This wonderful pastry originates from France. It's also known as mille-feuille, cream slice or custard slice. A delicious egg custard is sandwiched between two layers of puff pastry, then spread with chocolate icing.
A Napolitain in French is really any cake resembling the original layered version from Naples. Here, Vanilla and chocolate layers are combined with ganache, coffee and Nutella for a fabulous treat.
This traditional French dessert is similar to clafoutis. It's rich, dense and custard-like. This one is studded with sugared pears. Enjoy with a dusting of icing sugar.
This is a speciality from the Doubs region. A sweet, egg and butter-enriched bread dough is filled with a creamy egg custard, then baked to perfection. It's a hybrid of a galette, brioche and egg custard tart. It's perfect for breakfast, brunch or afternoon tea.
This French cake is flavoured with orange blossom water. You can replace it with rum or vanilla, if you prefer. It's a relatively thin cake, so if you choose to add a charm, make sure that it's pretty flat.
This cake is traditionally made with almond frangipane but this is a much quicker version that uses apple sauce. It's traditional to insert a charm, such as a penny or a gold ring, and whoever finds it will get good luck but it's completely optional!
This is a pastry cake with a sweet almond-custard filling. I add speculoos spread (made from Begian biscuits) but it's totally optional for this recipe.
This cake is eaten every year around the time of the Epiphany. If you want to follow the French tradition for this cake then add a charm (such as a plastic ring) and have a paper crown at the ready. The child who gets the charm can wear the paper crown and be king or queen for the day.
You can add some chocolate chips or raspberries for a bit of variety but these taste lovely on their own, with a cup of black coffee. If you use a flexible silicone mould, no need to butter it.
A tried and true chocolate cupcake, made with melted cooking chocolate for incomparable results! No need for icing, but your favourite buttercream will work a treat.
My children helped to prepare this recipe and they devoured them while still warm, because the chocolate was still melted. The next day, at breakfast, the cakes were still soft. A true success!
I put a lot of basil in this savoury loaf cake because I love it! This savoury cake is vegetarian and makes a tasty and lovely addition to a summer picnic.
This is the best chocolate icing / ganache ever, literally! I actually don't think I've ever tried one as nice as this! When I invented this recipe I bettered myself.
An incredible chocolate fix! Nutella is the easiest icing in the world - you simply spread it straight from the jar. I decorated these with mini eggs for Easter, but you can use anything you like.
This is the easiest, squidgiest, most delicious chocolate cake ever ! I had this for my birthday cake but it would also be a wonderful dessert for a dinner party with a blob of creme fraiche. If baked for 25 minutes as suggested, the centre is quite fondant, ie. very soft. If you want it more cakey, just cook for another 5 minutes or so. It doesn't really need icing, but I've added a footnote with a suggested frosting recipe.
This is a very rich, very tasty chocolate cake that's a great dinner party dessert! It's nearly flourless.
A delicate sponge and rich chocolate buttercream make this Christmas Yule log as delicious to eat as it is pretty to look at!
Easy, yummy, chocolaty and kids love it! We got it while on holidays in France. Enjoy with cream or ice cream.
Bûche de Noël is the French name for a chocolate yule log. This one is a heavenly flourless chocolate cake that's essentially a swiss roll rolled with a luscious chocolate whipped cream. Traditionally, Buche de Noel is decorated with icing sugar to resemble snow on a Yule log.
This tastes a little bit like Italian cheesecake. If you're dieting, you don't necessarily need to avoid dessert completely...here's a light and tasty lemon cake made with less sugar than most cakes.