Banoffee Cupcakes with Whipped Chantilly Cream, Toasted Almonds & Fresh Banana Slices

Banoffee Cupcakes with Whipped Chantilly Cream, Toasted Almonds & Fresh Banana Slices

Made to order with toasted almonds just like “H” likes them!



On the hunt for Fresh Cherries ….My Version of Black Forest Gateau


March 16th was my Dad’s birthday, his favourite cake is Black Forest Gateau so obviously I made him one, I like to use fresh, local and seasonal fruit whenever possible but living in Central London UK does limit my options somewhat… I like to expand the term “local” to include pretty much the whole of Europe!

Alas it’s March and cherries are not in season now on my side of the globe, but I like to use fresh cherries so on 14th March I started looking in supermarkets for fresh cherries and I really couldn’t find any, I tried all the major supermarkets and none of them had any,  I was starting to panic by the morning of the 16th so I went online and literally called every branch of each chain until finally Asda saved the day and I was able to buy these lovely (and expensive!!!) cherries.


Once the cherries were rinsed and dried I could begin the process, I actually love cherries so it was hard to resist temptation and make sure there were enough cherries for the cake,  this isn’t really a recipe post, but if any one would like the recipe let me know in the comments box.

I melted 75% Cocoa fair-trade organic chocolate with water and butter.


In another bowl I mixed my free range eggs, SR flour, muscavado sugar, baking powder, cocoa and secret ingredient 😉


Then mixed the two together… The smell was heavenly


The finished product, sorry the photo is not that great, I’m not a photographer but I will try harder in future I was running late and quickly snapped a pic with my phone.


Dad cutting his cake, you can’t really tell but I dipped the fresh cherries on top of the cake in melted marbled milk/dark chocolate,    my Dad is a chocoholic…


Look at all that whipped cream, this is NOT a low fat dessert.


Below is last years “classic” Black Forest Gateau

IMAG0218     I even do a cupcake version… SONY DSC