Kid’s building site / digger chocolate birthday cake

This kid’s chocolate building site birthday cake looks great and is very easy to put together!

Kid's digger building site builder chocolate easy birthday cake

It was my elder son’s 5th birthday recently. It’s taken me a while to blog about this cake, but if you follow my posts you’ll probably already know I gave birth to our second son at around the time of my first son’s birthday and since then I’ve been a tad busy!

As I knew my sons’ birthdays would be very close together, I wanted to make a birthday cake which was simple and quick to assemble. Some internet browsing brought me to this building site / digger cake idea in the form of some photos. I did my best to copy what I saw, using my own cake recipe and various toy construction site pieces I already had.

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Recipe | Raspberry and coconut cupcakes

A bright swirl of raspberry buttercream is a great finishing touch to these raspberry and coconut cupcakes.

How to make raspberry and coconut cupcakes with raspberry buttercream frosting simple recipe uk

The last recipe I’ll post for a while featuring raspberries (promise!). One bonus of this one is that it allows you to use fresh or frozen raspberries. The original recipe for these raspberry and coconut cupcakes comes from the BBC goodfood website.

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Recipe | Raspberry cupcakes with orange sugar drizzle

The orange sugar drizzle is the perfect topping for these simple raspberry cupcakes.

Easy fresh raspberry cupcakes with orange drizzle recipe

My parents grow raspberries and had a huge crop this year. This is my excuse for featuring a raspberry cupcake recipe this week and next. Apologies to those who don’t like the flavour or cakes with any “bits” in them! The original recipe for these raspberry and orange sugar drizzles cupcakes comes from the BBC goodfood website.

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Recipe | Orange sweetie cake

Soft sponge cake with a subtle orange colour and flavour, covered with white icing and all your favourite sweets!

Orange sweetie tray bake cake easy uk recipe with white icing and haribo

This is a simple sponge tray bake recipe with orange zest and colour to give it some extra zing. The best bit is obviously the topping. Use whatever sweets you like. If you’re not a fan of Haribo or dolly mixtures, you could stick to chocolate, hundreds and thousands or other sugar sprinkles. A very easy tray bake which will go over well with kids of all ages.

I found the original recipe – Sweetie Tray Bake – at GoodtoKnow, where the cake is topped with melted white chocolate instead of water icing: another good option!

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Recipe | Easy lemon cupcakes with lemon buttercream icing

Delicate, fluffy lemon cupcakes with lemon buttercream icing.

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Still avoiding chocolate in the post-festive period, this week I’ve made easy lemon cupcakes. These are so simple to make using the most basic of sponge recipes plus some lemon zest. The buttercream swirl helps to make them a little more exciting! Perfect for every occasion from afternoon tea to the school bake sale. Wait! There’s more. Click for the recipe and more lovely pics!

Recipe | Raspberry and walnut loaf cake

A delicious loaf cake with a moist raspberry centre.

Raspberry and walnut loaf cake quick cake recipe using raspberries

Yet another recipe from my Mum’s folder of clippings from various magazines. Unfortunately, there’s nothing on the cutting to say which magazine this came from – sorry! I made a couple of changes to the given method and was pleased with the results 🙂

Raspberry and walnut loaf cake

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Recipe | Cherry cake

Light vanilla sponge studded with ruby red glacé cherries. Delicious!

Cherry cake recipe sponge cake with glace cherries and white icing sliced

I got this recipe from my trusty book: Sweet and Savoury bites by Jane Price.

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Recipe | Stracciatella chocolate chip loaf cake

This torta stracciatella (aka chocolate chip cake) is a delicious blend of light sponge and dark chocolate.

how to make stracciatella cake chocolate chip loaf sponge cake

I found the original recipe for this choc chip cake at My Little Italian Kitchen. But the original recipe was for a large circular tin and I wanted to use my loaf tin… so I decided to reduce all the original quantities by a third. As you’ll see below, this means some of my amounts are a bit odd, but it works!

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Recipe | Giant doughnut cake with hundreds and thousands

A giant glazed doughnut (donut if you prefer!) cake with sugar sprinkles. Surprisingly easy to make and a fun cake for any party.

Giant doughnut cake with pink icing and sugar sprinkles

I honestly can’t remember where or when I first saw one of these. But I do remember thinking, “What a great idea!” If you think I might have seen this on your blog, please let me know so I can thank you.

I used my usual, simple sponge cake recipe. The most difficult bit might be finding the appropriately-shaped cake tin 🙂

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Recipe | Raspberry ripple cupcakes with raspberry buttercream filling

These raspberry ripple cupcakes are mini versions of one of the nicest sandwich cakes I’ve ever made. This way it’s easier to store and share the deliciousness 🙂

Raspberry ripple cupcakes with raspberry buttercream 3

Last year, as part of my mission to make all the cakes which feature in my first novel, Art and SoulI made a large raspberry ripple sponge cake filled with raspberry flavoured buttercream. I surprised myself with just how delicious is was and I’ve made it several times since. This week I didn’t have enough raspberries to make a large cake, so decided to make some cupcakes instead.

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