Entries tagged with “Quick breads”.


Citrusy. Fruity. Spicy. Zesty. Peppery. Creamy. An entire spectrum of flavours was packed into a just handful of simple and quick cakes this month. Proof that quick and simple does not have to mean boring.

I have reconnected with the fundamental joy of baking this month. Creating something by hand. Something very simple, but enormously satisfying. (And enjoying an ever fragrant kitchen in the process!)

Here is a round up of my recipes this month. I certainly now have started to build a repertoire of simple and quick cakes.

Lemon and sugar bundt cake small{ Lemon and sugar bundt cake } For me, the lemon and sugar bundt cake was hands down my favourite. Simple ingredients packed with flavour. If you are partial to a zesty, syrupy cake, you will not be disappointed with this one bowl wonder.  { Get recipe … }

Moist date loaf small{ Moist date loaf } The recipe was as traditional as date loaf can be. Delicious with a huge slab of butter and washed down with a cup of tea. The crumb is lighter than the more traditional cake, and as a result, the date almost has a marbling effect.  { Get recipe … }

Swedish visiting cake small{ Swedish visiting cake } It does not get any easier than this cake. It was quick and easy, and the hidden gem was the taste. The cake is light and airy, and with additional texture provided by the roasted flaked almonds, you are offered great crunch to each mouthful.  { Get recipe … }

zucchini and marmalade loaf small{ Zucchini and Orange Marmalade Tea Cake } The cake is very moist thanks to the zucchini. The small addition of cinnamon draws out a warm spicy flavour that combines well with the sweet and bitter orange marmalade.  { Get recipe … }

Fresh ginger cake small{ Fresh ginger cake } This is the perfect cake to lure along some cooler days. The cake has a rich, spicy flavour from not only the large injection of fresh ginger, but the addition of rich spices such as cinnamon, cloves and black pepper.  { Get recipe … }

Chocolate chestnut cake small{ Chocolate chestnut cake } This cake is dense and rich, but not too sweet. More appropriately a dessert cake rather than afternoon tea cake. But in saying that, it certainly it is quick to prepare and bake.  { Get recipe … }

I also have scores of new ideas to test out in the future. Many of you have your own favourite go-to recipe. For my upcoming baking trials, I now have 25 suggestions.

Pound cake, Caraway Seed cake, Banana loaf, Friands, Chocolate and Orange Storecupboard cake, Wacky cake, Lemon bundt, Chocolate layer cake with chocolate buttercream, Chocolate chip banana bread, Black Magic Cake, Chocolate Applesauce cake, Cinnamon coffee cake, Devil’s food cake, Coffee cakes, Butter cake, Lemon glazed butter cake, Zucchini and Orange Marmalade Tea Cake, Banana Date Tea Cake, Orange cake, Hazelnut cake, Yoghurt cake, Chocolate buttercake, chocolate bourbon bundt cake, Norwegian Pear cake.

Thank you, everyone. Looks like there is definitely room for a few more ‘Simple Cakes’ month in the future!

zucchini and marmalade loaf single

Around three o’clock in the afternoon I start to think about a little sweet yum-yum to get me through the rest of the day.

Sure, ideally I would reach for some fresh fruit, yogurt or pre-prepared vegetable sticks to curb those afternoon hunger pains.  Well, easier said than done with a sweet tooth like mine.  So admittedly, I regularly enjoy a sneaky sliver of cake, some deliciously rich chocolate, or even a melt-in-the-mouth cookie (or two!), around that time of the day where your will power is surely tested.

The moment I saw this cake on one of my favourite blogs, No Special Effects (taken from the Tartine book), I immediately got up from my laptop, walked to my copy of the book and marked the page immediately.  Mark had made this tea cake four times in two months.  It was that good.

Never having made zucchini bread before, I was eager to try the combination with a bitter orange marmalade (marmalade is a breakfast favourite in the Mélanger household!).

The cake is very moist thanks to the zucchini.  The small addition of cinnamon draws out a warm spicy flavour that combines well with the sweet and bitter orange marmalade.  I had omitted the recommended walnuts from the recipe, but they would bring a lovely crunch to each mouthful, too.

I can see why Mark made this cake so frequently.  It definitely is a perfect slice to sit down in the afternoon and enjoy with a cup of tea.

zucchini and marmalade loaf set

{ Zucchini and Orange Marmalade Tea Cake } Recipe by Tartine

* Ingredients *
1 3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 large eggs
1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup orange marmalade
2 1/2 cups grated zucchini
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup walnuts, lightly toasted and coarsely chopped

* Directions *
Preheat the oven to 350F/180C.  Grease a 9 x 5 inch (23 x 12 cm) loaf tin.  Set aside.  Sift the flour, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon in a mixing bowl and set aside.  In a separate bowl, mix the eggs, oil, sugar and marmalade until just combined.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add the flour until just combined.  Add the nuts until incorporated.  Pour into the prepared loaf pan and smooth the top.  Bake for 60-70 minutes until a tester comes out clean.  Let cool on a wire rack for 20 minute, then turn out to let cool completely.  It will keep well, in the refrigerator for up to five days.

:: Today is Macaron Day, Jour du Macaron ::

All simple cakes are perfect to enjoy for an afternoon pick-me-up.  Except perhaps today.  If you have a Parisian patisserie close to hand, I dare say you will be enjoying a French macaron, or two! Today is Macaron Day, or Jour du Macaron.

For those with a keen eye, I honour this day by including a feature on French macarons from an issue of Régal magazine as a prop in the above photographs.

Looking for an afternoon macaron pick-me-up?  Try one of over 25 flavours of French macarons on Mélanger.