Coconut and Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

A delightfully greedy treat to have for a weekend breakfast, or elevensies. I was going to make a Coconut and Cherry Banana Bread the other day, and I discovered half a bar of dark chocolate leftover in the pantry that needed to be used up. So in a rare moment of inspiration, I decided to…

Coffee and Chocolate Loaf

A simple loaf cake from that well known London bakery, The Hummingbird Bakery I’ve made this cake from The Hummingbird Bakery twice, but I’ve only eaten it once. Everyone who has eaten this told me that it’s like a brownie. So I guess that’s good. The first time I made this cake was for my…

Carol Next-Door’s Coconut Loaf Cake

This recipe is from my mum, and she in turn recieved it from our former neighbour Carol, hence the name “Carol-Next-Door’s Coconut Loaf Cake.” The actual recipe for this cake comes from New Zealand, where Carol and her husband Stan lived for several years. And it is a taste of my childhood. When I first…

My Mother’s Apple Cake

A great cake from my mother’s notes, and it is a family favourite. My mother has a very good apple cake in her repertoire. An almond sponge with a layer of apple baked in the middle, and very good it is too. She gave me the recipe a few years ago and I shared it…

“Oh Fuck, Company’s Coming!” Chocolate Cake

Sorry for the profanity in the title. It just seems appropriate. Imagine the scene. You’re having a lie in one Saturday morning, when you get a text from your Mum who had left earlier to go to town with her gay friend. “J’s coming in for dinner later, can you please make something for dessert?”…

Double Chocolate Pound Cake with Chocolate Fudge Icing

A cake to cover all eventualities. Dessert, tea, midnight snack. Even as a cake to take when staying with someone. All I seem to make on this here blog is fucking desserts and teatime treats. But then these are the most regularly searched recipe searches, so I guess this is good. I found a cake…

Raspberry and Almond Bundt Cake

A great bake from my friend, Luke. A great cook in his own right. One good thing about having a friend who is as interested in cooking as you are, is that you often end up swapping recipes and tips with each other. As you can imagine, Luke and I have shared ideas and recipes…

Simple Victoria Sandwich

A basic bake that every cook/baker needs in their repertoire. Ever since I was a child, one cookbook has retained a constant presence in my life, the Ultimate Cake Book by Mary Berry. Every few days it would be on the kitchen counter, Mum making a cake from it. Victoria sandwiches mostly. When I started…

Coconut and Cherry Banana Bread

One of my most requested cakes for when my family have visitors. I know what you’re thinking: ‘But what about your weight-loss regime, Jack?’ Well, a little of what you fancy now and then never hurts you, I say. Whenever I have some bananas that are incredibly ripe in the fruit bowl I knew it’s…

Blueberry Sour Cream Loaf

A lovely loaf cake from the famous Hummingbird Bakery in London. Just because I am on a diet, it doesn’t mean I can’t make or bake things and pass them on, does it? It’s a good plan really, I get slimmer while everyone else gets fatter. (Insert evil laugh here.) The recipe for this cake…