Hugh & Portia

When two of your closest friends get engaged, it’s one of the most exciting things, and when Hugh and Portia married in November, I was honoured to be able to make their wedding cake. After a beautiful ceremony at Hackney registry office, and a vintage bus ride over to the venue, the wedding took place…

Banana And Date Loaf Cake

We’re a household where mouldy bananas are a regular occurrence, usually after a health-kick inspired food shop, and one of the best uses for a blackened banana is in cake. Banana cake is one of my favourites, left plain or mixed with anything from peanut butter or Nutella to cinnamon or walnuts. Here I’ve used…

Elli and Olly’s Wedding Cakes

Not all wedding cakes need to be stacked and it was a joy to bake Elli and Olly’s cakes recently, three different sized cakes arranged on cake stands. The major benefit of baking cakes like this is there’s no need for dowels or the balancing act of making sure the cakes sit on top of…

Liz & Ed’s Semi-Naked Wedding Cake

Being asked to bake a cake is always an honour, especially when it’s by one of your friends for an occasion such as a wedding. It’s also something I still don’t really believe is happening, given that until a few years ago I’d only really made cakes at home when people came to visit and…

Chocolate And Coffee Cake

Last week I became an Aunty for the second time with the arrival of a beautiful little niece called Bridget. When popping over to visit her (and my sister, brother-in-law, and three-year old nephew Rowan) I bought along this cake. It’s pretty intense so you only need small slices and it’s a dense, chocolatey sponge…

Lemon And Elderflower Birthday Cake

Lemon drizzle cake is probably my all-time favourite flavour and here I’ve changed it slightly by adding in some elderflower cordial, giving the whole thing a fragrant and fruity flavour. It’s easy to make and the addition of elderflower in the cake mix and the drizzle poured onto the warm cake give it a beautifully…

Gin And Tonic Cake

If you’re looking for a way to merge your favourite drink with a light sponge cake, this is it. There’s a little gin in the cake batter and the icing, but it’s very subtle and not too overpowering (depending on how much you want). I’d recommend taste testing along the way until you’ve got an…

Double Chocolate Loaf Cake

On the whole I don’t tend to make chocolate cakes, mainly because I don’t really like the flavour and generally would always go for a fruity cake instead, but for all my friends who are chocoholics this is a really easy cake to whip up. The mini eggs make it perfect for eater but it…

Lemon And Elderflower Loaf Cake

Lemon drizzle cake is probably my all-time favourite flavour and here I’ve changed it slightly by adding in some elderflower cordial, giving the whole thing a fragrant and fruity flavour. It’s easy to make and the addition of elderflower in the cake mix and the drizzle poured onto the warm cake give it a beautifully…