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Chocolate & Ginger Cake


I wanted to make a ginger cake but came across this recipe from Mary Berry that added cocoa powder, so I decided to give it a try. As there was only 2 of us I made a mini version. The combination of Chocolate and Ginger is just so moreish!


Serves 4 (double quantities for a 20″ size cake)

100g butter at room temperature

25g Cocoa powder

2 tbsp semi skimmed milk

2 medium eggs

90g self raising flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp ground ginger

125 g caster sugar

1 tsp stem ginger

For the topping and filling:-

115g icing sugar

60g butter at room temperature

1 tbsp of stem ginger syrup

1 tsp semi skimmed milk

1 tsp of Stem ginger bits for topping.


  1. Grease and line 2 cake tins, I used 2 x 5″ springform tins.
  2. Preheat oven to 160 deg on fan.
  3.  Put the cocoa powder into a large, heatproof bowl. Stir in 3 tablespoons of boiling water, then add the milk. Mix to make a smooth paste.
  4. Add all the remaining ingredients and mix with an electric whisk for a few minutes, but watch not to over mix as you want it light and fluffy.
  5. Divide the cake mixture evenly between tins and bake in oven for about 25-30 minutes. Then remove and allow to cool in tins for a few minutes before removing to cool completely on a rack.                               20180203_143049
  6. To make the filling, sift the icing sugar into a bowl, add the stem syrup, milk and butter and whisk with an electric mixer until well blended.
  7. Take 1 of the cakes and if needed trim the top of the cake so you have a flat base then spoon some of the mixture on and smooth with a palette knife. Take the other cake and place on top, then spoon the rest of the mixture and smooth with the palette knife. Finally garnish with the stem ginger pieces.
  8. Serve with a lovely cuppa.



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Almond & Orange Cake


I made this for my mum coming round for dinner this weekend, was looking for something light and refreshing, it totally hit the spot. I served it with cream but you could also serve custard which I think would be nice.

The orange rind gives this cake a fragrant hint of citrus while the almond flour makes it moist and dense, so its virtually melt in the mouth.  Perfect with an afternoon cuppa.


Used a 20cm cake tin.

220g icing sugar (leave a little for decoration at end)

90g plain flour

90g Almond flour

Salt to taste

1/2 tsp baking powder

6 egg whites

115 g soft butter

Rind of 1 orange


  1. Mix all the ingredients together in a mixing bowl
  2. Preheat the oven to 180 deg, grease a cake tin.
  3. Pour mixture into the baking tin and bake for about 25-30 mins or until a skewer comes clean. Oh so yummy!




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Chocolate Nut Cake



On deciding what to do next using my crisper plate, I thought I’ve not really tried a cake?? Would it work?? Only 1 way to find out………………………..results were fab, tasty and baked in 10 minutes…….revelation!


Serves 12-16

200g Dark Chocolate – Melted (I used 70% cocoa)

240g butter

45g Walnuts

45g Hazelnuts

45g Almonds

170g golden caster sugar

1 tbsp flour

4 eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

pinch salt


  1. If you have an Induction hob, melt chocolate in a pan on No. 1, if not melt using a glass bowl over boiling water. Once nearly melted add in butter and melt through, stirring a couple of times. Remove from heat and allow to cool.  20170917_181232
  2. Chop nuts into very small pieces or use a processor and pulse but make sure not to make into crumbs.
  3. Separate egg yolks from egg whites
  4. One at a time add egg yolks to the chocolate and butter mix, stirring continuously.
  5. Then stir in vanilla, sugar, nuts & flour
  6. Whisk the egg whites together until stiff peaks, then gently fold into your chocolate mixture.                                                             20170917_181713
  7. Pour the mixture onto the crisper plate and cook on dynamic crisp setting for 10 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven and allow to cool. Once cooled remove from plate, slice and serve with some lovely whipped cream or ice cream if you prefer. YUMMY!!!!




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Victoria Sponge with a twist


I visited the Loch Lomond Food Festival recently and purchased this amazing flavour pot from SA Sauces , not sure what to do with it, I visited their website and found this amazing idea. It was absolutely delicious and an excellent twist to the traditional victoria sponge.

Makes 1 cake

  • 200g unsalted butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 4 medium eggs
  • 200g self-raising flour, plus extra for dusting
  • about 6 tbsp raspberry jam
  • 250ml double cream, whipped
  • icing sugar, for dusting
  • One pot of maple syrup and honeyed whiskey


  1. Heat oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5. Grease and flour 2 x 20cm sandwich tins. Place the butter, sugar and half the pot of maple syrup and honeyed whiskey into a bowl and beat well to a creamy consistency. Slowly beat in the eggs, one by one, then fold in the flour and mix well.
  2. Divide the mix between the cake tins, place into the oven and bake for about 20 mins until risen and golden brown. The cakes should spring back when gently pushed in the middle. When ready, remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5 mins in the tin, before turning out onto a wire rack and cooling completely.
  3. Mix the reminder of the pot of maple syrup with the cream. Whisk until you get a matt finish.
  4. Spread the jam (optional) onto one cake and top with the mixed cream. Sandwich the cakes together and dust with icing sugar.



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Sticky Ginger Cake

oh Yummy…..yummy……yummy!

First Recipe trying out my new oven. Baked perfectly and tasted even better….lol!


225g Black Treacle

255g Soft Light Brown Sugar

255g Butter

2 eggs, beaten

350g plain flour

2 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tbsp ground ginger

pinch salt

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

250ml warm milk (I used semi-skimmed)



  1. Melt together Treacle, sugar and butter, mixing all the time
  2. Remove from heat and mix in the eggs                                        Add in egg to melted mix
  3. Sieve flour into a large bowl, add the salt, cinnamon and ginger and mix together until combined                                                                               Add in dry ingredients to melted mix
  4. Mix bicarbonate soda to warm milk then slowly add to the mixture and mix well
  5. Line a 10″ square baking tin and grease                   Pour mixture in tin
  6. Pour mixture into tin and bake in the oven. I used my new Cake function, if you don’t have this then bake 140 deg for about 1-1.5hrs. Test with a knife, if it comes out clean its ready.
  7. Serve with some warm custard or ice cream.
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Chocolate Banana Cupcakes


Oh we do love a good cupcake for afternoon coffee break. We bought some new coffee beans to try but then realised we didn’t have any cake to go with it… off I went to the kitchen to see what I had. Bananas from last week that were perfect for cake making, so that made my decision, banana cake it was. So yummy!

Makes 6

80g self raising flour

120g light brown sugar (or you can use caster sugar)

20g cocoa powder

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla essence

1/2 tsp salt

30ml milk

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powder

1 medium ripe banana – mashed


  1. Preheat oven to 180 deg. Put all the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, salt, cocoa powder) into a mixing bowl and mix through.                                                                                                                                                                                                      20170319_142942
  2. Then put all the wet ingredients (egg, milk, vanilla, banana) into a separate bowl and whisk together.                                                                                        20170319_142946
  3. Add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and whisk together. It should be runny but not too runny.
  4. Put some cases into a muffin tin and pour the mixture into each, only 1/2 to 3/4 way, leave room for rising. Bake in the oven for 15-20 mins or until a knife comes out clean.
  5. Allow to cool on a rack and then decorate to your own tastes. I just used some icing as I didn’t have any frosting.                  20170319_15134920170319_161845

I made some plain chocolate ones too, follow everything above but just take out the banana.



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Coconut and Banana Upside Down Cake

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Makes 1 x 8 inch cake tin

I cheated slightly with this and used ready made cake mix.

200g Betty Crocker Vanilla Cake Mix

2 eggs

2 tbsp olive oil

1/4 cup sour cream – approx 75ml

1/4 cup water – 75ml

2 large bananas – sliced

100g shredded coconut

1/2 cup brown sugar

2 tbsp butter

1 tbsp lemon juice


  1. Preheat oven to 180 deg, grease the baking tin with spray oil.
  2. With an electric mixer, beat cake mix, eggs, oil, water, and sour cream on low until combined. Beat on high for 2 minutes
  3. Place banana slices evenly on bottom of tin.
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  5. In a small saucepan melt butter. Add brown sugar and lemon juice and heat until dissolved. (approx 40 secs) Pour the brown sugar mixture into the cake tin over the bananas. Sprinkle coconut over brown sugar sauce.
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  7. Pour over the cake mixture and spread evenly.
  8. Bake in oven for approx 40 mins. (If you have a Hotpoint Luce oven, use the dessert setting to bake).
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  10. Let it cool for 5 mins then serve with some ice cream, custard or even just some whipped cream. YUMMY!!