The atlantic crop of blueberries is in shops at this time of year (though I’ve never grown them at home), which are bigger than the smaller variety at other times of the year. Frozen are fine – they come out the same when used in pie. I mixed a bag of frozen blueberries with cooking apples and baked a pie with vanilla custard to go with it.
Everyone loves things on sticks – lollipops, hot dogs, kebabs… cake is no exception. These cake pops are a light coconut and ginger sponge coated in white chocolate and sprinkled with desiccated coconut.
These sunset coloured cupcakes are flavoured with layers of pineapple, coconut and orange and an awesome chance to use cocktail umbrellas!
After going overboard on sprinkles I ended up with (among others) a bag of mini meringues. With it being strawberry season, Eton Mess cupcakes seemed like a perfect use for them. These cupcakes have chunks of strawberries in and are filled and frosted with strawberry buttercream.
Magic cakes are a unique type of cake which form three distinct layers from one batter. They’re cooked at a lower temperature (150C/300F) which allows the layers to split out during baking. The base is a standard sponge, the middle forms a custard and the top is a Genoise sponge. These were studded with pistachios and had cherries on top, the with vanilla cream cheese frosting.
Independence day is a chance to indulge in oversized American desserts, and anything Smores themed are a great example. These chocolate cupcakes have a marshmallow filling, marshmallow frosting and are topped with cracker crumbs and mini marshmallows.
Nanaimo bars are a Canadian bar from the city of Nanaimo. They have a biscuit and walnut base, custard in the middle and chocolate on top. They’re a good ‘make-ahead’ dessert for Canada Day on July 1st and a change from the predictable maple syrup and pancakes.
These cookies have a chocolate and vanilla swirl for the solstice. They’re easy to make in advance then slice and bake when needed.
These mini loaves are a cross between a peanut butter cupcake and gingerbread. They have a strong caramel flavour with peanut and cranberry chunks. The frosting on top is a peanut butter frosting.