Apple Cake with Blackberry Compote & Vanilla Cream

apple cake with blackberry compote & vanilla cream

Wow, blog it’s been a while.

I have to admit I’m pretty envious of all these people that manage to work full-time/ have a life/ blog regularly. Since starting a new job a couple of months ago I’ve definitely struggled to fit everything in, but I’ve missed my little blog – and I’m really hoping to get back into the habit of blogging regularly-ish again!

Recently most of my baking has consisted of thrown together one-bowl chocolate brownies, underbaked to perfection. Delicious, easy and satisfying yes, photogenic & blog-worthy not so much :)

An apple tree full of big bramley apples in my garden and a back lane full of blackberries seemed to give me the perfect reason to get back in the kitchen and dust off my camera again.

This cake is adapted from my apple crumble cake, which is still one of my all time favourite recipes. This version is a little simpler, but definitely no less delicious.

Made with juicy seasonal apples, buttermilk and brown sugar, and filled with fruity homemade blackberry compote and freshly whipped vanilla cream – this recipe makes a lovely rustic autumnal cake and is moist and fluffy with a subtle caramel sweetness.

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No Churn Vanilla & Nutella Ice Cream

no churn vanilla & nutella ice cream

It was the hottest day of the year yesterday, definitely the perfect excuse to make more ice cream – and it had to be something involving minimal effort and zero cooking time. This nutella ice cream definitely ticks those boxes!

This is a ridiculously easy no churn, no ice cream maker recipe that only takes a couple of minutes to make and tastes kind of amazing. I have to warn you though it is dangerously addictive, once you’ve had one spoonful there’s no going back!

The combination of whipped cream and condensed milk keeps the ice cream ultra smooth and creamy and not at all icy – it also stays a really great soft scoop-able consistency no matter how long you freeze it for.

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Chocolate Buttermilk Cake with Cherries and Mascarpone Cream

chocolate buttermilk cake with cherries & mascarpone cream

. . . One bowl fudgy chocolate buttermilk cake filled with vanilla mascarpone cream and cherry compote and topped with fresh cherries . . .

I can’t believe it’s been almost a month since I last posted, time just seems to be disappearing at the moment!

The weather has been absolutely gorgeous here for the last few weeks, definitely the hottest, sunniest July we’ve had for a long time. I’ve spent most of my life dreaming of other – far away – places I’d rather be, but right now England in the sunshine is looking pretty nice. After day after day of cloudless blue skies, everything is greener and lusher than I ever remember seeing and it definitely makes it easier to appreciate what’s around me a little more.

It’s not exactly ideal baking weather at the moment, but still I couldn’t resist making this cheeky little chocolate cake this morning. Luckily it turned out to be worth sweating it out in the kitchen for!

This cake is moist and fudgy, but still light and not too rich ~ filled with mascarpone cream and cherries, i think it makes a pretty great summer cake!

Hope you have a lovely weekend xx

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