Dan Lepard’s almond layer cake with crushed raspberries

Dan Lepard's Almond and raspberry layer cakeIt was my birthday over the bank holiday weekend and I was hosting the celebrations as usual, so it was up to me to make my own birthday cake. Sad, but true. Obviously I could’ve opted for a novelty cake like the ones my mum used to make, but instead I stuck to a very grown-up concoction, in the form of Dan Lepard’s almond layer cake with crushed raspberries, as featured in The Guardian magazine a few weeks ago. I’m a big fan of Dan’s recipes although I could’ve done with a bit more help on the rather vague instructions and lack of measurements for the filling and topping….

Dan Lepard's Almond and raspberry layer cake

Thankfully, it turned out ok, although the topping was something of a bodge job. I’d definitely recommend giving it a crack if you’re looking for a summery cake.

While I’m at it, here are some coconut cupcakes that I made for my birthday last year, using an excellent recipe from the Primrose Bakery book.  I realise they look a tad girly, but I only coloured the icing pink to match the whole ‘coconut ice’ pink/white colour scheme. Honest.

Coconut cupcakes

The previous year I made this red velvet cake with cream cheese icing (as you can tell from the picture, my icing skills were clearly still ‘in the post’ at this point). I made the icing from scratch but cheated and used a Duncan Hines mix for the cake, procured from Americansweets.co.uk. It was only recently that I found out that although Duncan Hines was a genuine food critic, Betty Crocker was an entirely made-up character and never existed at all! I’m still reeling from the shock.

Red velvet cake

6 Responses to “Dan Lepard’s almond layer cake with crushed raspberries”

  1. I love Red Velvet cake, and I actually considered using that site to buy some! I’m American and living in London and I’m tempted by things like this! 🙂

    • I would definitely recommend it! I don’t usually use cake mixes, but this one is pretty good – certainly better that messing about with buttermilk and red food colouring! I have no idea why red velvet recipes are always so complicated…

  2. WOT? Betty Crocker is a fake?! Nooooooo!

    I too tore Lepard’s almond/raspberry cake recipe out of The Guardian and have been meaning to try it…maybe I’ll do that today, seen as how I missed out on a slice of yours 😦

    Hope you had a lovely birthday yesterday x

    • I know! I had always assumed she was a real person like Mrs Beeton!

      I also kept that sweet potato brownie one that you did and a rum/mint brownie recipe of his from a while back. Really must get round to trying that. I’m off to eat a piece of birthday cake…..

  3. Hi, what app did you use or the layer cake picture?

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