Rich triple chocolate muffins, or buns as I’d call them. They’re liberally studded with pieces of both crunchy white chocolate and melting milk chocolate. Not only are they delicious, but they’re easy to make and will appeal to all.
These super cute mini strawberry cream cakes make for the most blissful summer picnic treats. Strawberries are the star of the show, but cream is an essential ingredient too. They’re also flavoured with rose as befits the season. Ideal for summer entertaining and alfresco eating.
Back along, nearly three years ago to be exact, I hosted a six course chocolate themed dinner party for friends. These rhubarb friands with white chocolate (that’s with an a not an e) accompanied the rhubarb, rose and white chocolate ice-cream that made up the last course but one. With rhubarb already in season, this seems like a good time to finally publish the recipe.
Sharp zingy lemon cakes with a light sponge. The subtle notes of cardamom in these Twelfth Night cakes add depth and the marzipan melts to give a certain sweet almondy stickiness. Eminently suitable to celebrate Twelfth Night or any other.
My friend Henk, over in The Netherlands is a keen baker. Like me, he’s interested in trying out different flours, particularly in cakes. Recently he sent me a recipe for his favourite chocolate nut muffins. They have undergone many iterations, I should add and more will follow as just like me, Henk is an inveterate ‘tinkerer’ of recipes.
A sort of cross between a rock cake and a thumbprint biscuit. These very British non-yeasted apricot buns are made with a mix of wholemeal spelt and freekah flours. They’re flavoured with vanilla and crowned with a spoonful of vanilla apricot jam.
These delightful little apple cakes are lightly spiced with cardamom and full of autumnal flavour. They’re made with Mediterranean honey, which gives them an aromatic stickiness to the light sponge. If you only make one apple bake this autumn, make it these honey apple cardamom mini bundt cakes.
Soft spongy moreish madeleines flavoured with mild chilli chocolate. Even more delicious if you drizzle them with a little salted caramel sauce. But probably best if you eat them on the day you make them.
Have you eaten matcha marmalade cakes before? No? They’re well worth trying. These little bites are flavoured with healthy green tea powder and marmalade. They’re not only delicious but also quick and simple to make.