Master the art of the sponge cake and you're away! Delia offers masses of wonderful cakes from easy, quick and cheap options right up to celebration cakes with a difference and none of them too difficult to make either!
Not believing it was possible, Delia found that, in fact, a low-fat carrot cake is one of the quickest, easiest cakes to make - and it's now become a firm favourite.
Self-explanatory, I think. You didn’t have time, you don’t want the factory version, so this one made simply with a jar of mincemeat will make a really speedy but excellent alternative.
You can obviously make this with ready-shelled walnuts, but in the late autumn when English walnuts are about, if you sit down with music or a good radio programme and shell some new season’s walnuts yourself, you will appreciate their pure flavour.
This one’s always been a winner with my family and friends – it’s even become a much-requested birthday cake. This time round we’ve added a whipped cream and lemon curd icing to make it even more special.
After the football cakes we felt we needed a very girly alternative – and these really fit the bill. The cakes are pretty and delicate. Inside each is a hidden strawberry to bite into...
You can obviously use strawberries or indeed any summer berry mixture with these. They are extremely light, melt-in-the-mouth, and really taste of summer.
This is another cake that has a unique and different combination of punchy flavours – which makes it good for eating out-of-doors. Great for a picnic or afternoon tea in the garden.
Unlike the dark, traditional cakes this one is light in colour but filled with jewelled crystallised fruits. It would be a perfect choice for someone who wants something completely different.
Because there’s no flour in this it’s unimaginably light and airy, and very lemony, which makes it a very elegant dessert cake.
A friend asked ‘Can you make iced poppy seed muffins as good as a famous coffee-shop chain?’ Answer, decidedly yes, but with add-ons. Much lighter, moister, much much more lemony without all the additives. And guess what? One fifth of the price!
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