Latvia – Alexandertorte

This week, we reach Latvia. With 12,000 rivers and a lot of forest, including a super old oak tree, Latvia is also the birthplace of jeans. The cake this week, Alexandertorte, was reportedly first made to commemorate the visit of Tsar Alexander III (the penultimate tsar, in case you’re wondering) to Riga some time in…

Ireland – Chocolate Potato Cake

Potato is one of my main food groups. A friend once joked (or commented, it’s fairly true) that basically all I eat is either potato or chocolate. So I suppose it was inevitable that I was going to make this cake as soon as I found out it existed. I’ve made cakes with other vegetables…

Hungary – Beigli

I’ve been in Paris the last few days, and have gladly eaten many cakes and pastries and now I want to learn to bake elaborate things that look attractive and taste incredible (this may be a post-Brexit baking adventure, so watch this space). If you find yourself in Paris I highly recommend you visit Pain…

Greece – Galatopita

This post is a little later than my usual, slightly irregularly scheduled content, because I spent last week making lots of non-Brexit based cake. It was my dad’s birthday, so I made my second ever batch of macarons (they tasted the same, i.e. good, but looked considerably more ugly). The day after it was Oscar’s…

Greece – Vasilopita

This week, we travel to the home of Zeus, classical architecture and birthplace of democracy – Greece! In the last few years Greece have had a good chat about leaving the euro. There seems to be all sorts of bad press about trying to get out of Europe-based situations, but they haven’t gone as far…

Germany – Plum Streusel Cake (Zwetschgendatschi)

This time of year is the best for fruit. Blackberries, raspberries, peaches, and of course,┬áplums.┬áSo nothing could have made me happier than to be sent a recipe for German plum cake (or zwetschgendatschi) from my friends (thank you Philipp and Lucy!). Of course, the recipe was in German, so I (wisely, I think), decided to…

France – Croissants

If someone had told me a year ago that I would make croissants, I wouldn’t have believed them. Especially if they told me that after trying to make them once, I would actually still want to attempt it again. But here we are, I like making croissants, they are less terrifying than I had ever…

Upside-down blueberry and elderflower cake

It was a rainy evening. Somehow British summers always end up a little disappointing in this respect. A couple of weeks of blazing sunshine, followed by constant, unfailing miserable weather that makes it feel more like October than July (I say this like it’s a bad thing, but I’m already looking forward to autumn). I’d…

Sugar Free Banana Bread

This is an unusual one for me. I am all about sugar. I mean, I eat a lot of vegetables too, but when it comes to cake, I am a purist – it’s got to be full of butter and sugar. That’s what cake is about, right? A few weeks ago one of my colleagues…

Chocolate Hazelnut Crepe Cake – recipe

As promised, the epically long recipe for the Pancaken. Enjoy! From The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook, by Deb Perelman Crepes: 125g unsalted butter (will also be used for pastry cream) 550ml milk (Deb suggests whole, I used semi-skimmed, I’m sure both are fine) 6 large eggs 190g plain flour pinch of salt 100g caster sugar sunflower…