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

Chocolate Orange Cheesecake

Recipe for Chocolate Orange Cheesecake Ingredients: 200g Crushed Digestive Biscuits 75g Cocoa Powder 150g Unsalted Butter 900g Cream Cheese 4 Eggs 200g Dark Chocolate Zest and Juice of Two Oranges Method: Preheat the oven to 160 c. For the base, melt the butter in a pan and add the cocoa powder, blending well. Stir in … Continue reading

Last Minute Chocolate Christmas Cake

Things have been so busy this year that unfortunately I haven’t had time to bake as often as I would like. My Christmas Cake has been a last minute affair completed just in time – but I’m actually quite pleased with the result! It’s an 8″ chocolate cake, filled and covered with chocolate buttercream. I … Continue reading

Naked Chocolate Celebration Cake

“Naked” cakes – that is a cake without icing – can look stunningly beautiful and provide a simply delicious celebration cake! I made this Naked Chocolate Cake for a wedding in the summer. The wedding theme was a Tea Party with vintage china, vintage tablecloths and bunting, set in a barn decorated with simple country … Continue reading

Fairies on Fairy Cakes

Fairy Cakes What is the difference between a fairy cake and a cupcake? First of all it seems that a fairy cake is smaller than a cupcake. Mary Berry, in her book 100 Cakes and Bakes, states that a cupcake is also a different shape to a fairy cake – ‘the cases are deeper and … Continue reading

Double Chocolate Heart Cake

Valentines Heart Cake This cake is a chocolate sponge baked in a heart shape, with a white chocolate fudgy topping and completed with swirls of pink marshmallow fluff. It’s a chocolately, gooey, heavenly cake just perfect for Valentine’s Day! Chocolate Cake:- 175g light muscovado sugar 175g butter, softened 175g egg – approx. 3 large or 4 medium, beaten … Continue reading

Double Chocolate Harvest Festival Cake

My double chocolate Harvest Festival cake was inspired by Fiona Cairn’s Vegetable Plot cake in her Birthday Cake Book. She uses a spiced apple cake in her book and decorates the top to look like an allotment. My cake was for a chocolate lover’s birthday so I used a lovely double chocolate cake recipe adapted … Continue reading