Banana and walnut cake

Preparation Time 10 Minutes Cooking Time 50 Minutes Makes a 2lb loaf Vegan Vegetarian, Egg-free, Dairy-free and can be nut-free if you omit the walnuts In our house, over-ripe bananas mean only one thing, banana cake or muffins. Over the last 35 years, I must have baked more banana cake than any other cake. In... Continue Reading →

Bang on chocolate cake

Preparation Time 10 MinutesBaking Time 35 MinutesServes 12 Vegan, gluten-free, vegetarian, Dairy-free There is always a need for a good chocolate cake in your repertoire. Whatever the celebration or occasion, it will be remembered. I like to think that before my gluten-free days, my chocolate cakes were legendary, especially at Easter time, when my cake... Continue Reading →

Chocolate courgette cake

Preparation Time 15 MinutesBaking Time 20-25 MinutesServes 8 Vegan, Vegetarian, nut-free, gluten-free I have made many vegan and gluten-free chocolate cakes and had some great successes. This is one cake, my vegetable hating partner ate with relish without realizing what it contained, I call that a win in my book. It is so hard to... 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 →

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 →

Christmas Fruit cake

Preparation time 30 mins  Cooking time 2 1/2 hours Vegan, gluten-free and vegetarian 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... 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 →

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 →

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