Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Autumn - season of yummy cakes!

Hello everyone

When the weather turns cooler, and we enter the beautiful season of autumn, my mind turns to baking and cooking yummy treats and comforting foods. 

I love watching the Hairy Bikers on TV, and over the last couple of weeks the intrepid cooks have been travelling around Europe baking and making yummy treats.  During the episode from Germany they demonstrated a scrummy Black Forest Gateau, so last weekend I had a go at making one.  This was the result

Four layers of chocolate cake sandwiched together with cherries in syrup, black cherry jam, whipped double cream and crumbled Cadbury's Flake


Then, the night before our recent trip to the Knitting and Stitching Show I decided to bake a cake to slice up and take with us (I also made falafel and put these inside wraps with hoummus).  I am really into all things Scandanavian, and again, the HB guys had been to Norway where they baked up a storm.  But this time I went to Finland (metaphorically speaking you understand, it is on my must-visit list but I haven't been there yet!!) and made a traditional Tiger Cake - or, in Finnish, Tiikerikakku:

It might not look very glamorous, but the flavours were awesome, the juice and rind of an orange went in, as well as lavish amounts of cocoa.  It got the thumbs up from everyone, and I think will be a regular item on my baking agenda.

What are your favourite recipes for autumn?



  1. Those look soooooo yummy, Helen! Well done!
    Gracie xx

  2. Baking your way around Europe - what a fab (and yummy!) idea :-)
    They both look & sound absolutely delicious. I love rich Choc cake & my old favourite, Carrot Cake - but I really should be a little more adventurous and try something new too.

  3. Hello Helen
    I don't think you can be receiving my emails! Please let me know if you have received my parcel. I sent it two weeks ago it must have got to you by now but if not I'll check with the post office here.
    keep well

    Amanda :-)

  4. Hello Helen,
    What amazing cakes, the goodies you brought with you t0 share to the k and s show were really delicious...

  5. Wow, that looks and sounds delicious! x

  6. It looks very yummy.

  7. Your cakes look fabulous, especially the first one.

  8. There's nothing like a bit of home baking! My favourite recipe is Blue Peter apple cake (from the kid's programme).

  9. My family love a blackforest gataux and it is always the requested cake for birthdays.


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