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

Mincemeat Brownies – A Festive Crowd Pleaser

Festive Mincemeat Brownies

Festive brownies spiced up with mincemeat. Bite into a rich chocolate fudgy slice and be delighted with booze soaked fruit and slivers of crunchy nuts. These mincemeat brownies are a real crowd pleaser and perfect for using up any leftover mincemeat. They’re gluten-free too.

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Irish Apple Cake – A Fragrant Autumn Bake

Irish Apple Cake

Autumn, Bundt | 12th November 2019 | By

An unusual apple cake with a layer of cinnamon flavoured apples baked in the centre of a fairly plain cake. This Irish apple cake is just perfect served warm as pudding with custard or cream. But it’s also good at room temperature for afternoon tea.

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Plum Upside-Down Cake Flavoured with Rose

Plum Upside-Down Cake

Autumn, Large Cakes | 20th August 2019 | By

Make the most of autumn’s bounty and tuck into this plum upside-down cake as soon as you can. It makes an impressive dessert with its beautiful purple colour. The cake is at its best served warm, but is almost as delicious eaten cold for elevenses or afternoon tea. Cream or custard are optional.

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Gooseberry Upside-Down Cake with Honey

Slice of honey gooseberry upside-down cake on a plate with cake slice.

Large Cakes, Summer | 30th July 2019 | By

Do you like gooseberries? This honey and gooseberry upside-down cake is a fabulous recipe to use them in. You get all of that lovely gooseberry flavour with the addition of warm aromatic honey. It’s a super easy cake to make requiring one pan to prepare the ingredients and one tin to cook it in. Serve it warm from the oven for dessert with custard or cream, or cold for afternoon tea or even elevenses.

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Raspberry Cream Sponge Cake with Lemon Verbena

Raspberry Cream Sponge Cake scattered with fresh raspberries and rose petals.

This raspberry cream sponge cake is a taste of summer and a highlight of any garden party. It’s a classic victoria sponge, but baked with scented leaves to impart an air of added sophistication and delight. Two sponges are sandwiched together with crushed raspberries and rose flavoured cream. It’s very hard to resist.

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Matcha Madeleines – Green Tea & Lemon Sponges

Matcha Madeleines laid out on a blue plate.

Are you a matcha fan? Do you know what it is? It’s a wonderful ingredient to use in baking. These green matcha madeleines are little cakes with attitude. They’re flavoured with Japanese green tea powder (matcha) for complexity and lemon for freshness.

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Spelt Rhubarb Muffins with a Hint of Rose

Twelve spelt rhubarb mini muffins sitting on a blue plate.

Small Cakes | 28th May 2019 | By

Rhubarb season is now in full swing. These fluffy rhubarb muffins contain wholemeal spelt flour and kefir. This means they’re particularly gentle on the digestive system. They’re also really easy to make and a sure fire winner. Bursts of tart rhubarb and just a hint of rose transform these workaday muffins into something just a little bit special.

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Gluten-Free Coconut Cakes – Breakfast Bibingka

12 Gluten-Free Coconut Cakes on a cooling rack with maybe tulips in the background.

Bibingka for breakfast anyone? These gluten-free coconut cakes are inspired by a Christmas treat from the Philippines. They’re called bibingka and are really simple to make. They’re both filling and not too sweet, so are just right for a quick breakfast on the go.

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Prune Rock Cakes – An Almost Traditional British Bake

Sultana & Prune Rock Cakes Cooling on a Rack

British, Small Cakes | 26th March 2019 | By

Rock cakes are a traditional British bake and they are one of the easiest to make. These sultana and prune rock cakes are a variation of the classic bake, but you can use whatever dried fruit you like. You’ll also find tips on how to make fresh apple rock cakes.

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Cornish Hevva Cake (sometimes known as Heavy Cake)

Cornish Hevva Cake aka Heavy Cake

Despite the unprepossessing name that Cornish Hevva Cake is sometimes given, this lightly fruited bake is not particularly ‘heavy’. It is, however, absolutely delicious. The bake falls somewhere between a sweet scone and a light egg-free fruit cake. As with many traditional bakes, Tesen Hevva (its Cornish name) is very easy to make.

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