Category: Cakes

This is a dairy free cake make in a ring tin and drizzled with a pineapple glaze made with coconut oil. The cake has less oil than a usual carrot cake and the cake tastes better the day after it is made. The glaze is made with icing sugar which becomes less gritty if heated. Keep […]

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This cake is made with ground almonds and has a light chocolate taste. It has no dairy and no flour so it is suitable for gluten and lactose intolerant diets. I have also used bicarb and cream of tartar for the raising agent as I find bought gluten-free baking powder changes the texture of cakes and tends to make […]

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A chocolate sponge filled with a nutella ganache and chopped roasted hazelnuts – ideal for a party! I like to add a dark chocolate ganache “splashed” over the nutella ganache in an untidy fashion to finish it off and give a nice contrast to the sweet nutella ganache. The nutella filling is very rich so […]

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This is a light lemon sponge topped with a lemon curd buttercream. I used the French method for the buttercream but you could just whip cream and fold in lemon curd for the frosting. I served as individual squares but the cake recipe can easily be made into a layer cake. Makes 32 cake squares|Baking time 20-25 […]

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It’s all about the frosting – so divine and decadent! I made a chocolate cake with mars bar frosting and cut the cake into square – it was such a success at a party. This frosting can easily be used to frost two large cake layers and served as one large cake. You may find […]

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This cake is inspired by a traditional South African pudding called Peppermint crisp tart, made from peppermint crisp chocolate and tinned caramel. Peppermint crisp chocolate is South African and you can purchase in the UK from a South African shop or use mint chocolate such as aero mint. This recipe combines a vanilla sponge with […]

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When I think of Carrot Cake I think healthy and delicious. The truth is that most carrot cakes have a lot of oil and sugar. I have reduced the sugar and oil to make a healthier version and in my opinion not compromising on taste. I am not sure why carrot cakes have so much oil because […]

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Vanilla sponge squares with white chocolate icing covered in coconut is my husband’s idea of heaven! If you are a white chocolate and coconut fan this recipe is for you. I have had this recipe for a while and have changed it slightly to get it to my idea of perfect. Coating each square in […]

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I have created two types of decadent icings – white chocolate and dark chocolate. I have combined the icings with a classic chocolate sponge. My mother used to make this sponge recipe and it is a firm favourite among South African bakers. My mother found the recipe in the “South African Housewives League” cookbook and […]

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