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 Read More…

Vanilla Extract

Vanilla extract is the easiest thing in the world to make – which means you no longer have to spend upwards of five pounds for a lilliputian supermarket bottle. Plus, it makes a great (and cheap!) gift. You will need: vanilla pods cheap vodka (the good stuff can be saved for drinking!) Simply split the Read More…

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 Read More…

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 Read More…

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. Read More…

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. Read More…

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 Read More…