Author: samanthajones

A classic combination and easy to make. It works really well with a coffee flavoured caramel frosting. This cake freezes well and can be frozen with frosting for up to one month. Makes 16 slices | Baking time 20-25 minutes at 180 C Utensils required: Electric whisk|Measuring cups & spoons & scale|20 cm square cake […]

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A variation to the pineapple upside down cake. This is delicious served with cream or ice-cream, ideal in the summer time and easy to make for a casual get-together. Serve at room temperature and store in the fridge. Makes 1 ring cake|Baking time 35-40 minutes at 180 C Utensils required: Electric whisk|Measuring cups & spoons […]

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A rich and dense chocolate cake topped with a salted caramel frosting and cut into small slices. The ratio of cocoa to flour makes this cake rather rich and the bicarb (baking soda) gives it a tender crumb, similar to a devils food cake. The frosting is made with brown sugar and requires stirring with […]

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This is my favourite ice cream flavour but you have to use pistachio paste either bought or made with ground pistachios and a sugar syrup processed in a high powered blender or food processor – a magimix food processor works well. Makes 1.2 litres | Pre-freezing required Pistachio paste 150 grams pistachio 75 grams castor […]

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This is a proper banana cake – not banana bread – it is a buttery sponge with a banana flavour. Top with a maple syrup cream cheese frosting and you will have the ultimate banana cake. The cake will keep for four days in the fridge, serve at room temperature. Makes 1 double layer cake|Baking […]

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This chocolate pudding is so delicious you would not believe it is made without refined sugar and is dairy-free as well as gluten free. The torte needs to be served fridge cold and will keep for four days in the fridge but can be frozen for up to one month. If frozen transfer to the […]

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A light sponge with a custard-like filling / topping made with coconut milk. The filling / topping sets quickly and is rather solid, which make it a little tricky to get it perfectly smooth so I like to top with toasted desiccated coconut. This cake will keep for five days in the fridge. Makes 1 […]

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An alternative to traditional lamingtons. The frosting is made from caramel condensed milk and is so easy to prepare. It does take time to assemble and can be a bit sticky but coating with coconut seals it well. Keep in the fridge, these squares also freeze well. Makes 18 squares | Baking time 20 minutes […]

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Sweet pastry biscuits topped with a mouse-like chocolate cream, delicious with afternoon tea or after a meal with coffee. Very more-ish. Make in advance: Pastry base – freeze baked pastry rounds for up to one month and defrost on day of serving Chocolate cream – freeze in a plastic bag for up to one month, […]

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We had the most amazing gelato when we were in Italy and one flavour I particularly liked was amaretto with small chunks of amaretto biscuit in a delicious vanilla gelato . I prefer a more creamy ice cream so have chosen more cream to milk, which is the way the French make ice cream as […]

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