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Summer berry sponge

Summer berry sponge

Happy summer solstice everyone! It’s the longest day of the year for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, which means more hours of daylight (and hopefully sunshine) and as far as I’m concerned that’s cause for celebration. One year (a really, really long time […]

Rhubarb & custard cake

Rhubarb & custard cake

The upside of baking your own birthday cake is that you get to have exactly the cake you want. The downside of baking your own birthday cake is baking your own birthday cake! I don’t actually mind to be honest, the kitchen is my happy […]

Bergamot & gin soak cake

Bergamot & gin soak cake

So you’ve heard of lemon drizzle cake right? Well soak cake is what happens when you make a little too much delicious drizzling syrup and don’t want to waste any of it! Seriously, this cake is literally drenched in deliciously fragrant, sweet, sticky syrup. Because I don’t like icing. If I could stomach icing then I could have just added a heap of icing sugar to the syrup to thicken it and used it to decorate the cake, which you can of course do if you’re on board with the idea.
I love this cake as it is though. It’s so soft, tender and moist (obviously) and the flavour of the bergamot is just amazing (I do love Earl Grey though!). I know that it’s not an easy fruit to get hold of though, my mum gave me this one, so feel free to swap it to a different fragrant, sour citrus fruit if you want. Lemon and lime would make a nice combination.

Ingredients
makes 1 medium bundt or loaf cake
100g butter
125g sugar
zest of one bergamot
2 eggs
100g plain flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
50g ground almonds
pinch of salt
3 tbsp milk
syrup
30ml gin
juice of one bergamot
50g icing sugar (plus extra 50g more to finish)

Pre-heat your oven 180°c and prepare your tin. Grease and line it if you’re using a loaf tin or grease it and dust it with flour if you’re using a bundt tin.
For extra flavour you can blitz together the sugar and zest in a food processor if you like but don’t worry if you’re short on time. Cream together the butter, zest, salt and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Add the eggs, one at a time, before sifting in the flour and baking powder. Stir in the ground almonds and then mix through the milk to give the batter a nice dropping consistency. Pour the batter into the prepared tin and bake the cake for around 45 minutes. It should be well risen and golden on top and feel springy to the touch when it’s done.
While the cake bakes you can make the soaking syrup. Combine 50g of icing sugar with the gin and fruit juice in a small pan and heat gently. Let the syrup bubble until it thickens and reduces a little. Set it aside to cool a bit.
Take the cake out of the oven and pop it on a wire rack to cool but leave it in the tin. Use a cake tester or a cocktail stick to poke the cake all over. Use a spoon to drizzle about half of the syrup over the warm cake before leaving it to cool completely. Add the remaining icing sugar to the leftover syrup to thicken it, use as much as you need to get your desired consistency. Turn out the cake onto a serving plate and pour over as much or as little of the thickened syrup as you like to glaze the cake.

Sultana & pine nut cake

Sultana & pine nut cake

I’ve never been much of one for rich dark fruit cake. I love dried fruit but I always find fruit cakes to be a bit too sweet and full-on. Something like this is much more my cup of tea, more cake than fruit and a […]

The best darned frosting in the world!

The best darned frosting in the world!

I’m a bit funny about frosting, I find it can be a bit hit or miss. All too often it’s too sweet and sugary or it can be grainy rather than silky smooth, or worst of all it can become crusty with a hard sugar […]

Chocolate and peanut butter banana bread (vegan)

Chocolate and peanut butter banana bread (vegan)

I’m totally converted to vegan banana bread, I always get better results from it than from my more traditional recipe and I’m really not sure that I can tell the difference as far as the flavour is concerned.

That’s especially true of this recipe, which really does have it all going on! Rich dark chocolate, sweet fruity bananas and creamy peanut butter – pure heaven in banana bread form!

Ingredients
3 medium, very ripe bananas
50g light soft brown sugar
65ml vegetable oil
50g peanut butter (smooth or crunchy is fine but try to use one that’s palm oil free)
135g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
pinch of ground cinnamon
75g dairy-free dark chocolate chips (or just chop up some chocolate)

Pre-heat your oven to 180°c and grease and line a loaf tin.
Mash the bananas really well and beat them with the sugar and oil. Mix in the peanut butter. Sift together the flour, raising agents and cinnamon and then briefly fold them into the wet ingredients, so that they are just combined. Fold in the chocolate and then transfer the batter to the prepared tin. Level off the top and bake the banana bread for 35-40 minutes, until a cake tester comes out clean when you insert it into the loaf.

Turn the cake out onto a wire rack and leave it to cool. To enjoy the banana bread at its best, wrap it tightly in cling film and leave it until the next day. Banana bread is always better the next day!

Pumpkin chocolate cake (vegan)

Pumpkin chocolate cake (vegan)

When we lived in America people would get very excited about the fact that on 1st November all of the Halloween candy in the shops would be super-cheap. I’m not sure that you could make candy corn cheap enough for me to eat it! We […]

Raspberry and Earl Grey Madeleines

Raspberry and Earl Grey Madeleines

Oops! Somehow another madeleine recipe has made it onto this blog… These are like my perfect Anglo-French treat. The floral earl grey tea goes really well with the sharp sweet raspberries and the little sponges have a wonderful melt-in-the-mouth texture. There may have been an […]

Chocolate and caramel fudge cake

Chocolate and caramel fudge cake

You know you’ve come up with a winning recipe when your brother sends you this message and tells you that he’s just polished off his third slice!


But really I can’t blame him for having thirds of this rich, delicious, sticky, gooey cake. The sponge is fluffy and full of flavour, the filling is sweet, salty and creamy and the topping is just downright decadent. I bet you can’t eat just one slice!

I’ve adapted the recipe from my malted mocha cupcakes for the sponge.

Ingredients
sponge
200g plain flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
50g good quality cocoa powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
pinch of cayenne pepper
pinch of salt
250g soft light brown sugar
100ml vegetable oil
100ml hot coffee
125ml milk
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
caramel
100g soft light brown sugar
70ml double cream
15g butter
1 tbsp shiro miso (you can just add a big pinch of seasalt if you prefer)
filling
150ml double cream
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp sugar
ganache
75g dark chocolate
75ml double cream

little bit of fudge/chocolate shavings/sprinkles to decorate

Pre-heat your oven to 180°c and grease and line two sandwich cake tins.
Sift the flour, raising agents, spices and cocoa powder into a large mixing bowl and then use a whisk to mix in the sugar and salt. Make sure that everything is well blended.
Lightly beat the eggs and then combine them with the oil, milk, coffee and vanilla extract. Mix this into the dry ingredients and then briefly beat it together to leave you with a smooth, fairly wet batter. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared tins (you can weigh them if you want to be super precise) and level off the tops. Bake the sponges for 30-35 minutes, they should be well risen and feel springy to the touch when they’re done. Leave the sponges on a wire rack to cool completely.


Whilst the sponges bake you can make the miso caramel . Simply combine the cream, sugar and butter in a pan and bring to boil. Turn the heat down and let it gently bubble for several minutes, it should deepen in colour a little and become a little thicker. Remove it from the heat and stir in the miso, ensuring that it blends in smoothly. Set it aside to cool.
Whip the cream with the vanilla and the sugar until it is thick and fluffy and set it aside until you are ready to assemble the cake.
For the ganache topping chop the chocolate and place it in a bowl. Heat the cream until it is quite warm but don’t let it boil. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate and let it sit for a minute or two before giving it a good stir. Leave to cool and thicken.


Trim the sponges to level them if you need to and place one of them on a serving plate. Spread a fairly generous amount of the caramel over the base and then pile on the cream, spreading it just shy of the edges. Drizzle a little more of the caramel over the cream and then gently place the second sponge on top. Spread the ganache over this sponge, swirling it a little for decoration and then scatter some crumbled fudge, sprinkles or chocolate shavings over the top to finish it off.

Lemon and eldeflower cupcakes

Lemon and eldeflower cupcakes

I haven’t baked cupcakes in forever. I’m not sure if it’s because they went out of style a little bit or because I’m a pretty greedy person and I’d rather bake one big cake that can be cut into generous slices! These aren’t as sweet […]