All posts tagged: special occasion cake

Blueberry, Lemon and Buttermilk Cake

Ever since my mum brought back a small vintage cake tin, from Canada, I’ve been on the lookout for a recipe to test it out on. It’s probably the top tier from a wedding cake pan set, somehow separated from the rest, but as it turns out, is the perfect size for two or three people. There is something so pleasing about making small individual cakes, like this one. And very manageable too. But it did make me think of a book Delia Smith wrote back in the 80’s called One is Fun! But seriously, if you like baking, and don’t need to feed a crowd, I can highly recommend getting a small tin like this one, and start making smaller cakes. (otherwise you just end up eating 8 pieces..) I have been on a mission lately looking for lemon inspired recipes, for my very soon to be wedding. Lemons and all things Tuscan & Botanical seems to be my theme for the wedding, so as the desert option, I have roped in all my …

Black Forest Gâteau with Morello Cherries and Whisky. Happy New Year!

It’s the last day of the year, and although it’s not New Year’s Day yet, I have U2’s song of the same title on repeat in my head. It’s cold, it’s dark and it’s blustery. But the darkness only amplifies the need for a celebration, and highlights the reason that our modern Calender follows the old winter celebratory dates of ancient times. I’m getting ready to have some dear friends over to see in the bells with a bonfire and spiced mulled cider. I’ll be serving up a retro spread of Fondue and Black Forrest Gâteau! Are we entering 2014 or 1980 you ask! Traditionally Kirsch is used in a Black Forest Gâteau, but I had none at hand, so Whisky went in instead…a yummy substitution by the way. In any case, Happy New Year to you all! _______________________________________________________ Black Forest Gateau Serves 8-10 400g morello cherries, from a jar plus a little juice 375g sugar 2 eggs 500ml whipping cream 2 tsp almond extract 250g good dark chocolate 300g plain flour 1 tsp bicarbonate …