French madeleines

Spring really is peeking round the corner with the bulbs coming up on the patio, the daffodils and snowdrops in St James’s Park and the nights getting a bit brighter. My in-laws are visiting this weekend, which always means good food and drink, and I thought I’d contribute with a new favourite recipe. Continue reading


Ultimate chocolate cake with ganache and raspberries

I came home tonight to the lingering smell of dark chocolate – truly comforting on such a bitterly cold Monday night after a long and busy day at the office. Today’s cold was the type where you have to physically tear yourself out of a cosy bed, layer up in as many clothes as you can find and permanently affix a hot cup of tea to your hands to stay warm. It’s almost spring, right? Continue reading

An amateur’s attempt at snowflakes and roses in sugar

This past year I’ve tried to be more adventurous with my baking and now feel fairly confident with a range of breads as well as desserts: lemon cake, lemon meringue pie, fruit crumbles, fruit muffins, cheesecake and shortbread. But my baking has always been pretty basic, never straying into anything too fancy.

First CakeHowever, I recently took a cake decorating course with Amanda Penny (highly recommended to anyone in the London area!) and learned a few techniques for assembling and decorating cakes (see the result to the left!), and I have to say I’ve found a new love!

After spending a sizeable chunk of my monthly pay on cake decorating equipment, I decided to test my newly acquired skills and bake a cake for our traditional Christmas morning nibbles with the neighbours.

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