Category Archives: Desserts

V is for …….. Chocolate Vimto Cake

The challenge for Alphabakes this month has been a tough one – without using the usual V for Vanilla!  I was stumped for a while, but saw a bottle of Fizzy Vimto when I was in town last week picking up a few bits and pieces.  I thought, “Fantastic – I know just the recipe I can use that in!”.

So here it is – not an original recipe of mine, but a variant of a James Martin recipe from the BBC Website for Chocolate Cola Cake from the Housecall TV Programme.  I simply replaced the Cola in the recipe for Fizzy Vimto – and you can definitely taste the Vimto!  It isn’t too powerful a flavour and complements the chocolate perfectly – much better than the original cola version in my opinion.

Alphabakes is hosted by Ros from The More than Occasional Baker this month. Alphabakes is hosted next month by Caroline at Caroline Makes.

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Mascarpone, Ricotta and Cream Cheese Baked Cheesecake


I love a good cheesecake, and this one comes very close to the best one I have ever eaten, at the Peninsula Hotel in New York City.  It is creamy and smooth, the ricotta gives it a bit of lightness, … Continue reading

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Sticky Toffee Pudding


This is one of my sons favourite puddings, and a perfect warming pudding for when the days are getting colder.   

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