Category Archives: cake


m&m’s cheesecake

m & m cheesecake with pop tart base The in-laws recently returned from the States laden with 'candy'. I had to resist the urge to cram it all down my throat in one go, and decided to turn some of it into a cheesecake.m&m cheesecake There was all sorts in there. Pop Tarts (are they still around over here? The most absurd excuse for breakfast ever), Baby Ruths, random chocolates and quirky flavour M&Ms: peanut butter; and pretzel. Both … Continue Reading ››

exploding chocolate cakes

exploding chocolate cakes There are few simpler pleasures in life than cooking with your children. Baking cakes with a toddler can be a source of tremendous fun. We knocked these absurd little fairy cakes out one rainy afternoon, and had to make more the next day as they went down so well. The secret ingredient is Heston's Chocolate Popping Candy - great fun!

Exploding chocolate cakes (makes 12):

225g butter

225g granulated sugar

4 eggs

225g plain flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

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yoghurt tea loaf

loaf cake I hate slugs. Not for slimy, yukky reasons, but because they wreak havoc on my nascent courgettes. I accepted all kinds of advice, one of which was scattering broken egg shells around the plants. So this cake was a good excuse to break some eggs. This is from The Yeo Valley Great British Farmhouse Cookbook. It's a new book from the yoghurty people. It's full of recipes like slow-roasted pork and apples, smoky bacon meatballs, and chocolate chip … Continue Reading ››

chocolate and passion fruit baked alaska

dark chocolate baked alaska
Photo copyright Waitrose
What a show-stopper this recipe is. How I came to get the recipe is still utterly bewildering to me. Would you like to go to the Waitrose Cookery School and have Heston Blumenthal cook for you? Um, let me think about that fo- yes please. So I rock up, where they are filming an Easter show for Waitrose TV. I've been to the Cookery School a couple of times before, but not in these … Continue Reading ››

black forest layer cake

black forest layer cake If there's a dessert I'm guaranteed to go giddy for, it's Black Forest Gateau. The combination of cherry, chocolate and cream is just perfect. And so if I see an opportunity to reinvent it, I'm there. I wanted to reuse one of my favourite recipes of this year was Russian honey cake. It's such an enjoyable technique I knew it had legs. And this black forest version proves it: the 'cake' is quite biscuity, but if you can stand to leave it … Continue Reading ››