Recipe | Nutella and cinnamon cake

A subtle hint of cinnamon completes this delicious chocolate hazelnut cake

Nutella and cinnamon cake quick recipe with hazelnut sprinkle on top uk

By “nutella” I mean hazelut chocolate spread. I always use the supermarket’s own version because it’s so much cheaper and just as good. The recipe I used from BBC GoodFood is for a circular baking tin, but I used my rectangular tin and it baked fine, although far more quickly. And if you’re thinking “cinnamon, yuck!”, you can always use only 1 tsp in the mix. But the cinnamon flavour in the finished cake is very subtle, even when using 2 tsp.

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Recipe | Bonfire night chocolate flake cupcakes

Add some sweetness to your November 5th celebrations with these chocolate flake bonfires with orange buttercream flames

Guy fawkes bonfire night November 5th chocolate flake and buttercream cupcakes easy recipe uk

If you’re not from the UK, you may not know that it’s traditional here to celebrate the night of November 5th with bonfires and fireworks. This cupcake decoration idea – using chocolate flakes to create the firewood and piped orange buttercream for the flames – is another one I saw a photo of on Pinterest and decided to give it a try.

The cupcakes

Use your favourite cupcake recipe! My recipe index has lots of cupcake recipes if you need some ideas. For example: caramel cupcakes, yoghurt cupcakes and brownie cupcakes.

I used my golden syrup sponge cake recipe. I used the same quantities of ingredients for making a loaf cake, but divided the mixture between 12 cupcake cases and baked for 20 minutes at 180 degrees C (160 fan, 356 degrees F, Gas Mark 4) until risen and golden.

Bonfire night guy fawkes' cupcakes recipe

Decoration ingredients (for 12 cupcakes)

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Recipe | Halloween cute oreo spider muffins

Make your favourite muffins and then add these cute oreo spiders for an easy Halloween bake

Halloween cute oreo spider muffins spooky easy uk recipe cute bake

I saw this Halloween oreo spider muffin/cupcake decoration idea on Pinterest and decided to give it a go!

The muffins

Make whatever muffins are your favourite. You could make cupcakes instead. My recipe index has lots of muffin and cupcake recipes if you need some ideas. For example: chocolate fudge muffins, snickers muffins or Halloween brownie cupcakes.

I made plain vanilla sponge muffins: 4 eggs (large or medium), 8 oz (225g) self-raising flour, 8 oz caster sugar, 8 oz butter/baking margarine and a tsp of vanilla essence/extract. Beat together the butter and sugar until fluffy, stir in the eggs until combined and finally fold in the flour. Divide the mixture into your cases (12 muffins or 24 cupcakes) and bake for about 20 minutes at 180 degrees C (160 fan, 356 degrees F, Gas Mark 4) until risen and golden.

Plain vanilla sponge muffins

Decoration ingredients (for 12 muffins)

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Recipe | Golden syrup sponge cake

Rich, delicious golden syrup sponge cake. Perfect with a cup of tea or as a dessert.

Quick golden syrup sponge cake easy recipe uk

I can’t believe I haven’t made this golden syrup sponge cake before. It’s absolutely delicious and I can’t recommend it highly enough! I got the recipe from Baking with Granny.

And if you can resist eating it all for a couple of days, it would make a brilliant dessert: serve a slice warm with ice cream!

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Recipe | Easy rainbow chocolate truffles

A fun, simple recipe for chocolate truffles. Child-safe too!

Fun kids rainbow sprinkles chocolate truffles easy simple uk recipe

Ingredients (makes 20-30 truffles depending on how big you roll them)

  • 200 g/ 7 oz milk chocolate (you could use dark or plain, mint or orange chocolate)
  • 1 tsp soft butter
  • 100 g / 3.5 oz vanilla/plain biscuits (I used malted milk biscuits, but digestives, shortbread, marie biscuits or similar would also work – use your favourites!).
  • Approx. 50 g / 1.7 oz rainbow sugar spinkles (hundreds and thousands).
  • Optional mini foil/paper cases. I had some Wiltons foil cases in the cupboard to use up. But these are completely optional and probably only necessary if you’re planning to give them as a gift.

Method

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Recipe | Coffee and walnut tray bake

This coffee and walnut tray bake is the perfect tea time cake. Delicious!

Coffee and walnut traybake tray bake with coffee buttercream espresso cake easy uk recipe

This is a quick, easy recipe I found on GoodtoKnow. I used a lot of strong coffee and the coffee flavour in the cake was still subtle, so don’t worry about going too far.

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Recipe | Honey and ginger cakes

Little honey and ginger cakes with optional sticky honey glaze

Honey and ginger cakes uk recipe quick and easy with glaze

Looking for an alternative to chocolate everything? These honey and ginger cakes are a terrific option. So easy to make, the mixture rises beautifully into a light, fragrant sponge.

I got the original recipe for these honey and ginger cakes at olive magazine. Personally, while the glaze is also easy to make, I prefer the cakes without it. As advertised, it’s very sticky, and I prefer to live without the mess!

If you want to use a bun/cupcake tin, the ingredients will make 24 cakes. If you use a muffin tin, you’ll get 12 muffins. As you’ll see below, I used a 12-hole bun tin and a 24-hole mini bun tin.

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Recipe | Mini egg cookie layer cake

Two giant chocolate chip cookies crammed full of Cadbury mini eggs and sandwiched together with vanilla buttercream

Cadburys mini egg double layer cookie cake easy recipe uk with buttercream frosting

All thanks to Kaisha at The Writing Garnet for sending me a link to the brilliant Jane’s recipe for mini egg cookie cake. I hadn’t planned any Easter-themed baking, but I couldn’t resist trying this one. If you haven’t visited Jane’s Patisserie yet, I highly recommend it. All her recipes are wonderful.

I only made a small change to her original recipe. Before you bake, please note you are making two large cookies and putting them together. Although it’s called a “cake” it doesn’t have the consistency of cake. Instead it’s an enormous chewy biscuit packed full of chocolate chunks and Cadbury mini eggs.

Ingredients

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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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