Month: July 2015

When Meringue hits Chocolate

So, I haven’t posted for a wee while, and, to be honest, I had been planning this big “I love bread” post, but I haven’t found the time. And then I realised I don’t need to have life story like posts to fire up: I can make them short and sweet and simply about my latest bake. So, here I am, 6.15am on the day I am due to take my kids away on holiday and I haven’t packed yet. But I am drinking my first coffee of the day and felt I could spare fifteen minutes to type out a few lines and publish. Today’s cake is a combination of recipes and ideas, mostly from Nigella Lawson and Sweetapolita. Inside is a double helping of Nigella’s Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake in four layers. If you haven’t tried this recipe and you love chocolate cake then you must: it is so quick and easy, yet moist and chocolatey (though not too rich for children) and can be thrown together in under two hours, decorated and …

Coconut and Raspberry Celebration

When someone who follows me on-line, whether it is my Facebook page or Instagram or Twitter, asks me to bake for them I am always thrilled. It’s reassurance that what I am doing is right. After all of the positive comments about the Chocolate and Cherry Explosion cake I was asked by a local woman to make it for her and her husband as they were celebrating their 25th or Silver wedding anniversary. I said yes straight away. Then the lovely Kate started to question the flavour of cake: she had seen a few in recent weeks on my page that she also liked. In the end, and a quick consultation with one of her sons, we settled on Raspberry and Coconut. But this couldn’t be an ordinary sandwich cake: this has to be spectacular and shout out “celebration” and so my mind went straight to edible silver leaf and I started to scour the supermarkets for luxurious confections that could adorn the cake. The cake itself is a coconut all in one recipe that …