Coffee and Hazelnut Chiffon Cake

This is adapted from Delia Smith which means I quiver at changing it. But I can’t slice round cakes in half horizontally to save my life (see Layers footnote); I had cream cheese not mascarpone; and I do like hazelnuts more than walnuts.

This GF cake was very highly rated by my tasters (who’ve all had a fair few Coffee ‘n Walnut cakes in their lives!).

Serves: 12 – 24 depending on tin/portion size
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Stollenkonfekt – Stollen Bonbons

It may be a few months until Christmas, but Luisa Weiss’s Classic German Baking Stollenkonfekt (p257) are easy-to-make, mini-cake bonbons which are spicily delicious any time of year.

I’ve made them gluten-free and suggest yoghurt for the original quark. They taste best when stored a few days before serving (but if you can’t wait – serve immediately!).

Makes: 2 dozen bonbons

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Vinarterta (Icelandic 7-Layer Cake)

This is something quite different, and allows you oodles of scope for flavours if you don’t like cardamom/prunes (see Footnotes). I’ve made it GF for my usual tasting crowd.

Meadow Brown Bakery has a comprehensive video which I recommend you watch to see the creation/construction in more detail. It does need storing for a few days before serving.

Serves: 16
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Italian ‘Winemakers’ Cake

I saw a recipe in a local newspaper and researched further as I’d never heard of using grapes in cakes. It turns out this is a traditional rustic Italian cake, usually made with the remains from the wine harvest.

I’ve combined elements from loads of different recipes and added my own twists to make this GF cake – perfect with tea (or wine!).

Serves: up to 24 depending on tin/portion size
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Blueberry and Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

A North American ‘coffee cake’ confusingly doesn’t contain coffee. Coffee cakes are heavier & more dense than a British sponge, and are meant to be eaten with a cuppa ‘joe’.

They are usually made in a traybake or round tin, and always have fruit (or nuts); often a cheesecakey layer and/or a crumble. This is a GF version of a classic combo, very easy to make.

Serves: up to 16
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