Cupcakes: a contemporary camp classic!

As with macarons, there is nothing butch about a cupcake, but it revels in its campery – and rightly so! They flounced onto the baking scene with great style several years ago, demanding to be noticed, and all of a sudden the shops started featuring them and everyone started making them. Continue reading “Cupcakes: a contemporary camp classic!”


Cheese & Onion Pasties

Along with good sausage rolls, a good pasty can be hard to beat as a quick snack and they are so simple to make. Continue reading “Cheese & Onion Pasties”

Coffee & Walnut Battenberg Cake

A Battenberg is one of my favourite cakes but I do not make these often enough. Then again, making a Battenberg only occasionally keeps it special. Butch it might not be, but delicious it certainly is! This is essentially a Victoria Sponge cake, flavoured two ways, surrounded with marzipan: so lovely to eat. Continue reading “Coffee & Walnut Battenberg Cake”


Quick Apple Tart

This is lovely dessert that is both simple and quick to make. It is equally lovely served either warm or chilled, with a dollop of cream or ice cream. The tart can also be made very small and served as petits fours. Continue reading “Quick Apple Tart”


Roasted Beetroot Soup

A great vehicle for home-made bread – this is a lovely, earthy soup that is simple to make and tastes so much better than commercial soups. Continue reading “Roasted Beetroot Soup”