Victoria sponge with fruits

A classic cake, with added fruit to at least make it feel like it’s a good idea. But cake is always a good idea, right? Ingredients Cake: 200g unsalted butter / stork 200g caster sugar 3 large eggs 200g self raising flour 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 or 2 tbsp milk Icing: 40g soft unsalted… Continue reading Victoria sponge with fruits

Vanilla cheesecake

All the credit goes to BBC Good Food, however my daughter took one bite of this cheesecake and said “Mummy, you’re a genius” so I’m going to pretend that I made it up (at least when she’s around). Stewed plums are entirely optional, but I feel that some kind of fruit is necessary to try… Continue reading Vanilla cheesecake

Carrot cake

This cake is one of my favourite ever cakes, in part because it’s the cake I made for my daughter’s first birthday, well over a decade ago. But also because it’s the kind of cake you hope you’re getting when you order a piece of cake. It’s absolutely yummy and the only carrot cake recipe… Continue reading Carrot cake

Banana bread

Every time I see a couple of bananas that are looking rather sorry for themselves, I whip up one of these. I’ve also been known to make several at once and then discover them in the freezer after forgetting about them entirely (result!). Delicious as is, you could zhuzh it up with some cream cheese… Continue reading Banana bread

Lemon drizzle cake

Is it time for second breakfast yet? NOW PLEASE. I love a bit of lemon drizzle. At the risk of sounding completely 2020 I made this while on a work Zoom call (with video on), which I like to think of as a public service to break the endless staring at faces we’ve all been… Continue reading Lemon drizzle cake

Pistachio, Lemon + Rosemary cake

Now don’t let the rosemary bit put you off – my husband likes it, but my daughter doesn’t and it can simply be left out. Then you’ll have a super moist Pistachio & Lemon cake which (lets face it) won’t exactly be hard to eat. The recipe is from Sabrina Ghayour’s superb new book Simply,… Continue reading Pistachio, Lemon + Rosemary cake

Blueberry Muffins

This is Mary Berry’s recipe, and let’s face it, if Mezza Bezza says this is how to make blueberry muffins, well, This Is How To Make Blueberry Muffins. Blueberries are super ripe right now, so the ones that don’t get scoffed in handfuls straight from the fridge whenever I open the door are being turned… Continue reading Blueberry Muffins

Mango mousse cake

Ok so this one isn’t simple, and it isn’t quick, but it is delicious. Mangoes are my second favourite fruit (after raspberries) and this is mangolicous. It needs to set in the fridge overnight so it’s one to make ahead of time, although you could just make the bavarois (the mousse bit) and eat it… Continue reading Mango mousse cake

Nectarine + Almond cake

A fabulous yet simple recipe from Mastering the Art of Baking by Anneka Manning, this cake is wonderful. I love it as is with a coffee for second breakfast, while my family prefer it with a slurp of cream. Ingredients 125g soft unsalted butter (I use stork for cakes) 110g caster sugar 2 large eggs… Continue reading Nectarine + Almond cake

Damp Lemon + Almond cake

This is from Nigella’s book ‘How to be a domestic goddess’ which is one of my most used cookbooks. Her recipes never fail, and this one is great for the almond obsessed (me!). I’ve added the buttercream icing & decorations because my family don’t seem to understand un-iced cakes. Philistines. Ingredients Cake: 225g soft unsalted… Continue reading Damp Lemon + Almond cake