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Lemon and Raspberry Cupcakes


Raspberry is a perfect complement to lemon and these lemon and raspberry cupcakes are light and very moreish…


100g Butter, softened
120g Self Raising Flour
2 Tablespoons Cornflour
110g Caster Sugar
1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
2 Medium eggs, beaten
3 Tablespoons Milk
Zest of 1 lemon


Pre-heat the oven to 160c
Beat all the ingredients together well for one minute.
Divide the mixture between 12 cupcake cases set in a 12 hole muffin tin.
Bake for approximately 20 minutes.
Using the juice of the lemon make a syrup using the same amount of sugar to match the juice. Heat together in a pan until boiling. Boil for a few minutes until it becomes thick and syrupy.
Cut a tiny break in the top of each cupcake and using a teaspoon, spoon a little syrup into the hole so it soaks into the cupcake.
Raspberry Buttercream
Add a little water with a small punnet of raspberries in a pan and bring to the boil. Cook through until all the fruit is soft. Remove from the heat, stir well and push through a sieve to remove the pips. This can then be used to add to buttercream to top the cupcakes. I made my buttercream with 150g softened butter and 250g icing sugar. I added a tablespoon of the raspberry puree and beat well until it was soft and creamy. You could drizzle the rest of the raspberry puree over the cupcakes or serve separately.



Pink Champagne Cupcakes

With Mother’s Day coming soon in the UK its time to think about those special gifts to make Mum’s day. I always bake a special treat and a little box of cupcakes is perfect.

These cupcakes are infused with Champagne syrup and coloured pink! They taste absolutely delicious too…

Cupcake Recipe


100g Butter, softened

110g Caster Sugar

3 Medium Eggs, beaten

120g Self Raising Flour

2 Tablespoons Cornflour

1 Teaspoon Baking Powder

1 Tablespoon Champagne syrup (or use a champagne flavouring)

2 Tablespoons Milk

1 Teaspoon pink food colour paste


Preheat the oven to 160c

Beat the softened butter and sugar together until soft and creamy. Add the beaten eggs and all the other ingredients to the butter and sugar, and mix well to combine but for no more than one minute.

Pour into 12 cupcake cases set in a 12 hole muffin tin.

Bake the cupcakes for around 20 minutes until golden brown and firm to the touch.

When the cupcakes are cooked, take them out of the muffin tin and place on a cooling rack to cool completely. Leaving them in the tin too long causes moisture to make the cases leave the sides of the cake.

To make Champagne Syrup

Making your own syrup flavouring is easy. It just takes the same amount of liquid and caster sugar. I used 100ml Champagne – prosecco or a Cava Brut Rose will work well too. I added 100g caster sugar with the Champagne to a pan. This needs to simmer for a while, stirring to dissolve all the sugar. Then raise the heat to boiling and boil rapidly for a few minutes until the mixture becomes syrupy. Just keep an eye on it so it doesn’t burn. Remove from the heat, it thickens more as it cools.

The Champagne syrup can be used in the recipe as above. I also drizzled a little when the cakes came out of the oven but were still warm. I then used the rest to flavour buttercream to decorate the cupcakes. I made my buttercream with 300g butter and 500g icing sugar – beaten well for about ten minutes until it is soft and creamy. I stirred in the Champagne syrup and added a little pink colouring to complete the look.

Here is a pretty way to serve your Mother’s Day cupcakes…


Share the rest of the Champagne with your Mum too! Perfect! Enjoy Mother’s Day 🙂





Cherry Bakewell Cake

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Cherry Bakewell Cake

I love Bakewell Tart and this cake is based on those lovely cherry and almond flavours but with the lightness of sponge – a perfect combination…

Cherry Bakewell Cake Recipe


200g Butter, softened

200g Caster Sugar

100g Self Raising Flour

100g Ground Almonds

1 Teaspoon Baking Powder

4 Medium Eggs, whisked


175g (Approx 1/2 a jar) Morello Cherry Conserve

150g Butter, softened

250g Icing Sugar

2 Teaspoons Almond Extract

Preheat the oven to 180c

Prepare the tins – I divided the mixture into 4 x 6″ round tins or you can make 2 layers of 8″ (2 x 8″ tins)

To make the cake

Beat the softened butter and sugar together until soft and creamy. Then add all the other cake ingredients and mix quickly together. Divide into the tins and bake for around 15 – 20 minutes until cooked. (6″ cakes will take less time than the 8″)

To make the filling

Beat the softened butter and icing sugar and almond extract together well for approximately ten minutes until really light and creamy. Layer this with the morello cherry conserve between the cakes when they are cooled. I put one layer of conserve and two of almond buttercream. Dust the top of the cake with a little sieved icing sugar.


Lemon, Blueberry and White Chocolate Drip Cake

Drip cakes look complicated but are actually quite easy to make as the finish doesn’t have to look perfect and they can be covered with lots of sweet treats. They make a perfect celebration cake for any occasion.


To make a Blueberry, Lemon and White Chocolate Drip Cake

For the sponges:-
400g softened butter
400g caster sugar
8 medium eggs, beaten
400g self-raising flour
Zest 3 lemons
Prepare 3 x 20cm round cake tins and preheat the oven to 160c
Beat the butter and sugar together well until soft and creamy. Add the flour, beaten eggs and zest and mix well for one minute. Divide the mixture between the tins and bake for about 35 minutes or until the cakes are golden, spring back when touched, are starting to shrink from the sides of the tin, a skewer comes out clean when inserted into the middle.
For the lemon syrup:-
Use the juice from the 3 lemons and make up to 125ml, add 125g sugar with this in a pan. Heat while stirring to dissolve the sugar then boil rapidly until the mixture starts to thicken to a syrup.
Brush the syrup over the 3 cakes while they are still warm in their tins.
When the cakes are cooled completely they were layered up with blueberry conserve and lemon buttercream.
For the lemon buttercream:-
Beat 450g softened butter and 750g icing sugar together well and add a few drops of lemon extract or some lemon juice to taste. I beat mine for a good ten minutes until it gets really soft and creamy.
This amount of buttercream is enough to fill and cover the cakes fully. I put a little to one side and added some blueberry conserve. I used this to spread around the sides of the cake on top of the lemon buttercream to add some colour.


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Lemon and Blueberry Cake


To cover the cakes:-
Once the cakes have been layered up with filling in between, pop the three-layered cake into the fridge to cool for half an hour. This will set the buttercream a little harder so it’s easier to cover the outside of the cake. Spread buttercream around the whole of the top and sides of the cake and smooth with a palette knife. Pop the cake back in the fridge for about another half an hour to an hour until the covering is nice and set. Then spread some of the buttercream with blueberry conserve added around the side of the cake and smooth again with a palette knife. Pop the cake back in the fridge and make some white chocolate ganache to drizzle over the top of the cake.
For the white chocolate ganache:-
100g good quality white chocolate
50g whipping cream
1 tablespoon golden syrup
Heat the white chocolate in a bowl over a pan of boiling water until only just melting – stir well to melt all the chocolate and set aside to cool. Heat the cream in a pan until just boiling the remove from the heat and set aside for ten minutes. Now stir the cream and chocolate together gently, finally stir in the golden syrup. The mixture will now be ready to add to the cake. Spread it all over the top of the cold cake and allow the drips to run down the sides a little.
At this point the cake can go back into the fridge so that the drips set where they are but I added sprinkles and chocolate drops and shards first.



Easy Luxury Mince Pies

Home-made mince pies are always super scrumptious but here’s an easy way to pimp your mincemeat and take your mince pies to the next level…

I started with a 410g jar of shop bought mincemeat. I scooped it out into a bowl and added:-

  • A handful of chopped walnuts
  • 50g dried whole cranberries
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 2 teaspoons Cherry Brandy
  • A pinch of mixed spice

Mix the ingredients together well and use with your usual pastry (home-made or shop bought will be fine.) I made mine in a muffin tin so I could make them extra deep and the mixture made 16 mince pies.

Nothing too complicated but the flavours make these mince pies taste so luxurious.

WARNING: You will not be able to eat just one. You will not be able to do up your trousers after Christmas.


Perfect Mince Pies

Feeling Christmassy? Here is a recipe for mince pies…
You will need a 12 hole cupcake or muffin tin. Preheat the oven to 180c
To make 12 mince pies I use 225g plain flour and 125g very cold butter – mix together lightly until it resembles breadcrumbs. Add 1 tablespoon of caster sugar and enough very cold water to mix together to bind it– I prefer it a little wetter than too dry. ( If you accidentally make it too wet just add a little flour back into it) Wrap in cling-film and put in the fridge for 30 minutes.
Then roll out the pastry and cut with round cutters – you’ll need a round larger than the size of your tin for the base and a smaller one for the lid. I cut snowflake shapes for the top. TIP! Roll your pastry very gently, overworking it will make it tough.
Fill the bases with mincemeat (not too full or it will explode through the lid!) Place the lid on top and prick with a fork, brush with milk and bake for about 10 – 20 minutes until golden brown.
Sprinkle with a little caster sugar or icing sugar to serve.
To make special fruity mince pies just add fresh chopped fruit to the mincemeat and mix well before making the pies and baking. I used chopped apricots, fresh cranberries, zest of a lemon and added some demerara sugar to sweeten the fruit a little

Here’s how to make your own mincemeat – packed full of fruit 🙂



Easter Biscuits

My grandmother always made Easter Biscuits at this time of year and they were truly scrumptious. Now I’m a grandmother I bake them and always think of her as I do. I’ve no idea where she got the recipe from originally but she was an early member of the WI so possibly from there and I’ve  adapted the recipe only slightly. The biscuits are incredibly light and are always popular.


Easter Biscuits

Easter Biscuits


225g Plain Flour

55g Custard Powder

225g Butter

110g Caster Sugar

75g Mixed Fruit (or can be one fruit e.g. sultanas)

15g Ground Almonds

Zest of 1 Lemon plus 1 teaspoon of the juice

½ Teaspoon Cinnamon or Mixed Spice

1 + ½ Egg Yolks


Pre heat the oven to 175c and line a baking sheet.

Cream the butter and sugar together well then beat in the egg yolks.

Whisk the flour, custard powder and spice together and then stir in the fruit. Add this to the beaten egg, butter and sugar mix and also add the lemon juice and zest. Mix together. If it seems sticky, wrap it in cling-film and put into the fridge to firm up before rolling out. This should take about 30 minutes but it can be left overnight.

Roll out and cut out circles to the size you like – mine were quite small and I got 32 biscuits from the mixture.

Bake for about ten minutes. They should look light golden brown and need to be still fairly soft as they will firm up once cooled.



Rosewater Cupcakes

Rosewater Cupcakes for Mother’s Day

Rosewater gives a lovely delicate taste to cakes and is perfect for a cupcake. The recipe will give 10 – 12 cupcakes which are lovely for an afternoon tea – just right for mum on Mother’s Day. Alternatively, serve them in vintage bone china tea cups or put them in lacy wrappers and pretty boxes tied with ribbon for a scrumptious gift.

Rosewater Cupcakes


100g Butter, softened

110g Caster Sugar

2 Teaspoons Rosewater (I used Neilsen-Massey)

120g Self-Raising Flour

2 Tablespoons Cornflour

2 Medium Eggs, beaten

3 Tablespoons Milk


Heat the oven to 160c and place cupcake cases in a 12 hole muffin tin.

Beat the butter and caster sugar together well until soft and creamy. Add all the other ingredients and beat to combine but for no more than one minute. Divide between the cake cases ( you can make between 10 – 12 depending how much mixture you put in each.)

I decorated my cupcakes with buttercream with half a teaspoon of rosewater added. Then I added fondant toppers and flowers for Mother’s Day but these cupcakes would be equally lovely at any spring or summer tea party.

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Marmalade Madeira Cake

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Marmalade Madeira Cake

I love marmalade at this time of year and make my own when I can. I’ve recently had a craving for a really moist marmalade cake but I’ve had to make this three times to get exactly what I wanted! It’s basically a madeira cake recipe with marmalade, orange zest and orange juice added which gives a lovely flavour. This version has chopped dried apricots added which gave me the rather moist and almost sticky cake I wanted.

Marmalade Madeira Cake


150g Softened Butter

150g Caster Sugar

3 Eggs

150g Self-Raising Flour

75g Plain Flour

Zest of 1 Orange

1 Tablespoon Orange Juice

2 Tablespoons Orange Marmalade

100g Chopped Dried Apricots


Pre heat the oven to 160c. Grease and line a 2lb loaf tin or a 7”/ 18cm round cake tin.

Beat the butter and sugar together until light in colour and soft.

Add the eggs one by one and beat in well.

Fold in the flour carefully.

Fold in all the other ingredients and pour into the prepared tin.

Bake for approximately 1 to 1 ¼ hours until light golden brown in colour, firm to the touch and inserting a clean skewer comes out clean.

Turn the cake out onto a rack to cool.

I used some more orange juice (1 tablespoon) and added 2 tablespoons of icing sugar to make a drizzle for the top of the cake when it had cooled.

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Marmalade Madeira Cake

I have to admit I couldn’t wait to eat this so started on it straight from the oven drizzled with double cream! However, it is a cake which keeps really well and the flavour improves if you can bear to wait.