Pancake Cupcakes with Lemon Buttercream Frosting and Syrup {Gluten Free}

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British style pancakes, but not as you know them! Fluffy pancake batter baked into pancake cupcakes, topped with mini pancakes, zesty lemon buttercream frosting and a thick lemon sugar syrup. A new and delicious way to enjoy pancakes this Pancake Day!

Pancake Cupcakes with Lemon Buttercream Frosting and Syrup - British style pancakes, but not as you know them! Fluffy pancake batter baked into cupcake form, topped with mini pancakes, zesty lemon buttercream frosting and a thick lemon sugar syrup. A new and delicious way to enjoy pancakes this Pancake Day!

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Pancake Day, Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras… whatever you call it, it’s a day celebrated and marked across the world. It comes the day before Ash Wednesday, the day that Lent starts, and this year it falls in February 28th – this coming Tuesday. Traditionally it’s the day you get ready for fasting by using up all your staples in your kitchen and one last chance to gorge on what you will be giving up for Lent. In the UK, we traditionally have pancakes because it’s a simple way to use up eggs, flour and sugar – hence why we call it “Pancake Day”. Of course, it’s not entirely necessary these days as most people don’t fully fast for Lent, rather we just give up one of our vices, but traditions are still fun to have right? 

Pancake Cupcakes with Lemon Buttercream Frosting and Syrup - British style pancakes, but not as you know them! Fluffy pancake batter baked into cupcake form, topped with mini pancakes, zesty lemon buttercream frosting and a thick lemon sugar syrup. A new and delicious way to enjoy pancakes this Pancake Day!

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Strawberry and Thyme Slushie Cocktails

These Strawberry and Thyme Slushie Cocktails are not only gorgeous, they’re totally delicious too. Sweet strawberries are muddled with aromatic thyme and white rum, add some crushed strawberry ice and soda water and you have the perfect Valentine’s Day cocktail to share with your sweetheart. It’s so easy to make, with a little help from your Vitamix!

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Disclaimer: Vitamix sent me their Total Nutrition Centre Blender to create wonderful recipes for you. All words and opinions, as always, are my own.

Strawberry & Thyme Slushie Cocktails - These Strawberry and Thyme Slushie Cocktails are not only gorgeous, they're totally delicious too. Sweet strawberries are muddled with aromatic thyme and white rum, add some crushed strawberry ice and soda water and you have the perfect Valentine's Day cocktail to share with your sweetheart.

Love is taking over Giraffes Can Bake at the moment, and I am a-okay with that! Valentine’s Day seems to be a bit of a marmite holiday, and I am one of the lovers! Sure, you could say it’s a commercial  holiday exploited by Hallmark and chocolate companies but it’s also about love, and what’s wrong with that? A day to celebrate love, in all forms, is a day I’m a fan of. You don’t need to buy into the commercial side of it to celebrate love. And in this often scary and sad world, I think we all need a day where we take that extra step to tell the people we care about that we love them and wouldn’t be about them. So yes, I am firmly in the pro-Valentine’s Day camp. 

Strawberry & Thyme Slushie Cocktails - These Strawberry and Thyme Slushie Cocktails are not only gorgeous, they're totally delicious too. Sweet strawberries are muddled with aromatic thyme and white rum, add some crushed strawberry ice and soda water and you have the perfect Valentine's Day cocktail to share with your sweetheart.

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Brownie Sundae for Two {Gluten Free}

The most delicious way to wow your Valentine this year! This Gluten Free Skillet Brownie Sundae is made especially for two to share (loving gazes across the sundae are optional). Amaretto soaked cherries are baked into a fudgy, chocolate skillet brownie, which is then topped with an easy, no-churn salted caramel ice cream and amaretto caramel sauce. It’s then finished off with delicious fresh berries for the most amazing brownie sundae you could ever want. And the best part? It’s made right in your Vitamix blender and takes no time at all!

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Disclaimer: Vitamix sent me their Total Nutrition Centre Blender to create wonderful recipes for you. All words and opinions, as always, are my own.
Brownie Sundae for Two - The most delicious way to wow your Valentine this year! This Gluten Free Skillet Brownie Sundae is made especially for two to share (loving gazes across the sundae are optional). Amaretto soaked cherries are baked into a fudgy, chocolate skillet brownie, which is then topped with an easy, no-churn salted caramel ice cream and amaretto caramel sauce. It’s then finished off with delicious fresh berries for the most amazing brownie sundae you could ever want. And the best part? It’s made right in your Vitamix blender and takes no time at all! Love is in the air! Or is that just our tummy’s rumbling? Whatever it is, I have just the thing for you!

This Gluten Free Skillet Brownie Sundae for Two is so incredible, I think it could be classified as a love potion. If you serve this deliciousness to your Valentine on Tuesday I can almost guarantee they won’t be able to help falling madly in love with you! They say a way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, and I think that’s true of women too – and the effects are increased if there’s also chocolate, booze, caramel and ice cream. You can’t argue with these scientific facts I just made up!

Brownie Sundae for Two - The most delicious way to wow your Valentine this year! This Gluten Free Skillet Brownie Sundae is made especially for two to share (loving gazes across the sundae are optional). Amaretto soaked cherries are baked into a fudgy, chocolate skillet brownie, which is then topped with an easy, no-churn salted caramel ice cream and amaretto caramel sauce. It’s then finished off with delicious fresh berries for the most amazing brownie sundae you could ever want. And the best part? It’s made right in your Vitamix blender and takes no time at all!

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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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The Best Recipes of 2016

15 of the most popular recipes in 2016!  Delicious cakes, indulgent desserts, scrummy cookies, and amazing cocktails – Giraffes Can Bake had a very tasty year! Here are the 15 recipes you lovely readers loved the most!

Giraffes Can Bake's Best of 2016 - 15 of the most popular recipes in 2016! Delicious cakes, indulgent desserts, scrummy cookies, and amazing cocktails – Giraffes Can Bake had a very tasty year! Here are the 15 recipes you lovely readers loved the most!

2016! What a year! There’s been a lot of ups and downs, but overall it’s been a pretty good year for me. I experimented a lot more with my second love, mixology, and you guys loved it as much as I did – 6 of the most popular recipes this year were cocktails! There will definitely be more to come in 2017, I can’t wait to get mixing! I also learned to bake gluten free, which was a big, and often frustrating, challenge but I mastered it in the end – 5 of the top 15 recipes were gluten free, I’m glad you liked them as much as I did!  Let’s take a look at the 15 recipes you loved the most in 2016, in no particular order…

  1. Gluten Free Cookie Dough Salted Caramel Brownie Bombs

Gluten Free Cookie Dough Brownie Bombs with Salted Caramel - These Cookie Dough Brownie Bombs with Salted Caramel are indulgence on top of decadence! Eggless chocolate chip cookie dough is dipped in salted caramel, then enclosed in chocolate salted caramel brownies, and dipped in chocolate. They're gluten free, so easy to make and absolutely to die for!

These were the first of gluten free baking successes – and it definitely started my 2016 gluten free baking with a delicious bang! They’re egg free cookie dough, dipped in salted caramel, wrapped in brownie and covered in chocolate! Holy awesomeness batman! I mean you can’t go wrong with these little balls of heaven, especially since they’re so easy to make!

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