Vegetarian food blog featuring nourishing home cooked recipes, creative baking and luscious chocolate.

Toffee Apple Hazelnut Cake for Bonfire Night or Other Autumnal Occasions

Toffee Apple Hazelnut Cake

Autumn, Large Cakes | 15th October 2017 | By

The leaves are turning, the mornings are misty and the season of mellow fruitfulness has definitely arrived. There are apples aplenty here in the New Forest and apple cake is an autumnal essential bake. For Bonfire Night last year, I reckon I created my best ever. It’s a toffee apple hazelnut cake and is just perfect for this time of year.

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Victoria Sandwich – A Wholemeal Take on the Nation’s Favourite Cake

Victoria Sandwich Cake

Layer cakes | 5th September 2017 | By

Everyone loves a Victoria Sandwich, it’s the nation’s favourite cake. But I have a confession to make. In all my years of baking I’d never made one before – until my farewell party that is.

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Cinnamon Coconut Chocolate Crunch – A Traybake with Attitude

Cinnamon Coconut Chocolate Crunch Traybake

Traybakes | 13th August 2017 | By

This cinnamon coconut chocolate crunch traybake is a real crowd pleaser. It’s ideal for parties where both children and adults will love it. It has less sugar than similar bakes, but its nutty crunchiness will have you coming back for more. It’s quick and easy to make; the hardest part is waiting for the chocolate crunch to cool and set.

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Kale Apple Cake and The Veggie Desserts Cookbook

Kale Apple Cake with Apple Icing

Book Reviews, Layer cakes | 5th August 2017 | By

Kale may not be the most obvious thing to put in a cake, but as many of you will know, I’m all for adding nutritious ingredients to my bakes. Flavour and texture are massively important, but I do derive quite a bit of pleasure from a naturally colourful cake. This kale apple cake with apple icing hits the spot on all counts.

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Raspberry Rose Friands – Your Summer Gluten-Free Friends

Raspberry Rose Friands

Who wants to be stuck in the kitchen slaving over a hot stove in the summer? Not me. But I do like a summery bake or two. These raspberry rose friands are a good compromise. They’re full of summer flavour, quick to prepare and only take twenty minutes in the oven.

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Coffee Brownies with Almond Nut Butter – a Healthier Bake

Coffee Brownies with Almond Nut Butter

There’s no doubt about it, brownies are never going to be super healthy. However, as regular readers will know, they are one of my favourite bakes so I do like to make an attempt to up their nutritional value. These coffee brownies with almond nut butter are similar to my winning healthier brownies with cashew nut butter. They are simple to make and are just as fudgy and delicious as you’d expect a good brownie to be.

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Rum and Raisin Cupcakes – a Boozy Bake for Old Time’s Sake

Rum and Raisin Cupcakes

Cupcakes | 8th June 2017 | By

These rum and raisin cupcakes are a delicious, but rather boozy bake. They’re reminiscent of Old Jamaica, a chocolate rum and raisin flavoured bar from my childhood. I used to save up my pocket money so I could occasionally indulge in what seemed to be a highly sophisticated treat at the time.

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Chilli Chocolate Chip Friands – Your Gluten Free Friends

Chilli Chocolate Chip Friands

When I have leftover egg whites, friands are my go to bake. You can make them with one egg white or with six. They keep well and are always popular. I had a lone egg white left after making these peanut butter chocolate chip cookies, so chilli chocolate chip friands it was.

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Chocolate Fudge Cake and a Mary Berry Homeware Competition

Chocolate Fudge Cake

Giveaway, Layer cakes | 16th April 2017 | By

First of all I’d like to wish you all a very Happy Easter. Yesterday, I made a chocolate fudge cake with chocolate cream cheese icing. It’s destined for Easter tea with my mother and some friends later today. I think it’s going to be a good one. I also have an easy and fun Easter competition for all baking enthusiasts. The prize is the Mary Berry Collection afternoon tea set that you can see in this post, plus a possible added bonus. Read on.

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Lavender Honey Cake with a Scent of Lemon & Honey Cream Cheese Icing

Lavender Honey Cake

HealthyFry, Layer cakes | 22nd March 2017 | By

Mother’s Day is fast approaching and I can’t help but think of cake. I feel something light and spring like is needed. I know, how about a lavender honey cake scented with lemon and smothered in honey cream cheese icing? Sorted.

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