Cake - A few weeks ago, one of my work colleagues asked me if I could make her a New Home cake as a gift for friends who were moving into a new home. As I am about to embark on a 5 day intensive cake decorating course next week at Paul Bradford’s Sugarcraft School, I was […]
  • Total Food Geeks Glasgow - This post is a little different from my usual baking-related posts, but I had to share my thoughts on the first ever meeting of Total Food Geeks Glasgow. A few months ago Graeme, of A Scots Larder, got in touch to let me know he was thinking of setting up a Glasgow branch of  Total Food […]
  • Cupcakes For Baby Ella - Isn’t social networking great? I have recently had the pleasure of meeting with some lovely people I have been chatting with on Twitter through our shared love of baking at a Charity Cupcake Bake-Off in Edinburgh. About a year and a half ago I was contacted on Facebook by Jill, who I hadn’t seen in over […]
  • Spring Flowers Cupcakes - Today I attended a Cupcake Bake-Off at Sofi’s Bar in Edinburgh, to raise money for the MS Society. The event was planned by 3 very lovely Edinburgh Cake Ladies; Fiona, Katey and Victoria. I had a lovely afternoon. I met some lovely people who love to bake as much as I do, and sampled some […]
  • A Birthday Cake For Fiona - Last night Mr Hungry Squirrel and I went out for dinner to celebrate my Mother-In-Law’s birthday. I decided to make a birthday cake for Fiona as part of her birthday present. The inspiration for this cake was Fiona’s engagement ring, which features a beautiful flower of aquamarine petals. The cake itself was a classic Victoria […]
  • Delia’s Squidgy Chocolate Log - Regular readers will be aware that, inspired by the Edinburgh Cake Ladies and the West Lothian Baking Club, I have recently set up the Glasgow Baking Club. We had our very first meeting on Sunday April 01. The theme for the first meeting was Your Favourite Bakes. This was a no-brainer for me… it had […]
  • St Mirren Cupcakes - I have to confess, I am not really a football fan… but, I am married to one, a lifelong St Mirren fan at that. As part of Mr Hungry Squirrel’s “big” birthday celebrations, I baked him a chocolate celebration cake, but couldn’t resist baking him some St Mirren – themed cupcakes. As usual, I used […]
  • Mr Hungry Squirrel’s Big Birthday - Mr Hungry Squirrel celebrated a rather significant birthday at the beginning of March. A special birthday called for some special cakes…! I have limited experience in decorating celebration cakes… my first was last year’s Christmas Cake. However, I have recently attended an Introduction To Cake Decorating evening class at a local college, and have picked […]
  • Little Bunny Cupcakes - Mr Hungry Squirrel and I spent last week in Co Kerry & Co Cork visiting friends and family. My eldest brother lives in Fermoy, Co Cork with his wife, and 3 beautiful daughters; Daisy, Meadhbh, and Rosaleen. On my last visit to Co Cork, I brought the girls a batch of my Hello Kitty Cupcakes. These went […]
  • Valentine’s Day Cupcakes - Happy Valentine’s Day! Saint Valentine’s Day, in modern times, is most often celebrated with the exchange of greeting cards, flowers, and confectionery. I present to you my Valentine’s Day Cupcakes – Hungry Squirrel Cakes’ version of confectionery and flowers! I decorated my vanilla cupcakes with some elegant curved hearts on a miniature swirl of buttercream, […]
  • Heavenly Chocolate & Raspberry Cake - It’s February, and Valentine’s Day is just round the corner. So I decided to bake a decadent, romantic cake, rich with dark chocolate, complimented by fresh, fun raspberries. This is a goody! The cake was beautifully rich and moist, almost fudgey in consistency, and the raspberries through the ganache really zinged on the tongue. This […]
  • Cupcakes & Roses… Lessons With Mrs Jones - Last year I attended a local evening class on cupcake decoration, which was great for getting me started with the basics of working with sugarpaste… Since then I have enjoyed creating different cupcakes for friends and family, such as my pretty little girly cupcakes and baby shower cupcakes. However, I am keen to learn more about […]
  • O Canada!… Maple Syrup Cake Weekly Bake-Off - So, regular readers may have noticed it has been a while since I published a Weekly Bake-Off post. I was thrilled last Monday when I saw the Weekly Bake-Off challenge… Maple Syrup Cake. Well, my little heart skipped a beat. Those who know me personally will know I have spent two decades dreaming of life in […]
  • Fiona’s Tea Loaf - So, with every January comes New Year Resolutions. I have to be honest, I am not big on New Year Resolutions, due to the low willpower threshold I have mentioned previously. However, like most people, I have great intentions to eat less, exercise more, and live a healthier life. This recipe is a vein attempt […]
  • WPScotland’s 1st Birthday Cupcakes - A few weeks ago Martin from WPScotland asked me to make some cupcakes to celebrate WPScotland‘s first birthday. WPScotland was founded by Martin Young and Taryn Wallis. It is a nationwide network of WordPress bloggers, users, developers and designers. Their main aim is to bring these groups together, and foster a community that supports each […]
  • Raspberry & Orange Cupcakes - Happy New Year followers! The Christmas & New Year season was a busy one. Mr Hungry Squirrel and I had a lovely time catching up with friends and family, as I hope you all did too! I am most definitely finding my baking feet after a bit of a break from blogging over the festive […]
  • Happy Christmas! - Many Thanks for following my blog! Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas! With love and best wishes, Ali xx
  • Weekly Bake-Off Secret Santa… Thankyou Nelly! - In November the lovely Amy from Weekly Bake-Off announced she was organising a Secret Santa for the Weekly Bake-Off participants. I signed up straight away, and last week I baked and sent my Secret Santa gift on it’s way to my designated recipient. Then, I eagerly awaited the arrival of my own Secret Santa gift… I was anxious […]
  • My Christmas Cake… Chocolate & Guinness Fruit Cake - I have had great fun lately creating beautiful cupcakes, and novelty-shaped fudge… However, I want to graduate to celebration cakes, and in January 2012 I have enrolled on an 8 week Introduction To Cake Decorating course. I just can’t wait to get started, so decided it was time to roll up my sleeves, bake, and […]
  • More Fudge - Last night I made some more fudge for a colleague, who had asked me to make her a batch to give to her family as part of their Christmas present. This time, it was perfect on first attempt! I received some lovely comments on the blog, and on Twitter, on the Scottie – shaped fudge, […]
  • Dan Lepard’s Soft Vanilla Fudge - Most of my friends on Twitter have been raving about a new cook book, Short & Sweet – The Best of Home Baking, by Dan Lepard. I thought about asking for it for Christmas, but in the end I just went ahead and bought it. In the words of my brother, Keith, I have the […]
  • Food Bloggers Unplugged - Earlier today I was tagged by the lovely Nelly of Nelly’s Cupcakes to take part in Food Bloggers Unplugged… the persona behind the blog. So if you want to find out more about the gal behind Hungry Squirrel Cakes, read on! What or who inspired you to start your blog? OK, so I am fairly […]
  • Anne Møller’s Irish Wheaten Bread - So before I met the lovely Mr McKenzie I was Alison Møller… Anne Møller is my Mum. Sadly I lost my Mum 5 years ago now. I miss her every day. My love of baking most definitely comes from my Mum, and some of my earliest memories are of helping Mum out in the kitchen. […]
  • Chocolate Orange Chunk Cookies – The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap - So, at the end of October this year, the Twitterati started tweeting about The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap, organised by food bloggers Love & Olive Oil, and The Little Kitchen. In the words of Lindsay from Love & Olive Oil, here’s how it works… “The premise is this: sign up. Receive the addresses of three […]
  • Black Forest Cake Weekly Bake-Off - Here at Hungry Squirrel Cakes, I have had one busy week. First, I had to contend with the day job, 2 nights out on the trot at the weekend, baking and decorating a dozen cupcakes for a 40th birthday for one of these nights out, and finally baking and posting 3 dozen cookies for The Great Food […]
  • Chocolate Banana Loaf – a.k.a. Happy Cake - OK, so most of my friends will recognise this one. This is a real winner of a recipe, it always receives great praise, and never lasts long! I have to dedicate this post to my ex-colleague, Andy. I have never seen anyone enjoy my baking as much as Andy enjoyed this Chocolate Banana Loaf. So […]
  • Fifteens.. a taste of home - As a girl from Northern Ireland living in Glasgow, sometimes I feel a little homesick. Mostly, I miss my Dad and his little Scottish Terrier, Archie. I also miss friends at home, and the Northern Irish people and their craic! My Dad lives near a town called Moira, Co Down. The thing I miss most […]
  • Pretty Little Girly Cupcakes -   My friends all know I have a bit of a soft spot for all things floral, often in dress-form, so I couldn’t resist the opportunity to make these pretty little cupcakes! I found this party dress cutter  and vintage vine embossing sheet from Purple Cupcakes online shop. I think these make great toppers for pretty […]
  • Choc & Vanilla Marble Loaf Weekly Bake-Off - It’s Weekly Bake-Off time again, and it’s another chocolate-based one… perfect! As this is part of the Weekly Bake-Off, this recipe is from Mary Berry’s 100 Cakes & Bakes. I made a slight tweak to the method. The method suggests that you randomly spoon the vanilla and chocolate cake mixtures into the tin to create the […]
  • Hello Kitty Cupcakes -   Last weekend my husband and I spent the weekend in Fermoy, Co Cork with my brother, his wife, and their 3 beautiful girls, Daisy, Meadhbh & baby Rosaleen. I love my nieces, they love Hello Kitty, so I decided to make them some Hello Kitty Cupcakes. They went down a treat… Here’s how I […]
  • Chocolate Fudge Cake Weekly Bake-Off -   This week I celebrated my birthday. What better way to celebrate than with a Chocolate Fudge Cake! The original recipe has a layer of chocolate ganache in the middle of the 2 sponges, and a layer on top. I decided to increase the quantities for the ganache from the original recipe in order to […]
  • Waves Across The Danube Cake (Donauwellen) - So it started with a trip to The Yarn Cake, Scotland’s only dedicated knitting cafe, which is within a stone’s throw from my flat. My husband and I, along with his parents, were out for our regular Sunday morning Coffee & Cake. We hadn’t been to The Yarn Cake before, so we decided to give […]
  • Apple & Cinnamon Cake Weekly Bake-Off - So, it’s time for the Weekly Bake-Off Challenge again. This week I was thrilled to hear it was Apple & Cinnamon Cake… perfect for this time of year. I love the memories that food can evoke! Apples at this time of year remind me of my Mum making Apple Sponge Pudding for Halloween when I […]
  • Halloween Cupcakes -   Hallowe’en is coming soon, Pumpkins we must buy. Make a Jack-o’Lantern, Bake a pumpkin pie. Hallowe’en is coming soon, Feel it in the air. Witches ride on broomsticks, Ghosts hide ev’rywhere. Hallowe’en is coming soon, Goblins chasing you! As you round the corner, One of them says, “Boo!” Written By: Marcella Mendel, Music By: […]
  • Mixed Berry Meringue Roulade Weekly Bake-Off - Last Monday I was thrilled to hear a little thud as the post fell through my letterbox. Mr Postman had brought me my copy of Mary Berry’s 100 Cakes & Bakes. I was now fully armed and ready for every challenge Weekly Bake-Off would set. I was also excited by this week’s choice of Weekly Bake-Off […]
  • Baby Shower Cupcakes - One of my husband’s colleagues is finishing work soon to have her first baby, so I decided to make her some cupcakes to celebrate! Recently I found these cute little bunny rabbit and teddy bear cutters online. I have been itching for an opportunity to use them, so thought Baby Shower Cupcakes was the perfect […]
  • The Battenburg Bake-Off Weekly Bake-Off -   So, last week’s Weekly Bake-Off challenge was the Battenburg Cake. Thankfully, this had just been featured on the Great British Bake-Off Masterclass programme, which I had recorded, so I had the lovely Mary Berry to refer to on the V+ Box for hints and tips! On the programme, Mary did a twist on the […]
  • The Lansdowne Big Bake Off For Macmillan Cancer Support -   It was a few weeks ago on Twitter that I noticed a local bar, The Lansdowne, was hosting a Bake Off for Macmillan’s Big Coffee Morning on Friday September 30 2011. As I have been on a drive to improve my home-baking, I thought this was a great opportunity to get some feedback on […]
  • Sugarpaste Carrots - In my previous post I made a Carrot Cake. Now the majority of Carrot Cakes include nuts in the cake itself, and are often covered in nuts as part of their decoration. My lovely husband has a nut allergy so the traditional nut-based decor is out for me. So I decided to have a go […]
  • Carrot Cake (nut-free version) Weekly Bake-Off - As a keen home-baker, hoping to improve and expand my baking skills, I have found Twitter a great place to discuss baking tips, recipes, and tutorials. This weekend I decided I would like to try a Carrot Cake recipe, and @WeeklyBakeOff kindly answered my request on Twitter for a good recipe. Recently, I have been following @WeeklyBakeOff on […]
  • Hello Home-Bakers… - OK folks, I am new to the blogging world, but thought it was about time I had a place to share my adventures in home baking. I have had a love of baking from an early age, Thanks to my late Mum, who always had our cupboards stocked up with home-baked delights! Some of my […]

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