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

Lemon Griestorte

Last week was European Cake Week on Great British Bake off. We saw Yeast Leavened Cake, Kugelhopfs, Savarins and Tortes and the final challenge was Mary Berry’s Prinsesstarta . I was slightly unsure where to start baking – not too sure what was a Kugelhopf and what was a Savarin; and slightly unnerved by the … Continue reading

Chocca Mocca Traybake

This is a simple, lightly coffee sponge tray-bake with a chocolate topping and sprinkled with toasted nuts. I tried a ‘Cappuccino’ cake at a cake sale and it was absolutely delicious so I thought I’d try to replicate it. However, it had a white chocolate, buttercream type topping, sprinkled with chocolate powder. My cake turned … Continue reading

5 fun ways to decorate your cake!

The Artistry of Baking 5 fun ways to decorate your cake If you ask a stranger if they rather like cooking or baking, his answer is most likely going to be cooking. People who prefer cooking will all agree with food writer Danielle Oteri that following directions and exact measurements is a pain. Although both are … Continue reading

Triple Chocolate Cupcakes

These cupcakes are deliciously moist and chocolatey! The topping is made with soft cheese and chocolate which gives a lightness and ensures that the whole thing isn’t too rich. They are perfect for an Easter treat and could, of course, have added decorations for extra scrumptiousness :) Triple Chocolate Cupcakes Ingredients 90g Butter, softened 150g … Continue reading

Lovely Lemony Layer Cake for Mothers’ Day

This is a lovely lemony drizzle layer cake filled with fresh cream and lemon curd and then covered with buttercream and decorated. Find the recipe for the cake here To make the buttercream beat 200g soft cheese, 50g butter and a tiny dot of your chosen food colouring. To make lemon buttercream, add the zest … Continue reading

Valentine’s Day Chocolate Cupcakes

For a Valentine’s Day treat take an ordinary chocolate cupcake and make it extraordinary with some simple decorations! You can find a chocolate cupcake recipe here:- Fearne’s Chocolate Cupcakes with Buttercream Topping by @FoodNetwork_UK To decorate your cupcakes roll out some coloured sugar-paste – I used red and white. I used three different sized heart … Continue reading

Gorgeous Giant Cupcakes

Giant cupcakes are fabulous for a tea party celebration – they are fairly easy to bake and decorate and can look and taste simply amazing. Ruth Clemens, at the Pink Whisk has a great Vanilla Giant Cupcake Recipe and shows how to bake the two halves of the cake. To decorate you will need to … Continue reading

Christmas Cake

This is a favourite Christmas Cake recipe I use. It’s a mix up of lots of recipes I’ve looked at over the years and it always works well for me. I must admit I usually make mine a little earlier – two months before Christmas is preferable – but there is still time for it … Continue reading

Lime and Coconut Cake

I have wanted to make a lime and coconut cake for quite a while now. I’ve never tried one before and it sounds delicious and quite summery albeit we haven’t quite got there with the weather yet. This cake turned out to be moreishly moist, light, sticky and sweet and I was helplessly tempted into eating a … Continue reading