Summer Mixed Berry Sponge Cake

I adore the variety and abundance of fresh fruit available during the warmer months of the year. If I can restrain myself from simply eating them as they are I love to use them in recipes. Here in my Summer Mixed Berry Sponge Cake they are given centre stage. Freshly made raspberry and blueberry jam sandwiched between the two sponges with fresh raspberry whipped cream covering the entire cake. Finally topped with more fresh blueberries and strawberries this cake is a celebration of summer fruit.

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Summer Mixed Berry Sponge Cake

Because not everyone here at Feasting headquarters is a fan of sweet frosting, I decided to use something different to cover this cake. Fresh raspberries added to whipped cream are utterly delicious. While the raspberries are tart, when whipped into the cream they lend a sweetness and very light raspberry flavour. Since the cream is used between the sponges and to cover the cake it also adds a very pretty pink colour to the finished creation.

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Summer Mixed Berry Sponge Cake

Finally the cake it topped with a tumble of seasonal strawberries and blueberries. Feel free to switch up and swap around the fruits according to what is abundant and available. Since I have blackberry, raspberry, tayberry, redcurrant, blackcurrant, strawberries AND a cherry tree in our garden I will have different choices as the season progresses. Also I am sure that strings of redcurrants dripping over the side of this cake will look really pretty.

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Summer Mixed Berry Sponge Cake

My guide for changing up the fruit is to keep at least one ‘sweet’ fruit for the top. Also I would be careful about adding strawberries to the whipped cream. Since they can be quite watery and may cause it to split. If in doubt, scoop a spoonful of whipped cream on to a plate and mash in a small amount whichever fruit you want to use. The fruit should mix into the cream. Yet if the mixture splits try a different fruit.

Recipe: Summer Mixed Berry Sponge Cake serves 8-10

For the sponge cakes:

275g/10oz Unsalted Butter at room temperature – plus a little extra to grease the cake tins

275g/10oz Caster Sugar

1 tsp Vanilla Extract – I use Nielsen-Massey 

1/4 tsp Sea Salt Flakes – halve if using free flowing

5 Large Free Range Eggs

275g/10oz Plain White Flour

3 tsp Baking Powder

1 Large Lemon – scrubbed and finely zested

To fill and cover:

225g/8oz Fresh Fruit Jam – to make fresh raspberry jam please see the recipe on Victoria Sponge Cake substitute half of the raspberries for blueberries for the jam I used here

450ml/1 pint Double Cream (heavy cream)

100g/4oz Fresh Raspberries

25g/1oz Caster Sugar

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

To decorate:

150g/5oz Fresh Blueberries – alternatively use blackberries

225g/8oz Fresh Strawberries – alternatively use raspberries

Optional – 1 tsp Icing Sugar to dust

Method: Preheat oven to 160C/140C fan, 325F, gas mark 3.

You will need two 20cm/8in sandwich tins, buttered and lined on the base with baking parchment.

  • First of all, into a large mixing bowl add the butter, sugar and salt. Whisk everything together until pale and creamy.
  • Now add 2 eggs, vanilla extract and half of the flour. Whisk until just combined.
  • Finally add the remaining flour and baking powder, 3 eggs and the lemon zest. Whisk together until everything is just combined. Over mixing will cause the cake to be dense.
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Making the sponge cake batter
  • Divide the cake batter evenly between the sandwich tins.
  • Place into the centre of the oven and bake for 35-40 minutes.
  • The sponge cakes are baked when golden in colour and firm to a light touch. Also an inserted skewer will come out clean.
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Filling the cake tins, baking and cooling the cakes
  • As soon as the cakes are baked remove from the oven and place the tins on to a cooling rack.
  • Leave the cakes to cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then turn the cake out carefully removing the baking parchment.
  • Leave the cakes to fully cool on the rack.
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Making the raspberry whipped cream
  • As soon as the cakes have cooled make the raspberry whipped cream.
  • Place the fresh raspberries on to a plate and mash with a fork.
  • Pour the cream, vanilla extract and sugar into a bowl and whisk until thickened but still floppy, not stiff.
  • Add the mashed raspberries to the cream and continue to whisk until the cream has thickened and holds it’s shape.
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Filling and covering the cake
  • Place the first sponge, flat side up on to a plate or board.
  • Spoon jam on to the sponge and spread to almost the edge. Leave a small gap around the rim of the sponge.
  • Now spoon some of the raspberry cream on top of the jam. Spread the cream to the edge of the cake.
  • Place the other sponge, flat side down, on top of the bottom sponge.
  • Spoon plenty of raspberry cream on to the top of the cake. Using a palette knife push the cream on to the side of the cake. See photos above.
  • Once all of the cake is covered with raspberry cream smooth the top and sides using a palette knife.
  • Finally, with a clean piece of kitchen towel, wipe around the base of the cake, removing any excess cream.
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Arranging the fruit on top of the Summer Mixed Berry Sponge Cake
  • To finish the cake add fruit to the top. Aim for a little height in the centre.
  • Finally dust the top of the cake with icing sugar if desired.
  • Place the finished cake into the fridge to chill for one hour.
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Summer Mixed Berry Sponge Cake

As soon as the cake is chilled it can be sliced and served. A useful tip is to wipe the cutting knife with kitchen paper after each cut. This will keep the cake slices clean.

The sponges can be made one day ahead and stored in an airtight container. Ideally this cake is best eaten the day it is assembled. Store leftover cake in an airtight container in the fridge and eat within 3 days.

If you have enjoyed this recipe for Summer Mixed Berry Sponge Cake you may also like these:

White Chocolate Drizzle Strawberry Cream Cake 

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White Chocolate Drizzle Strawberry Cream Cake

Fresh Raspberry Frosted Lemon Cupcakes 

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Fresh Raspberry Frosted Lemon Cupcakes

Raspberry Vanilla Naked Celebration Cake 

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Raspberry Vanilla Naked Celebration Cake

Sharing this cake with friends and family gives me a real buzz. Because I do not sell anything that is made for this blog it also helps to keep our family healthy. I can see how people may think we eat cake all of the time. We don’t! As a family cakes are treats for us too.

Whatever you are making, baking and creating in your kitchens, I hope you have fun preparing and sharing your feast.

Sammie xx

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Cherry Tomato Mozzarella Basil Quiche

In case you missed my previous post Fresh Basil Topped Slow Roasted Tomatoes I’ll mention again that I love tomatoes. Especially locally grown, British tomatoes that are ripened on the vine and left on the worktop, not in the fridge. Sweet and savoury bursts of Summer on my tongue. Here I have baked them into a layered quiche with fresh basil and two types of cheese. I am thrilled to bring you my Cherry Tomato Mozzarella Basil Quiche.

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Cherry Tomato Mozzarella Basil Quiche

I was inspired by the classic caprese salad of fresh tomatoes, mozzarella cheese and fragrant basil to make this savoury tart. Since each element compliments the others so well as a salad the same can be said of this quiche. Layering the separate ingredients within an all butter pastry tart creates a delicious dish. Perfect for lunch, dinner, picnics, packed lunches and buffets. That’s how delicious this quiche is!

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Cherry Tomato Mozzarella Basil Quiche

Because using local, seasonal produce is important to me, as a home cook and Food Blogger, I was delighted when I was offered a box of Sophie Jane cherry tomatoes. Locally grown by Eric Wall a local, specialist grower. The tomatoes I received are ripened on the vine and are grown without the use of pesticides. Most importantly they taste incredible. In fact just like a tomato should taste. Eaten warmed by the sun, after being left on the windowsill, they are sweet with a deeper savoury flavour. Also they weren’t very acidic as some tomatoes can be, especially tinned ones.

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Cherry Tomato Mozzarella Basil Quiche

While British Tomato Fortnight has finished I firmly believe that we should all be eating flavoursome British tomatoes for as long as they are available. Because they taste so good. It really is as simple as that. I have been popping these ruby beauties into my mouth like sweeties. Eating them alongside crackers and cheese and I plan to make more recipes to share with you. All in aid of celebrating the humble tomato.

Recipe: Cherry Tomato Mozzarella Basil Quiche:

You will need a 20cm x 5cm (8” x 2”) tart tin, ideally with a loose bottom, to make this recipe.

A quick note – I successfully doubled all of the quantities and made this quiche in a deeper, wider dish. Baking times need to be adjusted, aside from the initial blind baking. The larger quiche turned out perfectly and would be ideal for feeding a crowd, or a buffet.

500g/1lb 2oz Shortcrust Pastry – I use my recipe for Perfect Butter Shortcrust Pastry freezing the leftovers

225g/8oz Mozzarella Cheese – drained and with excess water squeezed out

50g/2oz Vintage or Very Mature/Sharp Cheddar – I use Wyke Farms

6 Large Free Range Eggs

225g/8oz Fresh Cherry Tomatoes

12-14 Fresh Basil Leaves – alternatively out of season use 1/2 tsp dried Thyme

1/2 tsp Freshly Ground Black Pepper

Pinch of Sea Salt Flakes

Method: Preheat oven to 220C/200C fan, 425F, gas mark 7

  • First of all make the pastry, wrap in cling film and chill for one hour.
  • Remove the chilled pastry from the fridge, unwrap and roll out on a lightly floured surface, so that it will fit the tart tin. See photo top left below.
  • Fold the pastry over the rolling pin, making it easier to transfer.
  • Lower the pastry into the tin, making sure that you don’t stretch it as you do.
  • Press the pastry into the tin so that it fits securely.
  • Run your rolling pin over the tart tin, this will give a clean edge to the pastry.
  • Place the tart tin on to a baking sheet and dock the base with a fork.
  • Now scrunch up some baking parchment and line the pastry tart with it.
  • Next fill with baking beans.
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Making the pastry shell for the quiche.
  • Place in the centre of a preheated oven and bake for 15 minutes.
  • Carefully lift out the baking parchment and baking beans.
  • Return the tart to the oven for 5 minutes further baking.
  • Remove the tart and reduce the oven temperature to 190C/170C fan, 375F, gas mark 5.
  • Line the tart base with basil leaves.
  • Place torn chunks of mozzarella directly on to the basil.
  • Sprinkle over finely grated cheddar and then top with cherry tomatoes.
  • Reserve one egg, whisk the other five adding the black pepper. Pour the eggs into the tart.
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Creating layers within the Cherry Tomato Mozzarella Basil Quiche
  • Roll out the remaining pastry and cut out small shapes to edge the tart. I used a oak leaf cutter which gives the edge of the quiche a frilly finish.
  • Whisk the remaining egg and brush the underside of each cutout. Stick the pastry cutouts to the edge of the pastry case. You can create a single layer or add extra cutouts to create a layered effect.
  • Brush the pastry edge with egg so that it turns golden when baked.
  • Finally sprinkle a pinch of sea salt over the top.
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Before and after baking the Cherry Tomato Mozzarella Basil Quiche
  • Carefully place the filled quiche into the centre of the oven – remember to check that the heat has been reduced.
  • Bake for 40-45 minutes. The quiche is baked when it is a golden colour and there is no wobble in the centre.
  • As soon as the quiche is baked remove from the oven. Place on a cooling rack for at least 30 minutes before removing from the tin. Take care as the tomatoes will be very hot and juicy.
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Cherry Tomato Mozzarella Basil Quiche

The beauty of this quiche is that it can be served warm, at room temperature or cold, straight from the fridge!

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Cherry Tomato Mozzarella Basil Quiche

Because this quiche does not contain meat it is also suitable for vegetarians. Since I have made this twice, I have to say it really holds it’s shape well when cold and would be perfect for taking on picnics. Most of all, when you bake this quiche make sure you share it. Especially as it is so pretty and absolutely yummy!

Make up to 2 days ahead, cool completely, double wrap in cling film and refrigerate. Due to the moisture content of the tomatoes I would not recommend freezing, unlike my Smoked Bacon Asparagus Quiche which freezes well. Although the pastry case can be made in advance and frozen.

If you have enjoyed this recipe for Cherry Tomato Mozzarella Basil Quiche you may also like these:

Quiche Lorraine 

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Quiche Lorraine, smoked bacon and cheddar cheese savoury tart.

Walnut Pastry Crust Leek Stilton Tart

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Walnut Pastry Crust Leek Stilton Tart

Iced Bakewell Tart

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Iced Bakewell Tart

During this Summer, which I am hoping will be long and warm, I’m looking forward to creating recipes to share with you. Especially focusing on seasonal, local produce and products. Whether you live here, in Australia, Europe or the United States, I do feel that it’s important to support our local farmers. While some of you may get to visit farmers markets, if like me, it’s difficult for you to get out, take a look online. Since spending a little time researching I’ve found the equivalent of farmers markets online and they deliver! Most of all, if you remember one thing from this post – please keep your tomatoes out of the fridge, it kills their flavour!

Whatever you are making, baking and creating in your kitchens, have fun preparing you feast.

Thank you to everyone who follows me on social media and shares their creations with me. I get such a thrill when you make one of my recipes, so keep those pictures and tweets coming. Don’t forget I’m also on Pinterest too.

@sammiefeasting on Pinterest/Twitter/Instagram

Sammie xx

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Lemon Lime Meringue Pie

It is no secret that I love both sweet and savoury recipes that include lemon or lime. My Lemon Ripple Ice Cream is a favourite not just with me, it is also one of the most popular recipes on this blog. Lime too, with its softer and more floral flavour is also a winner, showcased here in my Lime Ripple Luxury Ice Cream. This Lemon Lime Meringue Pie combines both fruits in the curd, creating an utterly sublime dessert dish.

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Lemon Lime Meringue Pie

Having been sent a Pyrex deep 26cm glass fluted flan dish and a Pyrex 3L classic glass bowl by Maha Home, I was keen to make a dessert that would show off both products. Pyrex have a recipe for Lemon and Lime Meringue Pie on their website and I used this as the basis for my dish. Since I naturally tweak anything I make, the recipe given is my interpretation of the original.

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Pyrex 26cm deep flan dish and 3L bowl.

Since I have been on the hunt for a deep flan dish I was particularly excited to try this out. As I have mentioned in previous posts, any new kitchen equipment has to earn it’s cupboard space in my home. Because, let’s face it, very few people have massive kitchens with tons of space! What Maha Home did not know, is that I already have and regularly use the 3L Pyrex glass bowl. I most certainly have room for 2 of these deep, hard wearing bowls in my kitchen.

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Lemon Lime Meringue Pie

Creating the Lemon Lime Meringue Pie involves four separate stages. First of all making and baking the pie crust shell. Zesting, juicing and cooking the lemon and lime curd. Whisking up egg whites with sugar to create the light, airy, meringue topping and finally assembling and baking the pie. While there are four stages, making this pie does not feel like a chore. Since each step is relatively quick and the pie crust and curd can be made the day before, breaking the process down even further.

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Lemon Lime Meringue Pie

I made this pie on an extremely hot and humid day. In doing so I learned a thing or two. Most importantly is to make the meringue topping at the very last minute, literally just before it needs to be spooned on to the pie. Making it any earlier can cause it to lose volume. Also, once baked and cooled the pie must be refrigerated. Doing so allows the curd to set and makes for easier slicing. Finally, once chilled this pie is easy to transport, making it an ideal dessert to take to friends and family.

Recipe: Lemon Lime Meringue Pie serves 8-10

For the pie crust:

450g/1lb Shortcrust Pastry – I used my Perfect Butter Shortcrust Pastry recipe.  If buying ready made ensure it is all butter

1 tsp Oil for greasing the flan dish – I used Rapeseed oil

For the filling:

3 Fresh Lemons – finely zested and juiced

2 Fresh Limes – finely zested and juiced

175g/6oz Caster Sugar

300ml/ 1/2 pint Water

6 tsp Cornflour (cornstarch)

4 Large Free Range Egg Yolks

For the topping:

4 Large Free Range Egg Whites

150g/5oz Caster Sugar

3 tsp Cornflour (cornstarch)

Method: Preheat oven to 220C/200C fan, 425F,  gas mark 7

  • First of all make the pastry and place in the fridge to chill for one hour.
  • Pour one teaspoon of oil into the Pyrex flan dish. Using a clean sheet of kitchen paper ensure the inside of the dish is lightly coated in oil, taking special care around the inner rim.
  • Remove the pastry dough from the fridge and place on a lightly floured worktop.
  • Knead the dough lightly so that it becomes pliable, taking care not to overwork it as this will result in a tough pastry crust.
  • Roll out the pastry so that it is slightly bigger than the flan dish – see photo below.
  • Wrap the pastry over the rolling pin and place over the flan dish.
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Rolling out the chilled pastry to fit the flan dish.
  • Press the pastry into the flan dish taking care not to stretch it, as this will cause the pastry to shrink on baking. Also if the pastry tears, patch using a little of the leftover pastry with a tiny amount of water.
  • Trim the pastry and dock the bottom with a fork. Add baking parchment and baking beans.
  • Place on to a baking tray and into the centre of a preheated oven and bake for 15 minutes.
  • Remove the pie crust, immediately reduce the oven temperature to 200C/180C fan, 400F, gas mark 6.
  • Lift out the baking beans, taking care as they are hot.
  • If any cracks have appeared in the pastry patch, as before, using leftover pastry.
  • Return the pie crust to the cooler over and bake for a further 7 minutes.
  • As soon as the pie crust is baked remove from the oven.
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Trimming and baking the pie crust.
  • While the pie crust is baking make the curd.
  • Into a large, heavy bottomed saucepan add the lemon and lime zest and juice. Also add the water, sugar and cornflour. Gently mix with a whisk until there are no lumps.
  • Cook the liquid over a medium heat, stirring continuously.
  • As soon as the liquid has thickened and has turned from cloudy to clear turn off the heat.
  • Leave to cool for 5 minutes and then whisking continuously add the egg yolks one at a time.
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Making the lemon and lime curd.
  • Pour the curd through a sieve into a wide jug. Press the liquid through using a clean spoon.
  • Place cling film directly on to the top of the curd, this will stop a skin from forming.
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Sieving the lemon and lime curd.
  • Just before you are about to assemble the pie make the meringue topping.
  • Into a large, scrupulously clean bowl add four large egg whites.
  • Whisk until the egg whites form stiff peaks.
  • Continue whisking adding a tablespoon of sugar at a time, until half of the sugar is incorporated.
  • Add the remaining sugar and one teaspoon of cornflour.
  • Using a large metal spoon fold the dry ingredients into the meringue, taking care not to deflate the air whisked into the meringue.
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Making the meringue topping
  • To assemble the pie ensure the oven is preheated to 200C/180C fan, 400F, gas mark 6.
  • Remove the cling film from the curd and stir.
  • Pour the lemon and lime curd into the pie shell.
  • Spoon over the meringue so that the top of the pie is covered. Ensure the meringue touches the crust around the rim of the pie.
  • Place the pie on to a baking tray and put in the centre of the oven.
  • Bake for 25 minutes. If after 10-15 minutes the top is browning too quickly reduce the heat by 20C.
  • After the baking time has elapsed turn the oven off and leave the pie to cool in the oven for 30 minutes. This helps set the meringue and stop it from cracking.
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Assembling the Lemon Lime Meringue Pie ready to bake.
  • After the oven cooling time has elapsed remove the pie from the oven and leave to cool to room temperature.
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Caramel crusted Lemon Lime Meringue Pie
  • Refrigerate the cooled pie for at least 4 hours, ideally overnight before serving.
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Lemon Lime Meringue Pie

Serve slices of chilled Lemon Lime Meringue Pie as a refreshing dessert, or an afternoon treat.

Both pie crust and curd can be made a day ahead. Cool both, wrap the cold pie crust in foil and place somewhere cool and dry. Cling film the top of the jug and refrigerate the curd.

If you have enjoyed this recipe for Lemon Lime Meringue Pie you may also like these:

Raspberry Topped Lemon Curd Pavlova

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Raspberry Topped Lemon Curd Pavlova

Lemon Drizzle Cake

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Lemon Drizzle Cake 

Raspberry Lemon Celebration Layer Cake

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Raspberry Lemon Celebration Layer Cake

Good quality kitchenware is essential to me in my cooking and baking. While Pyrex is a well known brand, made from toughened glass, baking with this flan dish has reminded me why it is such a vital kitchen staple. Even the jug (which is my own), used to capture the sieved curd is used daily in our house. For everything from microwaving milk for hot chocolate, to making jelly for a trifle. I will definitely be using both the bowl and flan dish frequently in my kitchen. Anyone for quiche?

Whatever you are making, baking and creating in your kitchens, have fun preparing and sharing your feast.

Sammie xx

Maha Home sent me both the Pyrex deep flan dish and 3L large bowl for the purpose of reviewing. All opinions and views are my own. I have not been paid to write this post, neither do I receive any payment following sales of product as a result of this post.

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Lemon Lime Meringue Pie

 

 

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Iced Cherry Coconut Loaf Cake

I adore pretty things. Whether it be polka dot plates, wild flowers in a jug, or brushing my hands on cow parsley while out for a walk. Given a choice my garden will always be full of old english roses and rambling honeysuckle, rather than neatly edged borders containing structural plants. This relaxed approach is, I believe, reflected in my baking. A drizzle of icing here and there makes a cake not only beautiful, but shouts that it is homemade. Here, my Iced Cherry Coconut Loaf Cake not only looks pretty but tastes pretty good too!

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Iced Cherry Coconut Loaf Cake

A rich buttery coconut cake, packed full of glacé cherries, simply decorated with glacé icing and more cherries. Yet it looks like an afternoon tea party. In fact this cake makes me want to get out my best china, string bunting everywhere and hold a garden party. Why? Because it is such a cheerful, pretty and delicious cake. THE perfect cake to share.

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Iced Cherry Coconut Loaf Cake

I rather enjoy baking loaf cakes such as this Mascarpone Topped Carrot Cake. The loaf tin makes them easy to slice and perfect for packing up and taking on a picnic. Also, should the cake need to be shared further than anticipated, each slice can easily be cut in half. When I look at the photographs of this Iced Cherry Coconut Loaf Cake they make me smile. Any cake that does that is a winner in my book.

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Iced Cherry Coconut Loaf Cake.

Recipe: Iced Cherry Coconut Loaf Cake serves 8

For the cake:

200g/7oz Unsalted Butter at room temperature

200g/7oz Caster Sugar

1/4 tsp Sea Salt – I use Maldon halve quantity if using free flowing

1 tsp Vanilla Extract – I use Nielsen-Massey

4 Large Free Range Eggs

125/4.5oz Sweetend Shredded Coconut – such as Bakers available from Amazon alternatively use the equivalent weight of desiccated coconut and add 3 tbsp whole milk to the cake batter

100g/4oz Glacé Cherries halved

250g/9oz Plain White Flour

2 tsp Baking Powder

To decorate:

175g/6oz White Icing Sugar (Confectioners sugar)

2 Tbsp Tap Water

10 Whole Glacé Cherries

Small Red Sugar Balls approximately 1 tsp

Method: Preheat oven to 160C/140C fan, 325F, gas mark 3

You will need approximately a 25cm x 11.5cm x 7.5cm (10” x 4.5” x 3”) 2lb loaf tin for this recipe. Grease with butter and line the base with baking parchment.

  • First of all add the butter, sugar and salt to a large mixing bowl. Whisk together until the ingredients are fully combined, pale and creamy.
  • Now add 2 eggs, half the flour and vanilla extract. Whisk together until just combined.
  • Add the last 2 eggs and whisk to incorporate.
  • Finally add the remaining flour, baking powder, coconut and cherry halves. Toss the cherries in the flour, this will stop them sinking to the bottom of the cake during baking.
  • Fold all of the ingredients together (adding additional milk if using desiccated coconut) until they are combined.
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Making the cherry coconut cake batter.
  • Spoon cake batter into the prepared tin making sure the top is level.
  • Place the cake tin into the middle of the oven and bake for 1 hour – 1 hour 15 minutes. My cake took 1 hour and 10 minutes to bake.
  • The cake is baked when golden brown and an inserted skewer comes out clean.
  • As soon as the cake is baked remove from the oven and allow to cool in the tin.
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Baking the cherry coconut loaf cake.
  • Once the cake has cooled run a palette knife around the inside of the tin. Turn out the cake, remove the baking parchment and place on a rack over a baking tray.
  • Use a whisk to mix the icing sugar and water.
  • Spoon the thick glacé icing on to the top of the cake.
  • Add the glacé cherries to the iced cake.
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Decorating the Iced Cherry Coconut Loaf Cake.
  • Finally sprinkle over red sugar balls before the icing sets.
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The finished Iced Cherry Coconut Loaf Cake.
  • Put the cake to one side and leave to set.
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Iced Cherry Coconut Loaf Cake

Serve sliced and placed on your very best china, along with a freshly made pot of tea.

Store in an airtight container. Eat within 5 days.

If you have enjoyed this recipe for Iced Cherry Coconut Loaf Cake you may also like these:

Black Forest Cupcakes

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Black Forest Cupcakes

Iced Bakewell Tart

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Iced Bakewell Tart.

Strawberry Sweetheart Cake

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Strawberry Sweetheart Cake

I am not the world’s best cake decorator! Yet I’ve developed several strategies for making the cakes I bake look presentable. Because we eat with our eyes first AND as I mentioned, I like pretty things, cakes being one of them. For inspiration I follow several bakers and cake decorators on Twitter and Instagram. They are an invaluable source of tips, tricks and ideas. Likewise Pinterest is also full of inspiration. For me though nature is the greatest inspirer. None more so than my beautiful back garden.

What inspires you?

Have fun making, baking and creating your feasts.

Sammie xx

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Raspberry Topped Lemon Curd Pavlova

Spring and Summer for me are all about fresh berries. While, there is little that compares to a ripe, sun warmed, freshly picked Strawberry, their shop bought counterparts can be a disappointment. Raspberries however, have a more intense flavour that is rarely dulled, even when frozen. Tart and sweet, they add extra fruit intensity to this Raspberry Topped Lemon Curd Pavlova.

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Raspberry Topped Lemon Curd Pavlova

Having been sent some Raspberry Vinegar to try, my immediate thought was to include it in a Pavlova. Since white wine or balsamic vinegar are used in my other Pavlova recipes such as this Raspberry Chocolate Pavlova, it seemed ideal. Along with the freeze dried raspberries it adds a subtle raspberry flavour to the baked meringue. While also creating the marshmallow inner to this meringue’s crispy, outer shell.

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Raspberry Topped Lemon Curd Pavlova

Since I personally do not have a very sweet tooth the tart raspberries, along with the golden lemon curd balance perfectly with the Pavlovas sweetness. As meringue whites are used for the Pavlova I wanted to come up with a fresh lemon curd recipe that only needed yolks. Following extensive research online I cobbled together half a dozen different recipes and came up with my own. Resulting in a tart lemon curd that just holds it’s shape.

 

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Raspberry Topped Lemon Curd Pavlova

I have made this Pavlova four times. Because of the fresh raspberries in the vinegar it colours very quickly if baked in the oven at the usual fan oven temperature of 140C. So, you will find in the method that this Pavlova is baked at a much lower temperature than you might normally expect. Baking at a lower temperature results in a crispy outer and marshmallow inner for this Pavlova, without it browning on the outside.

Recipe: Raspberry Topped Lemon Curd Pavlova serves 6-8

For the Pavlova Base:

4 Large Free Range Eggs – yolks separated from whites

200g/7oz Caster Sugar

1 tsp Raspberry Vinegar – I use Womersley Foods alternatively use 1 tsp White Wine Vinegar

1 tsp Cornflour (corn starch)

Optional – 3 tbsp Freeze Dried Raspberries – available online and from Waitrose

For the Lemon Curd:

4 – 6 Large Unwaxed Lemons – if waxed scrub with brush in hot soapy water, rinse and dry – finely zested and then squeezed to yield 200mls fresh lemon juice

200ml Tap Water

125g/4.5oz Caster Sugar

100g/4oz Unsalted Butter cut into cubes

3tbsp Cornflour dissolved in 2tbsp Tap water

4 Egg Yolks from separated eggs

Topping:

400-500g/1lb Fresh Raspberries

Optional – 2tbsp Freeze Dried Raspberries

Method: preheat oven to 140C/120C, 275F, gas mark 1

  • First of all, make sure the mixing bowl is scrupulously clean. I always wipe around the inside with half a cut lemon.
  • Pour the egg whites into the bowl and whisk at high speed until they hold a stiff peak. See the first image below.
  • While the whisk is still running add sugar slowly, one tablespoon at a time. Continue until all the sugar is added. Stop the whisk and rub a little of the meringue mixture between your finger and thumb. It should feel smooth not gritty. Continue whisking until the mixture is smooth and glossy.
  • Line a baking sheet with baking parchment. Draw a 20cm/8in circle on the reverse of the paper. Use small dollops of meringue to stick the parchment to the baking sheet.
  • As soon as the meringue is ready stop the whisk. Add the raspberry vinegar, cornflour and freeze dried raspberries. Fold the ingredients carefully into the meringue using a large metal spoon.
  • Scoop all of the meringue on to the baking sheet. Use a palette knife to create a disc that is slightly higher around the edge than the centre.
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Making the Pavlova with added raspberry flavour.
  • Place the Pavlova into the lower part of the oven and bake for 10 minutes.
  • Reduce the oven temperature to 120C/100C fan, 250F, gas mark 1/2. Continue to bake for a further 1 hour 50 minutes. Switch the oven off and leave the Pavlova to cool in the oven.
  • While the Pavlova is baking make the lemon curd.
  • Place the lemon zest, juice and sugar into a heavy bottom saucepan over a medium heat. Stir until the sugar is dissolved.
  • Next add two cubes of butter to the pan, whisking gently until dissolved. Repeat as before until all of the butter has been used.
  • Pour the cornflour slurry into the pan and whisk to incorporate. Cook until the mixture is thickened and starts to bubble gently.
  • Remove the pan from the heat. Whisking continuously add one egg yolk at a time. Heat from the pan will cook the yolks.
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Preparing the fresh Lemon Curd.m
  • Place a sieve over a jug or bowl and pour the lemon curd through the sieve. Any lumps or remnants of egg white will be removed leaving a velvety, smooth curd.
  • Put cling film direct on top of the curd to stop a skin from forming as it cools.
  • Place the lemon curd in a cold place to cool. I use the refrigerator.
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Straining and cooling the Lemon Curd.
  • As soon as the Pavlova is cooled remove from the oven.
  • Do not attempt to assemble the Pavlova until the lemon curd is cold.
  • Pour the cold lemon curd on to the centre of the Pavlova. Not all of the curd may be needed. Pour any excess into a clean jar and store in the fridge for up to two weeks.
  • Place raspberries on top of the lemon curd so that it is covered generously.
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Assembling the Raspberry Topped Lemon Curd Pavlova.
  • Finally sprinkle freeze dried raspberries around the edge of the Pavlova.
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Raspberry Topped Lemon Curd Pavlova

Refrigerate the Pavlova for at least 30 minutes prior to serving. Unusually this Pavlova will sit in the fridge for a day and be perfect to serve. Making this an ideal make ahead dessert. Both Pavlova and lemon curd can be made the day before.

Slice to serve with a jug of pouring cream.

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Raspberry Coulis Drizzled Mixed Berry Pavlova

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Strawberry Topped Chocolate Heart Pavlova

Making and baking a Pavlova is easier than it may seem. As with anything, practice will improve technique and confidence. Since Pavlovas are incredibly easy to transport, they make an ideal dessert to take to friends or family. I take all the separate components, baked Pavlova, cream and fruit and then assemble on site. Because Pavlovas have an undeserved reputation for being tricky to make, sharing them with friends simply adds to the wow factor!

Have fun, making, baking and creating feasts in your kitchens.

Sammie xx

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Caramac Drizzle Rolo Caramel Brownies

I adore Brownies. In fact everyone here at Feasting headquarters loves them. There are numerous recipes on here for different types of delicious Brownies including these Chocolate Fudge Brownie Bites. Since they are so adored, I am always trying to create new flavours and textures. Well, the Caramac Drizzle Rolo Caramel Brownies are a complete delight. Fudgey chocolate brownies topped with chopped Rolos, Caramac drizzle and a sprinkling of honeycomb. In one word they are WOW!

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Caramac Drizzle Rolo Caramel Brownies

While all of the brownie recipes I have are excellent, the addition of melted Rolos to the batter in these brownies sends them over the top. Since the actual brownie itself is more like fudge. Yet without the extreme sweetness that sets fudge apart. Also, I added a little extra salt to the brownie batter and this perfectly offsets the sweetness bringing balance to the flavour. If you like salted caramel, why not sparsely sprinkle the top with sea salt?

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Caramac Drizzle Rolo Caramel Brownies

Since I have had limited success when adding Caramac to a bake, as essentially it is caramel flavoured white chocolate, I tend to keep it as a topping. Because this way you end up with the exquisite caramel flavour and none of the bitter burnt Caramac in a bake. Also it works very well in a ganache such as these Salted Caramac Centre Toffee Cookies. Used here in these brownies it perfectly compliments the caramel flavour within the brownie.

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Caramac Drizzle Rolo Caramel Brownies

As these brownies are quite rich I have cut them into slightly smaller bars. Ensuring tha there are plenty to share around! Also, I think the texture is improved when they are fridge cold. The brownie itself pulls together and is firmer, although, like anything cold, the flavours are slightly muted. Finally, enough of me waffling, let’s get on to making these tasty treats.

Recipe: Caramac Drizzle Rolo Caramel Brownies makes 18

For the Brownies:

200g/7oz Milk Chocolate

100g/4oz Dark Chocolate

150g/ 3 tubes of Rolos

200g/7oz Unsalted Butter

1/2 tsp Sea Salt – I use Maldon halve the quantity if using free flowing salt

4 Large Free Range Eggs

200g/7oz Dark Brown Muscavado Sugar

1 tsp Vanilla Extract – I use Nielsen-Massey

75g/3oz Plain White Flour

To decorate:

110g/ 1 large bag Caramac Buttons

150g/ 3 tubes of Rolos

Optional – Honeycomb – I use Art of Mallow alternatively use a Cadbury’s Crunchie

Method: preheat oven at 180C/160C fan, 350F, gas mark 4

Note: you will need a 20cm x 28cm x 5cm / 8” x 11” x 2” Swiss roll tin, very lightly greased and lined with baking parchment.

  • First of all, in a heatproof, microwaveable bowl add the butter, both types of chocolate and 3 tubes of  Rolos. Zap on medium power for 30 seconds at a time until the chocolate and butter start to melt. Remove from the microwave and stir continuously until everything is melted. Set aside to cool.
  • In a separate bowl add the eggs, salt, vanilla extract and muscavado sugar. Whisk with a balloon whisk until the sugar and eggs are completely combined.
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Preparing the brownie mixture.
  • As soon as the chocolate mixture is at body temperature pour in the egg mix, stirring continuously as you do so.
  • Add the flour and fold carefully into the mixture ensuring there aren’t any lumps.
  • Pour the brownie batter into the prepared tin. Rap the tin against the worktop a couple of times to release any air bubbles.
  • Place the tin in the centre of the oven and bake for 10 minutes. After the initial baking time has elapsed, carefully, protecting yourself with oven gloves, rap the tin against the oven shelf as before. It may sound crazy, however the best brownies are dense and fudgey, the opposite of cakes which are light and airy.
  • Continue baking for 15-18 minutes. Total baking time 25-28 minutes.
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Combining the brownie mix and pouring into a prepared tin.
  • The brownies are baked when the top is set and there is just a hint of a jiggle in the centre.
  • As soon as the brownies are baked remove from the oven and allow to cool completely in the tin.
  • Once cooled the brownies can be decorated.
  • First of all, using the baking parchment and a palette knife, remove the brownie slab from the tin.
  • Peel away the sides of the baking parchment and run a palette knife between the base and the parchment to separate them.
  • Place the Caramac buttons in a heatproof, microwaveable bowl and zap for 20 seconds at a time. As soon as they start to melt remove and stir continuously until completely melted. Pour the melted Caramac into a disposable piping bag, or sandwich bag. Snip off the very end and pipe diagonally across the brownie, using approximately half of the Caramac.
  • Unwrap 3 tubes of Rolos and cut in half. Sprinkle the Rolos evenly across the brownie, making sure that some are cut side up so that the caramel inner can be seen. Now sprinkle over some crushed honeycomb.
  • Finally pipe the rest of the Caramac on top, in a diagonal style as before.
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Decorating the Brownies with Caramac drizzle and Rolos.
  • Slide the decorated brownie slab on to a board and place in the fridge for 30 minutes to allow the Caramac to set.
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Caramac Drizzle Rolo Caramel Brownies
  • As soon as the Caramac has set you can cut the brownie into portions.
  • First of all cut across the width twice, dividing it into 3 separate pieces. Now cut down the centre dividing the brownie in half. Cut down twice on either side creating 3 sections on each side. You should have 18 equally sized brownie bars.
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Caramac Drizzle Rolo Caramel Brownies
  • Each of the Caramac Drizzle Rolo Caramel Brownies has a little bit of everything, resulting in a lot of fabulous, fudgey,  flavour.
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Caramac Drizzle Rolo Caramel Brownies

Serve each brownie with a smile. I enjoyed my first taste alongside a delicious hot latte. The perfect combination.

Store in layers, separated with baking parchment, in an airtight container. During warmer weather keep refrigerated. Eat within 5 days, if they last that long!

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Baking and cooking for others is my passion. Seeing eyes light up, big smiles and chocolatey faces appreciating what I’ve made gives me a warm feeling inside. Sharing and enjoying feasting with others makes eating an experience, not simply a fuel-stop function. While chatting, laughing and having fun also creates shared memories that knit us all closer together. As we head towards the bank holiday weekend here in England I hope that you will take every opportunity to have fun and enjoy feasting.

Sammie xx

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White Chocolate Drizzle Strawberry Cream Cake

In my last post Chocolate Honeycomb Sponge Cake, I confessed my love for cream cakes. So, I decided to make another one! A delicious White Chocolate Drizzle Strawberry Cream Cake. Golden sponge sandwiched together with cream and strawberry daiquiri jam, topped with more cream, fresh strawberries a white chocolate drizzle and finally a sprinkling of honeycomb. One bite of this cake and you too will be smitten.

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White Chocolate Drizzle Strawberry Cream Cake

Since the very earliest of our Kent strawberries are becoming available I simply couldn’t resist buying some. Together with fresh cream they make the perfect combination. However, when used to decorate this cake, with white chocolate and crushed honeycomb, these strawberries are elevated to true celebration feasting status. And the first strawberries of the season should, most definitely, be celebrated.

Using a heart shaped tin to bake this cake creates an elegant shape. Also it reflects the romantic side of my personality. If you do not have a heart cake tin then a round tin will be perfectly suitable. While removing the Strawberry husks I cut either side to create a ‘V’ shape. Resulting in sliced strawberries that look like love hearts.

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White Chocolate Drizzle Strawberry Cream Cake

Finally, using a good quality strawberry jam really adds to the finished flavour of the cake. I used a strawberry daiquiri jam with its subtle hint of white rum and lime juice. It definitely adds to the luxurious finish of this cake. Alternatively mix in a couple of teaspoons of raspberry jam. Doing so will add a hint of tartness and elevate the flavour from good to great!

Recipe: White Chocolate Drizzle Strawberry Cream Cake serves 10

275g/10oz Unsalted Butter at room temperature plus a Extra for greasing the tin

275g/10oz Caster Sugar

1/2 tsp Sea Salt – I use Maldon halve quantity if using free flowing salt

1 tbsp Vanilla Bean Paste/Vanilla Extract – I use Nielsen-Massey

6 Large Free Range Eggs

275g/10oz Plain White Flour

2 tsp Baking Powder

450ml/1 pint Double Cream (heavy cream)

1 tsp Vanilla Bean Extract/Vanilla Extract

350g-400g/12-14oz Fresh Strawberries

275g/10oz Jar Strawberry Jam – I used Strawberry Daiquiri Jam available from Hawkshead Relish

100g/4oz White Chocolate

Optional – Honeycomb – I use Art of Mallow

Method: preheat oven to 160C/140C fan, 325F, gas mark 3

Note – you will need a 22.5cm x 22.5cm/9” x 9” (approximately) heart tin that is at least 7.5cm/3” deep. I use a springform tin which allows for easy release of the cake. The tin I have is from Steamer Trading. Alternatively use a deep 22.5cm/9 inch round tin, or slightly shallower 20cm/8 inch round tin.

  • First of all grease the tin with butter and line the base with baking parchment.
  • Add the butter, sugar and salt to a large bowl. Whisk until pale and creamy.
  • While whisking add the vanilla.
  • Next add 2 eggs and one third of the flour. Whisk until just combined.
  • Repeat the last step.
  • Add the last 2 eggs, the remaining flour and baking powder. Whisk until fully combined, taking care not to over mix as this can cause the baked cake to become tough.
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Making the cake batter.
  • Spoon the cake batter into the prepared tin. Smith the surface of the batter.
  • Place the cake tin into the centre of the oven and bake for 1 hour 20 minutes – 1 hour 40 minutes. My cake took exactly 1 hour 30 minutes, however as ovens differ start checking at the earlier time.
  • The cake is baked when it is golden brown, springs back from a light touch and an inserted skewer comes out clean.
  • As soon as the cake is baked remove from the oven and place the tin on a cooling rack.
  • Allow the cake to fully cool in the tin.
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Filling a heart shaped cake tin and baking the cake.
  • When the cake is fully cooled release from the tin.
  • Use a long, serrated knife to cut through the middle of the cake, creating two layers.
  • Place the top layer of the cake face down on to a plate or board.
  • Spoon the jam on to the sponge and spread out so that it covers almost to the edges.
  • Pour the cream and vanilla into a bowl and whisk until it just holds it’s shape.
  • Spoon three large dollops of cream on top of the jam. Spread the cream out to cover the jam.
  • Place the bottom half of the cake, cut side down, on to the jam and cream covered sponge.
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Splitting in two and filling the cake.
  • Fill a piping bag, without a piping tip fitted, with the remaining whipped cream.
  • If using a disposable piping bag cut the tip off to leave a 1cm opening.
  • Pipe approximately half of the cream on to the sponge.
  • Spread the cream to cover using a palette knife.
  • Pipe swirls around the outside edge of the cake.
  • Top the whipped cream swirls with a fresh strawberry.
  • Remove the green part (hull) of the remaining strawberries by cutting diagonally down either side creating a ‘V’ shape.
  • Slice each strawberry into 4-5 mini red hearts.
  • Place the strawberry hearts in the centre of the cake.
  • Break/chop up the white chocolate and place in a heatproof, microwaveable bowl. Zap for 20 seconds at a time until the chocolate just starts to melt. Remove the bowl from the microwave and stir continuously until all of the chocolate has melted.
  • Pour the melted white chocolate into a small, disposable, piping bag. Cut the very end of the tip off, leaving a small opening.
  • Pipe white chocolate over the strawberries and then over the entire cake, encouraging some chocolate to drip from the cake.
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Decorating the White Chocolate Drizzle Strawberry Cream Cake
  • Finally sprinkle over some broken up, golden honeycomb.
  • Refrigerate the cake for 30 minutes, or longer, until the white chocolate has set.
White Chocolate Drizzle Strawberry Cream Cake

To serve, cut the cake in half from top to bottom, this makes it easier to portion slices.

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White Chocolate Drizzle Strawberry Cream Cake

Enjoy with friends, family and loved ones. For a special occasion serve with a glass of chilled champagne.

This cake is best enjoyed the day it is decorated. The sponge can be made up to 2 days ahead. Wrap the uncut cake in cling film and store in an airtight container.

Store the finished cake in the fridge and eat within 2 days.

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Raspberry Lemon Celebration Layer Cake

 

When strawberries are in season, warmed by the sun and picked straight from the plant they need nothing else to celebrate their sweet, juicy flavour. Yet adding them to desserts such as Pavlovas, Cream Cakes and other delights, showcases their versatility and beauty. I get very excited about the start of the strawberry season, poly tunnels and super greenhouses making local, British fruit available earlier in the year and extending the season. While they might be available in the supermarkets all year long, which does have its benefits, nothing beats homegrown or farm fresh berries.

Whatever you are making, baking and creating in your kitchens, have fun preparing and sharing your feast.

Sammie xx

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Chocolate Honeycomb Sponge Cake

I love fresh cream cakes and pastries. Whether they are individual chocolate drizzled choux buns such as Hot Chocolate Fudge Sauce Covered Profiteroles, or a large cream filled sponge cake like my Strawberries and Cream Cake. While the whipped cream gives a delicious lightness to the cake, it is also not as sweet as other frostings. Here in this Chocolate Honeycomb Sponge Cake it provides the perfect contrast to the velvet chocolate sponge.

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Chocolate Honeycomb Sponge Cake

Since having a bag of Art of Mallow’s new Honeycomb product, I wanted to create something that would really show off it’s beautiful colour and toffee flavour. Having some Lindt chocolate eggs leftover from Easter seemed perfect. Because when they’re not available the shiny wrapped truffle balls are! Using dark chocolate as the contrasting drizzle keeps the balance of flavours perfect.

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Chocolate Honeycomb Sponge Cake with dark chocolate drizzle.

Simply put, this cake is incredible. Especially for those who prefer their cakes a little less sweet. Even with the addition of honeycomb the overall flavour is balanced. A cake that should suit everyone!

Recipe: Chocolate Honeycomb Sponge Cake serves 10-12

For the cake:

225g/8oz Caster Sugar

225g/8oz Unsalted Butter at room temperature

1/4 tsp Sea Salt – I use Maldon

5 Large Free Range Eggs

1 tsp Vanilla Bean Paste (vanilla extract can be substituted) – I use Nielsen-Massey

100g/4oz Cocoa Powder – I use Callebaut

125g/4oz Plain White Flour

1 tsp Baking Powder

To Decorate:

450mls/1 pint Double Cream (Heavy Cream)

1 tsp Vanilla Bean Paste

50g/2oz Dark Chocolate minimum 70% Cocoa

100g/4oz Lindt Chocolate Mini Eggs or Truffles/Balls

Honeycomb – I used a bag from Art of Mallow  alternatively use a couple of Crunchie bars

Method: Preheat oven to 160C/140C fan, 325F, gas mark 3

Note: You will need 2 x 20cm/8″ sandwich tins at least 5cm/2″ deep. Grease with butter and line the base with baking parchment.

  • First of all place the sugar, butter and salt into a large bowl and whisk together until pale and creamy.
  • Add all five eggs and the vanilla, then sift the cocoa powder on top. Whisk together until completely combined.
  • Sift the flour and baking powder into the bowl. Gently fold the flour in using a metal spoon until the ingredients are just combined. Over mixing will cause the cake crumb to be tough.
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Making the velvet chocolate cake batter.
  • Divide the rich chocolate cake batter evenly between the two prepared tins.
  • Place the cake tins into the lower and middle part of the oven and bake for 35-40 minutes.
  • The cakes are cooked when they spring back from a light touch. Also an inserted skewer will come out clean.
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Before and after shots of the chocolate sponge cake.
  • As soon as the cakes are baked remove from the oven and place the tins on to a cooling rack.
  • Leave the cakes to cool in the tin for 15 minutes before turning out and allowing to finish cooling on the rack.
  • While the cakes finish cooling prepare the cream. Pour the cream and vanilla into a large bowl. Whisk until the cream just holds it’s shape. Fill a piping bag with a 1cm round nozzle, with half of the whipped cream.
  • Also, break up the chocolate and place in a heatproof, microwaveable bowl. Zap for 20 seconds at at time until the chocolate starts to melt. Remove and stir continuously until all of the chocolate is melted. Pour into a small, disposable piping bag and set to one side to cool.
  • Place a cooled chocolate sponge, flat side up on to a board or plate.
  • Spoon the remaining cream on to the sponge and spread to cover evenly.
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Preparing the cream and chocolate, starting to assemble the cake.
  • Place the second sponge, flat side down, gently on top of the cream covered bottom sponge.
  • Pipe a small amount of cream on to the sponge and spread, using a palette knife to cover.
  • Now pipe swirls around the outside edge.
  • Add a Lindt chocolate ball or egg on to each swirl.
  • Snip off the very end of the melted chocolate filled piping bag and drizzle across the cake. Reserve some melted chocolate for finishing the cake.
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Decorating the Chocolate Honeycomb Sponge Cake
  • Crush the honeycomb using a rolling pin and sandwich bag. Aim for some larger pieces, rubble and golden dust.
  • Place the larger pieces of honeycomb just inside the piped swirls. Fill in the centre with the honeycomb rubble, reserving a couple of teaspoons to finish the cake.
  • Top the honeycomb with the remaining chocolates.
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Adding the golden honeycomb to the cake.
  • Finally pipe more chocolate drizzle on top of the decorated cake, allowing some chocolate to drizzle on to the plate.
  • Finish with a sprinkle of gold, crushed honeycomb.
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Chocolate Honeycomb Sponge Cake.
  • Refridgerate the cake for 30 minutes to allow the chocolate to set and the whole cake to firm up.
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Chocolate Honeycomb Sponge Cake

Slice and enjoy with good friends.

Ideally this cake is at its best eaten the day it is made. The chocolate sponges can be made a day ahead and stored in an airtight container. Once made keep the cake refrigerated and eat within 3 days.

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I should say that I thoroughly enjoyed two slices of this cake. And, in the spirit of sharing, our Waitrose shopping delivery driver also went away with a generous slice. My firm belief is that all food tastes better when it is shared. The sheer joy to be had when giving someone an unexpected foodie treat makes our own eating experience that more special.

Whatever you are making, baking and creating in your kitchens, have fun preparing and sharing your feast.

Sammie xx

Art of Mallow kindly sent me a bag of their new honeycomb to review. All opinions and views in this post are my own. No part of this post may reproduced or duplicated without the written permission of the owner. Please see my Disclosure Policy.

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Fresh Raspberry Frosted Lemon Cupcakes

Spring has finally arrived! After what has seemed a very long, very cold and very dark Winter, daffodils are now lighting up the landscape with their cheery yellow faces.  Bird song is abundant, especially as long shut windows have now been flung open. In celebration of this beautiful season I have created a fruit packed cupcake that will bring sunshine to your day even when the rain clouds descend. Enjoy these Fresh Raspberry Frosted Lemon Cupcakes at anytime of the year.

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Fresh Raspberry Frosted Lemon Cupcakes

Light, lemon flavoured cupcakes topped with a fresh (frozen out of season), vibrant pink raspberry buttercream. Since both fruits used in this recipe can be tart to the palette, the combination is very refreshing. Also using fresh raspberries, as opposed to raspberry jam, results in the frosting having an almost sherbet like flavour. A subtle, yet delicious change from a regular, sweet cupcake.

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Fresh Raspberry Frosted Lemon Cupcakes

Simply looking at these cupcakes reminds me of sunshine. Something that has been in scant supply these past few months. When the clouds gather, you simply have to bake the sunshine into your day. While you are making these, why not double up and make some to share among neighbours, friends or work colleagues? They are certain to cheer anyone’s day and food always tastes better when shared.

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Fresh Raspberry Lemon Frosted Cupcakes

Note – when making the frosting don’t worry if it looks like it has curdled. It hasn’t! It is the addition of fresh raspberries that give it a slightly mottled appearance.

Recipe: Fresh Raspberry Frosted Lemon Cupcakes – makes 12

For the cupcakes:

100g/4oz Unsalted Butter at room temperature

100g/4oz Caster Sugar

1/8 tsp Sea Salt – I use Maldon

2 Large Free Range Eggs

1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract – I use Nielsen-Massey

100g/4oz Plain White Flour

1 tsp Baking Powder

Finely Grated Zest of 1 Large Lemon – approximately 1 tsp

For the frosting:

100g/4oz Raspberries – if using frozen include defrosting juice in weight

150g/5.2oz Unsalted Butter at room temperature

300g/10.5oz White Icing Sugar (confectioners sugar)

To decorate: 3 slices of fresh lemon

Method: preheat oven to 160C/140C fan, 325F, gas mark 3

  • First of all line a muffin tin with 12 pretty cupcake cases.
  • Into a bowl add the butter, sugar, salt and vanilla extract. Whisk together until pale and creamy.
  • Next add the two eggs and then sift in the flour and baking powder. Finely add the finely grated zest of a lemon.
  • Whisk all the ingredients together until they are combined. Avoid over mixing as this can lead to a tough cake when baked.
  • Divide the mixture equally between the 12 cupcake cases .
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Making the lemon cupcake batter.
  • Place the cupcakes in the centre of the oven and bake for 30 minutes.
  • Note – baking at a low temperature for a longer time results in well risen, flat topped cupcakes.
  • The cupcakes are baked when risen, golden and spring back from a light touch.
  • As soon as the cupcakes are baked remove from the oven.
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Baked cupcakes.
  • Leave to cool in the tin for 5 minutes then remove and place the cupcakes on a cooling rack to completely cool.
  • While the cupcakes cool make the fresh raspberry frosting.
  • Place the raspberries into a bowl and mash using a fork.
  • Add the butter and icing sugar to the mashed raspberries and whisk together – approximately 5 minutes. The frosting should be shocking pink in colour and have a light airy texture.
  • Decant the frosting into a piping bag that has not been fitted with a piping nozzle. If using a disposable bag cut the end to leave a 1cm opening.
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Preparing the pink fresh raspberry frosting.
  • Before piping on to the cupcakes cut 3 slices of lemon. Cut each slice into 4 portions. Each will decorate the top of the frosted cupcakes.
  • To pipe the swirls on to the cupcakes: start at the outside edge of the cupcake, keep an even pressure on the bag and pipe a double swirl.
  • Top each frosted cupcake with a lemon segment.
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Fresh Raspberry Frosted Lemon Cupcakes

Vibrant, fresh raspberry frosting topped with a luminous lemon segment.

FF Fresh Raspberry Frosted Lemon Cupcakes
Fresh Raspberry Frosted Lemon Cupcakes

Serve with lemon tea or freshly made lemonade. Preferably sitting outside in the garden listening to the birdsong.

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Baking and sharing are at the very heart of Feasting is Fun. While I thoroughly enjoy creating new recipes to share with you my readers, encouraging you to share what you have made is as important. Especially as there are many lonely people in this world. A simple gift of a cake, or meal such as Chicken and Four Cheese Lasagne, given with a smile can lift an entire day for a stay at home mum with young children. Just one example of how you can help.

Whatever you are making, baking and creating, have fun preparing and sharing your feast.

Sammie xx

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Chocolate Mini Egg Sponge Cake

Chocolate Mini Egg Sponge Cake a spectacular, yet easy to make cake that is the perfect centrepiece for Easter feasting and celebration. Rich chocolate sponge sandwiched together with whipped chocolate ganache and decorated with speckled Cadbury’s mini eggs. An Easter celebration cake.

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Chocolate Mini Egg Sponge Cake

Since Easter is only a week away it is impossible to miss the sheer quantity of chocolate and variety of eggs available in the shops. Having spotted the mini, micro eggs in Sainsbury’s last year which were used in these Chocolate Biscuit Base Mini Egg Brownies, I was delighted to see them in stock again this year. While Cadbury’s mini eggs are both beautiful and cute, the micro eggs are like their smaller cousins. Small enough to be used as the filling in a sponge layer cake.

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Chocolate Mini Egg Sponge Cake

While this cake certainly has plenty of sweetness from the chocolate eggs, I decided to keep the frosting less sweet. Since chocolate ganache is simply chocolate and cream melted together and then cooled, it provides the perfect balance to the sweet vanilla coated, milk chocolate mini eggs. Also, it has the advantage of being whipped when cool. Resulting in a spreadable frosting that is also ideal for attaching eggs to the cake.

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Chocolate Mini Egg Sponge Cake glowing like a halo in the March sunshine.

Futhermore, adding 6 whole, large eggs to the cake batter ensures a rich, moist chocolate sponge. Once filled and decorated this cake provides a real wow factor. Perfect for feasting, sharing and celebrating Easter.

Recipe: Chocolate Mini Egg Sponge Cake serves 10-12

For the cake:

300g/10.5oz Unsalted Butter softened at room temperature plus extra for greasing tins

1/2tsp Sea Salt (halve if using free flowing) – I use Maldon

175g/6oz Dark Brown Muscavado Sugar – I use Billingtons

125g/4.5oz White Caster Sugar

2tsp Vanilla Extract – I use Nielsen-Massey

6 Large Free Range Eggs

200g/7oz Plain White Flour

100g/4oz Cocoa Powder – I use Callebaut

2tsp Baking Powder

For the icing and decoration:

250ml/9fl oz Double Cream (heavy cream)

250g/9oz Good Quality Dark Chocolate minimum 70% Cocoa Solids

2 x 328g Cadbury’s Mini Eggs or similar – this quantity is sufficient to fill and top the cake if needed

1 x 100g Mini Chocolate Micro Eggs available from Sainsbury’s

Method: Preheat oven to 160C/140C fan, 325F, gas mark 3

For this recipe you will need 2 x 20cm (8in) sandwich tins at least 5cm (2in) deep.

  • First of all grease both sandwich tins and line the base with baking parchment.
  • Into a large bowl add the butter, salt and both types of sugar.
  • Whisk together until the mixture is uniform in colour. Whisking time approximately 5 minutes.
  • Add the vanilla extract and whisk to combine.
  • Crack 6 large eggs into the bowl.
  • Sieve the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder into the bowl.
  • Whisk all the ingredients together. Scrape the side and base of the bowl with a spatula and continue whisking until thoroughly combined.
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Making the chocolate sponge batter.
  • Divide the cake batter evenly between 2 tins, smoothing the surface.
  • Place the cake tins in the centre and lower part of the oven and bake for 50 minutes – 1 hour.
  • The cakes are baked when pressed they spring back from a light touch. Also an inserted skewer comes out clean.
  • As soon as the cakes are baked remove from the oven and allow to cool for 15 minutes in the tin.
  • Turn the cake out of the tin, carefully peel away the baking parchment. Leave to completely cool on a cooling rack.
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Filling the sandwich tins and baking the chocolate sponge cake.
  • While the cakes are cooling make the chocolate ganache.
  • Place a small saucepan containing 2.5cm/1” of water over a low heat. Allow the water to come up to a very gentle simmer over low heat.
  • Use a heatproof bowl and place on top of the saucepan ensuring the base does not touch the water.
  • Add the cream and chocolate to the bowl and stir.
  • As soon as the chocolate has completely melted remove the bowl and set to one side to cool. Placing on a windowsill with the window slightly open will help the ganache cool more quickly.
  • When cooled whisk the ganache until thickened to spreading consistency.
  • Place a cooled chocolate sponge, flat side down, on to a plate or board.
  • Spoon half of the chocolate ganache on to the cake and spread to cover to the cake edge.
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Making the chocolate ganache.
  • Use micro eggs (alternatively use Cadbury’s mini eggs) and place around the edge of the cake, pressing into the ganache to secure them.
  • Fill in the surface of the cake with the remaining eggs.
  • Place the second sponge, flat side down, on top of the decorated bottom sponge.
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Filling the Chocolate Mini Egg Sponge Cake.
  • Spoon the remaining ganache on to the top of the cake. Spread the ganache so that it covers evenly.
  • Cover the top of the cake with Cadbury’s mini eggs. Let your creative juices flow! Most of all ensure the eggs are pressed firmly into the ganache to secure.
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Topping and decorating the finished cake with Cadbury’s mini eggs.
  • Place the cake into a fridge for an hour to firm up the ganache.
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A slice of Chocolate Mini Egg Sponge Cake

Slicing the cake is easier once it has been chilled.

FF Chocolate Mini Egg Sponge Cake
Chocolate Mini Egg Sponge Cake

Slice with a sharp knife dipped in a jug of hot water and wiped dry after each cut. Doing so creates cleanly cut slices of cake, ready to be served.

Store any remaining cake wrapped well in cling film and refrigerated. Eat within 3 days.

The cakes can be made a day ahead and stored wrapped in baking parchment in an airtight container.

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Extra Fruity Hot Cross Buns

Easter Sunday, for me is about remembering and celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ, following His death on the previous Friday. If you would like to know more about this see Important Stuff. Creating a cake that looks like a celebration is not that difficult to do. Using pretty mini eggs with their speckled shells on top of this Chocolate Mini Egg Sponge Cake makes decorating so easy. Especially as the eggs themselves represent new life. Both in the natural world of new birth in Springtime and through the love freely given to us in Jesus Christ.

Whatever you are making, baking and creating this Easter, have fun preparing and sharing your feast.

Sammie xx

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