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My Minecraft Cake Debacle

My Minecraft Cake Debacle

I should have learned by now NOT to ask my son what kind of cake he wants for his birthday. When he announced he wanted a Minecraft cake this year I was pretty chuffed. After all, Minecraft is known for being blocky, pixelly and badly rendered so how hard could it be?* Well, as you(…)

Saturday Morning Baking: No-No Banana Cake (No Fat, No Sugar)

Saturday Morning Baking: No-No Banana Cake (No Fat, No Sugar)

This should actually be called Yes-Yes Banana Cake as you can eat as much of it as you like totally guilt free! I’ll be honest, the idea of a fat-free sugar-free banana cake sounded a bit grim before I tried it, but I’m on a diet at the moment and frankly, I got a bit(…)

Vintage Baking: A Delicate & Delicious Coconut Cake

Vintage Baking: A Delicate & Delicious Coconut Cake

Am I making you feel hungry? I’m making it my mission this afternoon to try to photograph this cake in a way that shows just how delicious it is – how does it look? It’s not an overtly coconutty cake, more a classic sponge with a delicate coconut flavour, then smothered in strawberry jam and(…)

Vintage Baking: Brooklyn Blackout Cake

Vintage Baking: Brooklyn Blackout Cake

I love baking, it’s such a satisfying thing to do (and it gives you a great reason to eat and share cake – bliss!). For my husband’s birthday a few days ago I made a Brooklyn Blackout Cake: a dark, rich and very chocolatey cake covered in dark chocolate custard frosting.

Vintage teatime: Oeufs En Cocotte

Vintage teatime: Oeufs En Cocotte

There’s something very comforting about eating eggs for supper. Perhaps it’s just me, but it reminds me of weekends in my childhood when we’d had our main meal at lunchtime and we had something little and treaty for tea, whether it was hot buttered toast, salmon sandwiches (the salmon from a tin of course), or(…)

Vintage baking: WW1 Anzac biscuits

Vintage baking: WW1 Anzac biscuits

When you say that biscuits are from World War 1 they just don’t sound very appealing do they? These Anzac biscuits however are surprisingly delicious. My 7 year old wolfed them down. He didn’t complain that they weren’t covered in chocolate which is high-praise indeed! These biscuits were made by wives and families of ANZACs(…)

Vintage baking: a 1950s stained glass cake

Vintage baking: a 1950s stained glass cake

I’ve fancied making a retro stained glass cake for a while now, ever since stumbling across different photos of it online. Apparently it was a recipe which was printed on the back of jello packets in the 1950s, it’s also sometimes called a broken glass cake but I think that sounds a lot less appealing(…)

The Macaroon: cute flowergirl or lumpy teen bridesmaid?

The Macaroon: cute flowergirl or lumpy teen bridesmaid?

If meringues are the showstopping bride of the dessert trolly, then macaroons are her cute pastel coloured flowergirls. Or at least they’re supposed to be. Instead of being cute 6-year olds in pastel dresses my macaroons turned out more like *that* teenage cousin you feel obliged to have as a bridesmaid (you know the one,(…)

Something even better than strawberries & cream in Wimbledon week

Something even better than strawberries & cream in Wimbledon week

What’s better than eating sweet English strawberries whilst watching Wimbledon? Eating chocolate-dipped English strawberries, that’s what! With the addition of some Choco-Leibnitz biscuits if you’re feeling particularly piggy! I don’t really need to give you a recipe for chocolate dipped strawberries, it’s all very simple (just strawberries and melted chocolate). However  it IS possible to(…)

My vintage kitchen: French meringues

My vintage kitchen: French meringues

I love cooking. Especially on a Sunday when there’s no rushing around to do and the family sits around relaxing and enjoying the smell of a Sunday roast cooking in the oven. The part I really love though is the pudding. I only make puddings on a Sunday, so it always feels extra special, and(…)