Possibly the most ambitious cake I’ve ever made! This was for my fella’s 30th birthday – as a poker player and avid cake lover, it was the perfect cake.
It’s a chocolate cake with lemon buttercream and fondant icing. If you have tins and basic equipment you can make this without buying loads of fancy stuff (I used a wine bottle top to cut out the chips and a cassette tape box to measure the cards!)
In just over 3 months, the most popular post on the blog so far is clementine cake. I’m thrilled – re-discovering baking to complete the 30×30 list has been a joy, especially as others seem to like it. But sometimes even something that’s fun is really procrastination, taking away energy from one of the things I love the most: music.
If you live in the UK you’ve probably read and heard some of the debate around the Channel 4 show My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding. A lot of it centres around whether the show represents the Traveller community in a poor light by focusing on big wedding dresses and over-sized cakes.
Whilst I can’t claim to have a particularly in-depth knowledge of the issues faced by Travellers and Gypsies, I do have a longstanding love of gypsy music, particularly Balkan, which has led to Continue reading →
Here’s my attempt at clementine cake, which does indeed call for whole clementines. I think it’s originally a Nigella Lawson recipe, but I used a simplified version of this one from Celebrity Masterchef. Takes a while but totally worth it, as it’s light, zesty and flour- and (almost) butter-free so a second slice is totally acceptable! Continue reading →
Ah, autumn. You bring misty mornings and slick auburn leaves underfoot.
And the chance to eat lots of stodge. Like plumble. I referred to two recipes for this as I had some apples that needed eating and some very unripe plums that I wasn’t convinced would cook properly. This one from Anthony Worrall-Thompson and one from Nigel Slater’s Real Cooking. Here’s my recipe: Continue reading →