Amazing Cakes #9: Coffee and Salted Caramel Cake

While we’re self isolating and Mr S is working from home sometimes he likes to have something with a cuppa to keep him going on an afternoon.  Last week’s Victoria Sponge had been eaten and he doesn’t really like gingerbread like the gingerbread loaf I made the day before.  So on Sunday morning I planned…

Amazing Cakes #8: Iced Gingerbread Loaf

As the days grow colder and it gets into Autumn, I always like to think of gingerbread and other comforting bakes. I love gingerbread as it has a strong flavour and smells heavenly as it is baking. I especially like iced gingerbread as it reminds me of the ones I’ve eaten when I’ve been to…

Amazing Cakes #7: Victoria Sponge

I know I’ve published a blog post somewhere about a good old Vicky Sponge but I wanted to try out the Amazing Cakes’ version last Monday. It was my day off work and I walked down to my local post office to post a few parcels of some hand crocheted and knitted baby blankets I…

Amazing Cakes #4: Carrot and Apple Cake

I can’t resist a good carrot cake. Neither can the rest of my family and whenever I make carrot cake it disappears very quickly. Last Saturday afternoon I hadn’t planned on doing any baking. But I had done all the housework, been food shopping and came home having bought another bag of carrots. I couldn’t…

Amazing Cakes #5: Pineapple Upside Down Cake

I’ve always loved Pineapple Upside Down Cake. It was a great favourite when I was a child. I hadn’t baked one for a while and had yet to find a recipe I liked and was really happy with. Until now. It was quite by chance that I spotted there was a recipe in the book…

Battenburg Cake: Amazing Cakes #3

I’ve been so excited for the Great British Bake Off. It’s exciting every year but this year it’s been more welcomed as something special and comforting in these difficult times. At one stage I was wondering if it would make it onto our screens this year. Baking has helped a lot of us through difficult…

Amazing Cakes #2: White Chocolate Blondies

Hot on the heels of baking my successful Lemon Drizzle Traybake,  I wanted to try something slightly different to take along for my work mates to enjoy as an alternative to the lemon drizzle.  I’ve lost my baking confidence recently and have found recipes I’ve baked time and time again going wrong.  I have always…

Amazing Cakes #1: Lemon Drizzle Traybake

Recipe Challenge #1: Lemon Drizzle TraybakeLemon Drizzle Traybake is a classic recipe and one I’ve made lots over the years.  Recently I have made Mary Berry’s version and this always goes down well.  I was keen to see how this version from The Big Book Of Amazing Cakes measured up to Mary’s version.  At first…

A New Challenge!

Over the past few weeks I’ve been thinking a lot about my SmartCookieSam blog. Recently I’ve been so sporadic in uploading posts and when I do, I struggle to fit in blogging as well as everything else going on in these crazy times. Part of me has even thought about packing in this blog. I…