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…

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…

Blood Orange Chocolate Chunk Pound Cake

The other day I was trawling through Smitten Kitchen’s Instagram, and Deb, the lady behind Smitten Kitchen, had shared photos and videos of a cake that she did for the weekend, a version of the Orange Chocolate Chunk Pound Cake from Ina Garten’s book, Barefoot Contessa Parties!, using blood oranges. The idea lodged itself in…

Lemon-Vanilla Pound Cake with Lemon Glaze

For a few weeks I had lost my blogging mojo for some reason, I would come on here and rather than type a post, I’d stare at the blank page with no idea at all as to what to write. Luckily I’ve got it back now, and just in time for Spring. So, here’s a…

French Apple Tart

This is just about the easiest recipe I have ever made. It’s five ingredients, and you can make it in just over thirty minutes. And it looks like you went to a posh patisserie, and brought it. The idea for this comes from Ina Garten, one of my favourite Food Network personalities. I just love…

Coffee Walnut Loaf Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Today I’ve started drinking green tea again. It does taste funny but, as with every new change we encounter in our lives, we adapt to it. I do tend to start my mornings with a big cup of coffee, and I intend to keep that habit. But the rest of the day I’ll be drinking…

Maple Syrup and Dark Chocolate Chip Layer Cake

When my brothers and I were growing up, our mother made us whatever cake we wanted for our birthdays; vanilla or chocolate with buttercream and jam mostly, but for herself it was always a basic sponge with jam, and in 2012 I decided to do something about it. After flicking through my collection of baking…