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10 Scrumptious Cake Recipes To Keep You Warm This Winter

10 Scrumptious Cake Recipes To Keep You Warm This Winter

Discover comforting and easy cake recipes to keep you warm this winter, from sticky caramel apple cupcakes to a classic parkin.

When the cold weather arrives, do you find yourself craving a comforting slice of cake alongside a piping hot cup of tea or hot chocolate? You’re not alone!

Read on to explore why cakes are the ultimate winter comfort food and discover a selection of delicious yet easy cake recipes that’ll keep you cosy all season long.

What makes cakes so appealing in winter?

Nothing compares to the warm, inviting aroma of cake baking in the oven, especially during the colder months. Here’s why these scrumptious desserts hold a special place in our hearts–and ovens–this season:

1. Comfort and joy: Cakes uplift our spirits, conjuring memories of festive gatherings, holidays and happy times spent with friends and family.

2. A tribute to tradition: Winter is the season of celebration. Whether it’s Thanksgiving, Christmas, Bonfire Night, Hanukkah or any other winter festivity, cakes are often an important part of traditional feasts.

3. The simple pleasure of baking: Is there anything more satisfying than the experience of baking? Add to that joy by sipping on a hot drink while nibbling on cake and you’ve got yourself a perfect day.

Easy cake recipes to try out this winter 

Sticky caramel apple cupcakes

Unveil the magic of winter with these indulgent cupcakes. Enjoy these moist apple-infused cakes with a luscious caramel drizzle.

Lemon drizzle cake

Simple, yet spectacular! The citrusy zing of lemon meets a moist and tender crumb, creating a cake you’ll crave again and again.

Salted caramel chocolate mini cakes

Meet your new go-to for instant dessert gratification. These pocket-sized sponge cakes pack in the richness of chocolate cake with the allure of salted caramel.

Chocolate mud cake

Indulge in the deep, dark, and utterly irresistible realm of chocolate. This easy chocolate cake is perfect when adorned with a scoop of ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream.

Carrot cake

Earthy, nutty and full of spices, this easy carrot cake is pure winter bliss – especially with its cream cheese frosting crown.

Snowball rock cakes

Embrace British tradition with these charming shortbread-based cakes, ideal for filling with your jam of choice.

Classic parkin recipe

This spicy, sticky British gingerbread cake is a slice of heaven on a chilly winter’s day, not to mention a classic cake recipe!

Cinnamon swirl bundt cake

Mornings or afternoons, this bundt cake infused with cinnamon is your ideal companion for coffee or teatime.

Banana caramel cupcake recipe

Go bananas over these cupcakes! Moist banana cake harmonises with gorgeous caramel, promising a palate-pleasing experience.

Spiced fruit cake with rum glaze

Capture the essence of festive cheer with this fruit-laden, rum-glazed treat. Perfect for Christmas or any other seasonal celebration.

Make your glorious cakes with Tate & Lyle Sugars 

Ready to transform your winter with these easy cake recipes? Don’t forget the most crucial ingredient: Tate & Lyle Sugars. Their unparalleled quality and texture are the secret to turning good cakes into great ones.

5 Easy Carrot Cake Recipes That Will Have You Craving Seconds

5 Easy Carrot Cake Recipes That Will Have You Craving Seconds

Get ready to have your taste buds tantalised as we dive into 5 easy carrot cake recipes that will wow your friends and family…if you decide to share, that is!

Homemade carrot cake has become incredibly popular as a delightful alternative to the usual chocolate and Victoria sponge cakes. It offers a unique and flavourful experience that sets it apart. The grated carrots bring moistness and natural sweetness, while warm spices like cinnamon and nutmeg create a comforting taste.

Pair that with the creamy and tangy cream cheese frosting, and you’ve got a winning combination. For some added indulgence, you can even throw in walnuts or raisins for an ever-so-satisfying crunch.

Have a go at these easy carrot cake recipes  

Classic carrot cake 

With only five simple steps, our classic carrot cake recipe is a breeze to make. The cake is gently spiced and topped with an irresistibly delicious cream cheese frosting.

But here’s the secret to its irresistible flavour: Tate & Lyle Pure Cane Light Muscovado Sugar. This special sugar adds a pronounced toffee and caramel flavour, taking this carrot cake to a whole new level of deliciousness.

Prep time is just 20 minutes, followed by 60 minutes of baking, resulting in a moist and decadent treat.

Carrot cake cupcakes 

Indulge in the delightful yumminess of our carrot cake cupcakes with this recipe that is sure to please.

Each batch yields 12 perfectly moist and flavourful cakes. Packed with the added crunch of walnuts, these cupcakes offer a delightful texture.

But what truly sets them apart is the use of Tate & Lyle Caster Sugar and Tate & Lyle Light Brown Sugar. The caster sugar lends a lightness to the cupcakes, ensuring a tender crumb, while the light brown sugar brings a subtle hint of caramel and a moistness that keeps your cupcakes irresistibly soft.

Carrot and walnut cake 

Experience pure indulgence with a luscious carrot and walnut cake that will delight your taste buds.

This moist cake is generously topped with a rich, citrus-infused icing and adorned with caramelised walnuts for an irresistible crunch. With a prep time of just 1 hour and a bake time of 60 minutes, this cake is worth every moment spent in the kitchen.

The secret to its exceptional taste lies in the addition of Tate & Lyle Light Brown Sugar, which brings a subtle caramel note, adding depth and complexity to the flavours, while also contributing to the cake’s moistness.

Golden carrot cake 

Experience the golden allure of a carrot cake that will captivate your senses. Our exquisite golden carrot cake boasts a delicate honeyed flavour that adds a touch of elegance to every bite.

With just 30 minutes of prep time and 1 hour to make, this recipe offers an ideal balance of convenience and enjoyment.

For the perfect finishing touch, this easy carrot cake recipe calls for Tate & Lyle Cane Icing Sugar to create a delectable and visually appealing icing decoration.

Carrot cake cookies 

Experience the delightful transformation of everyone’s favourite cake into delectable carrot cake cookies.

With just 15 minutes of prep time and an additional 15 minutes of baking, these cookies offer a quick and delightful treat.

Infused with the rich flavour of Tate & Lyle Unrefined Demerara Sugar, each bite delivers a satisfyingly sweet and caramel-like taste. Indulge in the perfect combination of moist carrot cake and the convenience of a cookie.

Related reading 

For some super helpful tips and tricks for making the perfect carrot cake, take a look at our other blog on this topic.

5 Seasonal Crumble Recipes to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth All Year Round!

5 Seasonal Crumble Recipes to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth All Year Round!

As the seasons change, so do our cravings for comfort food. And what could be more satisfying than a warm and comforting or sweet and refreshing crumble? Whether you prefer classic apple or something a little more adventurous, there’s a crumble recipe out there for everyone.

In this article, we’ll take you on a journey through the seasons, sharing delicious crumble recipes that are perfectly suited for each time of the year. So, get ready to satisfy your sweet tooth with these mouth-watering seasonal crumble recipes – all of which include products from our incredible range of Tate & Lyle sugars, sweeteners and syrups.

Heavenly Plum & Hazelnut Crumble Tart

Plum Hazelnut Crumble Tart

• Perfect for those who enjoy a combination of sweet and nutty flavours

• Ideal during summer and early autumn

The best time to make a plum crumble is from August to September, when plums are typically in season.

Plum and hazelnut crumble is a delicious dessert that combines the natural sweetness of plums with the nutty flavour and crunchy texture of hazelnuts. The dessert is typically made by baking the plums until they are soft and juicy, then adding a crumbly mixture of flour, sugar, butter, and chopped hazelnuts on top.

Our super simple plum crumble tart takes just 25 minutes to prep and 50 minutes to bake.

You’ll need to pick up some Tate & Lyle Unrefined Demerara Sugar for the crumble and Tate & Lyle Icing Sugar for the filling.

Zesty Rhubarb & Almond Crumble

• Perfect for a comfort dessert on a cool spring evening

• Ideal during spring and summer

The best time to make a rhubarb crumble is from April to July, when rhubarb is in season.

Rhubarb and almond crumble is a classic dessert that combines the tartness of rhubarb with the nuttiness of almonds, all wrapped in a deliciously buttery crumble topping.

Our delicious rhubarb and almond crumble recipe takes just 15 minutes to prep and 40 minutes to bake.

You’ll need some Tate & Lyle Fairtrade Dark Soft Brown Sugar for the crumble topping and some Tate & Lyle Fairtrade Golden Caster Sugar for the rhubarb filling.

Sweet & Tangy Strawberry Crumble Bars

strawberry crumble bars

• Perfect for a packed lunch or picnic

• Ideal during summer

The best time to make a strawberry crumble is from June to August, when strawberries are in season.

People love Lyle’s sweet and tangy strawberry crumble bars for several reasons. Firstly, the combination of the buttery shortbread crust and the sweet strawberry filling creates a perfect balance of flavours. Secondly, the crumble topping adds a satisfying crunch, making each bite more enjoyable, plus they’re perfect as a dessert or as a snack with a cup of tea.

Our delicious strawberry crumble bars take just 15 minutes to prep and 40 minutes to bake.

Bite-Sized Blackberry & Apple Crumbles

• Perfect ‘grab-and-go’ mini serving portion

• Ideal during summer and autumn

The best time to make a blackberry and apple crumble is from August to October, when both blackberries and apples are in season. Apple and blackberry crumbles is a classic dessert loved for its warm, comforting flavours and simplicity. The combination of juicy blackberries and tender apples, topped with a buttery and crunchy crumble, creates the perfect balance of sweetness and tartness.

Our mini blackberry and apple crumbles take just 15 minutes to prep and 20 minutes to bake.

Berrylicious Crumble Tart

• Perfect for both cosy family dinners and fancy dinner parties

• Ideal during summer and autumn

The best time to make a blackberry and raspberry crumble is from June to September, when both blackberries and raspberries are in season.

Berry crumbles are a delicious and easy-to-make dessert that are perfect for any occasion. They are bursting with sweet and tangy flavours, and the crispy, buttery crumble topping provides the perfect contrast in texture.

Our blackberry and raspberry crumble tart takes just 10 minutes to prep and 40 minutes to bake.

Let’s get ready to crrrumble! 

Now that you have 5 fantastic crumble recipes at your disposal, it’s time to get baking! Stock up on all the Tate & Lyle Sugars you need and enjoy delicious crumbles with your family and friends all year round!

Bake Like a Pro: Top Tips & Irresistible Brownie Recipes

Bake Like a Pro: Top Tips & Irresistible Brownie Recipes

If you’re anything like us, you know that there’s no better treat than a rich, gooey brownie fresh out of the oven. But let’s be real, making the perfect brownie can be a bit of a challenge – and that’s where we come in.

Read on to discover helpful tips and mouth-watering brownie recipes using Tate & Lyle Sugars. So, grab your apron, preheat that oven, and get ready to learn how to make the best brownies you’ve ever eaten!

What’s so good about brownies?

Brownies have a special place in the nation’s hearts (and stomachs). There’s something so satisfying about biting into a rich, fudgy square of chocolatey goodness that’s both comforting and exciting all at the same time. Whether it’s a midday pick-me-up, a dessert to share with friends, or a sweet treat to enjoy with a cuppa, brownies never fail to hit the spot!

Plus, brownie recipes are incredibly versatile – you can mix in nuts, swirl in caramel, or add a caffeine kick of coffee to create your own ideal flavour combination.

What’s the secret to a good brownie?

Brownies are just flour, chocolate, butter, cocoa powder, eggs and sugar – right? But it’s not quite as simple as chucking everything in a bowl and magically creating brownies. But don’t fret! We’ve got you covered – check out our helpful tips to help you make glorious brownies.

Generally, brown sugar will make your brownies moister and chewier, while white sugar will give them a crisper texture. In addition, brown sugars add a deeper flavour and complexity to the brownies. They contain a higher molasses content and can give the brownies a rich, caramel-like flavour.

Sift the flour and cocoa powder together

Sifting your flour and cocoa powder may seem like a small step, but it can make a big difference in the texture of your brownies. Sifting these ingredients adds air to the brownie batter, which helps your brownies rise and makes it easier for the wet and dry ingredients to come together, creating a smoother, more consistent batter.

Use butter instead of vegetable oil 

Both butter and vegetable oil does a great job of giving you a moist brownie and a mouth-watering texture, but if you’re looking for more flavour – butter is your best bet!

Use baking parchment in your baking tin

There’s nothing worse than spending time and effort making the perfect batch of brownies, only to have them stick to the pan when it’s time to take them out.

By lining your baking tin with baking parchment that covers both the base and sides, you’ll create a non-stick surface that makes it easy to remove your brownies without any damage.

How to bake the brownies

The moment of truth has arrived – it’s time to bake those brownies! But how do you get that perfect texture that’s just right for you? If you prefer brownies with a gooey and soft centre, bake them for the time stated in the recipe and dip a toothpick in the centre of the brownies once they’re cooked. If the toothpick has brownie batter on it, it will need to be baked longer, but if it has a few moist crumbs on the toothpick – it’s ready to come out of the oven.

Whereas if you prefer brownies with a cakey texture, bake the brownies until the toothpick comes out clean or the brownie starts to come away from the sides of the tin.

Don’t overbake your brownies

The last thing you want is dry, crumbly brownies that no one wants to eat! The trick is to take your brownies out of the oven just before they’re fully done. Brownies continue to bake as they cool, so if you wait until they’re completely baked in the oven, you’ll end up with overdone brownies.

Looking for vegan or gluten-free brownies?

It’s super easy to make a standard brownie recipe vegan or gluten-free. To make your brownies vegan, use vegan chocolate and substitute one ripe, mashed banana per egg required in your recipe. To make gluten-free brownies, just use gluten-free flour instead of normal flour – it’s that simple!

Leave your brownies to cool in the tin

Brownies are very delicate when they’re hot and fresh out of the oven, so they’ll break apart when you remove them from the tin. Leave your brownies to cool in the tin before removing them, this allows them to set and become firmer, making it easier to remove them from the tin without any damage.

Make sure brownies are cool before cutting

Allow your brownies to cool completely before you cut them, this will help you get a clean slice with minimal crumbs making a mess in your kitchen!

Get inspired with these incredible brownie recipes

Once you’ve got the basic brownie recipe nailed, the world is your oyster! It’s time to get creative and experiment with different ingredients and flavours to create your ultimate brownie masterpiece – check out these delicious brownie recipes for inspiration:

Up your brownie game with Tate & Lyle Sugars

Our range of sugars, sweeteners and syrups are the perfect addition to any brownie recipe. So, what are you waiting for? Explore our range of Tate & Lyle sugars and get ready to create the most delicious and indulgent brownies you’ve ever tasted!

Baked Alaska: A Showstopper Dessert For Any Occasion!

Baked Alaska: A Showstopper Dessert For Any Occasion!

Discover the secrets of crafting the perfect baked Alaska! From its history to a simple recipe, learn how to impress your guests with this show-stopping dessert.

Baked Alaska, the name alone conjures up images of a lavish dessert that’s reserved only for special occasions. But here’s a secret: It’s not actually as complicated as it may seem.

Read on to explore our simple baked Alaska recipe and discover the answers to some commonly asked questions about this timeless treat.

What is baked Alaska?

This is a dessert with a history that spans centuries; a showstopper that’s perfect for any gathering. Its dramatic presentation and exquisite taste are sure to impress your guests!

Baked Alaska is a glorious blend of meringue, ice cream and cake. However, the real charm of this dessert lies in its versatility.

While the classic version typically features vanilla ice cream atop a vanilla sponge cake, the possibilities for creativity are endless. You can let your imagination run wild, experimenting with different flavours to make your own unique baked Alaska.

Why is it called baked Alaska?

Curious about the name? Well, it’s actually a nod to its history. It’s thought that this dessert was created to celebrate America purchasing Alaska from Russia in 1867.

The name reflects the contrast between the toasted meringue and cold ice cream – a culinary metaphor for the chilly Alaskan climate versus the warmer USA.

What’s the difference between bombe Alaska and baked Alaska? 

Both are delicious desserts, but the key difference lies in how they’re served. Bombe Alaska is flambéed, which means it’s covered in rum or brandy and set on fire before serving. This adds a tasty smoky flavour, not to mention a stunning visual effect.

In contrast, baked Alaska is (not surprisingly) baked in the oven until it has a glorious golden-brown colour.

Another distinction is that bombe Alaska is usually served with a sauce, such as a luscious chocolate sauce or velvety crème anglaise, while baked Alaska is usually served by itself.

How does the ice cream not melt in baked Alaska?

Now, I know what you’re thinking; if it’s baked in the oven, how on earth does the ice cream not melt?! Well, believe it or not, there are no magic spells involved. The ice cream actually stays intact thanks to the insulating power of the meringue.

The secret lies in the air – meringue is full of tiny air bubbles, and air happens to be an excellent insulator. This serves as a barrier with prevents the intense heat of the oven from reaching the precious ice cream inside.

However, it’s crucial to note that your baked Alaska should only spend a short amount of time in the oven, just enough to give the meringue a beautiful golden-brown finish.

While the meringue will insulate the ice cream, it’s only a temporary shield. Given enough time in the oven, the ice cream will inevitably start to melt.

Crafting your own baked Alaska masterpiece

With all your burning questions answered, it’s time to get stuck in! We’ve got an easy-to-follow baked Alaska recipe with all the details and ingredients you need, but here’s a sneak peek of the process:

Choosing the ice cream

1. The first step is to choose your ice cream flavour. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination, so feel free to experiment.

For tips on how to make irresistible ice cream, delve into our article: 5 Cheap Ice Cream Recipes to See You Through the Summer. Alternatively, you can explore our collection of straightforward ice cream recipes, including:

2. To prepare the ice cream base, begin by lining a large bowl with a piece of plastic wrap (also known as cling film), allowing the edges to drape over the sides for easy removal later. Then, gently press the softened ice cream into the bowl.

3. Now you’ve added your ice cream to the bowl, press it down firmly to make sure there are no gaps. Then, smooth the top and pop it in the freezer, allowing it to completely solidify.

Baking the cake 

1. Start by greasing a round cake tin with butter and line it with greaseproof paper. This will make it easier to remove and prevent your cake from sticking to the tin.

2. Beat the eggs and the Tate & Lyle Pure Cane Caster Sugar together until it triples in size and is pale and fluffy – this is the secret to creating a delightfully airy cake.

3. Feel free to introduce some flavour variations at this point, like lemon juice and zest, orange juice and zest, or even a dash of vanilla extract.

4. In a separate bowl, combine the flour and salt and carefully fold this into your egg and sugar mixture.

5. Finally, bake your sponge until it turns golden brown and leave to cool completely.

Mastering the meringue

1. To prepare the meringue, beat the egg whites together with some white vinegar until they form soft peaks. Adding something acidic like white vinegar to a meringue will improve its structure, helping to aerate it more quickly and make it more stable.

Remember, separating egg yolks and whites should be handled with care and use a clean bowl to avoid any impurities that could hinder achieving those soft peaks.

2. Next, gradually incorporate Tate & Lyle Pure Cane Caster Sugar until it transforms into glossy, stiff peaks.

Time to assemble!

1. Once your cake has cooled completely, place it on a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper. Then gently remove the ice cream from the bowl and place it on top of the cake.

2. Use a spatula to spread the meringue mixture on the ice cream and cake dome until it’s completely covered – make sure there are no gaps!

3. You have two options for the signature baked Alaska finish:

– Option 1: Put it in a hot oven for around 5 minutes until the meringue is golden brown.

– Option 2: Carefully use a blowtorch (also known as a kitchen torch) to achieve that captivating caramelisation effect.

And voilà! Your baked Alaska masterpiece is now ready to be savoured and enjoyed as a delightful testament to your culinary prowess.

Ready to make your very own baked Alaska?

Congratulations! You’ve now unlocked the secrets to creating a masterpiece that will leave your guests in awe.

But remember, no baked Alaska is complete without the star ingredient: Tate & Lyle Sugars. Their exceptional quality and fine texture are the key to achieving the perfect pud.

Be sure to stock up before you start baking!

Brioche Bread and Butter Pudding: A Twist on the Classic Recipe

Brioche Bread and Butter Pudding: A Twist on the Classic Recipe

Bread and butter pudding can be made with a variety of bread, including white, wholemeal, raisin or cinnamon. But have you ever considered trying it with brioche? This twist on the classic recipe transforms this dessert into a luxurious, indulgent pud that’s perfect for a special occasion or a weekend treat.

In this article, discover how to make brioche bread and butter pudding and learn some great baking tips and tricks to yield an even yummier dessert. Plus, check out our classic bread and butter pudding recipe which features our timeless Tate & Lyle Fairtrade Golden Granulated sugar.

Brioche bread and butter pudding Vs. the classic

Bread and butter pudding – a simple, comforting and classic dessert that’s been around for centuries.

While traditional bread and butter pudding is typically made with white or wholemeal bread, using brioche bread instead is an interesting and delicious twist on the traditional.

Brioche is a rich, buttery and sweet bread that’s often used in French patisseries. It’s made with eggs, butter and sugar, which gives it a soft, tender texture that’s perfect for soaking up any custard or cream on the side!

Unlike other breads, brioche has a lighter and fluffier texture, making it perfect for a dessert like bread and butter pudding. The richness of the brioche combined with the sweet custard creates a decadent and satisfying dessert that’s sure to satisfy your taste buds!

How to make brioche bread and butter pudding 

Ingredients and crockery 

To make this delicious dessert, you’ll need:

1

A brioche loaf (sliced and gently pressed)

2

Milk

3

Cream

4

A vanilla pod

5

Orange zest

6

Unsalted butter

7

3 medium eggs

8

Tate & Lyle Fairtrade Golden Granulated sugar

9

Cream or custard to serve

In terms of crockery, you’ll be needing a small non-stick pan, a jug, a baking dish or roasting tin and a large bowl.

Method

To make a brioche bread and butter pudding, the bread is sliced and then soaked in a delicious custard made from a mixture of eggs, milk, sugar and spices. This is then baked in the oven until the custard has set and the bread is golden brown. If you’re looking to follow a step-by-step recipe, keep reading!

Try our classic bread and butter pudding recipe 

Our traditional bread and butter pudding recipe serves 4 people and takes just 20 minutes to prep and 30 minutes to cook. If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, however, and you’d like to taste a brioche bread and butter pudding, you can still follow the exact same recipe, you’ll just need to substitute the 8 slices of fruit bread with 8 slices of brioche bread.

Don’t forget the Tate & Lyle sugar!

To follow our famous bread and butter pudding recipe, you’ll need 60g of our Tate & Lyle Fairtrade Golden Granulated Sugar. Plus, check out the rest of our super-duper product range featuring a huge variety of seriously scrumptious syrups, sweeteners and sugars.

Delicious Buttercream Recipe Ideas For Your Next Baking Adventure

Delicious Buttercream Recipe Ideas For Your Next Baking Adventure

Looking to take your baking game to the next level? Look no further than buttercream frosting! This creamy and versatile frosting is the perfect way to add some sweetness to your baked goods, whether you’re frosting a cake, decorating cupcakes, or filling some cookies.

In this article, we’ll explore everything you need to know about buttercream, including what it is, how to make it, and some creative and delicious ways to use it. From frosting a cake to making a buttercream glaze, we’ve got you covered. So, get ready to whip up some magic in the kitchen with these mouth-wateringly delicious buttercream recipe ideas!

What is buttercream exactly? 

Buttercream is the life of any party – it’s that creamy, sugary goodness that makes cakes, cupcakes, and all kinds of baked goods extra special. Basically, it’s the frosting on the cake (pun intended).

It’s made from a mix of butter, powdered sugar, milk or cream, and other tasty ingredients depending on the buttercream recipe you follow.

But the best part about buttercream is how versatile it is. You can make it soft and creamy for spreading, or firm and pipeable for decorating. And you can flavour and colour it in all kinds of ways, so it’s perfect for any occasion.

4 lip-smacking ways to enjoy buttercream 

1

Frosting and filling a cake

Buttercream icing is the perfect choice for frosting and filling cakes. To frost a cake, spread a thick layer of buttercream between each layer and around the sides and top. Chill the cake in the fridge for 30 minutes before adding the final layer of extra frosting. To fill a cake, simply spread a thick layer of buttercream between the layers before stacking them together. It’s a classic and delicious choice that will make your cakes extra special. Looking to try out a delicious dessert that utilises the sweetness of buttercream? Look no further than our delicious carrot cake recipe, featuring a creamy and dreamy buttercream frosting that will take your taste buds to the next level. Give it a try and discover a new favourite dessert!

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Creating a buttercream glaze

Buttercream glaze is a thin and runny version of traditional buttercream frosting that’s perfect for drizzling over cakes, pastries, and other baked goods. To make it, simply whisk together powdered sugar, butter, and a splash of milk until smooth and creamy. Adding milk to the buttercream makes it more malleable and easier to work with, so you can get the perfect consistency for your glaze. Drizzle or dip your baked goods into the glaze for a delicious finishing touch that will take your desserts to the next level.

3

Making cookie sandwiches

Buttercream frosting makes a perfect filling for cookie sandwiches. To make them, bake your favourite cookies and let them cool completely. Then, spread a layer of buttercream on the bottom of one cookie and place another cookie on top. Repeat until you have as many cookie sandwiches as you want. You can also add toppings like sprinkles or crushed nuts for extra flavour and texture. Try out our popular chocolate ice cream sandwich recipe and substitute the ice cream for buttercream.

4

Pairing it with fruit

Pairing buttercream frosting with fresh fruit is a delicious and easy way to add some variety to your dessert menu. Simply wash and cut your favourite fruits, arrange them on a plate, and spoon a dollop of buttercream frosting on top. For extra sweetness, add chopped nuts or grated coconut. It’s a perfect option for those looking for a lighter and fresher dessert option.

Try our delicious buttercream recipe  

Buttercream recipe FAQs 

Can you freeze buttercream? 

Yes, buttercream frosting can be frozen. Simply transfer it to an airtight container or freezer bag and label it with the date and type of frosting. When you’re ready to use it, let it thaw in the fridge overnight and then give it a good stir or whip it again to restore its smooth texture. It’s worth noting that freezing and thawing may change the texture and consistency of the frosting.

How long does buttercream last in the fridge? 

Leftover buttercream can last in the fridge for up to 2 weeks if stored properly in an airtight container. Keep in mind that the shelf life of buttercream may vary depending on factors like ingredients, preparation, and storage. If the buttercream has an unusual smell, appearance, or taste, it’s best to discard it to be safe.

Easy and Delicious Pastry Recipes for Every Occasion

Easy and Delicious Pastry Recipes for Every Occasion

Are you in the mood for flaky filo, buttery puff, or perhaps a crumbly shortcrust? You’re in for a treat—literally! In this article, explore the different types of pastry, discover some tips for making perfect pastry, and try out some tasty pastry recipes featuring Tate & Lyle Sugars.

The wonderful world of pastry

What makes pastry such a staple in both our bakeries and our hearts? Let’s explore the different types of pastries.

Filo pastry 

pistachio date and custard filo parcels

Delicate and crisp, filo pastry is a true delight! It’s made by stretching dough so thin that you can almost see through it, and then cutting it into sheets.

Once the sheets are layered with a brush of melted butter or oil, you’re set for a flaky masterpiece that offers a satisfying crunch with every bite.

Try your hand at these fabulous filo pastry recipes:

Chocolate filo cigars

These sweet pastries are super simple to make and are ready to devour in just 30 minutes, making them the perfect treat for any occasion!

Plum strudel

Juicy plumbs meet crispy filo pastry in this classic Austrian pudding, a true culinary match made in heaven. Top tip: it tastes even better with a scoop of ice cream.

Easy walnut baklava

Layers of crispy filo, crunchy walnuts and pistachios, and syrupy sweetness make this Middle Eastern classic a showstopper. It’s a labour of love, but oh-so worth it!

Puff pastry

Imagine biting into layer upon layer of buttery pastry – mouth-watering, isn’t it? Puff pastry is made by folding butter and dough together to create layers. Then comes the magic: the water in the pastry creates steam when it’s baked, causing all the layers to puff up into a light, flaky pastry.

Check out our tasty puff pastry recipes:

Peach Danish

Whether they’re for breakfast, brunch or a mouth-watering dessert, these pastries are like sunshine on a plate.

Tarte Tatin

Turn your world upside down with this classic French recipe. Caramelised apples and flaky puff pastry unite to create a dessert that’s as elegant as it is delicious.

Biscoff swirls

Flaky puff pastry and creamy Biscoff spread? Say no more! These delightful spirals are the perfect pick-me-up at any time of day.

Shortcrust pastry 

The unsung hero behind most pies and tarts, shortcrust pastry has a crumbly, melt-in-the-mouth texture that is truly irresistible. Minimal handling helps prevent the butter from melting and maintains its iconic delicate texture.

Explore these scrumptious shortcrust pastry recipes:

Mini pecan pies

With a buttery shortcrust base and gooey, nutty filling, these mini pecan pies offer maximum flavour.

Mini apple pies

Think of these pies as autumn on a plate – sweet, spiced apples enveloped in crumbly shortcrust pastry. What’s not to love?

Bakewell tart

Ah, the quintessential British dessert! A luscious layer of jam, topped with almond frangipane and surrounded by shortcrust pastry—absolute perfection.

Choux pastry

Churros with Cinnamon Sugar

Light as air and puffed to perfection, choux pastry is the cornerstone of most French desserts. This pastry is a little different to the others, as it’s cooked on the hob to create a thick paste which can then be piped through a piping bag to create different shapes. Have a go at these simple choux pastry recipes:

Gateau St Honoré cake pops

This dessert is as fun to make as it is to eat! Little balls of choux meet puff pastry and come together with a luscious cream filling to create a treat that’s simply divine.

Chocolate éclairs

It doesn’t get more classic than this. Crispy choux pastry filled with scrumptious cream and topped with glossy chocolate – simply irresistible!

Churros with cinnamon sugar

Transport your taste buds to Spain with these mouth-watering churros. A sprinkle of cinnamon sugar completes this crispy, airy delight.

7 golden rules for making perfect pastry

Feeling a little nervous about your upcoming baking project? Fear not, for these tried-and-tested tips will help to settle those pastry woes.

1

Keep it cool

Try to keep your ingredients and tools cold. This prevents the butter from melting too quickly, helping to preserve the texture of your pastry.

2

Master the art of restraint

It’s tempting to continuously knead and work the dough, but with pastry, less is more. Overworking your pastry will activate too much gluten, leaving you with a tough, chewy texture.

3

Be gentle with your dough

Avoid roughly pulling or stretching your dough, as this can result in a hard and compact texture. Instead, lightly pat your dough into shape.

4

Remember to refrigerate your dough first

Before rolling out your dough, wrap it in plastic wrap and put it in the fridge for 30 minutes. This will make your dough easier to roll and cut while also preventing it from sticking to your work surface. Plus, it keeps the butter in your pastry from melting.

5

Avoid a sticky situation

Add a light sprinkling of flour onto your rolling pin and work surface to prevent your dough from sticking. However, be careful not to add too much flour, because this can make the pastry dry and tough.

6

Roll with it

Always start rolling from the centre of your pastry outwards. This helps keep your pastry a level thickness so that it bakes evenly.

7

Preheat your oven

You should put your pastry in a preheated oven. This makes sure it starts baking straight away, helping it cook evenly.

Ready to pull off the perfect pastry?

Feeling inspired? There’s no better time to dive into the scrumptious world of pastries! And remember, every great pastry recipe starts with great ingredients. Explore our range of Tate & Lyle Sugars and create some mouth-watering bakes!

How to Make a Basic Yet Brilliant Sponge Cake: Recipes, Tips & Tricks

How to Make a Basic Yet Brilliant Sponge Cake: Recipes, Tips & Tricks

A classic sponge cake is a delightful summertime dessert that never fails to impress with its lightness, refreshing flavours, and versatility.

Whether you’re a novice baker or a seasoned expert, mastering the art of creating a perfect sponge cake is a rewarding experience that will absolutely elevate your baking repertoire.

From choosing the right ingredients and mastering the mixing technique to selecting the perfect sponge cake recipe to follow, we’ll share essential tips and tricks to make sure your sponge cakes turn out beautifully every time.

So, grab your apron, preheat the oven, and let’s dive into the wonderful world of sponge cake baking.

5 tips and tricks for perfecting your sponge cake 

1

Proper pan preparation

Make sure your cake tins are properly greased and lined with parchment paper. This keeps the cake from sticking to the pan, allowing for easy release and preserving its shape.

2

Sifting for a smooth texture

Sift your dry ingredients, such as flour and baking powder, before incorporating them into the batter. This step removes lumps and ensures a smooth, even texture in your cake.

3

Precision in timing

Be vigilant with the baking time, as over- or under-baking can impact the texture of your sponge cake. Keep a close eye on it and perform the toothpick test to determine when it’s perfectly baked.

4

Moisture is key

Maintain the moisture of your sponge cake by adding a simple syrup or fruit juice soak to the layers before applying fillings. This ensures a moist and tender texture throughout.

5

Remember the Tate & Lyle sugar!

One essential ingredient that should not be overlooked is Tate & Lyle sugar. Our Fairtrade Pure Cane Caster Sugar and Fairtrade Cane Icing Sugar add a touch of sweetness and quality that enhance the taste and texture of your sponge cakes.

3 common sponge cake baking mistakes to avoid 

1

Skipping the preheating

Ensure your oven is preheated to the correct temperature before placing the cake batter inside. Skipping this step can result in uneven baking and an undercooked or sunken sponge cake.

2

Overmixing the batter

Avoid overmixing the batter as it can lead to a dense and heavy sponge cake. Mix until just combined to maintain a light and fluffy texture.

3

Opening the oven too soon

Resist the temptation to open the oven door too early during baking. Sudden temperature changes can cause the cake to collapse or sink. Wait until the cake is close to being fully baked before checking for doneness.

How to serve and store your sponge cake 

Serving your sponge cake

When it comes to serving, there are numerous delicious options to enhance your sponge cake. You can pair it with dollops of fresh whipped cream or spread a luscious layer of lemon curd or strawberry jam between the cake layers for added flavour.

Just make sure your cake has completely cooled on a wire rack before adding any fillings or decorations to prevent them from melting and causing the cake to become soggy.

Storing your sponge cake

When it comes to storing your sponge cake, it’s important to keep it in a cool, dry place, preferably in an airtight container or wrapped tightly in plastic wrap. This will help preserve its moisture and prevent it from drying out.

If you have any leftover cake, be sure to remove any decorative elements such as fresh fruits or whipped cream before storing, as these may not hold up well over time. Properly storing the cake in appropriate-sized cake tins can also help maintain its shape and keep it from getting squished or damaged.

Which sponge cake recipe will you try first? 

Victoria sponge cake

Discover the enduring popularity of our Victoria sponge cake recipe, which is one of the most beloved and iconic sponge cake recipes in British culinary history. Named after Queen Victoria, this classic cake features layers filled with jam and whipped cream, creating a delectable combination that has delighted taste buds for generations.

Plum jam sponge cake

Experience a culinary delight with our sponge cake featuring plum jam and edible flowers. Crafted with love, this easy-to-make dessert blends the sweetness of plum jam with the delicate charm of edible flowers.

Raspberry & almond sponge cake

Indulge in the exquisite flavours of our raspberry and almond sponge cake, a delightful and easy-to-make dessert that will captivate your taste buds.

Lemon & elderflower sponge cake

Delight in the harmonious blend of zesty lemon and delicate elderflower with this sponge cake recipe. Baked to perfection, this delectable dessert offers a variety of tantalizing toppings, including elderflower Swiss meringue buttercream, raspberry meringue kisses, lemon sugar syrup, raspberry coulis, and candied lemon zest.

From Orchard To Oven: Apple Tart Recipes, Baking Tips & Pointers

Apple Tart Recipes, Baking Tips & Pointers

In this article, explore the delicious world of apple tarts, and discover valuable baking tips and pointers along the way. Whether you’re a seasoned baker or just starting out, we have two delectable apple tart recipes to satisfy your cravings, and among them is our special gem—the English Apple Tart recipe.

The a-peel-ing origins of the apple tart 

It’s thought that the first recorded apple tart recipe featured in a French cookbook in the late 14th century. The apple tart, or “tarte aux pommes” as it is known in French, captivated the palates of French nobility with its harmonious blend of buttery pastry, thinly sliced apples, and delicate spices.

Since then, this delicious creation has transcended borders and captured the hearts of baking enthusiasts and dessert lovers worldwide. Its irresistible combination of sweet and tangy flavours, coupled with its versatility, has firmly established the apple tart as a beloved culinary treasure across the globe.

Today, apple tarts continue to be adored and cherished, bringing joy to countless homes and cafes alike. Whether enjoyed warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or savoured alongside a comforting cup of tea, these timeless treats never fail to evoke a sense of nostalgia and delight.

Essential ingredients in an apple tart 

The essential ingredients in an apple tart include:

1

Fresh, crisp apples

2

A buttery pastry crust

3

Cinnamon or nutmeg

4

Lemon zest

5

A touch of butter

6

Flour

And don’t forget the sweetest ingredient…  

For that perfect touch of sweetness in your apple tart, look no further than Tate & Lyle Caster Sugar or Tate & Lyle Granulated Sugar. Known for their superior quality and fine texture, Tate & Lyle sugars dissolve easily, ensuring a smooth and evenly sweetened filling.

The delicate caramel notes of caster sugar or the larger granules of granulated sugar add depth and complexity to the flavour profile of your tart, enhancing the natural sweetness of the apples.

Explore our range of Tate & Lyle sugars and syrups and be sure to stock up before getting started.

Common apple tart baking mistakes to avoid

1

Overloading the filling

Be mindful not to overstuff your tart with apples, as this can lead to an uneven bake, a soggy crust, and compromised texture.

2

Choosing bad apples

Choosing the right type of apple is crucial for a successful apple tart. Avoid using overly soft or mealy apples, as they can turn mushy during baking. Opt for firm and crisp apples that hold their shape and provide a pleasant texture in your finished tart.

3

Neglecting the seasoning

Neglecting to season the filling can result in a bland or less flavourful outcome. Enhance the flavour of your apple tart by adding spices like cinnamon or nutmeg, and a hint of lemon zest.

Try these handy apple tart baking tips 

1

Rub the butter into the flour

To achieve the perfect crumbly texture, cut cold butter into small pieces then use your fingertips or a pastry cutter to rub the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

2

Brush the apples

To enhance the flavour and appearance of your apple tart, brush the apples with a glaze made from melted butter, sugar, cinnamon, and a hint of lemon juice before baking.

3

Protect the crust edges

To prevent excessive browning or burning of the crust edges, cover them with aluminium foil or a pie crust shield during baking. This simple step ensures that the crust cooks evenly.

Indulge in delicious desserts with these apple tart recipes 

English apple tart recipe 

Indulge in the timeless elegance of classic English apple tarts, a delightful creation that pays homage to tradition. With just 50 minutes of prep time and 55 minutes of baking, this apple tart recipe encapsulates the essence of simplicity and sophistication.

Our simple and sweet apple pie recipe 

Enjoy the ultimate dessert experience with our sweet apple pie, a delightful alternative to an apple tart. With just 45 minutes of prep time and 45 minutes of baking, this pie embodies homemade perfection, with its tender apples perfectly spiced, and enveloped in a flaky, buttery crust.

Raspberry Cake: A Summer Delight That’s Impossible To Resist

Raspberry Cake: A Summer Delight That’s Impossible To Resist

Get ready to dive into the enchanting world of raspberry cake – a treat that effortlessly balances the sweetness of raspberries with the light and fluffy texture of a cake. In this article, discover mouth-watering raspberry cake recipes, like our simple raspberry and almond cake, and why they’re wonderful alternatives to classic choices like chocolate cake and Victoria sponge.

What makes a raspberry cake so special?

Raspberry cake isn’t just a dessert; it’s a versatile treat that suits every occasion, its sweet and tangy flavours make it an instant crowd-pleaser!

Raspberries are a seasonal fruit and incorporating them into a cake infuses a refreshing fruity twist that perfectly suits a summer vibe. They bring in the right balance of moisture and flavour, keeping the cake light without being overly dense.

The visual appeal of these cakes is undeniable, thanks to the vibrant pops of colour raspberries add to your bakes. You could even go one step further by adding a raspberry glaze or frosting to your creation to add an extra layer of deliciousness.

Our delicious raspberry cake recipes

Whether you’re using pureed, fresh, or frozen raspberries, the possibilities are endless! And we’ve got plenty of recipes, featuring our famous Tate & Lyle Sugars, that will help you create irresistible cakes.

Simple raspberry and almond cake recipe

With just four straightforward steps, this cake is a breeze to make, requiring only 10 minutes of your time. Its simplicity is its charm, making it the ideal choice for a spontaneous dessert.

Raspberry and almond sponge cake recipe

Treat yourself to a slice of sheer delight with our Raspberry and Almond Sponge Cake using Tate & Lyle Sugars. This exquisite creation combines the delicate richness of almonds with the tangy burst of fresh raspberries. The result? A light, fluffy, and utterly flavourful sponge that’s as perfect for summer desserts as it is for elegant tea parties.

Raspberry Swiss roll  

Elevate your dessert game with the Raspberry Swiss Roll – a mouth-watering creation that’s a feast for the eyes and taste buds. Crafted from a light sponge cake, it’s filled with the sweet allure of raspberry jam, fresh raspberries, and luscious cream.

Top tip – leave the cake to cool completely before rolling!

Hidden raspberry cupcakes recipe

Calling all chocolate lovers! These chocolate cupcakes hold a delightful raspberry surprise within. A sweet twist that’s perfect for treating yourself or sharing with friends.

Raspberry cheesecake recipe 

Time to switch things up! Our raspberry cheesecake recipe offers a subtle departure from your standard raspberry cake. It’s a creamy, dreamy delight featuring the goodness of fresh raspberries. Perfect for those special moments or simply a relaxing weekend treat.

Elevate your cakes with Tate & Lyle Sugars

Whether it’s a sunny picnic or a starlit celebration, raspberry cake promises a delightful experience that’s as light and sweet as a summer breeze. But the secret to a perfect cake is Tate & Lyle Sugars.

Don’t wait – grab some Tate & Lyle Sugars before you start baking!

Summer Bliss: Dive Into Our Favourite Sponge Cake Recipes

Summer Bliss: Dive Into Our Favourite Sponge Cake Recipes

The magic of sponge cakes 

Sponge cakes are light and fluffy cakes crafted from a delicate balance of eggs, flour, baking powder, butter and sugar. This cake is a versatile treat that can be easily adapted into exquisite desserts with a variety of flavours.

Crafting your own sponge cake masterpiece is easier than you think. Start by beating butter and Tate & Lyle’s Pure Cane Caster sugar together until pale and fluffy then gradually add in beaten eggs, whisking thoroughly after each addition. Then simply fold sifted flour and baking powder into your mixture with a metal spoon until fully combined.

This concoction forms the basis of all sponge cake recipes and gives you the perfect canvas for your culinary creativity!

Why sponge cakes are great for the summer 

When the sun is shining and the temperatures rise, the last thing you need is a heavy and dense cake. That’s where the magic of a light and airy sponge cake comes in. Their delightful fluffiness makes them a refreshing treat on scorching summer days.

Plus, summer gifts us with an array of seasonal fruits bursting with flavour. Infusing these fruits into your cake not only elevates its taste, but also captures the very essence of the season, making every bite a tasty celebration of summer.

The beauty of these cakes lies in their versatility. With a plethora of recipes tailored to various skill levels and personal preferences, you’re free to let your creativity soar. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned baker, the canvas is yours to paint. Experiment with flavours, frostings, and toppings to add individuality to your creations.

Our favourite summer sponge recipes 

Explore this collection of mouth-watering summer sponge cake recipes.

Victoria sponge cake

A British classic and a cult favourite, the Victoria sponge cake consists of two vanilla sponges filled with a luscious filling of strawberry jam and whipped cream. It’s the quintessential tea-time treat that never goes out of style!

Mini Victoria sponge cakes

A twist on the British classic, each mini Victoria sponge cake encapsulates the essence of the full-sized treat – making it perfect for parties or afternoon teas.

Sponge Cake with plum jam and edible flowers

Elevate any occasion with the regal charm of plum jam and edible flowers. The delicate sweetness of the sponge harmonises with the flavours of the plumb jam, while the edible flowers not only add a visual spectacle but also an enchanting floral note.

Lemon sponge filled with elderflower

Witness a true showstopper with a zesty lemon sponge, raspberry meringue kisses, raspberry coulis, and a silky elderflower Swiss meringue buttercream.

Fruit and butter sponge

A speedy dessert that’s perfect for dinner parties. The lush, fruity interior contrasts beautifully with the light and buttery sponge, creating a harmonious symphony of flavours.

Summer berry cake with crystallised rose petals

An incredible sight of summer berries and crystallised rose petals, this harmonious blend of flavours creates a cake that’s as much a feast for the eyes as it is for the palette.

Pimms Layer Cake 

Nothing encapsulates a good ol’ British summer like a refreshing glass of Pimms! This cake embodies the spirit of a sunny garden party with its blend of fruity Pimms and soft sponge cake.

Escape to the tropics with these glorious cakes

When the weather’s gloomy, transport yourself to a tropical paradise with these sensational cakes.

Tequila lime margarita cake

An iconic cocktail transformed into a cake. Indulge in the zesty kick of lime and twist of tequila; it’s a party in every slice!

Coconut-lime cake with mango and Passion fruit jam

Tropical dreams come alive with the gorgeous flavours of coconut, lime, mango and passion fruit – this cake will transport you to sun-kissed beaches and swaying palm trees.

Sponge cakes are so much better with Tate & Lyle Sugars

Transform your summer cakes into something truly extraordinary with the magic of Tate & Lyle Sugars.

Tate & Lyle Pure Cane Caster Sugar dissolves quickly and helps to create a light and fluffy texture for your sponge cake, while Tate & Lyle Fairtrade Golden Caster Sugar introduces delicate hints of honey. Delve into our selection of sugars and syrups and embark on your captivating baking adventure!