Victoria sponge

Preparation Time 15 MinutesBaking Time 20 MinutesServes 12 Vegan, gluten-free, vegetarian, Nut-free The Victoria sponge, one of the most quintessential British cakes { or so we think} and usually always one of the first cakes many have practised their baking skills on. It certainly was the first cake I made. In Britain, it is so... Continue Reading →

Double chocolate banana loaf

Preparation Time 10 MinutesCooking Time 55 MinutesServes 10 Vegan, vegetarian, nut-free, egg-free I have so many banana cakes in the last 40 years and each one has been polished off with great delight. A great cake for lunch boxes or as a snack. Not overly sweet but just right. A banana cake has to be... Continue Reading →

Gingerbread layer cake

Preparation Time 15 MinutesCooking Time 30 MinutesServes 10 Vegan, gluten-free, vegetarian, nut-free This is another version of a gorgeous gingerbread cake, that heavenly spiced cake which is a favourite in this house. This one will certainly not disappoint. LusciousMoistRichWarmly spiced It certainly hits all the right notes. The cake can be decorated as simply or... Continue Reading →

Spiced rum fruit cake

I cannot ever remember since I was 18 years old not making my own Christmas cake. My dad as a professional baker, baked at least 50 cakes from home every year after early retirement. Nearly everyone in the street I grew up in had a cake made by my dad. I remember standing as a... Continue Reading →

Sticky Jamaican ginger cake

Preparation time  15 minutes Cooking time 45-55 minutes Serves 8-10 slices Two of my favourite cakes as a child were McVities Jamaican ginger cake and golden syrup cake,  They conjured up Sunday afternoon tea times. Still quite full from the Sunday roast dinner, tea time consisted of sandwiches and various cakes. Just the sight of those shiny... Continue Reading →

Grasshopper Mint & chocolate Cake

Preparation Time 15 MinutesCooking Time 25 MinutesServes 12-16 Is there a more classic combination than chocolate and mint? Think of all the well-known chocolate containing these flavours. Boxes of After Eights, Fry's Mint, Bendick's creams and Elizabeth Shaw are very popular. So for the first time, since going vegan, I decided to make a chocolate... Continue Reading →

Sticky toffee date cake

Serves Approximately 12Preparation Time 14 MinutesCooking Time 45-55 Minutes Sticky toffee pudding is an absolute firm favourite when it comes to great stick to your ribs British puddings. Rich, indulgent and naughty. It conjurs up to me cold autumnal weather, dressed up warm and cosy or cooking in the kitchen with the rain and wind... Continue Reading →

Apple and cinnamon rolls

Makes 9-12 rollsPreparation Time 15 MinutesCooking Time 25-30 Minutes I love a cinnamon roll, or I did until I began having a problem with wheat 10 years ago. Usually made with a sweet enriched dough using bread flour. Experimenting with scones a few weeks back, I had a flash of inspiration, a real light bulb... Continue Reading →

Chocolate orange brownies

Preparation Time 15 MinutesCooking Time 25-30 MinutesServes 12 Vegan, Egg-free, Nut-free, Lactose-free I have not many people in my life who does not like a well-made chocolate brownie. From the lovely cracked top covering the most unctuous gooey centre. Rich with dark chocolate and speckled with little nuggets of extra chocolate. To me, it is... Continue Reading →

Lucious lemon layer cake

Preparation Time 15 MinutesCooking Time 30 MinutesServes 10 I love a layer cake, to this day I gently prize the two halves apart, just as I did in childhood. Also eating the bottom layer first. These days I try not to eat too many cakes, though if I want to indulge this one among the... Continue Reading →

Deb’s Canadian coffee cake

Preparation 15 Minutes Baking Time 40-45 Minutes Serves 16 If I had not met my best friend Debs nearly 6 years ago, or heard of a coffee cake containing no coffee, then I don't think I would have either attempted to bake this cake let alone  trying to make a vegan and gluten-free version In... Continue Reading →

Orange spiced ginger cake

Preparation time 15 Minutes Cooking Time 1 Hour Serves 16 I adore a really good sticky ginger cake, something reminiscent of the Mc Vities ginger cake. That dense but incredibly moist sponge bursting with aromatic ginger. I expect the top to be sticky from the use of syrup and treacle. At school, it was always... Continue Reading →

Pineapple upside down cake.

Preparation Time 10 Minutes Cook Time 45-50 Minutes Serves 8 I suppose pineapple cake would be considered a bit retro or old-fashioned now. I remember enjoying it as a child and also making it in senior school. Every time I make it, so many happy memories come to mind. It was the first cake I... Continue Reading →

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