I think there is nothing more thoughtful than appreciating those around us by baking something delicious for them! After all, when we offer a sweet treat, people are more likely to reciprocate with sweetness. Moreover, nowadays Valentine’s, being celebrated today, is not just a lover’s holiday and we seem to be taking our cue from the US, where it is celebrated by everyone: children send Valentine cards to their parents and teachers, friends treat each other to gifts and even co-workers celebrate Valentine’s together and express gratitude for those around them. There is something more romantic and touching about baking a cake for Valentine’s than, for example, individual muffins. The thought of sharing a cake brings everyone together. When it is freshly baked, even before they see it, guests are greeted by the aroma that is only unique to baking.
Cup cakes should be fluffy and light. The bulk of processed sugar and the flavour and consistency of butter is often needed to achieve the right consistency in cakes. The recipe can also be used to make a whole cake.
This is one of those quick cake recipes to collect. It is a ‘no-bake’ recipe and cannot get any easier. ANYONE can make this cake and it great for a large gathering or can be cut up and frozen, have something put away for when you have that craving for something sweet.
The combination of carrots with bananas in baking produces a very moist, light and fluffy cake. It is best eaten fresh but you can freeze it on the day it has been baked to retain that fresh taste for up to 3 months
Maltese and Gozitan oranges come in all shapes, flavours and sizes, blood oranges with bright red flesh that taste very faintly of raspberries, some with big navels and no seeds, bitter Seville oranges brought to the island during Arab rule and in the open rambling countryside, you can find fragrant bergamot oranges
‘Weekends are meant for baking especially during the winter months. Recipes can be adapted in many different ways to avoid gluten and to make life simpler especially if the cake is intended for sharing during a busy weekend. Citrus season is abundant and at its peak here and some of those lemons weighing down the branches in our back gardens can be used to … Read More Weekend baking: Lemon and Ginger Polenta Cake [gluten free]
Peaches and Custard Cake [Egg Free using Fresh Maltese Peaches]
Cake Nua just out of the oven. When you make it at home allow it to cool before sharing 🙂 ‘I love the idea of baking a cake with its own filling. This week’s cake contains pockets of cannoli filling; the filling is piped into the cake batter and the batter encases the filling during baking. On tv due to time constraints, we sliced … Read More Cannoli Cake Nua
This cake was sliced and eaten as soon as we took it out of the oven because we wanted our audience to see the result. If you let it cool down, the middle layer will set and the cake will cut very nicely. You will need: 250g self raising flour 2 tablespoons chocolate powder 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda 1 … Read More Chocolate Zucchini Cake with baked ricotta filling
In today’s Sunday Times a collection of my cakes with no processed sugar or butter Source: Cakes and bakes with no added butter and processed sugar – timesofmalta.com
This cake is one of my usual all-in-one, just folding in the liquids with the dry ingredients, barely mixed using a large metal spoon. I use no added sugar or butter and the cake is ready in no time at all. Result: looks great and tastes even better than it looks. All those Mediterranean flavors mingled together in a light and fluffly consistency. You … Read More Tahini Walnut Cake with oranges and honey (lactose free)