Chocolate and vanilla macarons

You can’t beat a good homemade macaron. My all time favourite are hazelnut praline macarons – a recipe I got from my dear friend Clare of the Little Bear Cakery. She taught me everything I know about macarons, and I credit my continuing success with them to her utterly brilliant recipe below. I made these ones with a very dark chocolate ganache filling which goes … Continue reading Chocolate and vanilla macarons

Vanilla Bean and Baileys Velvet Cheesecake

I invented this recipe a few months ago when I went a bit off piste. I had a great plan to invent something totally new, and I wanted to use the new Vanilla Bean Paste I’d been sent, so on World Baking Day, I created the Vanilla Bean and Baileys Velvet Cheesecake. I use the word velvet because the texture is incredibly velvet-y. It’s not … Continue reading Vanilla Bean and Baileys Velvet Cheesecake

Vanilla Poached Plums

These are a delightful, easy, seasonal treat perfect for those cold winter days. I love these with cream, custard, ice cream and even as a real treat on my porridge in the morning. The benefit of this recipe is that you dont have to wait for the fruit to ripen – it works equally well with plums that are still relatively firm. Ingredients: Around 8 … Continue reading Vanilla Poached Plums

Cinnamon & Vanilla Banoffee Pie

Banoffee pie is brilliant comfort food. This is my variation for winter – the cinnamon and vanilla make it that touch Christmassy! Highly recommend a big slice served with a warm cup of tea or a generous slug of Baileys on the rocks! For 4-6 people, you will need: 15 digestive biscuits 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon 200g butter 50g caster sugar 2 large bananas 1 … Continue reading Cinnamon & Vanilla Banoffee Pie


Subtly Citrus Poppyseed Cake

This weekend experiment turned out to be a real winner! It’s a twist on a classic Victoria sponge which I have entered into this month’s delicious magazine “delicious. cooks” challenge. Simply add the grated zest of an orange and a lemon and 50g poppyseeds to the classic recipe and team with vanilla buttercream for a delicious alternative to an old tea-time favourite. My simple all-in-one method makes … Continue reading Subtly Citrus Poppyseed Cake

Rice Krispie Squares

Marshmallow Rice Krispie Squares

These are incredibly easy to make and are a sure way to keep your kids/nephews/nieces/neighbours happy. They are best when chewy, so be careful not to overdo it on the Rice Krispie front. It only takes about 15 minutes to make, so it’s a fantastic recipe to have up your sleeve if you need a kid-friendly snack at short notice. You will need: 1/4 cup … Continue reading Marshmallow Rice Krispie Squares

Lemon Cupcakes

Lemon & Vanilla Cupcakes

These cupcakes are so pretty and dainty, people will think you bought them! There is absolutely NO reason for there to be white chocolate buttons on top save that they look pretty and match the shade of the buttercream (I know, artistic license, sorry). So you can miss those out if you think they’re naff. These would also love to have some little black poppyseeds … Continue reading Lemon & Vanilla Cupcakes

Vanilla Sponge Cupcakes

Victoria Sponge Cupcakes

Ok, so the name might not sound too exciting, but these really are the best cupcakes ever!  Not too sweet, perfect with a cuppa and oh-so pretty.  They’re made the old fashioned way too, so put away your electric mixer, get out your apron and make them your way your mum taught you. Makes 12. You’ll need: 125g unsalted butter, left out of the fridge … Continue reading Victoria Sponge Cupcakes

Vanilla Cupcakes

Good ol’ fashioned vanilla cupcakes are the ultimate classic. These ones, adapted from The Hummingbird Bakery’s recipe, are really simple and produce wonderfully fluffy cupcakes. The frosting ALWAYS produces way more than normal people need, so think about doubling the cupcake bit for one load of frosting. Or you can freeze the frosting too, so you will be prepared for next time! Decorate with edible … Continue reading Vanilla Cupcakes