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 some leftover dates we bought at Christmas and added them … Continue reading Banana And Date Loaf Cake

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 each other and stack correctly. Elli asked me about baking … Continue reading Elli and Olly’s Wedding Cakes

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 with subtle hints of coffee in the cake and the … Continue reading Chocolate And Coffee Cake

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 floral spring feel. And if it’s good enough for Harry … Continue reading Lemon And Elderflower Birthday Cake

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 icing you’re really happy with and that’s not too gin-strong. … Continue reading Gin And Tonic Cake