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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Rice Pudding Cake (Torta di Riso)

I bake weekly for a crowd including coeliac sufferers so I’m always hunting for different ways to liven up their coffee morning. This GF Italian old-school classic was perfect because everyone loves rice pudding, and they all love cake.

It’s best served with fruit: I’ve suggested a fruit compote made from frozen berries, but see the Toppings footnote for alternatives.

Serves: up to 16
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Polenta and Chocolate Spice Cake

Polenta (fine cornmeal) is wonderful for GF baking. If you prefer chocolate today instead of citrus flavours, this recipe adapted from the ever-delightful Donal Skehan will be perfect for you.

I’ve spiced it up and scaled it up for a larger tin. There are also alternate topping suggestions if you don’t fancy the salted caramel.

Serves: up to 24 depending on tin
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