Recipe – Chunky Apple and Cinnamon Cake

The start of autumn brings us lots of windfall fruit, especially apples and pears. There are some wonderful British apple varieties and many of them make a lovely apple cake. This cake can be frozen so if you have a lot of apples, make a lot of cake! You will need: 225g self raising flour…

Recipe – Chocolate & Banana Loaf Cake

You’ll see we love a banana loaf here, but still having a huge stash of Easter chocolate available made we wonder about doing a chocolate version. So here it is! Super yummy and very simple to do. You can substitute the home-made banana chips for shop-bought dried bananas. You will need: 175g caster sugar 175g…

Recipe – Giant Jaffa Cake

Is it a cake or is it a biscuit? HMRC (who no-one can argue with!) agree it’s a cake. Quite right too! And a lovely one at that. But a giant one? It’s amazing and a great dessert centre for a family meal. Here’s my version of a recipe from Delicious Magazine. You will need:…

Recipe – Almond Macaroons

None of your posh French macarons here, this is one of my favourite traditional British bakers shop biscuits (or are they cakes?!). Crispy on the outside and chewy in the middle, they are divine! The recipe is very simple and your children could easily help. For 10, you will need: 175g golden caster sugar 125g…

Recipe – Swiss Roll with Gluten Free option

Another old-school favourite cake of mine I’ve had a go at creating a gluten free option for. It’s incredibly easy, I promise! You will need: 120g golden caster sugar 130g plain flour (or gluten free alternative) 4 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 teaspoon baking powder Half a jar of strawberry jam 100ml double cream…

Recipe – Gooseberry and Frangipane Tart

Many moons ago I had a school trip to Sweden and I was served this, I never forgot the flavour so thought I’d track down a recipe and give it a go. It’s wonderful, especially as we come into gooseberry season. You will need: 1 roll of short crust pastry, taken out the fridge half…

Recipe – Vanilla and Raspberry Cupcakes

The grown-up fairy cake. It’s still a fairy cake, just adult sized! This is an easy mixture to put together and goes into the larger muffin cases, so make sure your cupcake tray is deep enough. Note I use ten cases in a 12 case tin, this gives you fewer, bigger cakes! For 10, you…

Recipe – Classic Victoria Sandwich

This is the cake of cakes. I judge anyone’s capability in baking by how well they can make one of these. One of my interns a couple of years ago (hello Laura!) was a superb baker and her Victoria Sandwich was the finest cake I’ve ever had! So here’s my stab at it. The golden…

Recipe – Strawberry Custard Tart

Boy do I love a good custard tart. One of my closest friends is big in custard tarts (well, he’s FD for a major manufacturer!) and I can never quite believe it when he tells me how many they make each day. I saw a version of this the other day with rhubarb but thought…

Recipe – Orange and Raspberry Tottenham Cake

I love finding out about almost-forgotten British food. We have such a rich culinary heritage it’s a shame many nations think we’re no good with food! The Telegraph recently ran a feature on forgotten foods and this caught my eye. Apparently invented 200 years ago in Tottenham by a Quaker baker, he made it for…