Cakes are love.
I’ve worked my way through the classics of both British and Fench baking, and will be happy to do so again for you. From lemon drizzle to opéra, from sticky toffee to black forest, from Victoria sandwich to gâteau Saint-Honoré.
For instance, by order of increasing height:
Lemon drizzle cake
This started as an exercise to reduce leftovers. It ended up as a delightful bite to go with a midmorning cup of tea.
I love coffee buttercream icing far too much. That’s why I was quite happy to volunteer baking this for a local charity café. I’m of the Italian meringue buttercream persuasion: more butter than sugar.
Mango mousse cake
Now that last one, from Chetna Makan’s The Cardamom Trail, was so perilously high and full that we ended up splitting it in two to cut it.