Plum and Cardamom Sponge

plum cardamom sponge minus slice

When it began raining yesterday, my heart sunk. It felt like the big, fat droplets of rain might be battering against the windows until next May. I’m not good with bad weather. It overwhelms me with irrational and pessimistic thoughts. The very idea of winter looming on the horizon makes me feel a bit peculiar.  In fact, if I had any sense, I’d emigrate to warmer climes – but then I’d miss tea and pubs and black humour too much.… 

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National Baking Week: London Cake

With only three days left of National Baking Week, it’s time to start whipping, whisking…and (most importantly) conjuring up some extreme-decoration concepts.

To get you inspired, here are some shots of a cake that I stumbled across in St Pancras Station yesterday. The seven foot extravaganza maps out London with coloured Smartie tube lines, sponge landmarks, and pudding-themed stations such as Swiss Roll Cottage and Victoria Sponge. Admirable British eccentricity demonstrated through the medium of bakery—wonderful.