Cookies & Cream…. And Cake

 I’ve waited a really long time to make the Cookies and Cream cake from the Hummingbird Bakery Home Sweet Home recipe book.  Apparently I have very few friends who have a sweet enough tooth to handle this dynamic duo.  Thankfully, my friend from work had a birthday coming up, and has a seriously sweet tooth … Continue reading

Chocolate Victoria Sponge

Chocolate Victoria Sponge

It’s been a while since I’ve baked anything – the thought of having to turn the oven on and create a sauna out of my already ‘too-hot’ kitchen gives me the shivers. So when I was asked to bring something to a girly night in, I gritted my teeth and made the quickest, the simplest … Continue reading

Last Minute Lemon and Poppyseed Ring Cake

During Easter, I went a bit anti-Easter related baked goods.  I don’t know about everyone else, but I’m kind of tired of all the Easter eggs, bunnies, and bird nests.  We’ve all had our fair share of chocolatey goodness and enough is enough. So when I was told that we had guests coming for cake … Continue reading

Maple and Walnut Streusel Cake

Right. I got my brand-spanking new beautiful Hummingbird Bakery Recipe book, which meant: a lot of jumping up and down, countless hours spent pouring over the pictures trying to decide what to bake first; and five seconds of baking time to spill something on it.  I guess the sign of a good recipe book is … Continue reading

The Easiest Cheesecake … Ever

 That’s right people – this is officially the easiest one I’ve made yet. I made this for yet another dinner party and we had lots to do.  Luckily there’s literally no baking involved in this recipe, which makes a welcome change … especially when both ovens were already packed with food being roasted. The base … Continue reading

Marbled Chocolate Ring Cake

I saw the photo of this cake in Mary Berry’s Baking Bible and thought – ‘it looks fit, I must try it’. Yes people, I described a cake as fit. I’m sorry, it had to be done. I needed a reason to try out this marbled chocolate cake and luckily, my neighbours were due to … Continue reading

Apple and Cinnamon Cake

I had planned to make this cake for Christmas day, but my Gingerbread Mansion took up a lot more time than expected so I had to make it later on.  I was making my first ever Iranian meal and decided that we would also have to have some sort of dessert as well. I chopped … Continue reading

Iced Chocolate Traybake

This was the last ‘advent present’ I had to make for my team advent calendar and this recipient was the easiest to bake for, as he beats me on the sweet-tooth front. I figured, what could be sweeter than an Iced Chocolate Traybake??? I set about getting all the ingredients together and was pretty surprised … Continue reading

Dairy-Free Blueberry and Coconut Cake

Continuing with the advent theme, my second advent present went to a colleague who is lactose intolerant.  I was determined to make her something dairy-free, as she normally just takes the bullet and eats my cakes regardless. I found this recipe on the BBC goodfoods website and had to give it a go. It seemed … Continue reading

The All-in-one – Victoria Sandwich

Have you ever wondered why it’s called a ‘Victoria Sandwich’? Apparently, it’s named after Queen Victoria, who favoured a slice of this sponge cake with her afternoon tea.  As for the sandwich bit – well I guess that part’s pretty obvious! Now that my family have finally accepted that baked goods are to be a … Continue reading