Apple & Walnut Oat Loaf #FeelingFibrant Oats & Veg Box Giveaway

Apple & Walnut Oat Loaf

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There are times when you want the feel and comfort of a piece of cake without the guilt of indulgence. Contrary to popular belief, I more than occasionally eat heathily – You can’t bake as often as I do without having a selection of ‘healthier’ recipes in the repertoire.

This Apple & Walnut Cake manages to be tasty enough to eat on its own and interesting enough that even the kids enjoy it. They never guess that it is healthier than some other cakes. Containing vegetable oil instead of butter, this cake is not as high in saturated fats as most cakes, therefore being a better treat for people watching their cholesterol levels. The oats too, have been linked to lowering cholesterol. Over time, I’ve managed to reduce the sugar content – I use Pink Lady apples so they are not too tangy and just 100g of soft brown sugar. You may even find that you can reduce the amount of sugar you like in the cake even more than me. The crunch of the pecans and the spice from the cinnamon keep this cake interesting – There’s no need for any topping or icing. Its definitely a sit down with a good book and a brew type of cake.

Tea & Walnut Apple Oat Loaf Cake

I’ve talked before about my love of using oats in my baking – cakes, breads, crumbles, biscuits all benefit from substituting flour with some oats. Quaker Oats are challenging bloggers to come up with creative recipes using oats. I struggled to do just one – I put oats in nigh on everything!

Slices of Apple & Walnut Oat Loaf Cake

Apple & Walnut Oat Loaf


  • 60g Oats (equivalent of 2 Quaker Oats packets.
  • 260g Plain Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 100g Light Soft Brown Sugar
  • 2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 3 Medium Eggs
  • 150ml Vegetable Oil
  • 3 Pink Lady apples – Grated & juice squeezed out.
  • 60g Chopped Walnuts


  • Preheat the oven to 180C and line a 2lb loaf tin.
  • In a large bowl, stir together the oats, flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon and sugar.
  • Whisk together the eggs and the oil and add to the dry mixture. Mix together until just combined.
  • Add in the grated & squeezed grated apples and walnuts and mix.
  • Pour into the prepared loaf tin and flatten down the surface.
  • Cook in the oven for 30 mins.
  • Reduce the heat to 160C and cover the loaf with tinned foil. Continue to bake for a further 1 hour.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool on a wire rack.
  • Best eaten within 24 hours – Suitable for freezing.

Apple Walnut Oat Loaf Cake

  • Oats contain a form of soluble fibre called beta glucan, which has been shown to lower blood cholesterol. High levels of blood cholesterol can increase the risk of heart disease.
  • The recommended daily intake of fibre has recently been increased from 24g to 30g per day. The UK has a traditionally low fibre intake compared with other countries – Oats are high in fibre content and can contribute towards this daily suggested intake.
  • Oats are 100% wholegrain – Dietary guidelines suggest we should be achieving an intake of 48g of wholegrain per day.

I’m happy to be hosting a quick competition to win a 3 month supply of Quaker Oats plus a 3 month fruit & veg delivery from Abel & Cole. To enter, simply leave a comment telling me about one of your recipes that includes oats. The competition closes on Friday 27th November after which time, I will chose my favourite from the entries. Please see Terms & Conditions for more details.

Fruit Oat Loaf Cake

This blog post was commissioned by Quaker Oats and Foodies100 as part of the Quaker Oats #FeelingFibrant campaign. I was compensated for the cost of ingredients and my time.

This giveaway can be found over at The Prize Finder

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Toasted Coconut Cupcakes with Orange Buttercream Frosting

Toasted Coconut Cupcake with Orange Buttercream Frosting

Now aren’t you yearning for one of these? One of my favourite flavours of buttercream – light and not to claggy (I think that’s a word – you know, when it just sits in your mouth). The zesty citrus breaks through the homely toasted coconut cakes brilliantly.

I was asked a couple of days ago if I would showcase a recipe I make that uses Clover. I’m a bit of a stickler for the right sort of spread in my cooking and baking. Clover has the same great taste as butter as it made with buttermilk but has half the saturated fat of butter. For me, there is no recipe that showcases the quality of a buttery taste than buttercream. Cannot stand artificial spreads that make buttercream inedible. Clover contain no artificial ingredients.

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Toasted Coconut Cupcakes with Orange Buttercream

Serves 18
Prep time 30 minutes
Cook time 18 minutes
Total time 48 minutes
Meal type Dessert, Snack
Misc Child Friendly, Pre-preparable, Serve Cold
Occasion Barbecue, Birthday Party, Casual Party, Formal Party


  • 200g Clover Spread
  • 300g Caster Sugar
  • 2 Egg Whites
  • 1 Medium Egg
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 225g Self Raising Flour
  • 180ml Semi Skimmed Milk (plus 3 tbsp of milk for the buttercream)
  • 100g Desiccated Coconut
  • 400g Icing Sugar
  • 2 Zest Oranges


These cakes are fine to freeze prior to the buttercream frosting being added. Store in an air tight container and defrost at room temperature for 2-3 hours before piping the frosting on.


Toast the coconut lightly for 2-3 minutes in a dry frying pan - Keep stirring continuously and remove from the heated pan as soon as the coconut starts to turn golden. It will catch and burn really quickly if left. Keep to one side until needed.
Preheat the oven to 180C and line 18 muffin tray with cupcake liners.
Using an electric whisk, mix together the caster sugar and 100g of the Clover, on a medium speed until well combined
Slowly add the egg whites and full egg, one at a time whilst still whisking. Add the vanilla extract.
Alternate adding a tablespoon of the flour with a small drizzle of the milk until both are fully added. Keep clearing down the side of the mixing bowl to make sure it is all combined.
Add in 80g of the toasted coconut and gently stir through until all mixed in.
Distribute evenly in the cupcakes cases and bake for 18-20 minutes until golden.
Orange Buttercream Frosting
Meanwhile, mix together the remaining 100g of Clover with the icing sugar and 3 tbsp of milk - You want a sturdy, thick buttercream that will hold its shape when piped.
Add in the grated zest of the oranges and fill a disposable icing bag with a plain nozzle
Pipe in a swirl and top with a sprinkle of the remaining toasted coconut

Piping Orange Buttercream

Clover are also hosting a competition over on their Facebook page to win personalised fridge magnets (with your face on) and branded oven gloves. Simply share a picture of a dish you have made using Clover to enter.

Disclaimer: This post was commissioned by Clover. As always, all views expressed are my own personal opinions.

Toasted Coconut Cupcakes with Orange Buttercream Frosting

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Mississippi Mud Cake with Raspberry Italian Meringue Buttercream – Bake of the Week

Mississippi Mud Cake Raspberry Italian Meringue Buttercream

I’ve got a special bake for you this week – The past few Bakes of the Week have been quick, easy bakes – Tasty and handy to know but not exactly WOW! Well look no further, here’s full baking luxury for you – and its residing in my fridge! Mr C has just described it as ‘the Mother of all cakes’.

Mississippi Mud Cake is a dense, rich cake so Italian Meringue Buttercream goes perfectly with it. I like to balance the light, fluffy buttercream – This is a cake that can take lots of filling but you don’t need a heavy buttery filling. Even though this buttercream uses 500g of butter, it is still light and airy.

I seem to have an abundance of Wholemeal flour so used a good chunk inside this cake – Raspberries are at the end of their best at the moment too, so I got a bargain with these 2 punnets.

Raspberry Italian Meringue Buttercream

Mississippi Mud Cake with Raspberry Italian Meringue Buttercream

Serves 8+
Prep time 1 hour, 20 minutes
Cook time 45 minutes
Total time 2 hours, 5 minutes
Meal type Dessert, Snack
Misc Child Friendly, Serve Cold
Occasion Birthday Party, Casual Party, Valentines day
Mississippi Mud Cake with a light, tangy Raspberry Italian Meringue Buttercream


  • 400g Soft Dark Brown Sugar
  • 2 Medium Eggs
  • 60g Cocoa Powder
  • 2 teaspoons Strong Instant Coffee Granules (Dissolved in 200ml of recently boiled hot water - Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes before adding to the cake mixture)
  • 2 tablespoons Vanilla Extract (+ 1 teaspoon for Buttercream)
  • 120g Wholemeal Flour
  • 200g Self Raising Flour
  • 200ml Milk
  • 5 Egg Whites
  • 500g Very Soft Butter
  • 100ml Cold Water
  • 300g Caster Sugar
  • 2 Punnets Raspberries


Mississippi Mud Cake
Preheat the oven to 170C and line 3 x 8" Cake tins
Whisk together the Dark Brown Sugar and the 2 whole eggs until they become paler and fluffy.
Add in the cocoa - When the coffee/water mix has cooled sufficiently, add this whilst still mixing
Alternate adding 1 tbsp of the flours and a small drizzle of milk until all flour and milk is added
Continue to whisk on a medium setting for 20 seconds then distribute evenly between the 3 tins and bake for 25 minutes until a skewer comes out clean. Up to this stage can be done up to 3 days in advance - this is the sort of cake that can take standing (wrapped in foil) If you can wait that long!
Raspberry Italian Meringue Buttercream
Whisk the 5 egg whites until they achieve stiff peaks and very slowly add 50g of the caster sugar a very tiny amount at a time
In a small pan, add the remaining 250g of caster sugar and 100ml of water. Heat on a slow heat and whisk until the caster sugar has just dissolved. Stop whisking and speed the heat up to high. Brush down the sides of the pan once with a wet pastry brush to stop sugar crystals from appearing and burning
You are then waiting for the sugar/water mixture to reach 121C (use a sugar thermometer) As soon as it does, dip the pan into a large pan of cold water and remove immediately. Wipe down the base of the pan - you don't want any excess water dripping into the meringue mixture
Add a thin but steady stream of sugar/water mix into the egg white mixture, whilst mixing on a medium-high setting
Once it has all been added, keep mixing on a medium setting until the sides of the bowl start to feel cooler
Add tablespoons of the butter at a time whilst still whisking - This bit freaks me out as I always think it will curdle but it doesn't
Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add the remaining vanilla extract
Mush one punnet of raspberries with a fork (you can blitz in a blender but I prefer some texture from the raspberries) and stir into the meringue mix.
Divide into 4 equal parts and spread between each layer of cake - Decorate as you wish on top and add the other punnet of raspberries
Refrigerate for 2 hours and eat

Raspberry Mississippi Mud Cake Italian Meringue Buttercream

3 tier mississippi mud chocolate cake Mississippi Mud Pie Cake Bake of the Week

A small but perfectly formed number of Bake of the Week entries last week – That’s what happens when the host accidentally closes the linky early! Oops. Apologies to anyone who wanted to take part – I also had huge technical problems on the blog last week again that deleted links from previous Bakes of the Week. Happy to say all fixed now. I’m fiercely proud that everyone who takes part in Bake of the Week gets their fair share of promotion – I link to all entries in the roundup and comment (eventually), pin, Google+ & tweet every single one too. Takes ages but that’s why we do it?


There was one entry that really got my attention – Domestic Gothess’ incredible Chocolate & Raspberry Battenberg – I’d spotted this on my travels around my favourite blogs even before it was entered. Perfectly baked and amazing photography as ever!

Chocolate Raspberry BAttenburg

Bake of the Week

1. Celebrating National Cupcake Week with Espresso martini Cupcakes is Domestic Gothess. I’m really intrigued to try her cooked flour frosting – Read her post for more details.
2. Fair play to Baking Queen 74 for doing such a marvellous job of her Cherry & Vanilla Charlotte Russe – True persistence meant her bake took her an entire day. Magnificent results though! This GBBO has got a lot to answer for!
3. A thought provoking post about the use of Palm Oil from My Little Italian Kitchen and some pretty Shortbread Chocolate Cookies to go with it. Once again, I am so glad we cut down on the amount of shop bought biscuits we consume in our house.

Feel free to add up to 3 entries (old bakes are fine as long as they include the badge below) If you have chance it would be great if you could visit some of the other entries – Let them know how you found them by #Bakeoftheweek. There’s no theme as usual – Savoury, Sweet, Small, Large, Fruity, chocolatey, Biscuits, Bread, Pies, Oven Bakes & Slow Cookers all welcome!

Right, so lets spread the word and get Bake of the Week busy again! I promise no mishaps with the linky this week :-) You are welcome to join in if you are part of other baking groups – There’s plenty of baking love to share around!

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3 Ingredient Fudgy Nutella Brownie Bites – Secret Recipe Club

Nutella Brownie Bites

After having the summer away from the Secret Recipe Club, I’m all raring to go. You may have seen my Sunday Photo post yesterday showing Baby T starting school – its fair to say, its been a crazy week and I needed a quick and easy recipe to treat the girls after school.

That was no problem, I was partnered with Cook Lisa Cook ( a bit more about Lisa’s blog later on) – I chose 3 Ingredient Fudgy Nutella Brownie Bites – I knew they would go down a storm with the girls. I actually wasn’t expecting to find such a simple yet mouthwateringly delicious recipe.

So let me introduce you to the ingredients: Makes 30 mini bites

1 cup Nutella (about 250g)
2 Eggs (whisked)
1/2 Cup Plain Flour (65g)
50g Chopped Hazelnuts (optional)
Icing Sugar to decorate.

Preheat the oven to 190C and prepare either a mini muffin tray or silicone mini bun.
Place the nutella in a microwaveable bowl and heat for 30 seconds until soft but not too hot.
Stir in the eggs and flour and mix until combined.
Pour into the trays (you may need to do 2 batches) and bake for 9 minutes until a slight shell has appeared.
If you are adding the nuts, sprinkle over before baking.
The inside should still be quite runny (it will set on cooling)
Sprinkle over the icing sugar and eat.

I can’t wait to try other variations of these – Grated orange zest? Maybe a tbsp of Baileys? Coconut?

Lisa’s Blog, CookLisaCook is jam packed full of recipes. She has been taking part in the Secret Recipe Club for ever – This recipe dates back to 2013. Lisa hails from New England, US with an English husband and their adorable daughter, Maisie. As a result the blog is a real mix of recipes, many catering for their daughter’s special diet. On my list to try is the Chipotle Stuffed Mushrooms and the wealth of Buffalo Chicken recipes. I would be so happy to live and eat in the US!

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Lemon & Grapefruit Drizzle Bundt Cake – #Bakeoftheweek

Lemon Grapefruit Drizzle Bundt Cake

Sometimes you just want a cake that zings at you – Simple to prepare, but substantial that you can have hearty chunks but yet it is light and crumbly – and oh Wow! How tasty.

Grapefruits are synonymous with holidays for me – I first discovered the joy of eating them outdoors for breakfast in France about 4 years ago and very much look forward to carrying on the tradition this summer. In true holiday preparation mode, I bought a grapefruit earlier in the week and remembered how amazing this cake can be.

Lemon & Grapefruit Drizzle Bundt Cake

Serves 10+
Prep time 20 minutes
Cook time 55 minutes
Total time 1 hours, 15 minutes
Meal type Dessert, Snack
Misc Child Friendly, Freezable, Serve Cold
Occasion Barbecue, Birthday Party, Casual Party
Light & crumbly cake with tangy lemon & grapefruit


  • 225g Butter
  • 500g Caster Sugar
  • 4 Medium Eggs
  • 1 Juice & Finely Grated Zest of Grapefruit (Keep a little of the grapefruit juice to one side for the icing drizzle)
  • 3 Finely grated Lemon Zest - Keep one lot of zest aside for decoration (plus juice of 2 of the lemons for the cake & 1 for the icing drizzle)
  • 380g Self Raising Flour (Plus around 3 tbsp extra for lining the tin)
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 180ml Milk
  • 225g Icing Sugar


Preheat the oven to 170C and butter the inside of a bundt cake tin. Sprinkle flour inside the tin until all the butter is covered and shake out any excess
Using an electric mixer, whisk the butter and caster sugar until well combined and pale & fluffy
Add the eggs, one at a time, carrying on whisking on a medium speed - Add the vanilla extract
Add the grapefruit & Lemon juice & grated zest - Add 3 tbsp of flour at the same time to stop it curdling
Add the rest of the flour, one tbsp at a time & the milk alternately. As soon as the last tbsp of flour & all of the milk has been added, turn the mixer off and continue to fold together by hand using a spatula
Pour into the bundt tin and bake for 55 minutes - Check after this time, if a skewer comes out clean then it is done - alternatively, the cake may need another 12 minutes - I sometimes turn the oven down to 160C at this point to stop the outside getting too dark
Drizzle Icing
When the cake is cooling, mix together the remaining lemon/grapefruit juice with the icing sugar
Pour over the top - allow it to drizzle down the sides and into the centre. Sprinkle over the remaining lemon zest

Lemon & Grapefruit Bundt Drizzle Cake

There was one recipe that stood out for me as a ‘must try’ from our last entries – These are Tin & Thyme’s Chinese Walnut Cookies – I love the thought of crunchy exterior and soft middles – the addition of walnuts are just my sort of thing. They are really small cookies too, so there is plenty of excuse for more than one! They use buckwheat flour which happily I have sitting waiting to use in the baking cupboard.

Chinese Walnut Cookies

Lets have a chocolate roundup – I’m off to France, where we will no doubt be consuming tons of the stuff!

Bake of the week Chocolate

1. Wonderful healthy & GF chickpea brownies from Lancashire Food – Lyndsey assures us we won’t even notice the chickpeas
2. These GF Chocolate Slices from the Free From Fairy do look truly decadent and contain just 6 ingredients
3. Another bakers that is rather fond of swiss rolls is Winnie who shares with us her Banana Swiss Roll with Chocolate Cheese Filling
4. A No-Bake Chocolate Cheesecake from Et Speaks from Home – With interchangeable biscuit base depending on how sweet your tooth is
5. A beautiful Nutella Croissant Pudding and an incredible sad tale of broken baking dishes from the Not so Creative Cook

We are going through so many berries at the moment – the girls can munch their way through punnets without even noticing – Some great berry recipes included in this week’s entries:

Bake of the week berries

6. How amazing does this Mixed Berry Charlotte Russe look from Domestic Gothess – That Bavarian Cream looks heavenly!
7. Freshly back from her own holiday, Petite Raisin has created a speedy Peach & Blueberry Greek Yogurt Cake
8. A warm welcome to the Bake of the Week gang to Living Life who joins us with her Fruity Olive Oil Cake – Good to have you with us!
9. Wimbledon Cupcake with a delicate rose flavour from ET Speaks From Home – I’m sad Wimbledon is over for another year, did you love it?
10. There are few things in life as good as Homemade Strawberry Tarts – well worth making your own pastry and custard – Tales from The Kitchen Shed has shared her very beautifully arranged ones
11. Perfect dessert for after Sunday lunch from Baking Queen 74 with her Blackberry & Rose Crumble – Mouth wateringly good!

I think this week is one of the most creative we’ve ever had – there’s so many ingredients that are all too forgotten when baking:

Bake of the Week

12. Enjoy the joy of quiche without the guilt of too much pastry with Hijacked by Twins and her Crustless Quiche – Full of veg and taste!
13. Perfect party food from My Little Italian Kitchen with her Olive & Pepper Focaccia
14. Totally melt in the mouth Butter Shortbread Cookies from Winnie’s Blog – Too pretty!
15. A very exciting week as I’d Much Rather Bake Than finally gets her own kitchen – I would adore some of her Cheese & Marmite Muffins – Are you a lover or a hater?
16. Another perfect Picnic Snack from A Free From Life with her Courgette & Chive Tartlets – This post is jam packed full of ideas!
17. Campfire Salmon that is proving popular over on Pinterest from Truly Madly Kids – We might very well indulge in this on our hols

Right, I’m off on my hols so I’m leaving #Bakeoftheweek in the capable hands of 2 lovely blogging friends for the next few weeks – Here’s the timetable:

This linky will remain open until Mon 27th July

Tues 28th July – Head on over to Lucy at Baking Queen 74 – Link will be open for 2 weeks

Tues 11 July – Jen at Jen’s Food will take over until Tues 18th August

Thanks so much ladies for taking over – Please support your hosts by sharing their posts

Plea: If you could remember to add the badge to your posts, I would be ever so grateful – I know that life comes first though and it is easy to forget! Its the only way we will build the #Bakeoftheweek gang and gets your posts shared everywhere!

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Bacon, Mushroom & Basil Savoury Muffins #Bakeoftheweek

Bacon, Mushroom & Basil Savoury Muffins

Picnic season is in full swing around here – Over the summer holidays we eat on the beach most days. I’m not a huge sandwich lover (Mr C is though) so am constantly looking for sandwich alternatives. Savoury muffins are definitely handy, they can be frozen and defrosted just in time for impromptu days out too.

I can highly recommend savoury muffins for trying out new taste combinations – the rest of the ingredients are inexpensive and they are not too time consuming to prepare. If you have some random vegetables or cooked meats loitering in the fridge, bung them in. See what happens!

My Bacon, Mushroom & Basil Muffins are a tried and tested recipe and taste combination – I find it hard to eat bacon without mushrooms.

Bacon, Mushroom & Basil Savoury Muffins

Serves 12
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 20 minutes
Total time 35 minutes
Meal type Appetizer, Breakfast, Lunch, Snack
Misc Child Friendly, Freezable, Serve Cold, Serve Hot
Savoury Muffins packed full of bacon, mushrooms & basil - perfect for picnics


  • 70g Butter
  • 1 Egg
  • 125g Self Raising Flour
  • 60g Chickpea Flour (Or Wholemeal flour if you have that. Or plain flour if you only have that!)
  • 200ml Milk
  • 5-6 Rashers of Bacon (Chopped into 1/2cm pieces)
  • 1/2 Onion (Chopped finely)
  • 4 Medium Chestnut Mushrooms (Chopped into small pieces)
  • 12 Medium Leaves of Fresh Basil (Chopped finely)
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • Splash of vegetable Oil


Preheat the oven to 170C and line a 12 hole muffin tin with Cupcake/Muffin Cases
In a medium frying pan, heat the oil then gently fry the onions until transparent. Add the bacon and continue frying until just cooked.
Spoon out the onion/bacon and fry the mushrooms until soft
Re-add the bacon/onions (it will still be hot) and the basil and mix together.
Using an electric mixer, whisk the egg and butter - Add 2 tbsp of flour to stop it curdling
Add the flour and milk alternately a tbsp at a time, whilst mixing on a slow speed
As soon as you have added all the ingredients, stop mixing and stir by hand using a spatula
Add in the bacon/mushroom/basil mixture and divide evenly between the 12 cases
Bake for 20 minutes - You may need to bake for a further 3-4 minutes if not quite cooked
Best eaten warm but if freezing, leave to cool and freeze the same day

Coming soon: Cheese, Onion & Rosemary Savoury Muffins

Bacon Basil & Mushroom SAvoury Muffins

My featured bake for this week is from Sarah at Maison Cupcake – Great to see that Sarah has joined the Bake of the Week gang. This week she is sharing this incredible Blackberry Chocolate Charlotte Cake. She tells us that if you can melt chocolate, you can make this cake – so there’s a challenge! Just a beautiful cake!

Chocolate Blackberry Charlotte Cake

Now because I’ve done a savoury bake for this week’s Bake of the Week, I’ve highlighted other savoury entries too. I’m trying to cut down on some sugar at the moment – Don’t worry, it won’t last long. Its just occurred to me that in a few weeks I’ll be parading around a french campsite in a swimming costume. That’s my attempt at dieting!

Bake of the Week savoury

Left to right:
* Cheesy Mexican Corn on the Cob from Petite Raisin – My girls devour all signs of corn. They would marvel at those beautiful leaves.
* I can almost smell this divine Garlic & Herb Twister Bread cooking – Homemade is always better than shop bought! Tales from the Kitchen Shed is right about it being a fabulous centre piece.
* Not strictly savoury but with a savoury ingredient – These Marmite Macarons will divide the nation. They would in fact divide our house – One of the only things Mr C won’t eat – I can lick Marmite off a spoon!

Bake of the Week

1. I cannot think of a more appropriate way of using those blue & pink sweets on a cake than this baby shower/gender reveal cake from Mummy Mishaps – Love it!
2. Making great use of an abundance of summery fruit with these Peach, Pistachio & Rose tarts from Domestic Gothess.
3. What child wouldn’t love these Oreo Surprise Cupcakes from Mama Mummy Mum?
4. Rhubarb Strawberry Meringue Tart from the Gluten Free Alchemist – Its amazing what this lady can do when she starts to tinker with a recipe!
5. I don’t think I’ve ever baked with Ricotta – This Ricotta cheesecake from Winnie’s blog has got me intrigued. Very clever!
6. Truly Madly Kids has produced the cutest video on how to make Wimbledon Cake Pops – She and her girls are naturals in front of the camera I tell you!
7. Lemon & Sultana Scones to rival the best of them from A Free From Life – Perfect with Chia Jam & Coconut Cream
8. Vicki from the Free From Fairy has excelled with her Oat Free, Sugar Free, Gluten Free, Chocolate & Coconut Flapjacks – They look so moist and rich.
9. I feel for Baking Queen 74 this week. She has ripped her hands to shreds picking gooseberries. Ouch! This Gooseberry Frangipane Tart is worth it though 😉
10. Super cute Milkshake Cupcakes from A Strong Coffee – I know a few teachers that would love these as an end of school year gift!

And ta-dah! We finally have a Bake of the Week on time! Thanks again for all of your entries – I didn’t even do a Twitter reminder this week. If you do not want me to send you a reminder, please let me know – I won’t be offended. I’m still making my way around all of the entries to comment but have been busy sharing. Please add the badge to your post as usual – Up to 3 entries per blog. No theme.

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Joining in this month with Lavender & Lovage & Lancashire Food to celebrate Herby Baking – The theme for Cooking With Herbs

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Mint Aero Swiss Roll #Bakeoftheweek

Mint Aero Chocolate Swiss Roll

This has turned out exactly as I imagined/hoped it would. If you are a fan of Mint Aeros, then this is the cake for you! Not too many ingredients and fairly quick to make.

Mint Aero Chocolate Swiss Roll

Serves 8+
Prep time 25 minutes
Cook time 14 minutes
Total time 39 minutes
Meal type Dessert
Misc Child Friendly, Serve Cold
Occasion Birthday Party, Casual Party
Light chocolate swiss roll with the flavour of Mint Aeros - Splendid for any table centre piece!


  • 3 Medium Eggs
  • 3oz Caster Sugar (Plus another 2 tbsp for sprinkling on the baking tray)
  • 2oz Plain Flour
  • 1oz Cocoa Powder
  • 113g Mint Aero Balls
  • 284ml Double Cream (Whipped until very thick)
  • Green Food Colouring
  • 1 teaspoon Peppermint Extract


Preheat the oven to 190C and line a Swiss Roll tin or Silicone Tray with baking parchment - Sprinkle the 2 tbsp of caster sugar on top of this parchment
Whisk the caster sugar and eggs with an electric mixer for at least 10 minutes until thick and pale. When you lift the whisk out of the mixture, the lines should remain there for a few seconds after.
Gently fold in the flour and cocoa until just combined
Spread gently and evenly across the baking tray and bake for 12 minutes - turn once, then continue baking for a further 2 minutes
Remove from the oven and as soon as you are able, bend the cake over to a roll shape - Unroll then allow to cool fully
Meanwhile, chop the bag of Mint Aeros (except for 10 balls that you will use as decoration) and add half to the whipped double cream, along with the peppermint extract
When the cake has fully cooled, sprinkle the remaining chopped Aero Balls on top of the cake, then spread the cream evenly on the cake - I took 3 tbsp of the cream mixture to one side to use as decoration
Roll the cake from one of the thin ends until it looks like a swiss roll then decorate with the remaining Mint Aero Balls and cream mixture

Mint Aero Chocolate Swiss Roll

Caramel, Vanilla & Chocolate Nut Cake

My chosen featured bake for this week has left me yearning for buts, caramel and vanilla – 3 Flavour Eclair Cake from Winnie’s Blog

Bake of the Week Entries

1. If you fancy a change from normal chocolate cupcakes, these roasted Strawberry Chocolate Cakes sound so intense and dreamy from Tin & Thyme

2. Carrot Cupcakes with Orange Icing from Nic’s Bakes

3. A mega post from the Free From Fairy containing some wonderful Chocolate Tahini Cookies that just ooze with goodness.

4. Dark, squiggly and completely tantalising, Dulce de Leche Brownies from Maison Cupcake – A warm welcome to the Bake of the Week gang!

5. Bringing back memories of my summer hols with her Mojito Cupcakes is Mummy Whiskers – Just in time for my next holiday! Yay!

6. Gearing up for the 4th July festivities is A Strong Coffee with American Flag decorated Cupcakes

7. Red Velvet Tiramisu Brownies from The Not SO Creative Cook

8. Love these Ramadan Themed Cut Out Shapes Sugar Cookies from The Not SO Creative Cook – Lovely to have you back!

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9. Summery and light, Asparagus & Pesto Puff Pastry Tart from Julie’s Family Kitchen

10. Jibber Jabber Uk shared with us a fantastic Summery Strawberry & Cream Victoria Sponge

11. I would never have thought of using a slow cooker for Bread & Butter pudding nor strawberries – Baking Queen 74 has excelled with her Brioche Strawberry Pudding

12. Wonderful Plum Sugar Cake – Great for using up plums from Winnie’s Blog

13. Low Carb Courgette ‘Pasta’ Lasagne from Claire at Six Degrees of Harmony

14. Just delightful and so perfectly up my street, Gin & Tonic Cake from Truly Madly Kids

15. Recreating Mum’s Apple Pie with Spiced Wholemeal Pastry this week was Searching for Spice – This is my Mother-in-Law’s favourite dish. I might treat her!

Slice of Mint Aero Chocolate Swiss Roll

Normal rules apply for Bake of the Week – Up to 3 posts per baker. No theme – all welcome – they don’t have to include a recipe, just a post about a bake whether it be sweet, savoury, small, large, decorated, disaster, slow cooker or oven. Please include the badge to spread the word in your post and if you get chance visit some of the other entrants to admire their bakes.

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I’m so pleased to be able to join in with one of my favourite linkies this week – The theme for #thegallery is CAKE – How perfect! Click the badge to see what other people are entering.

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Lime Charlotte Cake #Bakeoftheweek

Lime Charlotte Cake

I’m surprised that there haven’t been Charlotte cakes popping up everywhere with the arrival of Princess Charlotte. (Did you see those pictures last weekend? How cute?!)

I’ve taken inspiration for this week’s Lime Charlotte Cake from Baking Heaven magazine. You may have seen my recent post about being a ambassador – I’m loving it!

I only made the cake in the recipe – There is a section for some filling containing condensed milk and limes. We had so much cake going on in the kitchen though that I just couldn’t justify so much sweetness. So I opted for whipped double cream with the zest of 2 more limes in it instead!

We have had the ladyfingers in the kitchen cupboard for ages. They really needed using up so I decided not to make my own. The girls were delighted – they love them!

Lime Charlotte Cake Above View

Cake Ingredients:
115g (4oz) Butter, Softened
115g (4oz) Caster Sugar
2 free range eggs
115g (4oz) Self Raising Flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
1tbsp Buttermilk or Sour Cream
Grated Zest of 2 Limes

Preheat the oven to 180C and line a 6.5 ” cake tin with baking parchment – I only had a 7″ so did it in this. It was quite a shallow cake though and took a LOT of strawberries and grapes to fill it so I would definitely recommend a 6″ or even a 5″ next time.
Using an electric mixer, whisk the butter and sugar and gradually add the eggs until they are well whisked
Add the lime zest and fold in the flour, baking powder and the buttercream
Pour into the cake tin and bake for 20-30 minutes. (After 20 minutes the cake was still very wobbly but starting to turn golden on top so I turned it down to 160C and carried on cooking for a further 15 minutes)

To Assemble:
When the cake has fully cooled place on a flat plate or cake stand
Spread half of the double cream (I used a 284ml tub whisked until very thick) on top of the cake
Use the rest of the cream to dot on the bottom of the ladyfingers and stick around the sides
Secure with a ribbon
Fill in the centre with plenty of strawberries and grapes and sprinkle with icing sugar to finish
Eat immediately

Lime Charlotte Cake

I have to choose these Cherry Lamingtons from Domestic Gothess as my featured Bake of the Week – They are so well done. Hannah makes them look so easy. I first heard about the Australian Lamington when I first started blogging. I read tons of Australian baking blogs (and still do) I’ve never tried them with Cherry jam – I bet they tasted incredible.

I’m always intrigued by the combinations that other bakers come up with – Some prefer using classic combinations and others like just having a go and seeing what works. I’ve got a post coming up in the next couple of days that tests preconceived ideas of taste combinations – Watch this space! So lets celebrate Combinations!

Bake of the Week combinations

1. Combining 2 of my most favourite flavours – Marzipan & Cherry Scones from Hannah at Domestic Gothess

2. Making good use of what is in her cupboards to produce a magnificent Chocolate & Cherry Cake is Jenny from Mummy Mishaps

3. I would love these Roasted Mediterranean Vegetables with Bulgar Wheat & Feta for a summer’s evening sat outside – Snap Happy Bakes

4. A warm welcome to Eating Enhanced who joins us with Maple & Banana Cake – Welcome to the gang!

5. A lovely combination of rhubarb & almond in Lancashire Food’s cake

6. Making good use of perfectly ripe fruit with her Peach & Rhubarb Upside Down Cake is Janice from Farmersgirl Kitchen

7. Carrot & Almond Cake – Perfect for Coeliacs too from My Little Italian Kitchen

8. These Chocolate Coffee Cardamom Biscuits from Domestic Gothess take just 10 minutes to cook

9. I love Truly Madly Kids description of her Strawberry & Rhubarb Crumble as a Heavenly Summer Crumble – Sure looks like it to me!

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10. Stunning Fraisier from Patisserie Makes Perfect – Definitely perfection!

11. One of the first ever cakes I decorated was a Swedish Princess Cake in a uni job in a cake department – Bringing back happy memories is Lili’s Cakes

13. I’m loving these Mini Mango Charlottes from The Dream Baker – perfect for using up store cupboard ingredients

14. Utterly beautiful Peach Custard Pie from Petite Raisin – Super quick to make too

15. Creating Slow Cooker masterpieces is Lucy from Baking Queen 74 with her fantastic Blueberry Madeira

16. Brilliant way of sneaking carrots into bread – A Spiced Carrot Soda Bread that even non-veg lovers will enjoy – The Sneaky Veg Blog

17. Great tutorial with an alternative way of producing the ever popular Chocolate Pouring Cake from A Strong Coffee

If this recipe has got you in the mood for more Lime bakes try some of my favourite bloggers’ recipes too:

Matcha & Lime Cheesecakes from Rough Measures
Mini Amaretti & Lime Cheesecakes from Penne For Your Thoughts (Cor!)
Lime Coconut Drizzle Cake from Jen’s Food
Lime Pistachio Cake with Chocolate Shards from Tin & Thyme (I’ve made this, its blissful!)
White Chocolate & Lime Shortbread from Bake of the Week regular Baking Queen 74
Easy Iced Lime Cake from Fab Food 4 All

Thanks as always to everyone who visits all the other bakers – Its lovely to see that you have beaten me to it when I visit all your blogs. You really are a talented bunch and I thank you so much for sticking with me – especially this week and last week when life has definitely got in the way! There’s no theme as usual – All posts will be commented on, tweeted (if I know your twitter profile) and google+ed – And not forgetting our Bake of the Week Pinterest board which at time of writing has an enormous 48K followers! There’s no theme – all bakes are welcome.

I’m currently planning for my summer break – If you would be interested in hosting Bake of the Week for a week in the summer, please let me know. I would be ever so grateful.

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Ultimate Chocolate Birthday Cake with White Chocolate Frosting #Bakeoftheweek

Ultimate Chocolate Birthday Cake with White Chocolate Frosting

It feels like AGES since the last #Bakeoftheweek – As suspected, half term was crazy busy with Millie’s England swimming training. This week is all about Violet – My lovely, kind, crazy, extreme, beautiful girl is now a very grown up 9! How did those years disappear so quickly? The baby that arrived in less than 1.5 hours has turned into a stunning young lady that makes us so proud and makes us tear our hair out in equal measures.

I couldn’t share this week’s #Bakeoftheweek before the birthday girl had seen her own cake, could I? She had a full on day, plenty of sweets after school, a special pick up by her cousin, followed by the opening night of Wicked at The Lowry. Violet is amazing to go to a show with – she gets completely stuck in, laughing heartily and clapping like mad. Love it!

And so back to the cake. A rich chocolate cake with melted dark chocolate (use milk chocolate if you like – totally not precious here!) I split the mixture into 2 cake tins and then sliced them in half making a 4 tier cake. Filled in with plenty of white chocolate frosting and completely covered in approximately 34 Kit Kat fingers, One bag of Aero Mint Balls, One bag of Maltesers and One bag of White Chocolate Buttons. I MAY have bought some spare chocolate packs just to make sure we had enough – I’m sure you understand!

Ultimate Birthday Cake


Ultimate Chocolate Cake with White Chocolate Frosting

Serves 10+
Prep time 1 hour
Cook time 45 minutes
Total time 1 hour, 45 minutes
Meal type Dessert
Misc Child Friendly, Serve Cold
Occasion Birthday Party, Casual Party
Ultimate Chocolate Cake - Easy to decorate but with the WOW factor - Chocolate Sponge Cake with White Chocolate Frosting decorated with various chocolates - A true Showstopper!


  • 300 + 220g Butter
  • 300g Soft Dark Brown Sugar
  • 6 Eggs (Separated)
  • 2 + 1 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 300g Self Raising Flour
  • 200g White Chocolate (Melted)
  • 350g Icing Sugar
  • 100g Dark Brown Chocolate (I use 85% cocoa and melt at 10 second intervals in the microwave)
  • 2 tablespoons Double Cream


Chocolate Cake
Preheat the oven to 160C and line 2 x 8" cake tins with baking parchment
Using an electric mixer on a medium setting, whisk the first lot of butter and dark brown sugar together until pale and fluffy
Add in the egg yolks and 2 teaspoon of vanilla extract gradually until fully combined
Stir in the melted dark chocolate
Fold in the flour, until just coming together
Whisk the egg whites until you have stiff peaks and fold into the cake mixture gently to keep as much of the air as possible
Separate the cake mixture between the 2 tins and bake for 45-55 minutes until a skewer comes out clean
Once cooked, remove from the oven and leave to cool on a wire rack. When cool, cut the cakes into 2 halves - If you are not confident about slicing the cakes in half (across) then it is fine to leave as 2 whole cakes
White Chocolate Frosting
Meanwhile, melt the white chocolate at 10 second intervals in the microwave and leave to cool slightly
Mix together the remaining butter and the icing sugar in an electric mixer and add the white chocolate and remaining vanilla.
Add in the double cream. If the frosting is not as stiff as you would like or it is a particularly hot day, you may need to add more icing sugar
Stack the cooled cakes, spreading a layer of frosting between each layer and fill in any gaps with remaining frosting
Stick Kit Kats around the sides of the cake until you meet up - You may need to add extra frosting to help a couple of them stick - this cake is perfect for disguising any lumps and bumps in cake (I also turn the top tier of cake upside down for a flatter surface)
I made 6 segments and separated them with matchmakers but just us whatever you have - Extra Kit Kats will do but they will be thicker
Fill in the segments with whatever chocolates you prefer and consume within 2 days - Keep in the fridge if you have room!

Supreme Chocolate Birthday Cake White Chocolate Frosting

Princess Castle Cake

So many wonderful bakes once again for this week’s #Bakeoftheweek – I have to give a special mention to Eileen from ET Speaks From Home with Princess Castle Cake – I know that this will have taken forever and she has done such a great job. Lucky little girl!

Baked Asparagus

I also want to mention Herbs, Spices & Tradition with Feta, Pepper & Courgette Filo Pie – I love that this is entered into #Bakeoftheweek – completely the spirit of the linky that anything baked is valid …and I don’t eat enough Asparagus, so thanks for the reminder!

For the first time ever, we have enough Cheese related entries to have their own section! So I present to you the Cheesy Bites …

Cheese Bake of the week

1. Paul’s Food World with Wholemeal Stilton & Broccoli Pasties
2. Baking Queen with Feta, Pepper & Courgette Filo Pie
3. Jen’s Food with Wholemeal Stilton & Broccoli Pasties

We move on now to the individual portions – For people like me that just don’t find it easy to share!


4. Hijacked by Twins with Chocolate & Cashew Buckwheat Cookies
5. Paul’s Food World – Cacao & coconut seedy bliss balls
6. Julie’s Family Kitchen with Mexican Veggie Burgers
7. Kidgredients withHomemade Char Siu Buns
8. Snap Happy Bakes with Caramelised Cherry Tomato Tarte Tatin
9. The Dream Baker with White Chocolate & Strawberry Cookies
10. Misplaced Brit with Caramelised Cherry Tomato Tarte Tatin
11. Nic Bakes with White Chocolate & Strawberry Cookies
12. Lemon & Lime Thyme with White Chocolate, Passion Fruit & Coconut Layer Cake
13. Winnie’s Blog with Moist rich chocolate Pie

And the more substantial bakes – Perfect for showpieces!

Bake of the week

14. Domestic Gothess with No Bake Chocolate Tarts
15. My Little Italian Kitchen with Strawberry Crumble Recipe
16. ET Speaks From Home with Chocolate Mint Cake
17. My Little Italian Kitchen with Choco Aztex Spiced Tea Cake with Blackberry Cream
18. Hijacked by Twins with Chocolate Mint Cake
19. Mummy Mishaps with Zebra Striped Vanilla & Chocolate Cake
20. Truly Madly Kids with Pistachio Pavlova with Strawberry& Rhubarb Cream
21. Baking Queen with Chocolate Mousse Cake on Hazelnut Crust
22. Petite Raisin with Pistachio Pavlova with Strawberry& Rhubarb Cream
23. Winnie’s Blog with Chocolate Mousse Cake on Hazelnut Crust

Thanks so much once again for your entries into Bake of the Week – Hopefully next week’s #Bakeoftheweek will be bang on time next Tues/Wed! There’s no theme so get spreading the word when you see someone baking online. Have a great week!

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First Communion Cake – #Bakeoftheweek

First Holy Communion Cake

I’m so delighted with this First Holy Communion Cake – Yes, it has flaws, the perfectionist in me is trying not to point them out but its pretty amazing that it got made in the first place. It would have been much easier to tell Violet that there just simply wasn’t enough time to get everything ready, clean the house, make a buffet AND make her a cake but I just couldn’t do it. She went to bed on Friday night with a severely unfinished cake, a house that still needed cleaning for her party the next day and a buffet still to be made. She was so sweet when she woke up on the Saturday and told me she loved her cake (which had miraculously been finished over night) and gave me a big hug. It was totally the right thing to do and I will never go for the easy option ever again!

We’ve still not cut into it but will probably do so tonight – The top is vanilla sponge and the bottom a rich fruit cake (with no mixed peel!) The little Violet is made from a mixture of flower paste and fondant with a marzipan head. I had to include her freckles (dots of brown food colouring with a cocktail stick) and her veil is made from a piece of lace ribbon.

We had a lovely day – You made have already seen Vi’s picture on my Silent Sunday post. The church service was lovely – her special friends all made their own First Holy Communions and Confirmations at the same time. My sister, Rachel was Violet’s sponsor and did a brilliant job of keeping her calm just before it was her turn to go up to the priest.

We had plenty of photo opportunities afterwards – even us mums got involved! Tara and her special friends had a great play – we will be doing it all over again in 5 years with these little guys!

First Holy Communion

As usual, thanks so much to everyone who got involved with last week’s #Bakeoftheweek. Great to see some new members too – A warm welcome to you!


I couldn’t ignore Kirsty’s Bailey’s Cheesecake – Aside from being one of the best culinary inventions ever, this recipe comes from Sunrise Senior Living in aid of supporting people with dementia. I’ve written before about how dementia has affected my family. Particularly apt as this weekend we missed Dad being at Violet’s communion.

Baileys Cheesecake

I also have to choose this amazing Happy Rainbow Cake from TrulyMadlyKids – This cake just makes me happy looking at it. And there’s no calories involved with looking is there?!

Bake of the week

1. Making Peanut Butter cool again with these perfectly formed Peanut Butter Spelt Scones – The Lass in the Apron
2. Snap Happy Bakes has made a much better job of her Sweet Potato Fries than I did a couple of weeks ago – I’ll definitely be following her technique than my own soggy, burnt mess technique!
3. Eileen from ET Speaks From Home describes her Cinnamon Waffle Dippers as the ‘Perfect Party Treat’ – I think she may be correct!
4. Warm welcome to Kidgredients with her fantastic Apple Pie Yogurt Dough Scrolls
5. Hannah from Domestic Gothess with her incredibly pretty Lemon Shortbread served with Camomile Tea
6. I have to award a special mention to The Green Gourmet Giraffe for being so unusual and dramatic with these Kale Cheesecake Surprise Chocolate Mint Cupcakes – Don’t they look amazing? That colour green is stunning.
7. Julie’s Family Kitchen Salted Caramel Chocolate Cupcakes – These look so tasty!
8. Cardamom Almond Cinnamon Buns from Domestic Gothess – Catering for my love of all things almond!
9. Kirsty from Hijacked by Twins has the genius idea of using up leftover chocolates (Yep, I know, its not a concept we are familiar with in this house either!) with her Chocolate Cupcakes – and very pretty they are too!
10. Alida from My Little Italian Kitchen Quick Muffin Pizzas – Perfect for an after school snack!

Bake of the week

Our other bakes are all ones that we can help ourselves to a generous portion or slice of – There’s even a couple of warm dishes in there too!

11. The ability to make a summer crumble look gorgeous can not be sniffed at! Truly Madly Kids has definitely achieved this with her Rhubarb & Strawberry Crumble
12. Hoping that these Oatie Choc Nut Breakfast Bars have helped to make the Gluten Free Alchemist feel a bit better this week.
13. Making the most of a well yearned for long weekend with an utterly beautiful Cream Cheese & Raspberry Puff Pastry Tart is Petite Raisin.
14. Mummy Mishaps’ Sugar Ice on her Frozen cake is so striking – Perfect for any Frozen loving birthday parties.
15. Chewy and Juicy Banana & Date Flapjacks from the FreeFrom Fairy
16. Ultra seasonal and some great tips for getting the ultimate Rhubarb & Custard Self Saucing Pudding from Tales from the Kitchen Shed
17. Calling time on the amount of refined sugar her son consumes and a lesson for us all to consider is Sneaky Veg with her Courgette & Lemon cake – complete with green bits!

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Same linky as usual for this week – I have left the link open until the 2nd June just in case I don’t get back from Aldershot in time to open a new linky. Feel free to add up to 3 bakes per blog – No theme, savoury, sweet, hot, cold, fruity, slow cooked – they all count! I’d love it if you could pay a visit to another entrant and share the #Bakeoftheweek love.
I’m finally catching up on all the commenting and should be completely up to date by next week – Phew!

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