Recipe | School jam and coconut sponge cake

Fluffy sponge cake smothered in jam and sprinkled with dessicated coconut: a classic from the old school canteen. Custard optional!

Classic old school jam and coconut sponge cake easy uk recipe

Another old school classic I’ve been meaning to make for ages. This school jam and coconut sponge cake is made using a basic sponge mix with some jam and dessicated coconut to decorate. You can use any size or shape of shallow baking tin you have, just tweak the ingredient quantities up or down as necessary.

I believe some school canteens used to serve this as a dessert with (pink!) custard. But I’d rather eat it as it is!

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Recipe | Jammie dodger white chocolate blondies

Jammie dodger blondies: a classic biscuit in a chewy white chocolate brownie

Mini Jammie dodger white chocolate blondies easy recipe uk

I got this recipe from olive magazine. While I do prefer traditional chocolate brownies to blondies, I was tempted by the use of mini Jammie dodgers and white chocolate, which I love.

The chopping involved when preparing the ingredients may seem like a faff, but you’re just doing all the hard work usually involved in post-bake decoration before the bake.

If you can’t find mini Jammie Dodgers, the ordinary sized biscuits would also work, but wouldn’t look as “neat” on top. In fact, any biscuit would work, so choose your favourite!

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Recipe | One-bowl banana cake

Only one bowl needed to make this quick, moreish banana cake. No mixer, no mess. Loaf shape optional!

Easy banana cake recipe uk quick baking

I got the recipe for this banana cake from the happy foodie. They got it from Mary Berry, so no wonder it’s terrific! Never throw out bananas that have turned black when you could make a delicious banana cake with them.

You don’t have to bake this in a loaf tin. Any shape tin will work, but if you use a shallower tin the cake will bake more quickly, so just keep an eye on it so it doesn’t burn.

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Recipe | Valentine’s heart-shaped Florentines

Chocolate-topped, heart shaped Florentines: a sweet Valentine’s treat

Quick Valentine's heart shaped Florentines recipe uk with dark choc and white chocolate

I’ve had a recipe for cherry and coconut Florentines that I clipped from bbcgoodfood magazine waiting for me to make for ages. Turns out you can find it online here.

It appealed to me because the method makes things a bit easier: make a big slab of Florentine and then cut them out.

I decided to use a heart-shaped cutter to make these Florentines more suitable for Valentine’s Day, but obviously you can use whatever cutter you have or just cut/break the large slab into irregular shapes.

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Recipe | White chocolate fudge cake with salted caramel buttercream

White chocolate fudge cake – a light version of a classic

Easy white chocolate fudge cake with salted caramel buttercream recipe uk

A fair version of a classic chocolate cake, this white chocolate fudge cake still has the satisying, slightly chewy texture you expect from a fudge cake, but is less sickly sweet. That said, a small slice still goes a long way!

I got the original recipe from olive magazine, but I reduced the quantities of ingredients as I only wanted to make 2 layers.

Ingredients (makes a 2-layer white chocolate fudge cake from which you can get at least 12 large slices)

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Recipe | Homemade cereal bars

Make cereal bars from your choice of dried fruit, seeds and oats.

Make your own quick cereal bars recipe uk

Shock: a relatively healthy recipe!

I found the original recipe at EatYourVeg.co.uk. However, I altered the quantities and the exact ingredients to suit me and my family. As long as you maintain the same ratio of wet ingredients (a total of 220 g honey and peanut butter) to dry (a total of 625 g of everything else), you will end up with great homemade cereal bars.

Ingredients (makes 16-20 cereal bars)

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Recipe | White chocolate and peppermint Christmas bark

White chocolate and peppermint Christmas bark: a festive treat which also makes a great gift

White chocolate Christmas bark recipe uk with mint candy canes

You don’t really need a recipe to make chocolate bark because it’s as straightforward as you might think. Melt chocolate, pour it out, sprinkle with the toppings of your choice, leave to set and that’s it!

This festive version features white chocolate with mint and strawberry candy canes. Add any other festive sprinkles or chocolates you like.

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Recipe | Christmas tree chocolate brownies

A simple festive bake: easy chocolate brownies + fun decorations = cute edible Christmas trees!

Quick and easy Christmas baking recipe uk Christmas tree brownies

I was searching online of easy Christmas bakes and kept seeing pictures of triangular brownies made into cute Christmas trees by adding some green icing and sprinkles. I decided to give it a try using one of my own chocolate brownie recipes.

Ingredients (makes 12-16 Christmas tree brownies)

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Recipe | Halloween chocolate brownie and colourful sponge layer cake

A decadent mix of chocolate brownie and layers of colourful sponge perfect for any Halloween party

Halloween chocolate brownie and sponge layer cake orange and green with chocolate recipe uk party ideas

This was my attempt to make a large version of my Halloween brownie cupcakes. It’s a bit more effort than a straightforward cake, but still quite easy to bake and assemble.

Ingredients (serves about 10 – 12)

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Recipe | Cappuccino swirl layer cake with caramel buttercream

A beautiful swirl of coffee and vanilla sandwiched together with caramel buttercream.

Cappuccino swirl layer cake with caramel buttercream and chocolate shaving

I’m planning to publish my debut novel in April 2020. You can find out more about that at Art and Soul.

As part of the prep for publication, I’ve recently re-read the whole manuscript and was dismayed to find mentions of cakes I haven’t made yet! I wanted to correct this serious oversight as quickly as I could. You can find all the recipes for the other cakes mentioned in the novel in Sweet’s Cakes.

One of those cakes was a cappuccino swirl cake. When I wrote that, I just made it up. However, I’m pleased to say the recipe I came up with to make it real turned out fantastically well.

I got the original recipe for the cappuccino / coffee element of the sponge from the BBC Good Food site.

I am not the greatest fan of coffee or coffee cake, but this one is absolutely delicious. Probably because the sweeter elements take the edge off the bitterness of the coffee.

Ingredients (serves 10 – 12 or more or less, depending on how big you cut your slices!)

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