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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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Last year, as part of my mission to make all the cakes which feature in my first novel, Art and Soul,ย I 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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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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Kid’s car birthday cake

I made this car cake! It’s fully edible too!

Kid's car birthday party cake

Lots more photos of the finished product at the bottom of this post. Read on to find out how I made and decorated the cake.

As you have probably guessed, it was my son’s 3rd birthday recently. Like many little boys, he’s obsessed with anything that has wheels, so I wanted to make him a car-shaped birthday cake. And this is what I came up with. Thanks to my sister for her ideas about the easiest way to go about this and my mum for supervising the car cake decorating (she has many years of birthday cake making experience).

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Recipe | Raspberry ripple sponge cake

Raspberry ripple sandwich cake cut

Easy to make, this summery treat may be the nicest cake I’ve ever had. And I don’t say that lightly: I’ve eaten A LOT of cake in my time ๐Ÿ™‚

This week I’m continuing to fulfill my promise to make all the cakes which feature in my first novel, Art and Soul. If you like reading uplifting contemporary romance, you can get your own copy on Amazon.

One of the characters, Ronnie, owns a cake shop, and this raspberry ripple cake is just one of the delicious offerings her lucky customers can enjoy.

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Recipe | Simple school sponge cake with white icing and multicoloured sprinkles

Simple school sponge cake with white icing and sprinkles recipe how to make

I made this cake the first time as part of fulfilling my promise to make all the cakes which feature in my first novel, Art and Soul which is out now! If you like reading uplifting contemporary romance, you can get your own copy on Amazon.

This time itโ€™s simple old school sponge cake with water icing and sugar hundreds and thousands. This cake is a childhood classic (it brings back memories of the sponge with sprinkles they used to serve in my school canteen) and the favourite of the novel’s second-most important character: Charlie. As if that weren’t enough, it eventually becomes an important plot point. Who knew cake could be so influential? ๐Ÿ™‚

Ingredients

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Recipe | Ice cream + flour = cake!

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During my rambles around the Internet, I spotted various claims along the lines of: you can add self-raising flour to ice cream and then bake to get a cake. Two ingredients. Two minutes to make the mixture. Hardly any mess.

I was incredulous. I had to try it.

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