Happy Birthday to Me! … Sunday Bakes – Victoria Sponge

 I am very pleased to announce that Diary of a Saucepot is officially one year old today! I started this blog as a bit of an outlet, something productive to do with my time outside of work life. I’m an avid reader of blogs of all different kinds and had wanted to start my own…

Cherry, Almond & Lavender Loaf

I’ll have to confess this is another recipe I’m pinching from the boyfriend. Since he’s been around, he’s definitely stealing my baking crown, regularly making his own bread and puff pastry. So lately I’ve been sticking with the savouries and letting him take over with the cakes. He’s now got into the habit of baking…

Apple Cake

After a little break from baking over a busy few weeks, I am back in the kicthen! I’d been thinking about making something gooey and chocolatey and indulgent, but since it’s a lovely sunny day (finally!) I thought something a little lighter, fruitier and more spring like would be more fitting. So I sat down…

Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Filling

I’ve been wanting to feature a cupcake on Sunday Bakes for a while now because they’re such a popular thing to bake at the moment, however I’ve been putting it off as I actually find cupakes a little bit boring. The thing with cupcakes is it’s all about decorating them and making them look fancy,…

Oxford’s Covered Market

 A few weeks ago I had a lovely weekend away in Oxfordshire. There were lots of things I was looking forward to seeing and doing in the historic city of Oxford, but top of my list was The Covered Market. Housed in a building dating back to the 1700s and having been operating for more…

Lily’s Farm Shop & Tea Room

During my stay in Oxfordshire last weekend, I made lots of great foodie discoveries, alongside absorbing all of the culture. One of my favourites I discovered by accident about half an hour before I set off for home. Lily’s Farm Shop & Tea Room on the quaint little high street of Dorchester-on-Thames is quite simply…

Lemon Drizzle Cake

Today for Sunday Bakes I’ve decided to make an absolute classic and it also happens to be one of the quickest and easiest cakes to make: a lemon drizzle. This is something my Mum would make all the time when I was little so I’m using her recipe and even the very dish she always…

Christmas Pudding… love or hate??

Christmas pudding… something that no Christmas dinner table would be complete with out… but do we really like it?? I’ve never been a huge fan of fruit cake and every year I moan and moan about how desserts at Christmas are rubbish because they all taste the same and most of them are just some…