a cuppa, a cake (recipe) and a chat

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Feel like a cuppa? A piece of cake? A chat? Great, you’re in the right spot.

The last project from my Blog with Pip course, is to tell you about ‘five things I love right now’ over a cuppa. I’m offering a piece of cake with my cuppa because I love cake… especially gluten free cake I can eat! I tweaked this recipe, adapting it from this one. I’m a bit thrilled with how it turned out (ie it worked and wasn’t like a brick) so I’m going to share the recipe with you after I finish chatting about the things I love. Oh and don’t forget to pop over to Meet me at Mikes and have a cuppa with my classmates too. Such a great bunch of friendly talented bloggers, am sure you’ll find a new blog or three to follow there.

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Spending time with the people I love. Time is such a precious thing and I rarely feel like there is enough of it to go around. I’ve been super blessed lately with spending beautiful days with my mum and my sister, having lovely skypes with my son in Bolivia (drinking a $2 bottle of Rum – him not me!), having chatty delicious dinners with my daughter and her fella, and doing lots of crafty stuff to really good music with my hubby. Precious times locked in my heart and memory bank for ever and ever.

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I’m a bit obsessed with taking photos at the moment. I have over 14,000 photo’s on my iphone and most of them only go back as far as 2013! Ridiculous hey? Taking snaphappy to whole new level… possibly bordering on some sort of OCD. And I already have one of those about numbers so I don’t need another about photos. I am hoping to learn how to take better photos this Sunday at this course. Can’t wait!

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I am super excited and a bit in love with a new series of posts I’ll be doing each month. I’ve never done a series of post here so I hope I can stick to it! ‘My smile inducers’ is all about looking for those little (or big) things that bring a smile to your face (or heart). My first post on this just felt like a great way to stop and … well… smile! I’m a big believer in the power of a smile and think they are contagious. If you see someone really smiling, it’s hard not to smile with them… isn’t? I will be adding a link option so you if you are a blogger you can write a smile inducing post and link back… and if you don’t blog you can tell me yours in the comments or on instagram (#mysmileinducers)… we will be creating a happy little hub of smiley places to visit… So on the first Saturday of each month, pop in for a smile or six ok?

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Of course I couldn’t tell you about the things I am loving right now without mentioning yarn related craft. Crochet in particular. If you already read this blog you will know how hooked on the hook I am, and my obsession with natural yarns. I’ve not long finished a huge blanket, and apart from making some cute wrist warmers I’m in no mans land with projects. It’s quite thrilling actually as I love this stage of pondering my next project. So many ideas in my head it’s hard to pick just one. Maybe I’ll start two… it wouldn’t be the first time.

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A delicious light fluffy flourless cake that’s sweet with a smidge of tart from the apples. Easy to make and even easier to eat. What’s not to love?

Flourless Apple Ripple Cake.


75g butter
75g dairy free margarine ( I used Nuttelex but you can use all butter or all marg if you prefer)
I big plump vanilla bean
2/3 cup caster sugar
2 eggs
1 cup almond meal
1/2 cup rice flour
1 nutmeg
1 apple (I used Pink Lady as that was just what I had – use whatever you have – and leave the skin on, it’s pretty!)
A generous sprinkle of demerara sugar (any sugar will probably do but demerara is great as it holds its chunky crystals shape during baking.)

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Whisk the crap out of the butter, marg and sugar. I found this is the secret to a really light fluffy gluten free cake. I whisked mine for ages, in the end it looked like whipped cream!
Add the eggs. Mine always curdle – I don’t care. Still works. Add all those beautiful little caviare-like seeds from your vanilla bean. Freshly grate your nutmeg into the mix – I love the stuff so add a heap. Add as much or little as you like. Mix until well combined. Next add the almond meal and rice flour. Feel free to sift it to make it lighter still – I’m too lazy for that step! Now DON’T mix too much. Just mix until it’s evenly combined. I find this also helps in keeping the cake light and delicate and not brick like.

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Pour your batter into a lined cake tin. Slice your apple into thin little wedge slices and arrange all pretty like on your cake. Grate lots more nutmeg over the top. Sprinkle with as much or little demerara sugar as your sweet tooth commands. Bake in oven 180C (160C fan-forced) for about 30 minutes. Timing depends on your cake tin size and shape… so if your cake tin is big and your batter shallow keep an eye on the timing – you may need to shorten it.

Cool cake… for just a moment if you can… then slice and eat… with fresh cream poured over the top if you can eat dairy… or with a cuppa… or both… good luck stopping at one slice.

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Let me know if you make one?

Do you have any delicious gluten free recipes you’d care to share?

Wishing you happy cake eating and time for the things you love.


31 thoughts on “a cuppa, a cake (recipe) and a chat

  1. What a beautiful post. I especially loved your “time” snippets, they are all about the people you love aren’t they! (Of course). Also, I’m glad you’re snap-happy because I’m loving the photography on this space!! Now about the cake… we’re lucky nobody here NEEDS to be gluten free, but that sounds delicious so I think we will try it! Thank you 🙂

    • Thanks Naomi I really appreciate your kind words… The older I get the more I appreciate that time with loved ones and realise just how precious and fragile life is.

      oh yes I feed that cake to my gluten eating family and they love it just as much as me… thanks so much for stopping by 🙂

  2. I love this and your photos -they’re beautiful. I love your writing style and your blog, it’s always a joy to read your posts. And I’m gluten free, so that cake – YUM 🙂 x

    • Aww thanks Katie… Such lovely things to say! And Yay another gluten free-er! Do you have any fave cake recipes? Tis hard to find goodies that aren’t too tricky to make and don’t turn out like bricks I’ve found. Thanks for popping in 🙂

  3. Your photos are really something special! And that cake looks soooo good and relatively easy to make that maybe even I could give it a go. Thank you for sharing this lovely post xx

  4. This looks so good! I don’t have to be gluten free, and most gluten-free baked goods look and sound weird to me, but not this. It looks light and fluffy and it vanilla seeds! I’m sold 🙂

  5. What a lovely post! I’m envious of the course you’re about to do – goodness it looks fantastic! I visited your blog a while back and was blown away by your Kiwi Coast Blanket. It’s beautiful and I felt like I was swimming in the sea just looking at it x

    • Thanks so much Pia! I really appreciate that – I couldn’t begin to tell you how many hours went into the kiwi coast blankie… but it is certainly paying off keeping us very warm during this chilly winter. So excited about the photo school course!!!

  6. What a great post! And those photos just make me want to go into my kitchen and make that cake, yummy! I love using almond meal. I make a lovely almond cake which uses slivered almonds on top and some almond meal aswell. I might give this recipe a go in the school holidays, thank you for sharing it x

    • Oooh I love the slivered almonds on top idea – crunch factor! Do let me know if you make it? I’m not normally a recipe writing girl so it would be good to know it worked for you 🙂 Thanks for popping in!

    • Thanks Catherine I appreciate your kind words on my pics! I think you could sub the apple with pear or something??? In summer I want to try it Peach and Apricot and Nectarine… maybe all together or maybe 3 cakes 🙂

    • Yes! So many gorgeous vistas and trees and flowers and faces around every corner – it’s hard not to want to rip your camera out and start snapping isn’t? Thanks so much for popping in 🙂

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