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Monkey Bees Knees

12 Feb


There must be about a million recipes for banana bread on the internet, probably because it’s so flippin tasty! This is one of Nigella’s, with a couple of amendments. The basic recipe can be found on Nigella’s website. Instead of raisins and walnuts, my version is studded with crunchy honeycomb chips. Just substitute the walnuts with 100g honeycomb chips, leave out the raisins, and reduce the amount of rum to 45ml. The honeycomb melts into the batter as the cake bakes, leaving an almost burnt caramel swirl throughout the sponge. Yum!


Good things come to those who wait

5 Jul

Single Guinness Cup Cake

Remember the chocolate guinness mud cake that came 2nd in the wedding bake off? Well, ever since that post I’d been thinking about how good it was! I had to have it again, and so decided to convert Nigella’s recipe to one for cupcakes. How perfect do they look? Like little sweet pints of Guinness. They taste the business too, even a few days after baking when they magically become even more squidgy and muddy.

Guinness Cup Cakes

iced guinness cupcakes

plain guinness cupcake

guinness cake iced

Good thing cupcakes
Makes 24 cupcakes

1. Make a batch of Nigella’s Chocolate Guinness Cake batter and icing. Preheat the oven to gas mark 4/180°C
2. Line 2x 12 hole muffin tins with muffin cases. Pour the cake batter into a measuring jug and then divide between the cases.
3. Bake the cupcakes, 1 tray at a time for 15 minutes per tray. The cakes will still feel quite squishy and soft when you press them, but as long as a skewer inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean, they are cooked.
4. Once the cupcakes are completely cooled, pipe the icing onto the top of the cake in a lovely swirl.
5. Batch them up in pretty tins and share with your friends!

cake boxes

Final tip – these will work best if you use a muffin pan and muffin cases. A bun tray doesn’t do these fellas justice.

Wedding Bake Off, Part 2

21 Jun

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Oh good, you’re back to see who came second in the bake-off? Well, you see that rather tasty looking offering 2nd from the back? The muddy, chocolatey, gooey cake with that “eat-me” creamy frosting on top? Can you tell what it is…? It’s a Chocolate Guinness mud cake. Bit of a gamble, I’m not usually one for chocolate cakes! But, put a bit of booze in there and add a creamy, cream cheese topping (it reminds me of carrot cake) and jobs a good ‘un.

Bake Off Wedding Cakes

Before we get to the details of the Guinness cake, how about some of the other entries? We did pretty well – look at this table full of treats, from the imaginatively titled ABCD cake (containing apricots, bananas and it’s seedy) to the opportunistically named Sicilian lemon drop cake (the middle of the cake sank when it came out the oven…)

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Wouldn’t you like a slice of one of these? A fruity citrus-y cake (so ZINGY) decorated with cake pops!!! Or this beautiful chocolate cake, decorated with smarties and Cadbury’s fingers – like something straight out off Christmas c.1986


OMG! Look at this little lady – Barbie Wedding Cake, absolute genius!


Mmmmm, and these fluffy clouds of coconutty, creamy delight.

the day after cakes

We had so much cake, we had to invite everyone back again the next day to help us polish it off. What great hosts are we?

Back to the Chocolate Guinness mud-cake. My goodness, it was divine – so moist and dense at the same time, like the best brownie you’ve ever tasted but better and almost sandy, no muddy in texture. The icing on top was, well, just the icing on the cake. Cool, smooth, creamy and tangy. Try this recipe – Nigella’s Chocolate Guinness Cake and wish that it comes out half as well as the bake-offering. What we didn’t realise when judging that there was a picture of us both underneath.

Finch & Ford

I think had we seen it, the cake would have won….no?

Thanks again to Dave Johnson for the faberooney snaps!

A muffin for a new mum

8 Jan

Yesterday was very exciting. For a start I got hang out with an old chum of mine and meet her baby (so so so so cute!)  We took bubba to Pizza East to hang out with the other Shoreditch babies (we met a very cute 4 month old in the most amazing snow-suit, I sometimes with they made baby clothes for grown ups…)

Secondly, it was a day of double baking – muffins for breakfast and a steak & stilton pie for tea. The muffins were whipped up last-minute when I realised I had nothing to offer my guests, how rude! An hour before their arrival I scouted round the cupboards to see what they might offer. I knew I had the holy trinity of butter, sugar and flour so the rest was easy!

Apple Cinnamon Muffins

inspired by Nigella Lawson’s Blueberry Muffins recipe from How to be a Domestic Goddess

Tea and Apple Cinnamon Muffin

and before you say anything, yes I know that’s a teapot with a coffee cup.

75g unsalted butter
150g plain flour
50g plain wholemeal flour
1 heaped tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp bicarb of soda
2 tsp baking powder
75g caster sugar
Pinch of salt
100g greek yoghurt
100ml semi-skinned milk
1 large egg
200g chopped apple
12-bun muffin tray lined with 12 paper cases

Preheat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas mark 6.

Melt the butter and set aside to cool, you’re going to mix it with the egg, milk & yoghurt later and you don’t want end up with scrambled eggs!

Combine all the dry ingredients in a bowl and in a measuring jug beat together the yoghurt, milk, egg and melted butter (once it has cooled)

Gently combine the wet stuff with the dry stuff. Try not to mix too much! Fold in the chopped apple, again keeping mixing to a minimum.

Spoon into the muffin cases and bake for 20 minutes, by which time the muffins should be risen, golden and firm on top. You could sprinkle some Demerara sugar on top before baking to create a crunchy top. I didn’t do this, but I reckon I will next time. Perfect for breakfast, or elevenses for new mums.

Apple Cinnamon Muffin

They’re also pretty good when you’re knackered and hungry after your sunday morning swimming lesson! Mr Cakes and I started lessons today with Red Top Swim at London Fields Lido. Quite possibly the best place to swim in London.

Now, time to plan our triathlon training plan for the year. Enough to make you work up an appetite….

Double bake day

7 Jan

First, for breakfast – Apple Cinnamon Muffins


Adapted from a Nigella Lawson recipe

Then, for dinner – A Pieminister moo & blue pie


I’ll post the muffin recipe tomorrow. If you want the steak & blue cheese pie recipe you’ll have to buy A Pie for All Seasons, their cookbook.