Posts tagged cake
The Wonder of Bespoke Baking

When I walk through the supermarket and see the stacks of luminous, ludicrous sponge cakes in line, held in their garish, plastic packaging and boasting a four year expiry date, my heart sinks and blood chills. I see science projects, test tube ingredients and lab coats. There is a sterility in this image that is so far removed from the warmth and affection that we wish to demonstrate when presenting a loved one with a cake. It’s cake heartbreak for a baker.


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Tonka & Beurre Noisette Toscakaka

My adoration of beurre noisette inspired my Toscakaka recipe. Toscakaka (or Tosca almond cake) is a traditional Swedish cake, consisting of a light, buttery sponge and a crisp, caramelised almond topping. My variation on the classic deepens the flavour profile of the sponge by use of beurre noisette and golden caster sugar. Furthermore, the inclusion of dusky tonka bean contributes a wholesome sweetness, which coupled with the sharpness of flaked sea salt, elevates a perfectly enjoyable sponge to dizzying heights of decadence.

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Anticipating Easter & My Take on the Classic Simnel Cake

Without doubt, my favourite Easter time (or quiet honestly anytime) indulgence is a simnel cake. The cake itself is made up of a delicately spiced sponge, bejewelled with glistening crimson and golden dried fruits, and hiding within it a sweet, sticky centre of marzipan. Traditionally, the spices used in the sponge are cinnamon or mixed spice, but I personally find these a little too heavy for spring time. As such, I have replaced them with the rich, nutty flavour of mahleb and a touch of zingy cardamom for a subtle, seasonal heat.

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Snow Day Baking & My Lemon, Rose & Tonka Bean Madeira Cake

This cake is simple and comforting to make. It is a classic recipe with a much needed spring time hit, that will succeed in lifting the sprits and tempting the appetites of all those around you. Moreover, the cake keeps very well when covered appropriately, so will see you though an unwanted and unexpected bout of snow if necessary - if it isn’t all eaten on the first day of course!

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