Saturday, 13 October 2012


This is one of my FaVoUrItE baking books, love Rachel Allen.

When I saw this picture I just knew I needed to make this cake.  Poppy seed cake with a scrummy vanilla buttercream. Here is my attempt.

Ooh it is divine with a hot cuppa, but very rich so a small slice is perfect!

Also making lots of crumbles to go with Sunday lunches at the weekend.

Image: James Martin
And some divine flapjacks to take to toddler group on Wednesday.

I AdOrE filling the kitchen with the wonderful warmth and aroma of baking at this time of year.  The Christmas cake is next on the list in the coming weeks.  What have you been enjoying baking?



  1. Dear Victoria
    All your baking is making me feel hungry. I am going to be making crumbles too, using James Grieve apples from my mum's garden. Yum! Autumn and fruit crumbles make a wonderful combination, and flapjack is deicious at any time of year!
    Enjoy your poppy seed cake.
    Best wishes

  2. Hi Victoria,

    How funny, I have this book, got it for xmas last year and love it too! The funny thing is though, that that is the page I am always drawn to but yet to bake. Yours looks fantastic and you have inspired me to definitely try it!! Enjoy!!

    Love Haylie @ RubieMagpie xx

  3. Oooo I have this book and it is fab. Your cake looks delicious.

  4. I have that book and also another of hers called Food for Living.
    I feel compelled to make flapjacks this afternoon!
    The cake looks fabulous also.
    I like the look of the book you are currently reading so thanks for the recommendation.

  5. Have you seen her new book 'Cake'? It looks divine!

    1. It's on my Christmas wish list :) who could resist a book called cake?
      Victoria xx

  6. I haven't seen that book, looks like a gorgeous recipe - your cake looks soooo tempting :)

  7. i look at baking books all the time but never buy any, i always just go on line to get ideas and recipies! i like looking at them in shops tho...i could spend hours haha

  8. Hello Victoria! What a yummy post! I'd love a piece of that poppy seed cake!
    Before I started working full time in September I enjoyed making brownies based on this recipe:
    Have a nice weekend! :)

    1. Oh, can I come round to yours for tea please! I wish wish wish I had more time for baking as I do enjoy it. Am sure I would love that poppy seed cake! xCathy

  9. Your poppy seed cake and crumbles look delicious. I have been baking a carrotcake for this weekend. I love cakes with teatime!

  10. Hi Victoria,

    This is just the sort of book I like as well!! The cakes look delicious!

    Have a lovely weekend!

    Madelief x

  11. Your baking looks delicious Victoria,Can I come to Sunday lunch ? :) Enjoy! Xxxx

  12. Oh my Victoria, that poppy seed cake looks so delish! I too, love the smell and comfort of home baking at this time of year xox Gosh, it's making feel like baking at this late hour on a Saturday night! :o) xox Penelope

  13. Beautiful bakes Victoria...I feel I need to run to the kitchen and make a fruit crumble right now!
    Hope you are having a lovely Sunday,
    Susan x

  14. You sure have been baking up a storm..yummy yummy!! I really like the look of the Poppy cake, I have never tried something like that before, sounds really good.
    I hope you are having a lovely weekend, happy baking!

  15. mmmmmmmmmm they look delis Victoria!