Tag Archives: Baked By Nelle

Banana cake makes for an awesome weekend…

23 May


We have a few very busy weeks ahead of us with Andy away traveling lots so it was great to spend a quite weekend at home with friends, playing hide and seek in the garden, eating yummy frosted banana cake and not changing out of our pajamas till 3pm Sunday. I hope you had a nice weekend and have lots of good things happening this week, what creative projects are you working on at the moment? I would love to hear.

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Easter is here so out comes the piping bag

25 Apr


Hey folks, have you been having a lovely Easter weekend? We are on day four of our epic long family weekend and its been a lot of fun so far. We have been soaking up the sun in true English style as if it might disappear at any moment. The sun hid behind the dark clouds late Saturday afternoon and there were a few threatening rumbles of thunder so we packed all the toys and picnic furniture away in the shed and traipsed indoors for a warm beaverage. But by Sunday morning we were back out in the garden before 8am dragging everything out of the shed again and setting up camp for another glorious sunshine filled day!

Henry and I decorated some blown eggs Faberge style with paint and glitter and yesterday we had our first family Easter egg hunt in the garden. A lot of chocolate and homemade iced biscuits were eaten and there was quite a bit of lying on the lawn recovering for A and me and a lot of energetic splashing in the paddling pool for Henry. Our garden is blooming right  now, bursting with flowers in all sorts of vibrant colours, its a real joy to spend time out there. I have of course been documenting with my camera and look forward to showing you more later. I am keeping my fingers crossed that this weather will last through till next weekend when we are heading down to the seaside to spend time with family.

Its forecast to be sunny every day this coming week except Friday and although I have heard that its supposed to be good luck if it rains on your wedding day right we’re all hoping for blue skies, right Miss Middleton?


Just give me a day or two to recover from all the loveliness and I’ll post the best recipe for sugar cookies ever, they are so much fun to make and you too can dust off the piping bag and get decorating.

Let Them Eat Apple Pie!

4 Apr



What a very delicious way to celebrate Mothers’ day. With a warm and flaky home made apple pie.

Ricotta tart with fresh raspberries

7 Mar

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Give us this day…

22 Feb

Our daily bread…

It’s a cold and rainy day here but this freshly baked bread should help warm us up.

Let Him Eat Cake – The World’s Most Simple And Delicious Vanilla Sponge Sandwich With Raspberry cream

15 Feb

Two Valentine’s ago my husband presented me with this sweetly pink KitchenAid mixer

I don’t know what prompted this surprising extravagance, I can only think it came from the assumption that once equipped with the ultimate gadget of the Domestic Goddess I would forever and always be able to keep him supplied with home-made cakes. This was back  in the days when I had all the time in the world to bake and then decorate cakes, before the glorious days of Henry who either wants to eat cake straight out of its tin or seems to live in the belief that batter is better!


Made with love, this is what I managed to come up with!
Just looking at these photographs makes me nostalgic for baking and the memory of this most scrumptious heart-shaped number has got me really wanting to get back in the kitchen and find more time to pursue this delicious hobby.

Of course, with a little help from my cat London…
*** UPDATED WITH RECIPE ***

After receiving a few queries about my Valentines Day cake here is the recipe…

The World’s Most Simple And Delicious Vanilla Sponge Sandwich

110g unsalted butter
110g white caster sugar
100g self raising flour
2 medium eggs (beaten)
1 Tsp cold water
1 Vanilla pod

Two greased heart shaped or 8″ round tins
Pre heat your oven to gas mark 4

Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy and gradually add the beaten egg mix.
Gently fold in the flour, then the vanilla seeds and finally add just enough water to bring the mix to a dropping consistency.

Divide the mixture between both pans evenly and bake for about 20 minutes.
The cakes are done when they are spongy to the touch and have baked to a golden colour.
Allow the cakes to cool on a wire rack before decorating.

If you haven’t got heart shaped pans (mine were charity shop find!) then you will need to shape your circular cakes into heart shapes using a sharp knife. One advantage of this is that you will get to eat up all the excess bits of cake in the process… yum yum.

For the filling you will need:

100 ml double cream or heavy whipping cream
1 ts vanilla essence
125g fresh raspberries
1 Tsp sifted confectioner’s sugar

Whip the cream until thick enough to hold its shape and fold in the vanilla and some  crushed raspberries. I use the back of a fork to crush the berries so they are just this side of smushed but not pureed.

Using a palette knife or the back of a metal spoon spread one of the cakes with about two thirds of the cream and sandwich the other on top. Add the confectioner’s sugar to the rest of the cream and using a piping bag with a flower shaped nozzle carefully pipe the flower star shaped thing a ma jigs all over the top. decorate with a few fresh raspberries.

Grab two forks, your other half (or not) and ENJOY!