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…

Simple Iced Chocolate Birthday Cake

For the past few years I’ve made the birthday cakes for my family. I usually tend to do a frosted layer cake, whatever variety they want. I don’t think I would have the patience to shape cakes into numbers or whatever, and anyway I prefer doing the former to the latter. Does this make me…

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…

“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?”…

Schoolboy Chocolate Chip Biscuits

An easy recipe to make with children. These were sold at my primary school tuck shop at break-time every day. And everyone used to rave about them, so the dinnerlady who made them, Margaret, passed the recipe onto our Home Economics teacher, Mrs Cameron, and she taught us the recipe in lesson. Once school was…

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…

Salted Peanut and Dark Chocolate Florentines

A great idea for a gift for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, whenever. I had originally intended this to come out at Christmas, as that is the time when I usually make these little babies. But, as it always is at that time of year, especially for those who cook or bake, I was too busy….

Rocky Road Crunch Bars

A great treat for lunch boxes, even when you have a morning coffee. My sister-in-law’s sister loves this so much, that she begged for the recipe. I am just going to have to say it, but I LOVE Nigella Lawson. I love the way how she combines intelligence, sex appeal and motherly devotion, in fact…

Chocolate Chip Marble Cake

A wonderful cake to have alongside a mug of coffee mid-morning. Another rehash from the old site. Sorry. I’ve got a confession to make, we have no oven. But I am not going to let that little detail stop me from blogging. I’ll just have to use other ways of cooking in the meantime. Anyway,…

Chocolate Buttermilk Cake

Make. Eat. Weep. What more can I say? The recipe today is a chocolate buttermilk cake that I have adapted from a book I brought some years ago. When I made the cake in the picture, it was for my cousin’s birthday. He requested chocolate and boy, oh boy, did he get chocolate. The cake…

Malteser Traybake

Just the thing you need for the post Easter week. You don’t have to do this with Maltesers, you can adapt this to accommodate any chocolate confection. Last year for my young cousin’s christening I made, at her father’s request, a version using slices of Double Decker bars instead of Maltesers. I love making fridge…