Category Cakes

Pink strawberry lollipop birthday cake

According to my daughter, I am shit at baking birthday cakes. Actually, ANY cake for that matter…

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Banana cake with brown sugar & cardamom

  I’ve never been able to get that excited about banana cake. I mean, it’s perfectly nice, can be a bit earnest at times, and, in its worst incarnations, is a bit like eating damp wood. I certainly don’t crave it like I would a chocolate cake. UNTIL NOW. I have just stumbled across a […]

Cherry Pie: a damn fine one

Image: Flickering Myth I was a huge fan of the Twin Peaks TV series in the early 90’s. It was all so lush and mysterious. I loved all the deranged and quirky characters, not least The Log Lady, who wore stout tweed and woollens and had frequent conversations with her log, carried underarm. I once went to […]

Orange & almond amaretti

I never thought that having kids and a resulting lack of personal space was ever going to be easy. And when I moaned yesterday, as I frequently do, that I was sick of the kids being ‘on’ me morning, noon and night, i.e. jumping on my back, pressing their bogey-filled faces onto my leg and […]

Make a ‘Frozen’ cake and stay sane!

In the beginning of my journey into Parenthood, I tried to keep Disney cartoons out of my daughter’s life. I had all these lofty ideals that she wasn’t going to get sucked in by the big commercial things, driven by this vague notion that it was just too inane. What the hell did I know? […]

Peach upside-down almond cake

I just want to salute my friend B, who has recently met a real-life man in a real-life situation – i.e. in a bar. She didn’t have to resort to using hideous app software a la Tinder or a dating site etc to get together with him. He just wandered up, they got chatting using their […]

French one-pot yoghurt cake

My Breton friend L is hardcore, the only person I know who can supervise three screaming kids and effortlessly make a classic French cake without breaking a sweat. When I stayed with her in October 2013, she was temporarily operating from a makeshift kitchen in her garage which had no running water and a bare […]