The Bakinglady 

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Blueberry, orange and almond cake

Posted by me on November 3, 2016 at 5:20 AM Comments comments (0)

I would like to think of this sexy little number as a bit of a posh totty Battunburg with layers instead of squares but still under its customary mantle of gorgeous golden marzipan... bursting with zingy orange and fresh blueberries its the perfect cake for afternoon tea.

What you need

150g self raising flour

150g caster sugar, plus a little extra to decorate

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Ohrid Cake (pronounced Ochrid)

Posted by me on October 25, 2016 at 5:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Anyone that knows me, knows that I’m always up for a bit of a challenge, whether its jumping 855ft off the top of a very tall building or skydiving from 15,000 feet, if it grabs my attention then I will have a go…

A few days ago one of my lovely friends asked me for a recipe for a chocolate cake that her and her partner ate recently in the town of Ohrid in Macedonia. Unfortunately there were no online recipes...

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Tell em' about the money....Mummy!

Posted by me on October 17, 2016 at 1:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Sometimes you just have to let your ‘INNER FREAK’ out, and Halloween seems to me the perfect excuse to have some decidedly creepy and freaky fun with my Mummy cake covered in chocolate bandages and filled with frog spawn and beetle bug frosting….

I had been thinking about this cake for days before I finally managed to get into the kitchen to create it and I wanted to ensure that it was easy enough to b...

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Mardi Gras King Cake with cream cheese and pecan nuts

Posted by me on July 28, 2015 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (0)

If you happen to visit the city of New Orleans on Shrove Tuesday or Fat Tuesday as it is affectionately known in the USA (Mardi Gras translated from the French means Fat Tuesday….) you will be mesmerised by the vibrancy, loud noise and party atmosphere of the carnival that happens at this time every year

Parades, marching bands, floats and Beautiful girls in the skimpiest of costumes dance to the loud, pulsating...

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Lady Baltimore Cake

Posted by me on May 6, 2015 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Lady Baltimore cake is a good, old fashioned slice of Southern hospitality on a plate and although it might involve a few different stages it is well worth the extra effort and time involved to make this Dense, white cake with its rich, moist filling of figs, raisins and Bourbon beneath a pure white frosting of Italian meringue... get yourself onto that veranda with a Mint julep and a big fat slice of...

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The ultimate Carrot cake

Posted by me on April 5, 2015 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

I’m incredulised (lol what a fabulous made up but very apt word) that this is the very first time that I have devised a carrot cake recipe for my website. This light, moist and gently spiced fruitcake is a staple on the afternoon tea table and a definite must have when it comes to Easter. My recipe contains toasted caraway seeds which add a gorgeous subtle hint of aniseed flavour which complements the sweetness of the carro...

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Luscious lemon cake with white choclate frosting

Posted by me on January 18, 2015 at 3:25 PM Comments comments (0)

What you need

200g caster sugar

200g baking margarine

200g self raising flour

4 medium eggs

2 lemons, finely grated zest

150g good quality lemon curd


200g white chocolate, chopped into small pieces

125g butter

200g icing sugar

1 level teaspoon Vanilla essence

2 -3 tablespoons double cream

100g chocolate ...

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Chapel window cake

Posted by me on January 12, 2015 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (0)

In 1884 princess Victoria, the granddaughter of Queen Victoria married Prince Louis of Battenberg in Germany and a myth was born, the Battenberg cake…. It was said that the English bakers tried to emulate the skill of their German counterparts with their skills in modelling with marzipan and decorating cakes and created this tea time classic, shame it is probably just a story, as there is no historical evidence to bac...

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Greek orange, fig and hazelnut cake

Posted by me on October 25, 2014 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (0)

12 slices

What you need

20g butter

1 level tablespoon finely chopped toasted hazelnuts

For the cake

150g caster sugar

150g baking margarine

1 level teaspoon of natural orange extract or the finely grated zest of 2 large oranges

3 medium eggs, beaten,

100g Greek yoghurt

180g self raising flour

2 tablespoons Co...

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Posted by me on October 23, 2014 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

I am truly fascinated by other cultures at Christmas time- or it could just be that I’m ultra nosy! And the food that is traditionally served as part of the yuletide festivities. I heard about this cake from Finland many years ago but was unable to find a recipe for it translated into English and unfortunately Finnish is most definitely NOT my second language. Thankfully just about everything can be translated via the int...

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the BEST Coffee and walnut cake....EVER!!!!!

Posted by me on June 4, 2014 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (0)

I don't boast very often but this is definitely the best coffee and walnut cake you will ever try... the combination of rich coffee infused cake, studded with little nuggets of walnuts, the most sumptuous mascarpone cream with a hint of vanilla and coffee and caramelised walnuts make this an absolute winner and I guarantee that even if you are not a fan of coffee this will become a firm favourite...

What you n...

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Guinness fruit cake.....Free from sugar

Posted by me on March 21, 2014 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (0)


This old fashioned fruit cake is so moist and flavoursome you will forget in an instant that it contains no sugar, it lasts for ages and is perfect when only a really good 'Granny' cake will do. Because Xylitol the sugar substitute I use doesn't brown or caramelise during cooking I have soaked the fruit in Guinness which adds a lovely deep flavour and colour fooling the senses.... Happy baking  

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Cider apple from Gluten

Posted by me on March 4, 2014 at 3:10 AM Comments comments (0)

This is such a quick and easy cake to make and tastes even better if left for a day or two before cutting. You can simply change gluten free self raising flour for ordinary self raising flour if you are not gluten intolerant but it makes a wonderful moist cake and is especially good with a slice of crumbly Lancashire or mature cheddar cheese....

200 g soft dark brown sugar

220ml sweet cider

100g butter

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Chocolate mayonaise cake.... Free from gluten

Posted by me on February 18, 2014 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Gluten...Schmooten... who needs that old chestnut in their cakes and bakes???

This totally gorgeous chocolate fudge cake was bought about by the need to create gluten free recipes that could fool someone not suffering from IBS or a gluten intolerance. As far as I am concerned I would never make or bake anything that I wouldn't want to eat myself, if it passes my tick list it comes on the websit...

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Raspberry and Lemon Princessa Cake

Posted by me on January 10, 2014 at 2:10 PM Comments comments (0)

I am fascinated by other cultures, their traditions, celebrations and what they choose as festive food, Sweden is no exception.

This recipe first appeared in the 1930’s and was invented by Jenny Akerstrom who was a teacher to the daughters of Prince Carl, Duke of Vastergotland. His three daughters Margaretha, Martha and Astrid were said to be particularly fond of this frivolous confection and traditional Swedish recre...

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Dundee Marmalade and tea cake

Posted by me on September 16, 2013 at 3:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Mary Queen of Scots, daughter of the infamous Henry VIII (scoffer of pies and Richmond maid’s of honour) was reputed to rather dislike cherries in her cakes (why she couldn’t just spit them out is beyond me) and so a fruit cake containing almonds was made just for her and decorated with concentric circles of the little nut to keep her royalness happy….Woohoo… Bells chime, drums sound across the land a...

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Chocolate and beetroot cake

Posted by me on September 14, 2013 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Ahhh Norfolk, home of Bernard and his turkeys, fiery English mustard and in 60AD the queen of the Iceni tribe Boudicca herself. Nowadays people from Norfolk are sometimes known by the name of Norfolk dumplings (a rather uncomplimentary comparison to the flour dumplings that were traditionally a significant part of the local diet) but I think that if some hairy legged Roman General had insulted ‘Queenie&#...

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Autumn Apple and Bramble crumble cake

Posted by me on September 2, 2013 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (0)

I have had this hand written recipe in my collection since about 1980 and it’s a lovely tea time treat that I have revisited and updated especially for these chilly autumnal evenings when something decidedly warming covered with a great big dollop of vanilla infused cream is called for. Although there are lots of ingredients in this recipe and three layers it’s an easy peasy recipe that you can knock...

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Yorkshire Sticky Ginger Parkin with a zesty lemon drizzle

Posted by me on September 25, 2011 at 8:30 AM Comments comments (1)

This is one of my all time favourites when the weather gets a little colder and the nights start to draw in, serve this on its own with a mug of hot chocolate (fluffy whipped cream and a sprinkle of ground ginger are extra delicious) or warm as a pudding drizzled with a little hot lemon sauce or a glug of golden syrup and a dollop of thick custard, super scrummy!!!...

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Recipe- Parsnip and maple syrup cake- New and updated

Posted by bakinglady on October 10, 2009 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (1)

Saturday is upon us once more and usual I am to be found in the kitchen with an apron on, a spoon in my hand and a cake in the oven. This time it's a luscious little number with a very unusual ingredient- parsnips! And baby all I can say is don't knock it till you try it....



175g butter

100g soft brown sugar

50g soft dark brown sugar

3 eggs


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