30g dandelion honey (if you haven’t made the honey then just use 30g more of sugar)
70g caster sugar
300g plain flour
20 dandelions – you just want the yellow petals.
In a bowl cream together the butter, vanilla, dandelion honey and sugar.
Then add in the flour and dandelion petals.
Stir it together, you might need to get your hands in! Until it forms a soft dough.
Pop in to a covered dish in the fridge for an hour.
Preheat the oven to gas mark 7 / 200c.
Take the dough from the fridge and on a lightly floured surface roll out until is is 5mm thick.
Cut our your biscuits, we like them small but you can make larger ones!
Pop on to a baking sheet and into the oven for 8-10 minutes until they start to turn a light brown.
Take them from the oven and transfer to a cooling rack until cool.
Store in an air tight container.
Tips and cheats
My children love to make these. They love to pull out the yellow petals into the bowl. They love to dip them into the dandelion honey to eat them too! (Sugar overload!). They keep for a few days but are best fresh and they are just so buttery and light. They look so pretty on the plate too.
Put all of the ingredients in to a large bowl and beat to a smooth batter. I always do this by hand.
If making cupcakes place 12 paper cases into a cupcake tin.
Split the mixture equally between the 12 cases.
Pop into the oven for 15 minutes.
Allow to cool before topping with chocolate buttercream!
Tips and Cheats
If you don’t fancy cute cupcakes you can split the mix between two 7inch cake tins and cook at the same temperature for 25 minutes. or you can pop in to a tray for a tray bake and cook for 40 minutes. It is so versatile! I like to chuck in cherries sometimes or nuts or even dark chocolate chips! As with all cake it is best served fresh!
In a large bowl add the flour, baking powder, sugar, oil, milk, vanilla, and vinegar and beat into a smooth batter. It doesn’t take long so it is super easy by hand,
In an 8 inch tin add a layer of baking parchment to the bottom. The tin will need fairly deep sides.
Pour in about 1/2 of the cake batter.
Roll out the marzipan in a disc the size of your tin and lay over the cake batter .
Chop the cherries in half and add on top of the marzipan in an even layer.
Pour over the rest of the cake batter making sure all the cherries are covered.
Pop the cake into the oven and cook for 50 minutes. It may need a little longer if a skewer doesn’t come out clean.
Tips and Cheats
This cake is so good warm from the oven. It is also good a day old with lashings of custard! (Birds custard powder is vegan!) If you want a more almond taste, or don’t have marzipan you can either add almond essence in place of the vanilla, or you can swap out 1/2 of the flour for ground almonds. This does result in a heavier cake! However, you eat it enjoy it!
80g dairy free butter (I like the Pure sunflower or Vitalite for these)
240 ml dairy free milk (Oat works like a dream)
Strawberry jam and vegan cream to serve (Food Heaven squirty or Elmlea plant based double. )
Pre- heat the oven to GM 6 or 200c
Put all the ingredients in a bowl or food processor and mix into a dough.
Flour your hands and the work surface
Tip out the dough and bring it together to a smooth dough
Using a cutter cut out your scones.
Put on to a lined baking sheet and pop in the oven for 12 minutes.
Eat warm straight from the oven or allow to cool if you have the patience!
Tips and Cheats
If you want an even rise on your scones don’t twist the cutter as you cut them out. You can add sultanas to the mix, about 100g for fruit scones too, or cranberries, apricots, dates etc what ever takes your fancy! If you don’t eat them all at once the scones will keep for about 3 days in an air tight container, although I wouldn’t know because they never last that long!
In a mixing bowl add the flour, sugar, baking powder, oil, milk and vanilla. Beat until smooth.
Split the mix in half and colour one half pink and one half yellow. (This is totally optional!)
I use a small roasting tin to cook the cake in but you can use any tin you wish. Line the tin with baking paper.
Pour in the pink mix and spread evenly.
Carefully pour over the yellow mix and very gently spread it out.
Cook for 25-30 minutes until a skewer comes out clean.
Allow the cake to cool
To make the icing put the icing sugar in a bowl and add in a tsp of water at a time until you get a thick icing. It should just be able to pour.
take out 3 tbsp of the icing and colour pink.
Pour the white icing over the cake and then either using a piping bag or a spoon drizzle over the pink icing in a pattern of your choice!
Allow the icing to set before cutting.
Tips and cheats
This cake really is a chuck it all in and mix cake it is so easy. You don’t have to colour the batter and you don’t have to colour the icing. Depending on your oven cooking time will vary slightly by 5 minutes so just watch it from 25 min so it doesn’t burn.
So many options with this! you can take out the cinnamon and add in a cup of dark chocolate chips or a cup of dried cranberries. You can add a cup of chopped nuts or you can add a layer of nuts to the top before cooking. If you don’t have a loaf tin just bake as a cake in a square or round tin and reduce the cooking time to about 30/35 minutes.