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Dan Lepard’s almond layer cake with crushed raspberries

Posted in Baking, Cakes, English food with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 30/08/2011 by libbyplummer

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

Best Valentine’s cakes in London

Posted in Baking, Cakes, Out and about, Seasonal food with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 11/02/2011 by libbyplummer

Best Valentine's cakes in LondonIt’s nearly Valentine’s Day and that means more heart-shaped crap in the shops that any other time of year. Unless you’ve got the kind of partner who’s willing to splash out for a romantic trinket from Tiffany’s, then chances are you’ll be getting the textbook dozen roses or maybe a stuffed monkey toy proffering a heart emblazoned with a message like “You’re the one for me!”. Ahhhh, how sweet.

If you want something more practical, try dropping some hints for something you actually want – and what better gift than some baked goods. At least that way, you can get some enjoyment out of them and then move on to hemorrhaging cash on the next Hallmark day. Read on for some of the best cakes in London Town this Valentine’s Day…

Konditor and Cook
With six braches dotted around London, Konditor & Cook is offering plenty of special goodies for Valentine’s Day including a burning heart cake and anti-Valentine’s ‘Dodgy Jammers’, as well as its trademark Magic Cakes.

Konditor & cook Valentine's cakes

Hummingbird Bakery
Get yourself down to American-style cake shop, Hummingbird Bakery for a Box of Chocolates ( a selection of different chocolate cupcakes), a box of mini Valentine’s cakes or a heart-shaped red velvet layer cake.

Hummingbird Bakery Box of Chocolates

Lily Vanilli
Kooky baker Lily Vanilli is offering her red velvet Bleeding Heart cakes for people to send to their loved one this Valentine’s Day and the great thing is that 20% of the proceeds go to cancer charity Trekstock.

Lily Vanilli Bleeding Heart cakes

Primrose Bakery
Well known for its seasonal twists on cupcakes, the Primrose Bakery has pulled out all the stops for its Valentine’s collection with these awesomely kitsch cupcakes.

Primrose Bakery

Molly Bakes
Cake pop maker extraordinaire Molly Bakes will be offering a selection of handmade cake pops and cupcakes at Maiden in hipster central Shoreditch and you can even get a personliased message for just 50p extra.

Molly Bakes

Crumbs and Doilies
South London-based C&D offers boxes of cupcakes for all the big holidays and its Valentine’s selection is suitably covered in sugary lovehearts. Each box contains a mixture of vanilla, chocolate and vanilla rose cupcakes.

Crumbs and Doilies

Miss Cakehead
If you’re after something a little different, then get yourself down to the London Dungeon on Valentine’s Day where you’ll be able to get your mitts on a human heart cake, courtesy of Miss Cakehead who’ll be giving out hearty treats to the first 100 couples to turn up.

Miss Cakehead

Cox Cookies & Cakes
This edgy Soho bakery is a joint venture between shoe designer Patrick Cox and patissier Eric Lanlard. Its Valentine’s Day menu includes Lovelace cupcakes, A Dozen Red Roses (six triple Valrhona chocolate and six Red Velvet mini cupcakes in a presentation box), as well as Love Note vanilla cupcakes, decorated with a selection of romantic and slightly more-to-the-point messages.

Cox Cookies & Cake

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