Rose and Pistachio Victoria Sandwich

What a crazy summer it has been, Clinical Scientist training finished and today I registered at yet another uni to begin my PGCE. It’s been quiet on the blogging front (and even in the kitchen I am sad to say) due to finishing one training, undertaking a 3 month course ready for my next training alongside and all the fun summer brings. One particularly glorious summer’s day was spent undertaking a morning run with a friend and then guilt free brunch, endless tea and cake and lots of puppy cuddles. This was the cake I made and it was a big hit. I’d been dreaming this up in my head for some time and it was the perfect occasion. I based it on Mary Berry’s traditional Victoria sandwich recipe.

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Coffee, Chocolate & Almond Cake

This cake is worth making for the icing alone, the coffee buttercream is so, so delicious. This cake came about because my mum had been having pain in her shoulder and not being a doctor, I prescribed cake instead. Cake fixes everything, right? Especially when there is a pot of tea to go with it. I looked through my cook book ‘The Best-ever Book of Cakes’¬†(a title that surprisingly is not too far from the truth) looking for something with coffee in it and voil√†, I spotted this gem that has 3 of my mum’s favourite flavours in it. I tweaked it very slightly but the recipe is almost straight out of the book.

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Boozy Bourbons

It appears that my baking spirit animal is Gingerbread Jenn; I’d been thinking for some time about finding a biscuit recipe to make for James (a tea and biscuit addict who I live vicariously through, if I ate that many biscuits I’d weight six times as much as I do now). I wanted biscuits, not cookie though and then a recipe for Bourbons appeared in my feed, courtesy Jenn (of course) and within a couple of days they were made; I couldn’t resist any longer. Where we differ though is that Jenn put bourbon in her filling and I opted for brandy, less in keeping with the name but I’m a brandy girl.

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Vanilla Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting

Butter was put on this Earth to bring pure pleasure to so many a dish (and lbs to many a thigh, mine very much included), these babies are no exception.

Second exciting new cookbook of the week: ‘Afro Vegan – Bryant Terry’ I pre-ordered this book in January and have been counting down to its arrival. It definitely was completely worth the wait and every page has been thought out and had so much love and care put into it, it is almost a privilege to hold it. I can’t wait to try out some of the delicious looking recipes in this book.

This weekend we went to a friend’s wedding party and whilst I could have turned up with a bottle of wine as a token gift, I know nothing about wine, but I do know about cakes. What I also know about cakes is that if I bring them to a party I get to eat one, and that was my plan all along.

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