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 – Gluten Free Swiss Roll

Another old-school favourite cake of mine I’ve had a go at creating a gluten free recipe for. It’s incredibly easy, I promise! You will need: 120g golden caster sugar 130g gluten free plain flour 4 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 teaspoon baking powder Half a jar of strawberry jam Icing sugar to decorate Pre-heat…

Recipe – Gluten Free Arctic Roll

My very good friend Dean is wheat intolerant (he’s intolerant about many other things but that’s another story!) I recently asked him if there was anything he genuinely missed and hadn’t found a good gluten free version of. His response? Arctic Roll – that staple of 1970s and 80s dessert tables. I absolutely love Arctic…

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 – London Cheesecake

A cake, with no cheese and probably nothing to do with London. It’s that square thing with the shredded coconut top, lots of bakers in the South East have them and I’ve seen them further afield. They are one of my favourites so I had a go at them myself and can vouch for how…

Recipe – School Dinners Cornflake Cake

For some reason, this is one the best things I remember about school dinners. A flan with jam and syrupy cornflakes, usually served with custard. It’s amazing! So here’s my recipe, I promise you that even if you’ve never heard of it, you’ll love it. You will need: One roll of sweet shortcrust pastry, taken…

Recipe – Seville Orange Marmalade

January is the time for marmalade making. Yes, you can make it any time of the year but when Seville oranges are in season, you can make the most wondrous marmalade without the need for pectin or jam sugar. For around six jars you will need: 1kg Seville oranges, washed and dried 1 large lemon…

Recipe – Chocolate & Jam Doughnut Mug Cakes

Mug cakes. A rediculous US invention that makes no sense until you make them and then you suddenly wonder why you didn’t do them before as they’re so easy an delicious! These are my two favourites, a chocolate sponge cake with running middle and a jam doughnut cake. Yum! Chocolate Mug Cake For one mug,…