Chocolate and Blackcurrant Heart Cake

February 14th is Valentine’s Day so, along with millions of others, I was looking for ways to celebrate. I was keen to bake a cake and it had to involve chocolate and something to do with love or hearts so I decided to experiment with a heart shaped silicone cake pan. I baked a chocolate sponge … Continue reading

Gluten Free St. Clement’s Cake

It’s so cold outside I’ve been very thankful to be inside baking this week! I was asked to bake a cake for a friend with orange and lemon and it had to be gluten free. The cake is half orange, half lemon and I’ve named it  St. Clement’s cake after the children’s rhyme ‘Oranges and Lemons’. The gluten free flour gives … Continue reading

Lusciously Lemon and White Chocolate Cupcakes

Ingredients:- 100g Butter, softened 110g Caster Sugar 120g Self-Raising Flour 2 Teaspoons Cornflour 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder 3 Medium Eggs, beaten 2 Tablespoons Whole Milk Zest 1 Lemon 100g White Chocolate Chips For Lemon Curd Topping:- Zest and Juice of 1 Lemon 50g Butter 200g Caster Sugar 2 Medium Eggs, beaten For Buttercream Topping:- 150g … Continue reading

Last minute edible Christmas gifts

I love to give edible gifts as they are made with love and very personal. This year I’ve baked brownies and cupcakes, they look so pretty in presentation boxes. I’ve tried lots of chocolate brownie recipes but I always come back to Hummingbird Bakery’s recipe as it really is the best. Brownies should be richly chocolatey with … Continue reading

Chocolate Surprise Halloween Cake

This cake is a devilish mix of rich dark chocolate, lime and chilli – just perfect for Halloween! I baked it in two small semi-spherical cake tins and stuck them together with chocolate buttercream. I then covered the whole cake with chocolate buttercream and roll-out fondant – coloured to look like a dark sky. I … Continue reading

Great British Bake Off – Entremets

This year’s series of The Great British Bake Off has now sadly finished but I have a few bakes still to try. I was unable to keep up with the challenges that the intrepid bakers in the ‘Bake Off’ tent managed but have been inspired to continue to try lots of new bakes. The semi final … Continue reading

Fruity Christmas Crumble

Sometimes the simplest things give the greatest pleasure and a simple fruit crumble always pleases me. I often experiment with different fruits and different topping mixes and I’d like to share my Fruity Christmas Crumble… Ingredients: 2 Medium Bramley Apples 1 Tablespoon Golden Syrup 2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice 1 Tablespoon Fruity Mincemeat ( Or any … Continue reading

Great British Bake Off Advanced Dough

Episode 8 of The Great British Bake Off saw the bakers challenged with ‘Advanced Dough’. Paul Hollywood boasted of having made 30,000-40,000 doughnuts and officially became King of all doughnut makers; Nancy used a microwave to prove her dough; and the Technical Challenge was once again a bake which most people had never heard of … Continue reading

Baking with a Luxury Food Hamper

…..or ‘How to turn a Luxury Food Hamper into a Christmas Party!’ I’m sorry to start talking about Christmas already but this year I’m planning to be ahead of the game. I’ve tried to do Christmas, over the years, in a variety of ways – the nonchalant last minute ‘do it all in one go’ … Continue reading