Vagabond Baker

Strawberry Milkshake Whoopie Pies

One of the fun things about baking in other people’s kitchens is the random ingredients you come across, the stuff you wouldn’t normally buy or have never come across before. The house we are currently looking after is a family home, school children, therefore child...

Chocolate Courgette Cake

I love baking with veggies, there is something very satisfying about putting something ridiculously healthy into a decadent treat. I mean, there is no way this cake is ‘healthy’ but surely it is better for you than regular chocolate cake. Some of those vitamins, minerals...

Reine de Saba Cupcakes, how deliciously French

 Continuing on the French theme {after the Madeleine baking I did in Paris} these chocolate and almond treats are cupcake versions of Reine De Saba cake from Julia Child’s classic work Mastering The Art of French Cooking, with Simone Beck and Louisette Bertholle. They are decadently...

Lemon Meringue Gems {Shortbreads in hats}

These little shortbread gems are more of a production line than anything, the only baking involved is the easy-peasy biscuit bottoms. I used the homemade lemon curd left over from the Blue Meringues but you could, of course, buy a jar. As for the meringue...

Unashamedly Kitsch Polka Dot Swiss Roll

A swiss roll to match my dotty pinny! This bake was born out of the need to use up the two cartons of fresh strawberries I had bought a couple of days before for 49p each. For cheap, reduced strawberries, these were surprisingly good when I...

Eton Mess Cupcakes

We have spent a lovely week with friends camping in North Yorkshire. I did a little bit of baking in the van, including these Eton Mess Cupcakes which I baked, rather drunkenly, on Jubilee Bank Holiday Monday {well, I was running out of time to use...

Rhubarb and Custardy Cupcakes

Rhubarb is a fabulous fruity vegetable which we have for pud in many traditional ways, rhubarb crumble, rhubarb fool, rhubarb and custard. We are house sitting in a rural spot on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales for a week, looking after two gorgeous old dogs....