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

Chocolate Log + Ten Favourite Chocolate Recipes

Blood Orange Chocolate Log

A lip smacking chocolate log isn’t just for Christmas. It’s also a great cake to mark both St Valentine’s Day and ten years of blogging. This celebratory chocolate log is a brilliant way to share the love. It looks a bit special and is made from rich dark chocolate, seasonal blood oranges and red strawberry jam. In honour of the occasion, I also have ten favourite chocolate recipes from some awesome food blogging buddies.

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Lemon Caraway Seed Cake – An Old-Fashioned Bake with a Modern Twist

Lemon Caraway Seed Cake

British, Bundt | 5th February 2019 | By

This lemon caraway seed cake recipe is a riff from a Rachel Roddy recipe I spotted in the Guardian. I thought a version of it would be perfect for an upcoming visit from two of my aunts last summer. 

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Vegan Peanut Butter Banana Muffins – So Quick, So Easy, So Delicious

Vegan Peanut Butter Banana Muffins

These vegan peanut butter banana muffins are so quick and easy to make that they’re the perfect bake for when you’re in a hurry or unexpected guests arrive. Not only are they super delicious, but they’re made with wholemeal spelt flour and are vegan too.

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Earl Grey Fruit Cake with Orange Icing + Lavender & Lovage Review

Earl Grey Fruit Cake with Orange Icing

Bundt, Christmas | 28th November 2018 | By

I’ve been following Karen Burns-Booth fabulous food blog, Lavender & Lovage, pretty much since its inception. Now, we have the cookbook, newly published this month, Lavender & Lovage: a culinary notebook of memories & recipes from home & abroad. Read on for my review and a recipe for Earl Grey fruit cake with orange icing. 

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Sticky Ginger Apple Cakes – A Bonfire Night Special

Sticky Ginger Apple Cakes

Autumn, Small Cakes | 7th November 2018 | By

I’ve had the most horrible cold and it’s gone on for nearly two weeks now. As a result, my body has been craving healing foods. Ginger is a wonderful spice for alleviating soar throats and general bunged upness. Earlier this week, with Bonfire Night fast approaching, my thoughts inevitably turned to gingerbread. The result of my deliberations were these little sticky ginger apple cakes. Oh my days, they are good – super sticky and gloriously gingery.

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Upside-Down Apple Cake – Easy to Make, Easy to Eat

Upside-Down Apple Cake

Large Cakes | 24th October 2018 | By

This wholemeal upside-down apple cake is super easy to make and and the results are better than satisfactory – a lot better. It’s quick to prepare and tastes delicious. The slightly caramelised apple pairs well with the subtle tones of cardamom and cider.

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Spinach Cake with Lemon – My Super Simple Version of Le Gâteau Vert

Spinach Cake with Lemon aka Green Cake aka Le Gâteau Vert

My spinach cake with lemon is a super simple version of le gâteau vert or green cake and it tastes delicious too. I was inspired after seeing this week’s episode of Great British Bake Off. I’ve made it with wholemeal spelt, but you can use whatever flour you prefer. The batter is made with spinach puree and the icing is coloured with spinach too. I’ve filled it with lemon ricotta and topped it with pistachios.

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Double Delight Bundt Cake – Chocolate Rum & Raisin and Coconut & Lime

Double Delight Bundt Cake - two cakes in one: chocolate rum & raisin and coconut & lime. Drizzled with a lime icing. Delicious and easy to make too. #bundt #cake #recipe

One of my favourite ways to bake a cake these days is using my silicone bundt mould. With very little fuss, I can make an outstandingly tasty cake that looks as though a lot more work went into it, than actually has. When my uncle turned up to help us clear the garden a couple of months ago, I made him this double delight bundt cake. Cunningly, it’s two cakes swirled together to make one: chocolate rum & raisin and coconut & lime. When I say ‘him’, I clearly mean that we all got to indulge in a slice or two.

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Triple Chocolate Almond Brownies – Naturally Gluten Free

Triple Chocolate Almond Brownies - Naturally Gluten-Free

Triple trouble, these dark, rich and fudgy triple chocolate almond brownies are way too tempting for anyone supposedly interested in a wholesome diet. Even I can’t kid myself that they are in any way healthy. They are, however, bl**dy delicious and being naturally gluten-free, they’re inclusive too.

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Toffee Apple Hazelnut Cake for Bonfire Night or Other Autumnal Occasions

Toffee Apple Hazelnut Cake with Smoky Salted Caramel Sauce

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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