Guinness Parkin

Parkin is a real taste of Autumn, and I absolutely love it! Last year I made a traditional Yorkshire Parkin, but recently I spotted a less traditional recipe in Edd Kimber’s ‘The Boy Who Bakes‘ and just had to give it a go! I made two (one for a friend, who bought the Guinness – thanks Paula!) and the first was a disaster to look at because I put a little too much mixture in the loaf tin…oops! But the second one turned out lovely, and that’s the one I gave away! I remembered that I’d got some leftover frosting in the freezer and decided to use it to cover up the explosion – it tastes so good, and the white frosting and the dark Parkin makes it look just like a pint of Guinness! Parkin isn’t traditionally iced in any way, but for this non-traditional recipe it’s worth making an exception. Continue reading…

Rich chocolate almond cake with white chocolate frosting

Last week we had a pre-birthday celebration for our lovely friend Hannah, and everyone brought something along to contribute to the meal. We were set the challenge of making a birthday cake – but what sort of cake do you make for the person who made you the most amazing wedding cake?! So we decided to go for a super-chocolatey cake, but found two recipes that we liked. Tom was in charge of cake making and went for a combination of the two recipes: the first was by Rachel Allen and the second was from The Cooking Ninja blog. I was in charge of the frosting, and this originally comes from a Mary Berry recipe that we also found on the BBC Food website. You’ll need to use a 21cm loose bottomed cake tin, lined on the bottom and buttered on the sides – best to get this ready before you start! Continue reading…

Honey Cake

I’m trying to be super healthy at the moment, because operation wedding dress is officially on! But I did make this yummy cake for Mum’s birthday, which doesn’t count (that’s what I keep telling myself anyway!). It is a James Martin recipe from the BBC website and is really easy to make – I actually made it all in the pan and then put it straight into the tin. It is really moist and you don’t need to buy expensive honey to make it. Yum! Continue reading…

Orange and Almond Cake

Whilst I was doing some sleepy baking last night (see yesterday’s post!), Tom was making another cake. His looked much better than mine and it tasted amazing too – possibly the moistest (is that a word?) cake I’ve ever had, and really zingy too. Tom is getting a reputation for being a star baker at work – his cakes always go down well! He found this recipe on the BBC website and it is by Alan Corduner from Taste of My Life. Continue reading…

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Mary Berry’s Lemon Victoria Sandwich

Mary Berry’s Lemon Victoria Sandwich recipe was specially commissioned by the GDST for the 140th anniversary of the Girls’ Day School Trust and appeared in issue 12/13 of Verve Magazine (also available online here). Mary Berry is a GDST alumna, and all girls were given a postcard with the recipe to celebrate the Bake Off event (the final of which was just by one of the hosts of The Great British Bake Off, Mel Giedroyc – another GDST alumna!). I used to teach music at Central Newcastle High School which makes me an ‘Old Girl’, and as I love baking I just had to try out this recipe. If you make your own lemon curd, it will taste even better! I also added buttercream, which is not in the original recipe. Read More