Mini Chocolate Guinness Engagement Cakes

When some of my lovely friends recently got engaged, as a present I made them some miniature cup cakes to enjoy at their engagement party. To give the cakes a little more depth I decided to go for chocolate Guinness with a cream cheese frosting and used mini muffin cake cases, which are slightly smaller…

‘I never wanted tears on the Bake Off’ says Mary Berry who picks lemon drizzle as her favourite cake, says clean eating is ‘right off her list’ and admits she’s a big fan of high street fashion

  Mary Berry says lemon drizzle is her favourite cake, ‘clean eating’ is not on her list, she was right over ‘ragu-gate’ , and the company you’re with is far more important than the food you’re eating. I went to see her talk about her latest book, Mary Berry Everyday, being interviewed by the Times…

Banana And Peanut Butter Cake

As I’ve said several million times before, peanut butter is one of my all time favourite things in life and I could happily eat it straight out of the pot with no remorse. Here I’ve combined it with another love of mine, banana cake, to create a sweet, sticky delicious combination loaf cake. The two…

Peanut Butter And White Chocolate Flapjacks

There’s something rather beautiful about sticky, gooey golden brown flapjacks. At any time of the day they’re the perfect sugar boost and as they’re made from porridge oats they must be healthy…right? Here I’ve knocked the classic aside slightly and thrown caution and calories to the wind with the addition of white chocolate and crunchy…

Lemon And Blackberry Loaf Cake

Lemon drizzle cake is without doubt one of my favourite flavours for cake and I love the almost pudding-like texture when the lemon syrup has absorbed into the cake. Here Ive added blackberries into the middle of the mixture to create a fruity, colourful loaf which is perfect with a dollop of greek yoghurt or…

Rhubarb And Vanilla Cakes

  It’s rhubarb season which means you have no excuse not to throw the beautifully bright pink fruit into everything you bake. I love the taste of rhubarb and inspired by pickingĀ out eight of my favourite rhubarb cakes I decided to make some for myself. As rhubarb is such a strong flavour it needs to…

How To Save Your Baking Failure

I’ve had many a cake fail in my time and I like to think the only reason I’m good at baking now is because I’ve made so many mistakes in the past. One of the most frustrating things in life for me is spending loads of time and money making a cake only for it…

Banana And Salted Caramel Loaf Cake

I think we can all agree that whatever we bake – or eat – adding some salted caramel to it can only make it better. At the same time, banana cake is an all-time favourite classic of mine so naturally here I’ve merged the two together. Banana cake is relatively easy to make and can…

Surprise Lemon Drizzle Birthday Cake

    March is always a busy time for me as five of my closest friends all have their birthdays within a few days of each other so it means spending a lot of time making birthday cakes. This lemon drizzle birthday cake was for my friend Nina which I decorated with the simple addition…

10 New Hot Cross Bun Flavours To Try

Hot cross buns are a staple food item for this time of year, toasted and slathered with butter, but if you want something a little more exciting than the classic, look no further. While I am never one to turn down a classic hot cross bun, and the fruity mix of cinnamon, spice and sultanas…

Five Tips For Cake Baking Success

Over the years I’ve made several thousand different sponge cakes and they’ve not all turned out looking beautiful. In fact several have been total disasters which have had to be scraped into the bin in a rage and forgotten about over a strong gin and tonic. However, the trials and tribulations of making so many…

Eight Of The Best Rhubarb Cakes

It’s rhubarb season and that means it’s time to incorporate the colourful, tangy fruit into your bakes. I first fell in love with the flavour when alongside custard, in both warm, comforting crumbles and in the hard-boiled sweet form but there’s now a wealth of recipes out there to bring it into your baking. The…