Ginger cardamom gems

June 11, 2021

You can use this batter in any-sized tin - I used stars and mini muffins here. If you're not keen on the cardamom flavour just leave it out.

2 c flour (I used gluten free)

1 tsp baking soda

1 c granulated sugar (I used organic golden)

3 tsp ground ginger

1 tsp ground cardamom

2 Tbsp maple, golden or rice syrup

100g butter (I used non-dairy Olivani)

2 eggs

1 c milk (I used rice)

Preheat oven to 200C. Grease your tins - equivalent of 12 muffins/gems or 24 mini muffins.

In a large bowl mix all the dry ingredients.

In a small saucepan melt the sweetener and butter. Remove from heat and leave to cool slightly before adding eggs and milk. Whisk well.

Pour into dry ingredients and mix gently till just combined. Don't overmix.

Distribute batter evenly between your tins, about two-thirds full.

Bake for around 10-12 minutes or until muffins are cooked through. Leave to cool in the tins for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. You'll probably have to bake three batches of mini muffins.

Dust with icing sugar if desired.


Chocolate orange mousse

June 10, 2021

This mousse couldn't be easier: melt the chocolate, whisk the aquafaba and mix; refrigerate then tszuj it up with toppings. Strangely, my husband is averse to chocolate and orange together. I found this out when I got him a classic Terry's Chocolate Orange for Xmas. The look of disappointment on his face when he opened the wrapping! Followed by the joy on mine when I realised I could eat the whole thing myself! So now it's a running joke when I make chocolate-orangey things.

100g chilled water...

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Vegan coffee cake with cashew cinnamon icing

June 7, 2021

Some people call 'coffee cake' any kind of cake that's served with coffee. But this is an actual coffee-flavoured cake that's made with wholefoods and is vegan to boot. Also easy to use gluten-free flour. The coconut sugar gives it a gorgeous dark caramel colour. It's a light, fluffy cake great with a cuppa, of course. It's from Deliciously Ella: A Plant-based Cookbook (Yellow Kite, 2018). 

3 Tbsp instant coffee granules (or strong espresso coffee)

2 Tbsp boiling water

450g flour (I used wholeme...

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Vegan chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream

May 30, 2021

Our birthday girl requested the usual for her cake again - chocolate with vanilla buttercream. So I made it gluten-free and vegan so all the kids in the 12-strong party could get stuck in! I increased the recipe by 50% to make a higher cake.

2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 c plant-based milk (I used rice)
1 c coconut sugar
3/4 c organic golden sugar
2 c flour of choice
3/4 c cocoa powder
1 Tbsp baking powder
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 c + 2 tsp vegetable oil
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 Tbsp instant co...
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May 9, 2021

My sister gave me a madeleine pan for my birthday! Now I know how easy they are to make! They take a little prep but these soft, buttery sponges don't take long to bake and were perfect for a mother's day tea. Great for lunchboxes too.

Makes 20
1 c flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 eggs
1/2 c sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp honey or maple syrup or golden syrup
1/2 tsp lemon zest
115g melted butter

For chocolate madeleines: replace 2 tbsp flour with cocoa powder. Use orange zest or orange ext...
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Blueberry muffins

May 7, 2021

The best thing about muffins is that they only require gentle mixing and don't take long too cook. I don't seem to have baked anything for ages, so this is a quick and satisfying re-entry into Bake Club.

2 c flour (I used white and wholemeal spelt)

4 tsp baking powder

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp salt

3/4 c sugar

100g butter, just melted

1 c milk (I used rice)

1 egg

1 1/2 c fresh or frozen blueberries

cinnamon sugar (1/4 c brown sugar, 1/4 c white sugar, 1 tbsp cinnamon)

Preheat oven to 220C. Line a 12-cup mu...

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Apple Crumble Tea Cake

March 16, 2021

What's better than apple crumble? Apple crumble cake! This is a comforting recipe from Julie Le Clerc's Favourite Cakes (Penguin, 2011). It's a one-pot wonder too.

125g butter

1 c soft brown sugar

1 tsp baking soda

2 tsp cinnamon

2 apples, grated with skin on

1 c raisins

1 c milk

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 eggs

1 c rolled oats

1 1/2 c flour (I used white and wholemeal spelt)

3 tsp baking powder

icing sugar, to dust


100g butter, cubed

1 c flour

1/2 c sugar

1 tsp cinnamon

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Cherry choc cookies

March 11, 2021

I made up this recipe to use some glacē cherries that had been at the back of the fridge for too long. Almonds match well with cherries, as does chocolate.

Makes 12 big cookies

1tbsp ground flaxseed

2 1/2 tbsp water

150g butter, at room temperature

3/4 c coconut sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 c flour (I used spelt)

1 tsp baking powder.

1/2 c glace cherries

1/2 c chopped almonds

1/2 c dark chocolate chunks/melts/buttons

Mix flaxseed and water together in a cup.

In a large bowl cream the butter and sugar un...

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Chocolate cinnamon tree cookies

March 9, 2021

These lovely bites are upmarket versions of cinnamon swirls. Making the dough as thin as possible before rolling will give youThis recipe is from Bakeland: Nordic Treats Inspired by Nature by Marit Hovland (Greystone Books, 2018). She makes stunning cookies and cakes that look like flowers, snowflakes, etc, and these chocolate rocks, which truly rock.

Makes about 44


75g butter, at room temperature

1/3 c sugar

3 tbsp cinnamon


3 c (375g) flour

3 tsp ground cardamom

1/2 tsp salt

225g butte...

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Summer fruit yoghurt cake

March 6, 2021

This is a simple but lovely vanilla yoghurty batter that can be made as a slab cake or round cake. Use whatever fruit you have available - even drained tinned fruit will work.

2 c flour (I used spelt)

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 c plain yoghurt

1/2 c milk of choice

110g butter, at room temperature

1 c sugar

2 tsp vanilla extract

2 tbsp vegetable oil

2 eggs, at room temperature

about 500g fruit chopped into small pieces (I used 2 nectarines and 2 peaches, you can use apricots, plums, halved strawb...

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EST. 2010

Frances Chan loves to bake. She's also a freelance editor and has written a couple of children's books. She shares some of her adventures, culinary or otherwise, on Instagram.

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