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…

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 – 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 – 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 – 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…

Recipe – Individual Open Sherry Trifles

I do love a trifle, you only have to look at my trifle showstopper here! Here’s a different twist on the traditional trifle, with an open structure which is layered so it looks like a posh strawberry tart, but has all the elements and flavours of a normal trifle. Except for custard… you can always…

Recipe – Battenberg Trifle Showstopper

Every year I attempt something new and a bit scary for our Christmas lunch dessert. Previously I’ve done ice cream bombs and huge trifles. Everyone in our house loves a trifle, so this year I thought I’d create something of my own, a Battenberg Trifle. This has all the components of a trifle but looks…