Classic Scottish Cakes

Scotland has developed a culinary repertoire of exceptional quality of cakes and biscuits, when it comes to cake baking it seems the Scottish have have a lot to share. Dundee Cake You’ll probably never hear the Dalai Lama say ‘Oh, I could murder a piece of cheesecake.’ After all, as …

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Classic English Cakes

Grasmere is famous for its gingerbread; in Kendal it’s mint cake that the visitors queue to buy; in Bath it’s the buns and the Sally Lunns. Nearly every county in England has its own baked speciality although, in these health-conscious days, whether many people ask for farmhouse dripping cake when …

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Classic Irish Cakes

When it comes to baking it seems the Irish have less of a sweet tooth than the rest of us. Researching their cookery it was hard to find many traditional cakes listed; however we did manage to come up with three. Barm Brack is a traditional Fruited Bread-cake, while Whiskey …

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Scottish Dumpling

When the Cake Baker team received a request for a Scottish Dumpling recipe we sprang into action! Cloutie Dumpling Traditionally served at New Year it has became popular throughout the winter or colder months of the year. Sometimes spelt “cloutie” it is named after the cloth or “clout” that it …

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Fruit: Lemon, Apple or Orange Cake

All of these fruity cakes can be served simply as an accompaniment to a cup of coffee or dressed up with cream or yogurt as a special dessert. Either way they’ll taste delicious. The orange cake is a particularly moist one that will keep well and actually tastes better when …

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Boiled Cakes

Let’s start off by explaining that boiled cakes aren’t actually boiled. They’re baked in an oven like any other cake but the ingredients – the fruit, fat, sugar, spices and liquid – are boiled before being combined with the flour and eggs. Boiled cakes tend to be a little lighter …

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New Classic Cakes Part 2

Let’s hear it for the everyday fruit cake! Fruit cakes have fallen out of favour in recent years as trendier cakes such as carrot cake, have risen in popularity. But we say that not only are Fruit Cakes classic, they’re simple to make and delicious to eat as well! We’ve …

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Making The Perfect Sponge

If you’ve been browsing through Cake Baker you might have noticed that we have a page dedicated to the easiest way of making a sponge cake that is light and delicious, so why do we have another page devoted to the perfect sponge? In the film, Calendar Girls, one of …

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Making The Perfect Carrot Cake

Carrots have been included in sweet recipes in Britain since mediaeval times. Because carrots provided a cheaper and more easily available alternative to other sweeteners, their use was encouraged during the Second World War, at the time of rationing. Carrot cake however, didn’t really take off in popularity until the …

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Classic Welsh Cakes: Bara Brith, Teisen Lap & Welshcakes

Ask a Welshman what food he remembers from his childhood and chances are he’ll mention one of these: bara brith, teisen lap, or ‘picen ar y maen’. Rich with fruit and spice, these cakes evoke images of mam cooking, in her warm sweetly-scented kitchen. Try one of our recipes and …

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