Thursday, 22 May 2014

No egg Chocolate cake.

I missed the crazy Easter processions in Spain this year because of work in London, but I got out there soon after to see the fam and cook for a group of guests. I kissed this little face farewell with an 'hasta luego' back in September, not knowing it would be MONTHS before I'd go back home and he would be the size of a WOLF when I returned!
I knew I was going to be cooking for vegetarians when I was menu planning but I hadn't realised they didn't eat egg. When chocolate cake was requested and I couldn't use egg, I knew just who to call...Azelia. I knocked up Azelia's vegan chocolate cake recipe and added a little chocolate and coconut oil glaze. There's no butter or eggs in this cake and the secret ingredient is strawberry jam. The ingredient list sounds odd but I promise you it's a great,light cake and that it's the easiest thing I have ever made, all whipped up in one bowl.
If you are not vegan, blobbing a bit of cream on your plate is the way to make this cake a pud. 

Azelia's recipe from Azelia's kitchen
Pre-heat oven 170˚C fan / 190˚C / 375˚F/gas 5. Makes 10 muffins size cakes. Double the recipe for large cake but lower the temperature to 160˚C fan/180˚C/350˚F/gas 4.

  • 200g / ¾ cup jam
  • 125ml / ½ cup water
  • 100ml / ⅓ + 2tbsp cup oil
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa*
  • 50g / ¼ cup sugar
  • 250g / 1½ cups + 2tbsp plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cinnamon – optional
  1. Mix all of the ingredients together very well until the mixture is homogenised fill the muffins cakes ⅔ full and bake for 15-20mins. If doubling recipe for a large cake bake for 30-40mins.
*Dutch process cocoa powder will not react in this recipe as it needs the acidity in the natural cocoa powder (normal cocoa powder in UK) in order to react with the bicarbonate of soda.
If using Dutch processed omit the bicarbonate of soda and increase the baking powder to total of 1½ teaspoons.

Monday, 5 May 2014

Milk & Sugar - "We'll Always Have Paris" afternoon tea pop-up

Hello from Milk & Sugar, aka Victoria Glass and Me!
We are hosting our third afternoon tea pop-up this weekend in London with a Parisian themed menu. Details are below and if you would like to book, simply drop us a line at with the number of places you want and if you have any dietary requirements (please note, we are not able to accommodate nut allergies at this time). We'll then get back to you asking for a deposit to secure the booking and you can pay the outstanding balance on the day. 
We really hope you can make it, more details below...
Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th May 
We'll Always Have Paris
Milk & Sugar are back with another extravagant afternoon tea pop-up. This time we are putting chic on the menu with a Parisian themed event, where elegance and indulgence will be top of the bill. In a beautiful room with views of the river, you will begin your afternoon tea experience with a cold glass of Kir Royale to sip on, while you enjoy the array of classic sweet and savoury French patisserie on offer.

The Menu

Kir Royale on arrival, plus as much tea as you can drink.
Gruyere gougeres
Pork rillettes on toasted brioche
Mushroom vol-au-vents
Mini Croque Monsieurs et Croque Madames!
Tomato tarte tatin
A selection of finger sandwiches, including filled mini homemade croissants and baguettes and the classic "Parisienne" - the jambon beurre.
Mousse au chocolat
Tarte au citron
Praline Gateau l'Opera 
Apple and Calvados Mille feuilles
Framboise dacquoise
£25 per head including a delicious glass of Kir Royale.
We are happy to cater for gluten-free guests on request (this must be agreed at least 3 days before your booking). 
Guests are welcome to bring their own wine with no corkage charge.
Menus are subject to change without prior notice.
We look forward to welcoming you to Paris in Putney!

Milli and Victoria x