Monthly Archives: September 2015

Raspberry & dark chocolate cake

This is one of the cakes I made for decorating at a demonstration I gave recently. The cake is a Victoria Sandwich, flavoured with a little orange zest and filled with a very light, tangy raspberry buttercream. The recipe for the cake, with general tips on cake making and decoration is on my post here: Making, flavouring & decorating cakes Buttercream […]

Elmbridge Food Festival & my first cake decorating demo!

Wow! My 2nd visit to the annual Elmbridge Food Festival, held at the glorious Painshill Park, Surrey. This time, however, on top of enjoying the many delights of the Festival, I had two additional thrills: I was able to assist on the Clandestine Cake Club stall I gave a cake demonstration session on the Sunday. […]

Dark chocolate & orange gateau

Made for the Macmillan Coffee Morning, this cake is a chocolate Victoria Sandwich cake that had been flavoured with grated orange zest. The layers are filled and thinly coated with an intense, but light, orange buttercream, with the cake surrounded by a chocolate drizzle wrap – one of my signature cake decorating flourishes! I topped the […]

Mocha & salted caramel Angel food cake

This is my take on the divine Angel food cake, a cake that is like eating sweet bites of airy cloud! I went for a sponge that was speckled with chocolate, coated in a dark chocolate and coffee ganache and finished with salted caramel and caramelised hazelnuts. I actually made two cakes: one for a Clandestine Cake […]

Spiced smoked haddock vol-au-vents

Vol-au-vents never fail to excite me when I eat them!  For me they have always been absolute must as part of a buffet. I am such a fan of them that at my Civil Partnership, one of the food centrepieces involved vol-au-vents, with many different fillings. I have been making these kedgeree-style vol-au vents for years and they […]

Mini savoury doughnuts with a red pepper chutney filling

When it comes to sweet doughnuts, my penchant is for those near-spherical doughnuts that are dusted with caster sugar and filled with fresh jam: ideally strawberry jam for me but I would hardly turn down any jam if it is in a doughnut! However, a savoury doughnut is a great thing eat; it needs to be […]

chicken, tarragon & roasted onion pithivier: a feast using left-overs!

Essentially a posh “roast dinner in a pie”, this is made using left-over roast chicken flavoured with an instant tarragon sauce and filled with other extras from a roast dinner made the day before. The roasted onions add a lovely sweetness and the stuffing, with added pistachios and dried apricots, adds both flavour and texture. […]

Raspberry & dark chocolate mousse domes

Post updated April 2016: recipe tweaked, domes re-made and re-photographed One of the great joys for me when having Afternoon Tea, in addition to eating the most delectable sweet and savoury treats, is the inspiration I get. I shared one of these entremets as part of an Afternoon Tea a while ago and was blown […]

Chocolate, cranberry & orange sourdough

Post updated: August 2016 (re-baked & re-photographed, with tips for a non-sourdough version) This sweet sourdough loaf is stuffed with juicy dried cranberries that have been soaked in orange juice, and chunks of dark chocolate. While the aroma of the dough as you work with it is wonderful, the smells wafting through the house as it […]