I’ve been in a bit of baking rut recently, I think it is okay to admit this. I’ve made a strangely savoury batch of granola bars, and a stranger tray of baked oatmeal that was akin to an oaty omelette. There was a brownie failure which actually turned into some pretty good molten chocolate puddings, but not brownies. I did manage to pull off a tasty rhubarb cake for cake club last month, but it was a stressful experience!
Cupcakes, fairy cakes, buns, muffins or whatever you prefer to call them, are a good way to get your baking mojo back. They are quick to mix and speedy to bake, with less worrying about undercooked middles when you bake a large cake. (more…)
This is a chocolate cake with a serious amount of squidge to it, it is a chocolate brownie, cake and pudding hybrid. Everyone went a bit mad for it over on Instagram when I posted a picture pre-baking, so it had to go on the blog! (more…)
In early September I look forward to Autumn, the rusty leaves, the sharp sunshine and the amazing sunsets. By early November I am grumpy. The nights draw in, it rains too much and I find myself eating a bit too much chocolate. This is also the time when I start brightening up my cooking and baking – adding more chilli to curries, extra garlic to sauces and summery flavours to my baking. (more…)
I try to pretend that banana bread is a valid breakfast food, especially if sprinkled with oats or nuts, but in this case adding chocolate firmly puts banana bread into the cake category. This is one of the best ways of making chocolate cake, you get squidgy-ness from the bananas and a beautiful crisp top, much like a brownie. If we’re calling it bread you could even slice it up and serve it with nutella. Just a suggestion.
As soon as the air gets a bit cooler I tend to bake an apple cake, and complain about how it is cold yet too soon to put the heating on. This apple cake is good central heating, at least. This recipe is for Gemma, who runs a fantastic local cafe and shop, The Linton Kitchen. She asked me about this recipe after I posted a picture on Instagram. I do hope it graces her cake counter, amongst the rest of her delicious cakes! (more…)