Lemon sponge cake (with video)

Classic Victoria sponge cake recipe with lemon.

 

Today’s blog post is dedicated to a classic bake, and can you get any more traditional than a good old Victoria sponge cake? Said to be named after Queen Victoria this regal cake is gorgeous in its simplicity. While I admire the multi-layered, brightly coloured, over the top cake creations all over my Instagram feed these days, you can still rely on the classics, like this easy lemon sponge cake, to be a crowd pleaser.

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Peanut and milk chocolate sandies

Peanut sandwich cookie recipe

 

Sometimes you just need some cookies in your life! Like last week. May has been the craziest month of the year so far for me and while I enjoy embracing the busy I realised that I have not had any time to do some leisurely baking for the family. So I decided it was high time I rectified that situation and grabbed my copy of “Sweet” by Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh for some cookie inspiration!

 

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Recipe round up: 12 sweet treats to make with cinnamon

Round of sweet cinnamon recipes.

 

Cinnamon has got to be one of the most delicious and popular spices out there, and I am rather prone to putting it in everything. Aside from its gorgeous flavour it also has several health benefits. It is full of antioxidants, helps to lower blood pressure and has antiviral and anti inflammatory properties. All the more reason to sprinkle a little more cinnamon into your life.

I am betting you have a jar of this wonderful stuff in your pantry, so why not dig it out and try out some of these treats using this versatile spice. Don’t forget to let me know in the comments which cinnamon recipe is your favourite!

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Lemon, cranberry and poppy seed cake with yoghurt drizzle

How to make lemon and poppy seed cake with cranberries

 

Bakers, it is time to dust off those aprons because I have a real treat for you today! This week I am teaming up with Montagu Dried Fruit and Nuts to bring you some Mother’s Day inspired recipes using delicious dried cranberries. Earlier this week I featured a recipe for butternut, brie and cranberry tartlets, but today it is time for something sweet… how does a lemon, cranberry and poppy seed cake with yoghurt icing sound foodies? (Oh, and loads of pictures of cake, it’s happening.)

 

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Butternut, brie and cranberry tartlets with rosemary shortcrust

Butternut and brie tartlets with cranberries and shortcrust pastry

 

Mother’s Day is just around the corner (hint hint) and this week I am teaming up with Montagu Dried Fruit and Nuts to bring you two brand new recipes to spoil your mum with this Sunday. Today we are starting off with something savoury in the form of these rustic butternut, brie and cranberry tartlets with rosemary shortcrust pastry… ooh la la!

 

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Chocolate hot cross bun loaf

Hot cross bun bread

 

School holidays are just a hop, skip and a jump away and many of you may be thinking about how to keep the kiddos busy over the Easter break. This time last year my kids, who LOVE their hot cross buns, and I decided to make our own buns from scratch using a recipe by Jamie Oliver, and we were all pleasantly surprised by the results. I’m not sure why we were so surprised but it was probably the combination of a potentially tricky yeast dough recipe and two small children that could have gone rather wrong, but didn’t!  They were so delicious! It was also a fun baking project for the three of us…many hands make kneading a breeze after all.

 

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Chocolate layer cake with dark chocolate ganache

Ottolenghi chocolate cake.

 

Helloo there. Welcome to March (say whaat?!) and my first blog post for the month. It’s a rather celebratory post and this recipe is inspired by one of my personal foodie icons, Yotam Ottolenghi. This easy chocolate cake recipe is adapted very slightly from one that appears in his book “Sweet” (co-written with Helen Goh) and the reason for this cake post is that this week Cupcakes and Couscous celebrates its fifth anniversary!

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Chocolate cheese tart with dark chocolate ganache

Baked chocolate tart

 

Valentine’s Day is coming up and this lovely little dessert is perfect for the occasion. It’s inspired by an old chocolate tart recipe I made back in college whilst doing my food training, and I have adapted it by adding a decadent dark chocolate ganache layer and using my favourite sweet pastry recipe for the base. (And if making pastry from scratch for someone isn’t a sign of love then I don’t know what is!)

 

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