Chocolate Guinness cake with peanut butter frosting

Hello darlings! Sorry I’ve not blogged in a while – the wedding is taking over my free time, work’s been crazy, we recently acquired two kittens (photo at the bottom of this post)… there are plenty of excuses. But I couldn’t not blog this bad boy – it is CRYING OUT to be loved. WHAT a cake. I was inspired by my friend Cottle, who made … Continue reading Chocolate Guinness cake with peanut butter frosting

Review: Betty Crocker

Betty Crocker is one of the biggest names in the baking aisle. You probably know them from their popular range of pre-made icings, cake mixes, and other baking shortcuts. As a die hard home baker myself, I don’t tend to use pre-made mixes and frostings because I genuinely believe that nothing can compare to a cake that’s been made from scratch. Therefore I was very interested … Continue reading Review: Betty Crocker

Chocolate Guinness bundt cake

God love whoever thought to put Guinness in a cake. It goes so beautifully with chocolate – it adds a delicious savoury richness and the most wonderful rich black colour to the sponge. I love a good bundt cake, and I really think the fluffy white cream cheese frosting looks wonderful in contrast to the black cake. This recipe is adapted from a Hummingbird Bakery … Continue reading Chocolate Guinness bundt cake

Lemon and lime drizzle cake

I love lemon drizzle cake, but sometimes I like to jazz it up a bit. Lemon and lime is a classic combination – this one is very moist and pleasantly zingy! Best of all it takes only a few mins to throw together and bung in the oven, and doesn’t require any rich, faffy frosting. For an 8″ round cake that serves about 10-12 people, … Continue reading Lemon and lime drizzle cake

Coffee and Rum Cake

Guest post from the amazing Clare of the Little Bear Cakery! At the beginning of the year I was lucky enough to spend four days doing work experience at The Delaunay, Aldwych. Part of Rex Restaurant Associates (owners of the Wolseley), The Delaunay is an all-day cafe-restaurant inspired by the grand cafes of Europe with an emphasis on Austro-Hungarian cakes. Everything I tried whilst working there … Continue reading Coffee and Rum Cake

Review: Heston Blumenthal’s Sage Mixer Scraper Pro

I was lucky enough to be sent one of Heston Blumenthal’s gorgeous new mixers for his brilliant appliance brand, Sage. The Scraper Mixer Pro is a unique design, with flexible edges on one of the beaters which ensure that the bowl is scraped clean with every rotation. The result is that the cake batter (or whatever you’re mixing) doesn’t need constant bowl scraping, giving you … Continue reading Review: Heston Blumenthal’s Sage Mixer Scraper Pro

Lemon meringue cake

I have to confess, I’m pretty darn chuffed with this recipe. I made it for my boyfriend’s mum’s birthday this year (having made a French flag cake last year) so I wanted it to be quite big and fancy. I was inspired after seeing a recipe for lemon meringue cupcakes in the Hummingbird Bakery’s book, Cake Days (definitely the best of their three in my … Continue reading Lemon meringue cake

Individual Victoria sponges

You just can’t beat a good Victoria sponge – they are absolute proof that sometimes less is more. You don’t need fancy toppings or weird flavour combinations – you just need a good old fashioned, classic sponge sandwiched with jam (and cream if you’re feeling fancy) and dusted with sugar. Lakeland does the most fantastic tin for individual cakes – it’s a bit like a … Continue reading Individual Victoria sponges

Dreamiest Chocolate Cake – Miranda Gore Browne

Following our interview and cookbook giveaway with Great British Bake Off’s Miranda Gore Browne, we’ve got one of her recipes to share with you! As I mentioned yesterday, Miranda is championing the Dream Tea campaign by Dreams Come True, a charity which makes wishes come true for ill children and teenagers. To host your own Dream Tea, check out the Dreams Come True website. The Awesome Women … Continue reading Dreamiest Chocolate Cake – Miranda Gore Browne

Chocolate Espresso Cake

I recently got a beautiful new espresso machine from De’longhi. It’s an absolutely gorgeous machine, and I’m totally in love with it. It’s an absolute revelation to have smooth, fresh, quality coffee at home, instead of instant. And because I love coffee, it was always going to be inevitable that it started creeping into my recipes. I also went to an event recently which explored … Continue reading Chocolate Espresso Cake