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Mincemeat & Carrot Cake

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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!

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Lumberjack Cake [Apple, Date & Coconut]

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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…)

Chocolate & Coconut ‘Bounty’ Cake

Bounty cake-001As 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…)

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