Simple, small Victoria sponge with raspberry honey lemongrass preserves
4 inch cake / Baking / Cakes / dessert / Preserves / Recipes / Sweet / vegetarian

Simple, small Victoria sponge with raspberry honey lemongrass preserves

A classic Victoria sponge: light, tender, buttery cake sandwiching a tangy-sweet layer of raspberry jam and buttercream. Don’t tell any of them in the WI, but I filled the sponge¬†with homemade raspberry honey lemongrass jam.¬†You can of course use any raspberry jam you want–perhaps choose one which isn’t overly sweet so it balances the buttercream … Continue reading

Small red velvet cake with cream cheese white chocolate frosting
4 inch cake / Baking / Cakes / chocolate / dessert / No yeast baking / Sweet

Small red velvet cake with cream cheese white chocolate frosting

This is a full-fledged and deliciously vulgar red velvet cake. If you wanted a non-frightening cake, you’d go with this clever beet-based cake by pastry chef Pamela Moxley. That is not what happened here. Who allowed this? Who thought this was acceptable? I like this cake, but why? Why would you do this? Continue reading

4 inch peanut butter cake with chocolate fudge icing for a rainy day
4 inch cake / Baking / Cakes / chocolate / dessert / No yeast baking / Recipes / Sweet / vegetarian

4 inch peanut butter cake with chocolate fudge icing for a rainy day

While it rained the entire day on the Bank Holiday, I baked this cake with Mr. Pear. We had a slice while playing Botanicula. Both were lovely, uplifting things on such a miserable day. I’d actually planned this cake for for his birthday earlier in the month, but the making of it went a bit wrong–through … Continue reading

A tiny, naked carrot layer cake + cream cheese frosting
4 inch cake / Baking / Cakes / dessert / No yeast baking / Recipes / Sweet / vegetarian

A tiny, naked carrot layer cake + cream cheese frosting

Look at this unforgivably bijou cake. Punish it. Hurt it. Eat it. Like my mother here: She’s a great lady and following in her example is recommended. I made this as a celebration cake. If you’ve never made such a small cake before, you might wonder how on earth this would serve more than a … Continue reading