I suspect that most of you reading this have a jar of mincemeat languishing in the back of your fridge, not quite enough for a batch of mince pies (which, let’s face it, you’re probably sick of by now) but definitely not something you want to just throw away. Let’s embrace leftovers with a cake!
We spent our holiday in Rome three years ago existing on pizza and gelato, it was pretty sweet. Rome style ‘pizza al taglio’ is cut to the size you’d like from a large tray, warmed and handed to you wrapped in paper, the perfect takeaway. (more…)
When Autumn comes around all I want to do is bake apples into cake, it’s a sure fire way to feel Autumnal as well as providing sustenance on cold nights. Lumberjack Cake is packed full of sweet apple, syrupy dates, spiced with cinnamon and topped with fragrant shredded coconut.
I had this cake in a cafe recently, actually I tell a big fat lie. Mr ordered this cake in a cafe recently (I had a bacon sandwich…) and I stole a bite, ok two bites, because it looked and sounded so good. It was so good with a strong cup of coffee. I love to recreate things I’ve eaten in the great outdoors and this cake went straight to the top of the ‘to bake’ list. (more…)
As a teenager I was hopelessly addicted to chocolate, on the way home from school I would visit the corner shop and spend my pocket money, and later my hard earned paper round money, on a bar of my current favourite chocolate. Top of the list were Bounty bars, along with Wispas and the sadly departed Fuse Bar. There was a novelty about Bountys, maybe it was the two sections that made them different, or the ‘taste of paradise’ ad campaign which made them seem more exotic than a chocolate bar purchased from a newsagent in Northampton in the late 90s.
Inspired by one of my favourite chocolate bars, I baked this ‘Bounty’ cake for a recent Clandestine Cake Club meet – the theme of which was retro sweets and chocolate bars. The sponge is light and to emulate the milky chocolate and the cake is sandwich with whipped up cream with a dash of coconut milk and toasted desiccated coconut folded in. It’s not a rich chocolate cake but a light, sweet treat which pays homage to the sweet bar. (more…)
Cinnamon rolls but taken to the next level! Enriched rolls spiced with lots of cardamom and vanilla with crushed up pink pralines and a orange honey glaze. Beautiful to look at and even better to eat. Great with coffee.