The Bakinglady 

Welcome to the wonderful world of baking, cakes, cookies and traybakes,
everything you could ever dream of and more..


view:  full / summary

Cinnamon and apple Eccles cakes (makes 10)

Posted by me on July 26, 2015 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Here in Lancashire there is good natured rivalry between the towns of Chorley, Accrington and Eccles as to who produces the best fruit filled pastry ‘cake’. Despite being an inhabitant of the market town of Chorley, I much prefer the sugar encrusted puff pastry Eccles version compared to the plainer Chorley or Accrington short crust pastry cakes that are traditionally eaten slathered in a bit’o best but...

Read Full Post »

Chocolate concrete

Posted by me on July 26, 2015 at 2:20 PM Comments comments (0)

As a child growing up in the seventies I ate school dinners on a very regular basis, unless I went on a school trip then mushy white bread pilchard and vinegar sandwiches in a plastic Tupperware box were mandatory.

Although I loved the savoury main meals my favourite course had to be the puddings and I was one of the rare students that loved the thick, rubbery skin from the top of the custard and was always pushed to t...

Read Full Post »

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...

Read Full Post »

Cream Soda and raspberry cupcakes

Posted by me on April 12, 2015 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (0)

I created these gorgeous, light, soft, fluffy and moist cupcakes on a very cold and wet afternoon when the wind was howling around the rafters and the rain was lashing against the windows.... I wanted to create the taste of a seaside summer in a cupcake but that would also evoke memories from my childhood and drinking bottles of ice cold cream soda on a golden, sandy beach in Jersey in the channel islands was just ...

Read Full Post »

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...

Read Full Post »

Charamallo biscuits

Posted by me on March 22, 2015 at 5:50 AM Comments comments (0)


Makes 30

There is something quite comforting about the humble marshmallow, little pillows of billowing squidgeyness in soft pastel shades that entice you with the silent promise of biting into a cloud of vanilla and sugary goodness. Wagon Wheel biscuits were a favourite childhood treat and seemed to fill my chubby little hands like a giant toy Frisbee taking an age to eat. I have created these delicious caramel bis...

Read Full Post »

Cinder Coffee Cupcakes

Posted by me on March 8, 2015 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (0)

if ever there was a Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers of cupcakes, this little beauty would fit the bill... with sophisticated notes of coffee and vanilla, smooth and creamy cream cheese frosting and a gleaming nugget of bubbly champagne coloured toffee perched jauntily on  top this is a cupcake strictly for the grownups....

What you need

For the cinder toffee

Read Full Post »

Posh Munch Brunch Pie (serves 6)

Posted by me on February 3, 2015 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Pies are just as much a part of a staple diet in the North as pasties are in Cornwall and the infamous Wigan kebab (meat pie in-between a soft bread roll) is just one example of haute cuisine up t’north.

This is my version of a ‘posh’ pie as I have used ready-to-bake croissant dough instead of short crust or puff pastry and I have filled it with all my favourite breakfast items.

We ...

Read Full Post »

Frangipane and apricot bun and butter pudding

Posted by me on February 3, 2015 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (0)

What you need

6-8 hot cross buns or I large brioche loaf

For the Frangipan

75g butter

75g granulated sugar

75g ground almonds

1 level teaspoon almond essence

410g can of apricot halves in natural juice, drained and chopped (reserve the fruit juice to use in the apricot glaze)

2-3 tablespoons of Amaretto or other almond f...

Read Full Post »

Blueberry yogurt and passion fruit muffins

Posted by me on February 3, 2015 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (0)

What you need

150g baking margarine

150g caster sugar

3 medium eggs

50g Greek yogurt

185g self raising flour

½ level teaspoon baking powder

150g blueberries (reserve 16 for decoration)

2 lemons, finely grated zest


125g butter

200g icing sugar

150g cream cheese

2 passion frui...

Read Full Post »

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 ...

Read Full Post »

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...

Read Full Post »

Cuban bread pudding

Posted by me on January 11, 2015 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)

There is a fabulous group on Facebook called 'Tampa native Cuban/Spanish, Italian and Southern recipes'  hosted and written by a group of sassy ladies with some serious Latin spirit. I dribble over there sunshine filled dishes, immerse myself in the imagined scents and flavours of the lemon, garlic and chilli infused sauces and longingly picture  myself in warmer climes, lazing on a golden sandy be...

Read Full Post »

Cumberland rum Nicky (serves 8 generous slices)

Posted by me on November 25, 2014 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)

I can't describe just how good this gorgeous tart is and is the perfect alternative to traditional mince pies at Christmas but its just as good eaten any time of the year. Cumberland Rum Nicky originated in Cumbria in the North West of England as a favourite of Sailors in the 1800's returning from the West Indies on ships laden with Rum, fruit and spices and the 'Nicky' part of the name possibly refers...

Read Full Post »

Lemon and blueberry cookies

Posted by me on November 25, 2014 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Lemon and butter goodness in one delicious mouthful with a dusting of sugar and a drizzle of chocolate, these scrummy cookies make a lovely little gift when bagged up in cellophane bags tied with some festive ribbon... or you can simply make a batch and munch them hamster style :) x

What you need

300g plain flour plus a little extra for dusting

200g butter

100g ca...

Read Full Post »

Caramelised hazelnut and mocha cupcakes

Posted by me on November 2, 2014 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Makes 12 large cupcakes

What you need

50g cocoa

6 tablespoons hot strong coffee

3 medium eggs

50mls milk

175g self raising flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

100g vegetable oil

300g soft light brown sugar

½ teaspoon salt

1 level teaspoon vanilla extract


75g butter

100g icing sugar


Read Full Post »

Scottish seedy, cheesy oatcakes (makes at least 15)

Posted by me on October 29, 2014 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (0)

In 1755 Samuel Johnson in his famous dictionary of the English language quoted rather unkindly to the staple diet of Scots (oats) as “a grain, which in England is generally given to horses, but in Scotland supports the people’ to which Patrick Murray, 5th Lord Elibank of East Lothian replied ‘yes and where would you see such horses and such men!’

I for one wouldn’t argue with a big hairy Scots...

Read Full Post »

Prosciutto, mozzarella and sun blush tomato tartlets

Posted by me on October 28, 2014 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Serves 6 as a starter

What you need

12 slices of prosciutto or Serrano ham

150g mascarpone

20g green pesto

2 medium eggs

Salt and pepper to taste

125g mozzarella cut into 12 equal pieces

100g sun blush tomatoes, drained (1 tablespoon of oil reserved for the dressing) cut length ways into thin strips

6 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar, boiled in a s...

Read Full Post »

Apple streuselmuffins

Posted by me on October 25, 2014 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (0)

-Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,

close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;

conspiring with him how to load and bless

with fruit the vines that round the thatch-eaves run;

To bend with apples the moss'd cottage-trees,

and fill all fruit with ripeness to the core...

Ode to Autumn by Keats remains a favourite poem of mine, extolling the wonderful harve...

Read Full Post »

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...

Read Full Post »