Sunday, 26 October 2014

Waitrose Ultimate Chocolate and Ginger Torte

Everyone loves chocolate cake. Even people who profess not to like it, can't resist scoffing a sly slice when no one is looking. It's wonderful that there are so many fabulous and varied chocolate cake recipes online, but the sheer volume can become intimidating. How do we know which ones are really worth baking?

Waitrose has come up with a genius idea to solve all our chocolate cake quandaries with their ULTIMATE chocolate cake hall of fame.  I have developed hundreds of chocolate cake recipes, so like to think I know a thing or two about a good one. I was asked by Waitrose to make one of their ultimate chocolate cakes but with a twist in the shape of a mystery ingredient sent through the post. I received a packet of crystallised ginger sprinkles, which I couldn't have been happier about. I absolutely adore ginger and decided that the flourless chocolate and almond cake but with the added zing of ginger.

The recipe was easy to follow - especially as it is very similar to my own chocolate and almond torte. I decided to make a slightly smaller cake than the recipe, so adjusted the quantities and oven times accordingly, but it was a great success and the added ginger added a welcome hit of warmth on these cold, dark days.

If you want to recreate my recipe, simply follow this link for the recipe but add half a tub of crystallised ginger sprinkles to the cake batter and scatter some more over the top of the unset ganache.

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Great British Afternoon Tea

The Great British Bake Off may have ended for another year, but don’t despair. Milk & Sugar are here to bring the Bake Off to your table, with an indulgent selection of old fashioned British treats and showstoppers, sometimes with a twist.

While enjoying stunning views of the river, you can sip on an autumnal tipple and as much tea as you can drink, while you tuck into such delights as Bakewell tart, gin & tonic cake and Eton Mess ├ęclairs. Alongside the sweet stuff, you will be able to enjoy a choice of savoury pastries and finger sandwiches. On arrival, scones served with clotted cream and jam will be freshly baked to order.

About us...

Milli Taylor is a London based caterer, whose clients range from rock stars to politicians. You can drool over images of Milli's delicious food on her instagram page and you can buy her first cookbook, Party Perfect Bites, from all good book sellers.

Victoria Glass founded Victoria's Cake Boutique in 2008 and is the author of three cook books, Boutique Wedding Cakes, Deliciously Vintage and Baking Mash-Up (with a fourth, Boozy Shakes, out early next year). She is a regular writer for Great British Chefs and has contributed to various publications, including ES Magazine, Women & Home, Vegetarian Living and Hello! 

Milli and Victoria launched Milk & Sugar last year, producing delicious and generous afternoon teas in London. 

This event will take place on Saturday 25th October in Putney Bridge.

£30 per head, including an autumnal tipple. Guests are welcome to bring their own alcohol with no corkage charge.

To book your place, please drop us a line at 

We look forward to welcoming you!

Victoria & Milli x