• National Cupcake Week

    Did you know this week is National Cupcake Week? Have you rolled up your sleeves and baked anything, or are you more a cupcake purchaser? Whatever your preference, this is the week to indulge in little sponge cake parcels. Cupcakes are great. They are your own personal cake that you don’t have to share, because there is only ever enough for one. They’re easy to make and great to make with your children. In fact they’re great to make with your Mum too, and I think the best times I have in the kitchen has been when me and Mum are baking together. The cupcakes on this post were made…

  • Victoria Sandwich for One

    Last year I entered a Victoria Sandwich into a local horticultural competition and was disqualified!! Yep, you read right…..disqualified!! And what was the awful deed I did to be disqualified……..I put buttercream between my layers of sponge and dusted icing sugar on the top. Shock! Horror!!!! The competition was being run according to the Women’s Institute rules, and they don’t allow buttercream or icing sugar…..can you believe that?!! Surely it says in the British constitution that a Victoria Sandwich must have a thick layer of Buttercream between two layers of cake!!! What was particularly gutting was the comments on the cards were all great “lovely moist sponge” ” “nice and…