This week it was my friend Naomi’s birthday. Naomi, along with Gemma, founded the Band of Bakers, a baking club that I erratically attend, normally with something terrible and childish squashed in a Tupperware tub. Like the tower of popcorn, M&Ms and pretzels that I […]

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During one of my occasional back sweeps through the blog, I realised this recipe had vanished into the sinkhole that opened up when I moved the site from its original home to this shiny new palace. So I’ve rescued it in time for Stir Up Sunday.

This is a Christmas cake […]

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I know what you’re thinking: Bonfire Night is over. You don’t need Bonfire Night recipes any more. What you need are recipes for aspirational homemade gifts, chutney and festive spirits. Then you can file them away till a week before Christmas, when you’ll remember your good intentions, panic and sweep round the shops buying novelty socks, […]

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“You can’t use sugar. You can use honey, fruit, but nothing that comes from a bag.” And so the stupidest challenge on Great British Bake Off since it began was announced.

The contestants had to make a sugar-free cake, but crucially they would still need to be sweet. In the intros Paul suggested they […]

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Nothing is happier than sprinkles

It’s Great British Bake Off time and I am eating cake. I’d be a fool not to. Watching GBBO without a slice of sponge is torture. Cruel and inhumane. Last year I started the series with a square of Carrot Cake […]

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Just a little bite to make sure it’s OK. I promise not to eat it all (I ate it all).

Are you watching the Great British Bake Off? Of course you are. Nigh on 8 million people are sat on their sofas every Wednesday, goggling at a tabernacle […]

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Behold, here’s cake

The milk keeps going off in my fridge. I could blame the fridge. Suggest it has a faulty dial that makes it run warm, or a loose seal that means the door quietly pops open in the middle of the night. Maybe it has ambitions to be […]

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I piped icing. Actually piped icing. I must be serious

There are many ways to make friends in this world, and the most effective of them all is cake. You can try being open, kind, generous, honest, charming, witty, intelligent, wise or sharing a niche hobby like plotting world domination […]

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Are these brownies or teeny tiny T-bone steaks? It’s almost impossible to tell

When my friends have a birthday, two thoughts occur to me. The first is that I absolutely must remember not to drink too much wine at their party (ha!). The second is: what meat-shaped novelty cake shall […]

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Little lemon, almond and polenta cakes

Urban Food Fortnight, that two week waltz through the community gardens of London is over and I am laid up in bed with the kind of cold that only hits when you stop working, have a sit down and let your immune […]

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