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

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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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Recipe | Rainbow sponge layer cake with white buttercream icing

This rainbow sponge layer cake looks good before you slice it, but wait til you see inside!

I’ve wanted to make a rainbow layer sponge cake for ages. My birthday gave me a reason to make the effort, and it was a trial run for the one I want to make my son later in the year. I was really pleased with how it turned out.

The recipe is just basic sponge cake mix. The difficulty is in all the dividing out, colouring, etc. This certainly isn’t low on the washing up: you’ll probably use most of your bowls. But I think the finished product is worth the effort.

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

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Recipe | Sooty cake (aka Guinness and chocolate cake!)

Don’t worry if you don’t like Guinness. This is a dense, moist, slightly malty chocolate cake even those who don’t love the black stuff can enjoy!

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This recipe is from my recipe book. Which obviously means I got it from my mum at some point!

Ingredients (makes 8 very generous slices!)
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Recipe | White chocolate layer cake with raspberry buttercream filling

This white chocolate cake is ideal for any celebration. It slices beautifully and so is easy to share!

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When I started this blog, I promised to make all the cakes which feature in my first novel, Art and Soul. I’ve been slowly getting there, and today I’ve made the last one! If you want to see all the recipes, check out Sweet’s Cakes 🙂

In my book, a white chocolate cake with raspberry buttercream filling is made for the eighteenth birthday of one of the characters. Luckily for me, it turns out that this is the perfect cake for a party. It’s very rich, so your guests would probably be happy with a smaller slice and it cuts beautifully.

I made a bit of a mistake while baking this cake… but read this post and you can avoid the same slip up!

Ingredients

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Recipe | Lemon sponge cake with lemon curd and buttercream filling

If you had your fill of chocolate this Easter, you might be looking for an alternative… and this light lemon cake is a great option.

Lemon sponge layer cake with lemon curd and vanilla buttercream filling sliced

This is a simple sponge cake recipe with the addition of lemon juice and zest. A delicious lemon curd and buttercream filling are the perfect final touch.

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Recipe | Chocolate finger cake. Sponge layer cake with vanilla buttercream and a biscuit border

Sponge layer cake with vanilla buttercream, a Cadbury’s chocolate finger biscuit border and mini eggs!

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If you’re a regular visitor to this blog you might be thinking, “Why is Claire posting a recipe on a Tuesday? Fridays are recipe days, aren’t they?” And you’d be absolutely right. But I wanted to post this cake recipe a bit earlier to give anyone who wanted to make it for this weekend time to get their ingredients together (i.e. stock up on mini eggs).

I’ve seen many cakes with chocolate finger borders and always thought it looked like a great idea. And it turns out, it is! 🙂

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Recipe | Giant choux buns filled with whipped cream and topped with melted Terry’s chocolate orange

Giant choux buns, profiteroles, or whatever you want to call them! Filled with whipped cream and topped with melted Terry’s chocolate orange 🙂

Giant choux buns profiteroles filled with double whipped cream and topped with melted Terry's chocolate orange

This recipe is from my notebook. Reading it back to myself, I think I copied it verbatim from my mum’s instructions.

Ingredients (makes 16-20 large choux buns)
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Recipe | Heavenly chocolate cake with fudge icing

Mary Berry’s heavenly chocolate cake with fudge icing

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This recipe is from Mary Berry’s Traditional Puddings & Desserts.

Ingredients (makes 8 very generous slices!)
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Recipe | Chocolate fudge cake with chocolate buttercream frosting

Chocolate fudge cake with chocolate buttercream icing finished view from sideI’m gradually making good on my “fantastic idea” to make all the cakes which pop up in my first novel, Art and Soul. This week it’s chocolate fudge cake, which is the favourite of Becky, my main character.

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