Recipe – Double Chocolate Marble Cake

We had recently watched marble cakes made on Celebrity Bake-off and Jack wanted to make one with extra chocolate (no surprises there)! This recipe is a version of a Mary Berry recipe from her book ‘Fast Cakes’. You will need: 175g Stork margarine 175g golden caster sugar 175g self-raising flour 1 heaped teaspoon baking powder…

Recipe – Halloween Swamp Monster Cupcakes

Here’s a new twist on a cupcake, especially for Halloween. Green sponge with a hint of coconut and blue frosting monster on top, they look great fun and kids (and grown ups) will love them! The decorations were bought at Wilko’s who have a great selection for Halloween. For 12, you will need: 175g self…

Recipe – Simple Pear and Ginger Cake

Autumn is a wonderful time for bounteous British produce, including vine, bush and tree fruits. I love baking with ginger and the whole family are quick to devour any of the resulting biscuits or cakes. Pears are a great ingredient for baking with too. Each variety has its own little quirks but on the whole,…

Recipe – Triple Ginger Cake

Ginger cake conjures up thoughts of school dinners with lumpy custard or afternoons with my Nan. It’s a lovely cake (with nice custard!) and is quite flexible, you can have it hot or cold. Topped or plain. This recipe goes full beans on the cold version, with three forms of ginger and a wonderfully indulgent…

Recipe – Easy Fruit Loaf Cake

As a big tea drinker, I do love a butter slice of good fruit cake as a morning snack. I’ve always bought my fruit cakes so worked up a recipe to use the raisins I had in the cupboard. This is such a simple, quick recipe you’ll be tempted to make it weekly! You can…

Recipe – Classic Cream Tea Scones

A classic indeed, and quite simple to do. The really difficult part is not eating all of them as soon as they come out of the oven. These are light, crumbly and perfect with clotted cream and jam. To make 10, you will need: 75g unsalted butter, softened 250g self-raising flour 2 tablespoons baking powder…

Recipe – Classic Treacle Sponge

I’ve been thinking a lot about comfort food. I think it’s all the rainy weekends we’ve been having. My Nan was a master of traditional puddings like jam roly poly and treacle sponge so I thought I’d have a go at the latter. It’s really easy to throw together but you do need the right…

Recipe – Battenberg Cake

Iconic! There is no better word. Developed for when Queen Victoria’s daughter married a prince from Battenberg, it’s a classic British cake. For best results you need this specialist tin from Lakeland, however you can use two normal 20x15cm straight sided cake tins but you need to make two cakes, doubling the quantities below and…

Recipe – Chocolate and Beetroot Cake

Yes, that’s correct! A chocolate and beetroot cake. It’s far better than it sounds, the beetroot gives you a fabulous colour and moistness with only a hint of beetroot flavour. There are a few recipes online that don’t really work but this is my version, which uses chocolate chips in the batter, you could melt…