Category Cakes

SUNKEN APRICOT, RASPBERRY & ALMOND CAKE

I had plans to make a Venetian carrot cake the other day (we’ve got a bit of a backlog of veg box carrots piling up…) but on my way home picked up a punnet of rosy apricots for a mere quid.  They called out to me to use them in a cake, so I shelved the […]

BRAMLEY APPLE, RHUBARB & MARZIPAN CAKE

A little lumpy bumpy, a little on the rustic side, this is a cake with a double identity – if you pop it in to bake just before you sit down to supper, then it’ll be ready for you to eat your first slice warm, all steaming and puddingy, with custard or cream.  But by the next day […]

LIME, COCONUT & CAPE GOOSEBERRY CAKE

 Do you like cape gooseberries?  I’ve loved them since I was little.  My mother, who had grown up in Tanzania, used to tell me stories about how when she was my age, she would go with the other local children to pick these, which grew wild in abundance.  She told me that cape gooseberry jam was […]

CHOCOLATE BEETROOT (…& COFFEE, & CARDAMOM, & ALMOND) CAKE

There’s a couple of cafes that we go to regularly that make really, really good chocolate beetroot cake: rich and dense, sandwiched together with a thick layer of cream cheese icing – the kind of cake that you have to share a piece, because if you were to have a whole one all to yourself you’d […]

FRUITY RHUBARB & RASPBERRY FLAPJACKS

It’s been a while since I’ve made flapjacks, and these were a reminder of just how good they can be when you’re in the mood for something sweet.  I doubled up the quantities that I usually would use as some of these were being spirited away, and I very nearly messed them up by forgetting […]

ORANGE AND CRANBERRY SCONES

There used to be a café in town that did the most delicious scones.  I’m not sure how many cream teas we ate there over the past couple of years, whilst sat outside sunning ourselves and people watching.  Sadly, it closed a few months ago, and I don’t know of anywhere else local that even […]

LEMON BERRY CAKE WITH A HONEYED LEMON & ROSEMARY DRIZZLE

We’ve been doing a fair bit of daydreaming lately, imagining ourselves in warmer climes.  It may sound odd, but this cake was kind of an extension of that:  I wanted to be on some Mediterranean hilltop, wandering through tall grasses. Somewhere where I’d be surrounded by vibrant lemon trees, the heady smell of aromatic herbs, and […]

MARZIPAN (NOT SO JUGU) NUT CAKE – AN EXPERIMENTAL TAKE ON A FAMILY CLASSIC

Do you like biscotti?   Then you’ll probably like jugu cake.  Whereas biscotti is hard and supremely dippable, with the odd nut here and there, jugu cake is a dense, slightly crumbly treat packed full of the flavours of toasted nuts and cardamom.  For any Indian person with East African heritage, it’s more than likely a […]

VENETIAN CARROT CAKE

  This is one of my favourite ever cakes.  It’s just incredible – if you like almondy moistness, that is.  It’s very different to the classic, dark, spiced, fruit and nut filled and cream cheese icinged version.  I have to credit Nigella for sharing this recipe with the world, and while she says it’s not much […]

BUTTERED QUINCE & HONEY FLAPJACKS

I made flapjacks for the first time a few days ago, and I’ve already made more.  The first batch were a definite success, but I was trying to recreate the flavour of the flapjacks sold in a local coffee shop, so with this second lot I tried to be a little more creative.  Again, I wanted something fruity, and this time […]