Strawberry swiss roll

Just to add to it’s other joys, 2021 has given the UK an utterly rubbish summer so far, full of rain, humidity, and seemingly only occasional sunshine. While good for gardens, it’s not good for my hair (currently visible from space), nor is it good for barbecues. To compensate for this a delicious pud is… Continue reading Strawberry swiss roll

Persian love cake

Persians may well love cake, but I love cake too, and I love this one because it’s a mix of pistachio and rose flavours (two of my favourite flavours), lemon and orange, and it satisfies my love of all things pink and green. No need to make it in a bundt tin really, although that… Continue reading Persian love cake

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

Christmas cake

I absolutely love making our Christmas cake each year and have always used the same recipe, although this year I didn’t have any brandy so it’s flavoured with rum. And not just any rum mind you, it’s Don Papa rum so the cake has all kinds of vanilla, honey, and cinnamon flavours wafting around it.… Continue reading Christmas cake

Chocolate cake

There’s chocolate cakes, and then there’s chocolate cakes, and then there’s THIS chocolate cake. It’s really chocolatey, and that makes it a winner in my book. My daughter requested a chocolate cake for her 14th birthday, so this is what I made and she was very happy indeed. Oh and I’ve just had a piece… Continue reading Chocolate cake

Cupcakes

Well hello there cupcake, how are you? Growing up in the UK we had the daintier, way less indulgent fairy cake, but when cupcakes arrived in the early 2000’s we all went nuts for these sugary beasts. This is my standard vanilla recipe, but I’ve made many different versions – rose, chocolate, passionfruit, carrot, pistachio,… Continue reading Cupcakes

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

Chocolate cake crinkle cookies

These bite size cookies are utterly amazing. Easy to make, no fancy ingredients, they make a spectacular pre-breakfast with a cup of coffee, and they taste like mouthfuls of chocolate cake. The recipe is from the always reliable BBC Good Food website via a friend’s teenage daughter who loves to bake. Nice one Alice! Makes… Continue reading Chocolate cake crinkle cookies

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