Honey and Pistachio Semolina Cake

I’m BACK! Canada was incredible and beautiful and just an excellent holiday all round. We saw the best of what South Saskatchewan had to offer, spent time in Banff National Park (amazing), and most importantly got to see our friends Jordi and Robbie and their ADORABLE baby Leo. He is so lovely. I really miss…

Brooklyn Blackout Cake

I’ve had an awesome but crazy busy few days, and so as I start writing this I still haven’t iced the cake I’ve made this week. It’s kind of been a disaster. I got up early yesterday morning to make the cake before I spent the day sitting by the River Cam, drinking beer and…

Chocolate Raspberry Tart

Today is my lovely boyfriend Oli’s birthday. Earlier this week it was his colleague Holly’s birthday, and at his request I made her, what I would fairly describe as, an epic cake. A Coke layer cake from The Outsider Tart’s “Baked in America”. It took a long time to make, and it’s only the second…

Black Bottom (Cup)Cake

On Friday it was my friend Julian’s birthday, and so, of course, I made him a birthday cake. Black-bottom cupcakes (from the Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook) are one of the recipes on my list, but I decided it wouldn’t be that much different if I just made it as one cake instead of 12 tiny ones. It…

Birthday Week

So I’ve had a super busy week, with my birthday and my friend Rachel’s birthday the day after, various birthday celebrations, trying not to faint during an actual heatwave in England, and of course, making cake. This year I received a coffee and walnut cake from my family (yay!) which was really tasty, and some…

Farewells

My most excellent friend Laura is leaving for Paris in a couple of weeks to do a masters at Sciences Po. Today she left Cambridge to go back home to Gloucester for a while before she leaves for good. Her leaving party was originally meant to include cake, which I unfortunately failed to make, and…

Herman: complete

So I finished making my Herman cake. That was…almost a week ago now, but somehow, time has slipped away from me once again, between birthday and interviews and seeing people, a week has passed.    I never got around to taking a photo of Herman. There are still pieces of him left, but it’s just…

Brownies! (and a Herman update)

Another incredibly busy week has passed. I have made brownies for a reading that was taking place at the bookshop I run, and I made red velvet cupcakes as well (which didn’t turn out so great, and I didn’t have time to ice them, so they weren’t taken along to the reading) There were plenty…

Pollen Allergies and Birthday Cakes

So, this week didn’t turn out quite as planned on the baking front. Having spent most of the week coughing and sneezing from the worst hayfever I’ve ever experienced, baking wasn’t really up top of my priority list. It was my friend Jade’s 21st birthday on Thursday and I was going to make a cake…