Banana and Dark Chocolate Chunk Loaf Cake

Take those blackened overripe bananas and make this delicious Banana and Chocolate Chunk Loaf. Banana cakes are so simple to make and everyone seems to love them. They make use of those bananas you didn’t think could be eaten and are a great way to get your children in the kitchen. Whilst I’ve used chocolate…

White Chocolate Crumble Cake

This delectable cake would be fit for any afternoon tea. My White Chocolate Crumble Cake composes of a crumbly and delicate white chocolate cake with an equally buttery crumble topping. This cake, despite containing white chocolate, is not sweet and I serve it with some Chantilly cream for that extra moisture as it is very…

My Thoughts on Cake Week

Back from Hong Kong and I’ve caught up with Week One of GBBO and what a way to launch the series. The signature challenge was a Madeira cake and this simple yet delicious cake managed to challenge a few of the bakers. A distinctive crack and dome was the quality that the judges were looking…

Carrot Cupcakes with Lemon Icing

Carrot cake is one of my favourite cakes, with the natural sweetness of the carrot working with the spice and the tanginess of the cream cheese frosting. This vegetable cake is incredibly light and moist because of the use of oil instead of just margarine, allowing more air to be incorporated. Although the classic carrot…

Guest Post: Ginger and Fudge Cupcakes by Rebecca Herd

Unlike my last guest post, you will not have heard of the author of this guest post. Rebecca Herd is a true foodie like me, as you’ll discover below. I met her on Twitter through Bakechat, a Twitter discussion organised by the 2013 bakers from GBBO in which we, as a baking community, asked (and…

GBBO 14 Episode 10 Review: The Final Week

So there we have it, Nancy Birtwhistle is the Champion of The Great British Bake Off. Best Bake: Nancy’s Red Windmill and Luis’ Village in Chocolate Signature Challenge: 24 Viennoiserie The traditional Danish pastries, which consist of either an enriched brioche-style bread dough or a laminated pastry, were the bakers’ first challenge of the Final. Taking normally…

GBBO 14 Episode 9 Review: Patisserie Week

What an amazing semi-final this week. Some of the trickiest challenges to date saw off one of the Bake Off’s flavour powerhouses in history. They faced Signature Baklavas (however you pronounce it), a Technical Schichttorte (a grilled German cake) and 24 Showstopping Entremets. Was there any favouritism from the judges this week however… find out…

Cornflake Crumble Cake

American coffee cakes, many of which do not actually contain coffee but are meant to be served with a cup of coffee, have always been my guilty pleasure. They have a rich buttery streusel topping and filling which is sandwiched between the raw cake mixture and gets baked in between. The cakes are always incredibly…

Apple Pie Cake

This cake is a true showstopper because not only does the cake boast an impressive 3 layers of sponge, amazingly heady with cinnamon, but is topped with caramelised apples and a cinnamon cream cheese frosting. The recipe does come from Edd Kimber’s first book The Boy Who Bakes, and you can see my review for…

GBBO 14 Episode 1 Review: Cake Week

A brand new year, brand new channel, brand new location and a batch of 12 new bakers. That’s right the first episode of The Great British Bake Off showed tonight and what a grand entrance it made. The cake week demanded the 12 bakers to make their signature Swiss Roll, Mary’s technically demanding Cherry Cake…

Food on Youtube Archives – The Boy Who Bakes

I’m continuing the search of the Youtube food archives with Edd Kimber’s Youtube channel. Some of you may not have heard of Edd Kimber. Well he was the champion of the first series of The Great British Bake Off and has gone on to have an amazing career, having worked with the likes of Raymond…

Food on Youtube Archives – CupcakeJemma

I’m continuing the search of the Youtube food archives with CupcakeJemma’s Youtube channel. Jemma runs Crumbs & Doilies, an incredibly hip and modern London-based cupcake and cake shop. Each week she posts a brand new video demonstrating a new cupcake recipe, a new technique or a behind the scenes of the shop. With over 50,000…

Food on Youtube Archives – InTheKitchenWithKate (Part 2)

I’m continuing the search of the Youtube food archives with InTheKitchenWithKate’s Youtube channel again. InTheKitchenWithKate is a British Youtube channel. Kate posts videos every Thursday at 5pm GMT and takes her inspiration for recipes from both celebrity chefs such as Rachel Allen, Ina Garten and Mary Berry and requests from her subscribers; comment in the…

Food on Youtube Archives – Donal Skehan

I’m continuing the search of the Youtube food archives with Donal Skehan’s Youtube channel. Donal Skehan is an Irish cook, perhaps known best for his role on Junior MasterChef as a judge and his TV series, Kitchen Hero. Like myself, Donal has a food blog which he began back in 2007. Since then, Donal has…

Food on Youtube : W/b 15th June 2014

Youtube is a hub for food channels and they are incredibly popular. With some channels having 2 million subscribers and many British foodies showing recipes on Youtube, I’d thought I’d find some of the foodie gems to share here with links. I’m subscribed to many food channels and they always post cracking recipes. It is…