Archive of ‘Cakes’ category

Banana Rum Caramel Bundt Cake & Bake Box Review

Banana rum caramel bundt cake - moist banana cake with banana rum caramel sauce

Can you believe that up until now I have never owned a bundt tin? I have always coveted one, but they are quite expensive (I want a Nordicware one…) so I have never been able to justify buying one. So I was rather pleased when a box full of baking goodies that I was sent to review happened to contain a bundt tin; it is not a Nordicware one, but a silicone, half size (6cup) tin. The size is actually perfect for me, as as beautiful as full size bundts are, they are rather large and make a bit too much cake for a family of two… (more…)

Berry Cider Cake With Mascarpone Cream

Berry cider cake with mascarpone cream icing - light, slightly spiced cider cake with berries & a thick layer of vanilla mascarpone cream

A marvelous thing happened the other day – I was able to go outside without a coat! Since then there have been a few days where it has been warm enough to venture out without one (though certainly not every day!), the sun has been making a regular, much welcomed appearance, and last night it was still just about light at 8pm. All of this has left me in quite a cheery mood and very much ready for summer, and what better way to celebrate the changing of the seasons than with a suitably cheerful cake? This berry cider cake is exactly that; although it may be a little early for berries I just couldn’t resist buying some, more for their beautiful, bright colour than anything else! (more…)

Chocolate, Olive Oil And Rosemary Cake With Candied Blood Oranges

Chocolate, olive oil and rosemary cake with candied blood oranges; moist, aromatic and delicious

Did you all have a good Easter? I spent most of mine seeing friends and starting a massive spring clean of the house; I say start because it took me four hours just to do the kitchen, after which I got fed up, gave up and took the dog for a walk to enjoy the sunshine (I went out without a coat!) so I’ve still got the rest of the house to do…it may take me a couple of weeks… I didn’t even do an Easter Sunday lunch this year, or eat any Easter chocolate (shocking I know), I did get in a spot of baking however; nothing particularly Easter-y but it does contain chocolate and is rather delicious – this chocolate, olive oil and rosemary cake with candied blood oranges. (more…)

Coconut & Cherry Swiss Roll

Coconut & cherry Swiss roll cake - fatless sponge filled with cherry jam & coconut swiss meringue buttercream, perfect for Easter

Spring is beginning to feel a little bit more like a reality; don’t get me wrong, it is still cold and wet out, but the sun has been making a more regular appearance, it no longer gets dark quite so depressingly early and the first of the daffodils have begun to flower. It is also only a month till Easter and I have already begun planning my Easter bakes and am craving hot cross buns and Simnel cake. To celebrate the change in the seasons I did what I always do when there is cause to rejoice – I baked a cake. (more…)

Gingered Christmas Fruitcake With Rustic Decorations

Moist, gingery Christmas fruitcake topped with marzipan, royal icing and rustic decorations of sugared cranberries, rosemary and bay leaves, dried orange slices, pine cones and whole spices. There are a lot of mixed feelings about fruitcake, some people love it, others hate it with a fiery passion; I am firmly in the first camp, I adore fruitcake (of course I do. It’s cake.) and will happily eat it year round; fruitcake is not just for Christmas, though I wouldn’t want to celebrate it without it. Traditionally, Christmas cake should be made a good while in advance to allow it to mature; I am not that organised however so I made a cake that requires minimal maturing; though it certainly wouldn’t harm it if you wanted to make it a month or so in advance. (more…)

Buttermilk Spice Cake With Vanilla Mascarpone Icing

 Moist brown sugar buttermilk spice cake with smooth, creamy vanilla mascarpone frosting and Lindt chocolate decorations, perfect for the festive season.

We are fully into December now and I can’t quite believe just how quickly this year has vanished. Despite being initially resistant to the idea that it is nearly Christmas (see this post!), I have begun to accept it, and even to look forward to it (mulled wine may have played a part…); I still haven’t had my first mince pie though, although I have been craving one (or three (or five)). (more…)

Toffee Apple Gingerbread Loaf

Toffee apple gingerbread loaf cake, perfect for bonfire night - Domestic Gothess I don’t think that I have ever been to a bonfire night celebration as an adult, though the holiday is tinged with nostalgia; as a child I remember being bundled up warm and heading out as a family to watch the local firework display and burning of the guy; or building a bonfire in the back garden (check for hedgehogs!) and fashioning a guy from old clothes and newspaper and then gleefully setting fire to it… There are certain foods that are always reminiscent of Guy Fawkes night as well; crisp, cheesy jacket potatoes, mulled apple juice (though I prefer the grown-up kind now!), squidgy gingerbread, toffee apples, and marshmallows toasted on the bonfire; I used to let mine catch fire so that they were burnt on the outside and liquid on the inside… (more…)

Dark Chocolate, Pear And Hazelnut Cake

Autumnal dark chocolate, pear, hazelnut and cinnamon cake with dark chocolate ganacheLately I have been feeling like time has been rushing past me at an unbelievable rate, I’ve been struggling to find enough time to get everything done and I have to admit that I have let things like cleaning the house slide a little as I struggle to fit everything in… I’m not even particularly busy, there are just so many little tasks that all add up into an overwhelming mass and I have been tired and inefficient. I always make sure I find some time to fit in a bit of baking though! (more…)

Espresso Martini Cupcakes

Espresso martini cupcakes, a boozy, grown-up cupcake based on the popular cocktail.Did you know it was national cupcake week this week? I had no idea it even existed until OXO and The Happy Egg Co. contacted me and asked if I could create a cupcake recipe for the occasion and sent me a couple of their baking tools to help make them. It seems like there is a national week or day for pretty much every foodstuff nowadays…it all seems a little over the top and unnecessary to me to be perfectly honest but hey, it’s a good excuse to bake some cupcakes! (more…)

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