Browsing Archive: March, 2022

Chocolate coconut marble cake

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, March 31, 2022, In : big cakes 

I like the surprise element of a marble cake - never know what pattern you'll get!

2 c flour (I used gluten free and added 1/2 tsp xanthan gum)

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

110 g milk chocolate

140 g butter or dairy-free spread

1 c sugar

1/2 tsp sea salt

 3 eggs at room temperature

1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 c coconut milk or cream

1/3 c desiccated or shredded coconut

Preheat oven to 160C. Line a loaf tin with baking paper.

In a small bowl whisk the flour, baking soda and baking powder t...

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Ginger biscuits

Posted by Bake Club on Monday, March 28, 2022, In : cookies 

Another easy ginger biscuit with crystallised ginger for extra chewiness and sweetness. Mary Berry's recipe doesn't disappoint.

50 g butter or non-dairy spread

1 Tbsp golden syrup (or rice syrup, maple, agave)

175 g self-raising flour or normal flour with 1 tsp baking powder

1 Tbsp ground ginger

75 g crystallised ginger, chopped

1 tsp baking soda

50 g demerara sugar

50 g light brown sugar or coconut sugar

1 egg, beaten

Preheat the oven to 160C. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper.

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Lime slice

Posted by Bake Club on Thursday, March 24, 2022, In : slices 

I dedicate this to my friend who gave me limes from her tree. It's a lemon bar recipe but you can substitute with any type of citrus.

Makes 16 squares


160 g flour

50 g sugar

120 g cold butter or dairy-free spread, cubed


160 ml / 2/3 c lime juice (about 8 small limes)

zest from limes, optional

250 g coconut cream

250 g caster sugar

6 Tbsp cornflour

few drops green food colouring (if you're using lemons you can add 1/4 tsp turmeric or yellow food colouring)

icing sugar to dust

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Chocolate ganache cake

Posted by Bake Club on Wednesday, March 23, 2022, In : big cakes 

This decadent recipe is by Dorie Greenspan (Baking with Dorie, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2021). She calls it her Lisbon Chocolate Cake, after tasting something similar at Lisbon's Landeau Chocolate cafe. She says the three layers are essential to make the whole - a fudgy brownie-like cake, a whipped moussey ganache and a cocoa dusting.

1/3 c / 28 g cocoa

1 1/2 Tbsp cornflour

1/4 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp sea salt

113 g butter or dairy-free spread

142 g dark chocolate, chopped

1/2 c sugar

3 cold eggs...

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Brown sugar sponge with fruit

Posted by Frances Chan on Sunday, March 20, 2022, In : big cakes 

Another versatile recipe from Lazy Baking by Jessica Elliot Dennison (Hardie Grant Books, 2021). Just use whatever seasonal fruit you have on hand. I like a recipe that uses no more than 2 eggs. For some reason I find 3 or more eggcessive! You can use other sugars if you don't have soft brown. Ground coconut sugar will be delicious too. This cake is like a warm hug.

175 g butter or dairy-free spread, softened

150 g soft brown sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla paste

125 g ground almonds

175 g flour (I used...

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Tomato, parmesan and caper galettes

Posted by Bake Club on Saturday, March 19, 2022, In : savoury 

I am loving Lazy Baking by Jessica Elliot Dennison (Hardie Grant Books, 2021). She likes no-fuss recipes that are comforting and delicious, using minimal utensils and equipment. Of course you can buy shortcrust pastry but it doesn't take much effort to make your own, and her basic recipe is very easy. This recipe only makes 4 galettes so I would suggest to double it so you can freeze half the dough for next time.

Makes 4


150 g flour (I used spelt)

pinch sea salt flakes

85 g cold butter, cu...

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White chocolate & macadamia cookies

Posted by Bake Club on Friday, March 18, 2022, In : cookies 

Very straightforward recipe to make these crowd pleasers. I quickly whipped up a batch to have for after school. White chocolate - the kid's favourite; macadamias - mine.

Makes 12

110 g butter or non-dairy spread

1/2 c caster sugar

1/4 c soft brown sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

180 g flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 Tbsp milk of choice

50 g white chocolate, roughly chopped (use dairy-free if going vegan), plus 2 Tbsp for topping

50 g macadamia nuts, roughly chopped (or cashews), plus 1 Tbsp for topping

Preheat o...

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Miso maple cake

Posted by Frances Chan on Wednesday, March 16, 2022, In : big cakes 

Now this is something a bit different from the legendary Dorie Greenspan. The unusual savoury sweetness adds that je ne sais quoi.

1 3/4 c flour

1 3/4 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp baking soda

3/4 c sugar

1/4 tsp sea salt

zest of orange, finely grated

113 g butter or non-dairy spread, softened

1/4 c miso

1/4 c maple syrup

2 eggs

1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/3 c buttermilk (I used watered down yoghurt)

1/4 c apricot jam or marmalade

1 Tbsp water

Preheat oven to 180C. Line a loaf tin with baking paper.

In a medium ...

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Banana and rum cake

Posted by Bake Club on Friday, March 11, 2022, In : big cakes 

A banana cake with a bit of oomph. The rum doesn't make it too boozy so it's ok to serve to kids! It's from Guilt-free Baking by Gee Charman (Nourish, 2015).

2 eggs

3/4 c sugar (I used coconut)

1/3 c milk of choice

1 Tbsp vegetable oil

1 Tbsp vanilla extract

1/4 c apple puree

2 ripe bananas, mashed

1 banana, sliced

1 3/4 c plus 1 Tbsp flour

1 Tbsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp sea salt

2 Tbsp rum

2 Tbsp honey

Preheat oven to 180C. Line a 20 cm square tin with baking paper.

In a large bowl whisk the...

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Victoria sponge

Posted by Bake Club on Wednesday, March 9, 2022, In : big cakes 

I've made 3 sponges in the last 2 weeks. There's something very simple yet satisfying about a plain sponge embellished with jam and cream. I have not met anyone yet who didn't want a slice. Mary Berry's recipe is a classic and comes with a couple of great tips.

225 g non-dairy spread, softened (easier to work with than butter)

225 g sugar

4 eggs

225 g self-raising flour (or plain flour with 1 tsp baking powder)

1 tsp baking powder
To make a chocolate version, add 1/4 c cocoa


1 c jam of choic...

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EST. 2010

Frances C loves to bake. She's also a freelance editor and DJ. She shares some of her adventures, culinary or otherwise, on Instagram.


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