Cakes and Cupcakes

Almond Meal Chocolate Cupcakes (Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

These cupcakes are dense, rich and chocolatey. I prefer to use good quality cocoa powder for a richer taste. The recipe below is based on a 250 ml cup as equal to 1 cup. I recommend using the spoon and level method to measure ingredients (spoon in the ingredient and then level it off with…

Chocolate Cake (Gluten Free)

This is a light, versatile chocolate cake recipe. I sometimes make it as a sheet cake, topped with simple chocolate icing or a sprinkling of icing sugar, as a treat for picnics. I have also baked it as a layer cake for a birthday, deliciously iced with whipped chocolate ganache. The instructions here are for…

Gluten-Free Vanilla Birthday Cake

EDIT: I have changed the recipe below with slightly with a new, improved version. My family has complained more than once that I will make something tasty and then never make it again because I am on an endless quest to improve my baking or just get distracted with wanting to try turn new ideas…

Lemon Drizzle Cupcakes (Gluten Free)

It is currently citrus season in New Zealand and zingy, citrusy flavours, such as lemon, are a perfect way to bring summer-like happiness to cold winter days. The number of cupcakes this recipe makes depends on how big the muffin cases you use are – I have ended up with three different sizes as I…

Peanut Butter and Honey Icing

When my son told me that he wanted a chocolate cake with peanut butter and honey between the layers for his birthday, I was not at all convinced. But then I thought about how to adapt his preference into a flavoured icing and this light, fluffy, dreamy icing ended up coming together and working beautifully…

Vanilla Cupcakes (Gluten-Free)

Cake flour (by which I mean wheat-filled, gluten-filled cake flour) is a low protein flour that is great for making cakes because overmixing flour in cake batter can result in harder, less fluffy cakes. That means less gluten can actually be better for cakes. As a coeliac that makes me think that going gluten free…