Category Archives: Cakes and pastries

Shortbread Apple Flapjacks

A 3-layer traybake created to take advantage of the new season apples. Use freshly picked apples if possible. I used a 22cm x 22cm cake tin, which yielded 16 pieces of shortbread. Note all measurements and cooking times are approximate. … Continue reading

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Toffee cake

An indulgent cake fit for a celebration.  The recipe can be scaled up or down depending on how many people you are catering for. Caramac shapes to decorate ingredients: 2-6 caramac bars depending on size of moulds and size of … Continue reading

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Carrot & Marmalade cake

This recipe is adapted from one found in the Daily Telegraph’s Gardener’s Diary for 2016. It makes a delicious desert and would even work as an alternative Christmas cake. Ingredients 280g self raising flour 2 tsp baking powder 4 large … Continue reading

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Celebration cakes

One of the perils of having to follow a strict cinnamon & benzoate-free diet is how to cope with special occasions.  Sit down meals, buffets etc. are one thing but celebration cakes e.g. for birthdays, baptisms, or as in my case, … Continue reading

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Basic sponge cake

A simple, basic sponge recipe, which can be adapted for different recipes or flavourings or enjoyed on it’s own either in a larger cake or as cupcakes Ingredients – to be scaled up as necessary 2 ounces caster sugar 2 … Continue reading

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Marzipan bakewells

I love marzipan.  But since it’s mainly used on rich fruit cakes it’s been hard to find a way to enjoy it that’s compatible with the cinnamon & benzoate-free diet.  This recipe is a twist on the traditional idea of … Continue reading

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Sticky syrup-ginger cake

1 cooking apple (bramleys or similar), peeled and finely chopped 1 lemon 1 satsuma 2 tablespoons finely chopped crystalised ginger 8 ounces muscovado sugar 6 ounces butter or margarine 3 eggs 2 tablespoons golden syrup 6 ounces self-raising flour 1 teaspoon … Continue reading

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