Baking Raspberry and Lemon Madeleines with Rachel Khoo

We love Rachel Khoo's recipes, even this one which uses full fat milk. The fact is it looks great and the madeleines are wonderful. 200 grammes of butter, 130g caster sugar, 3 eggs, 200 grammes plain flour, baking powder, lemon zest, honey, 60 ml full fat milk and a raspberry topping. Hand whisked to combat "bingo wings". Baked in in shell shaped moulds.

Sadly the video that accompanied this article has been made "private" on YouTube. You could follow the recipe here: or why not buy Rachel Khoo's Kitchen Notebook for even more recipes and ideas?

Rachel Khoo makes a savoury cake with goat's cheese, pistachios & prunes

French style cakes can be more savoury. Rachel Khoo shows how to make this cake using goats cheese, prunes and pistachios, 100ml of olive, 100ml milk, 50 grammes of yoghurt to keep the cake moist.

Fold it in to keep the cake soft. Cook at 180 degrees for 30-40 minutes.

For more recipes from the Little Paris Kitchen, check out Rachel's Chocolate Lava Cake recipe, or her Raspberry and Lemon Madeleines. TheLittle Paris Kitchen recipe book is available from - supporting independent bookshops in the UK.

Make a Lemon Drizzle cake with Caroline Mili Artiss

Lemon drizzle is an all time classic. In this episode of Keep Calm And Bake, chef Caroline MiLi Artiss shows you how to rustle up a delicious, zingy and moist lemon drizzle cake, which is guaranteed to become a firm family favourite.

Check out this version too from Roseanna Creates: The Easiest Lemon Drizzle Cake Ever!

Of course you may want to see what Mary Berry did in her Lemon Drizzle Cake recipe and you can see that here: Mary Berry's lemon drizzle cake

Vanilla Sponge Cake Recipe

Learn how to make a Vanilla Sponge Cake using Gretchen's Vegan Bakery's recipe in this YouTube video. In the original video Gretchen explained some of the problems that cooks can encounter when baking the cake. There's another video called How To Know When Your Cake Is Done Baking that may also help. The recipe is here:

Sorry if this isn't quite what you expected but the video we'd found in 2015 was pulled from YouTube. Much more here on Gretchen's YouTube Channel.

Nigella's Lemon Polenta Cake video with Martha Stewart

In this video Nigella Lawson appeared on the Martha Stewart show and made a tasty lemon polenta cake, and explains how to make the gluten-free recipe using almond flour, fine cornmeal, baking powder, zested lemons and lemon juice. The cake should be ready in 40 minutes.

Watch the video

Some things to bear in mind about using polenta:

  • it provides only 70 calories per 100 grams (g) cooked serving
  • one serving contains 16 grams of carbohydrates, including 1.5 grams of dietary fibre

Obviously adding flavourings will drive up the fat and calories!


Carrot Cake Recipe Demonstration with cream cheese frosting

Recipe here: Stephanie Jaworski of demonstrates how to make a Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting. This rich and moist spice cake, full of grated carrot and toasted nuts, has great flavor, especially when covered with a tangy and sweet flavored cream cheese frosting.

Jamie Oliver Banana Bread Recipe

A long time ago Jamie Oliver made a banana cake in his video from his Bite-Sized series and we really loved it. Since then the video has disappeared from YouTube, but he's done quite a lot with bananas over the years. Read on for the banana bread recipe or look at this banana tarte tatin video for starters.

And here he is with the raw ingredients in "Look what I can do with a banana!":

Nutritional Value of Bananas

Let's not forget that bananas are a great source of vitamin C, full of potassium which plays a fundamental role in nerve function, blood pressure and muscle control, are full of fibre and provide around 38% of our daily vitamin B6 requirement (details from Livestrong - The Many Benefits of Eating Bananas)

Jamie Oliver's Banana Bread Recipe

If you're looking for the Jamie Oliver moist banana cake recipe, it's here:


170g unsalted butter
170g brown sugar
1 large ripe banana
4 eggs
6 heaped table spoons sour cream
1 table spoons vanilla extract.
2 heaped table spoons poppy seeds pinch salt
340g plain flour
2 heaped teaspoons baking powder
6 table spoons white sugar a lemon + icing sugar

160C/325F/Gas Mark 3 for 45minutes

The video we linked to on YouTube has disappeared now.

Even More Banana Baking Recipes

Looking for other suggestions? Why not try April Carter's recipe on the Jamie Oliver website, How To Make Banana Cake. Or this Banana Bread recipe, which is also on Jamie's website, however read the comments as it's worth taking in some "real world" experience of using this recipe.

For extra banana goodness try this banana pancake recipe or watch Jamie making Donal Skehan's Banoffee Pie.

Happy banana cake baking!

Main photo by Jolie on Flickr, licenced under Creative Commons.

Recipe For Chocolate Cake

I was looking for a recipe for chocolate cake and found one by Stephanie Jaworski of  demonstrates how to make a Simple Chocolate cake. This is my "go to" Chocolate Cake recipe. I make it for family dinners, birthdays, and everything in between. What I really like the combination of two types of chocolate. The use of unsweetened cocoa powder in the recipe is is very appealing, being used in the chocolate cake and a dark chocolate (semi sweet or bittersweet) is used in the frosting.