Easy chocolate cake

This is my go-to chocolate cake that is guaranteed to make my chocoholic family very happy indeed. Leave out the chocolate elements and switch the sugar to caster and you pretty much have my standard vanilla cake recipe, and it’s the same recipe that’s been in my head since I was a child. Back then… Continue reading Easy chocolate cake

Oreo chocolate tofu tart

As unlikely as it seems, I promise that you won’t realise that you’re eating tofu when you’re licking the plate clean after eating this tart. It’s utterly smooth, creamy, and moreish, and as an added bonus it’s quick and easy to make. Inspiration came from a recent BBQ with friends where someone explained how to… Continue reading Oreo chocolate tofu tart

Chewy brown sugar cookies

Me Want Cookies. I know how Cookie Monster feels, because me generally (always) do want cookies. Actually my favourite biscuit is probably a custard cream, but this cookie is absolutely excellent in its caramelly toffee chewiness, plus the dough is also rather wonderful chopped up and mixed into vanilla ice-cream, so it’s one that I… Continue reading Chewy brown sugar cookies

Cinnamon rolls

Well these lasted all of about 5 minutes before they’d all been scoffed, they are THAT GOOD. They take a bit of effort, time wise, but there’s no crazy equipment or skills needed. The trick is to do most of the work during the day before the day you want to eat them, then in… Continue reading Cinnamon rolls

Simnel Slice

Or, as I like to think of it, simnel cake without the cake for those who don’t like fruitcake, but still want the utter excellentness that is marzipan at Easter. Making your own pastry is entirely optional and will save you an hour ish of making / chilling time (but it’s not hard to make).… Continue reading Simnel Slice

Easter nest cake

🎵 Oh I wish it could be Easter everyday 🎵 Wait, sorry, wrong holiday. However as my husband is a complete chocoholic I suspect this song is in his head most of the time. He looooooooves this cake, because it is a chocolately delight. It’s a flourless sponge which rises in the oven then falls… Continue reading Easter nest cake

Rose + pistachio macarons

It’s the return of one of my favourite flavour combinations here, rose + pistachio, this time in macaron form as a present for my wonderful Mother on Mother’s Day, because she’s really lovely (and also reading this. Hi! 💕). If you look at the photo you’ll see that a) I can’t get the tops of… Continue reading Rose + pistachio macarons

Red wine onion gravy

Way way way back in 1999, we spent Millennium Eve in London partying with my younger sister and a bunch of her friends, and the evening started with this meal (it ended up by Tower Bridge watching fireworks and dancing the night away). Anyway, what we learnt that night is that it’s all about the… Continue reading Red wine onion gravy

Coffee cake

Yum, yummy yum, yummy yum. I love coffee, and I love cake. Making a cake like this one makes me very happy – it’s a real find-it-in-a-National-Trust-cafe / village-fete-WI-cake-stall kind of cake, the kind of cake that makes you sit down with a cup of tea or coffee and just enjoy eating a hearty slice.… Continue reading Coffee cake

Ginger loaf cake

This is the perfect Working From Home cake – it goes exceedingly well with a cup of coffee around 10.30am (aka second breakfast) when it’s time for a little something, and its not too, well, cake like, so you don’t feel quite so bad munching it. It’s best eaten the day after it’s made so… Continue reading Ginger loaf cake