Vanilla Buttermilk Cake

Since I shared my chocolate buttermilk cake recipe with you, it only makes sense for there to be a vanilla one too. This particular recipe is a variation of the one I use as my go to chocolate cake, it came about in 2015 when I was asked to make cupcakes for my second older…

Peanut Butter Blondies

My new favourite bake. How are you coping with this isolation due to the world-wide pandemic? I think I am doing fine so far. Anyway…. This recipe comes from one of my favourite baking books for dipping into, How Baking Works by James Morton, the young Scottish Doctor who took part in the third series…

My Go-To Tomato Sauce

I think everyone needs a good basic tomato sauce in their repertoire, and this is the one I use. This sauce is great for meatballs, or chicken, or even just plain with pasta. Sometimes I ring in the changes by adding a handful of spinach near the end of cooking time. But I wouldn’t do…

Rich Fruit Scones

I’ve been listening to a lot of podcasts recently, it’s my new thing. I like to go into the kitchen with my iPhone, plug in my earphones and listen to one while cooking or baking. The one I really enjoy listening to is The Kitchen is on Fire, which is hosted by James Ramsden and…

Coffee and Walnut Layer Cake

Happy New Year everybody! Welcome to my kitchen in 2019. Did you have a good Christmas? I sure did, several cookbooks, a games console and several other bits and pieces. As for the New Year, I saw it in at home with my Mum, and we drank G&Ts. Have I mentioned that I like a…

Classic Shortbread

Whenever I go travelling I always bake something to take with me as a hostess gift. Sometimes it’s a loaf cake, other times it’s a batch of brownies; this time though I fancied a change. As I was going back home to Essex for a couple of days, I decided to make some shortbread, which…

Old-School Chocolate Cupcakes

This is it, the last baking recipe I’ll be personally eating for a while, as I’m back on the Body Coach workouts. After this post, I shall be focusing on more healthy recipes for the blog. Don’t worry though, I’ll still do an occasional treat. The recipe below is a variation on the one for…

Old-School Chocolate Fudge Frosting

As a child I adored chocolate fudge cake, in fact I used to request it as my birthday cake between the ages of seven and twenty-one. What I particularly loved about it was the frosting. If I happened to be around in the kitchen when Mum was icing the cake, I used to watch and…

Coconut Layer Cake

Ever since I first saw Ina Garten make a coconut layer cake in her television programme, Barefoot Contessa, I’ve wanted to make my own version. Two layers of coconut sponge, filled and covered with cream cheese frosting. Heaven. For years now, when it comes up to someone’s birthday, I offer to make them a birthday…

The Best Cream Cheese Frosting

Don’t get me wrong. I like buttercream, particularly coffee buttercream. But it is not my favourite icing, which has to be cream cheese icing. And it’s taken me a lot of attempts to find the best one. When I first started making cream cheese frosting, it always ended up being a lot runnier then the…