Madeira mini loaves with marmalade glaze

Sometimes you need to revisit those old classics – you know the ones! The recipe book pages and stuck together with mixture, your great gran’s hand writing is is a light shade of its former self. This recipe is perfect example since a Madeira cake is a staple in any baker’s files. Will Torrent in…

A special valentines cake

This gin and lemon is the ultimate cake for moist yumminess- there really is no secret to moist cakes, they always have a syrup poured over just after removing from the oven. Leave the cake in the tin and refridgerate for at least an hour. You risk the whole bundle of moistness falling apart on…

Caribbean rum cake

This is a lovely moist favourite from the Caribean, reminiscent of the tinned variety which are often given around Christmas. I developed this recipe for the Thermomix from a book I found in Barbedos, Angela Spenceley's Just add Rum. the recipe apparently comes from the BVI. It is very simple and very delicious and only…

Sour cherry stollen cake

  Yes, this is a cake as opposed to a bread. It really is a great variation on the wonderful more traditional stollen I posted last week. The benefits are that you don't have to use yeast and you don't have to wait! As I had made double quantities of pistachio marzipan last week I…

Bûche de Noël

Some Buche de noel recipes have 7 stages and lists of ogre diets as long as your arm. I am not knocking them out of court ( I have been known to make Swedish princess cake more than twice!) but at Christmas sometimes you just want an impressive looking buffet centre pice which hasn't taken…

Anti- gravity cake

  The anti-gravity concept has been around for a while and is a lot of fun. It's fair to say that it becomes mainstream when suppliers like Lakeland in the UK supply adaptable kits at a reasonable price, under £10. Lakeland's Anti-Gravity Pouring Cake Kit is a good example of where the company has gone…

A simply scrummy icing….

I have been rather quiet on the blogging front. No posts and reading of all the lovely blogs I follow. I am stateside now for a short while and hope to put that to rights. A dear friend had a significant birthday just before I left Guernsey and while I had no hesitation in deciding…

Pistachio and honey drizzle mini loaves

This cake is really special! I have adapted it from the Amber Rose's Love Bake Nourish, a book whose recipes I have feature previously. Her recipes work, they use alternative flours and sweeteners, and are easily adapted to substitute your own favourite ingredients. I have adapted for the Thermomix but you could happily mix this…

Lemon curd cupcakes

Two consecutive cup cake bakes- what can be happening?!- oh yes, it's national cupcake week. I probably won't make them for another year.. This particular bake might be the one to change my mind about that as it is filled with home made Thermomix lemon curd. Having topped it with a very lemony frosting, I…

Banoffee cup cakes

  It would remiss of me of let national cupcake week go without a mention. Regular readers will know I'm not big on cupcakes- too much sweetness in the frosting for me. I have overripe bananas and homemade Thermomix salted caramel ( which I had to stop eating straight out of the jar!) so this…

Pistachio & Rose Water Battenburg

  Battenburg ( or as I chose to call it 'window cake' ) was a childhood favourite of mine. My mother did bake delicious cakes but she never made this one, so Mr Kipling had to step in. Home made battenburgs are in a class of their own and I urge you to make your…

Chocolate and sour cream cake – a match made in heaven

This is a wonderful classic- a sour cream chocolate cake. James Morton makes it with yogurt which is also great and he spices things up with a pinch (or three) of chilli powder. I'm sure you have seen chilli chocolate on supermarket shelves- it may not be to everyone's taste but if it is add…