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Rose and pistachio cake

Rose and pistachio cake

Out with the old and in with new, welcome 2017! There is a wonderful newness in the air, the festive decorations are back in the loft and the Christmas tree casually tossed in the alley way down the side of the house (however, the left over Xmas treats continue to sit, never-ending, in the cupboard. Twiglets? Pretzels? Cheesy Footballs anyone?). So many new years resolutions made that will most likely be broken within the month (or in my case, within the day. I always promise this is the year I will cut down on sugar. Or I will stop picking on bits left in the fridge after work. Totally unrealistic expectations). I  get a bit fed up with all the festive baking, it is all pretty repetitive so I bypassed Xmas this year on Hollylovescake and decided to hold out until the new year with some fresh baking to start getting a bit excited about Spring being around the corner (OK, maybe a little early seen as it is only January but gotta have something to look forward to).

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Baking Cake Gluten free Vegetable

Gluten free pistachio and carrot cupcakes

Gluten free pistachio and carrot cupcakes

Sometimes, I have oodles of ideas spinning around in my mind for cakes. And then other days, meh, not so much. I was struggling a bit this week after spending the past couple of weeks lost in a blur of market stall planning. What shall I bake? What price should I charge? Will anyone buy my cakes? What font should I use on my banners? (For new readers, I will be launching my first market stall in Ascot on 18th October!) I think I have a good list of cakes I am going to bake, a nice selection of vegan and gluten free with one or two ‘normal’ cakes, perhaps a couple of cookie options too. Whilst making the shortlist of possible bakes, I revisited some old recipes from this blog and rediscovered these delightful gluten free pistachio and carrot cupcakes! I posted them over a year ago and since then my photography skills have come on in leaps and bounds. Since I was lacking in ideas, I though I would try them again but with way better photographs and wow, they did not disappoint! So much so, they made it onto my final list for market day!

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Pistachio and raspberry loveliness

Pistachio and raspberry cake

OK so I have sat here for ages (I say ages, probably more like 30 seconds) trying to marry the words ‘pistachio’ and ‘raspberry’ together in a Brangelina (Brad and Angelina, obvs) way to make pistachio and raspberry cake sound a bit more interesting/hip/Hollywood. However, the best conjoined word I could come up with was Rastachio which sounds like a rasta with a moustache. Not something that sounds particularly scrumptious so instead I got rid of the cake and replaced with the perfect descriptive word for this bake, loveliness…

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