Browsing All Posts filed under »Cake«

Friendship Cake

August 21, 2011

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Way back in my teenage years a neighbour passed me a strange bubbling bowl of goo. I was to stir it daily and 'don't forget to feed it.'

Lime Syrup Drizzle Cakes

June 18, 2011

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I am still learning the importance of a sense of order. I don’t mean having everything in its place, although that really helps. It’s about making sure that I do things in the right sequence. Every time I cook something I work out a better way…or rather I realise I have done something ‘arse about […]

Peach and Almond Cake

May 7, 2011

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We have built a small raised deck at the end of the garden where a wooden gazebo once stood. I wanted it to be a quiet little place where you could go and sit, away from the house. Somewhere to ponder. So we have planted bamboo around it and an almond blossom tree to give […]

Crazy Frosting

April 3, 2011

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I’m a bit of a sucker for trying something that sounds like it can’t possibly work. This ‘frosting’ fell into that category as it starts with a cup of milk and 5 tablespoons of flour…being cooked up in a pan. Now, I’ll grant you, that doesn’t feel like the start of one of the dreamiest toppings. […]

Ed’s Birthday Cake

February 17, 2011

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If I ever ask Ed what cake he wants for his birthday, the answer is a victoria sponge, with buttercream in the middle and icing, sprinkles and a cherry on top. Quite specific really. This year though I had an ulterior motive as I wanted to enter a cake into the #nigellaforever challenge. With a […]

“Improve me”

February 3, 2011

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This is something that has been on my ‘to blog’ list for a while: Ice Cream Muffins. When I read that you can make muffins by just using Flour and Ice Cream I was intrigued. When you think about it, a good quality dairy ice cream has eggs, sugar and vanilla in it, as well as cream. Add […]

Katie’s Cupcake Tower

January 17, 2011

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On 1st December 2010 my very special friend, Katie was 40 years old. A magical masquerade ball was planned at Shottle Hall. Unfortunately due to the massive amount of snow we had in early December the party was postponed. Boo! Not to worry though as it was rescheduled to January and even more people could […]

Chocolate Orange Cake

January 8, 2011

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I make this cake quite a lot. It serves many purposes: Using clementines makes it feel a little bit festive George always asks for chocolate cake, but I find chocolate sponges a bit ‘meh’ It lasts for days in a tin It is flourless There is no butter in it The flavour is reminiscent of […]

Aunt Caryl’s Ginger Cake

November 30, 2010

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I tried some of this cake last year and it was so nice I asked Ed’s aunt Caryl to send me the recipe. It’s a good one so as we are snowed in and I have just made some, I thought I would share it with you…The recipe, not the cake. The collection of golden […]

Saturday Staples – Mars Bar Crispies

November 13, 2010

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I thought I’d start a short series of mini, single photo posts about food that we eat regularly. Nothing fancy. Nothing complicated. Just everyday food that takes minutes to make and doesn’t need special equipment or ingredients. These chocolate crispy cakes are a cheap packed lunch standby, or a last minute offering to the School […]

I Ganache

November 8, 2010

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When I ran out of cherries this week, my usual fairy cakes looked a bit forlorn. I was about to rustle up some buttercream when I remembered we had a carton of double cream. Ooh…ganache, I thought. I rummaged round the cupboards to find an equal quantity of chocolate to match the cream. I couldn’t […]

Tea Loaf & Fresh Walnuts

November 7, 2010

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Our friends at the Heage Firs Farm, just up the road, have a beautiful walnut tree in their garden. If it wasn’t raining quite so hard and I hadn’t got Market Kitchen heading over later today to film me making cake I would go photograph the tree plus the carpet of walnuts lying beneath it. […]

Making Whoopie

September 30, 2010

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So far I have managed to resist the urge to make Whoopie Pies. Partly, because they are a bit fashionable but also because a lot of the recipes didn’t make sense to me. Then I saw Mowie’s recipe for red velvet Whoopies with orange buttercream. Here are the factors that led to me making them: I’ve […]

Brown Sugar and Yoghurt Cake

September 13, 2010

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This Brown Sugar Cake is reminiscent of a brownie, yet it’s not chocolatey. George thinks it’s the best cake ever! He IS my biggest fan. The main flavour comes from the 3 types of sugar: Demerara, granulated and muscovado. Plus some depth from vanilla extract and lemon zest. Then a couple of eggs, followed by flour and […]

Pear Cake

July 24, 2010

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It’s been a while since I wrote about cake. Having overdosed on cake related items a while ago I have been laying off the baking a little and concentrating on garden produce. It hasn’t helped our waistlines as much as I’d hoped, but it’s the thought that counts. This recipe is based on the River […]

Cake Pops

April 2, 2010

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I defy anyone to see a picture of a cake pop and not be a bit intrigued. What’s in them? How do you make them? Can I have one? I had seen these on FoodGawker and was itching to have a go. The School Spring Fair seemed like a good enough reason. Surely small children at a […]

Let them eat cake

December 9, 2009

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I promise that this will be my last cake blogpost…at least until after Christmas! I don’t mean to do it. It just happens. There’s a birthday or something and cake is the answer. Let’s face it cake is the answer to lots of things really. George’s cousin Pascal turned 1 last month so here is […]

Pizza’s for Pudsey

November 12, 2009

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Our local Artisan Bakery is The Loaf, in Crich. This week they held a charity ‘Pizzas for Pudsey’ evening in aid of the BBC’s Children in Need. Andrew and Roger were busy planning for the event so I pitched in to help out with a bit of inspiration for the topping of the cakes. The […]

Cupcakes again!

September 27, 2009

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We have had another busy Weekend of enjoyable tasks. I’ve been baking cakes and Ed has been building a deck, whilst George has been playing with friends and helping out whenever he fancies, so everyone is happy. Our Friends Katie and Adam have 2 lovely little twin girls Evie and Nell, and a boy called […]