Tag Archives: cherry

Cherry Victoria sponge cake with chocolate

8 Apr

Cherry sponge cake  The Hungry Mum

Happy birthday to my lovely friend Jo! I made her this easy, from scratch cherry Victoria sponge cake with chocolate for her birthday and she was thrilled! Continue reading


Chocolate, cherry and coconut scone tray bake

4 Apr


Chocolate and cherry scone tray bake - The Hungry Mum.

I found myself with a hankering to make scones on the weekend. I made a batch of traditional scones before I had a light bulb moment: tray bake. With chocolate. And dried cherries. And coconut. Continue reading

Donna Hay black forest cake

19 Aug

The Hungry Mum black forest cake

The Hungry Dad is a huge fan of black forest cake and it recently occurred to me that I had yet to make it for him.

We were headed out on a picnic with some friends and I decided to bake this cake. Let me interrupt myself here by saying that picnics for me are heaven, while The Hungry Dad treats them as something along the lines of purgatory. All that eating in the fresh air – pah, says he.

So this cake was a peace offering / bribe to encourage him to enjoy the day. And a good time was had by all. Hooray! Continue reading

Donna Hay cherry and cardamom pound cake

1 Jun

The Hungry Mum - Donna Hay cherry pound cake

I always thought pound cakes were heavy, rectangular-shaped items. I have long loved pound cake and have fond memories of eating frozen Sara Lee pound cake with sultanas at my nana’s house (nana wasn’t a baker, bless).

Then I saw my guru Donna Hay had made a pound cake in a circular shape and my mind.was.blown. #easilyImpressed Continue reading

Cherry coconut and chocolate squares

8 May


Here’s a fun fact: I dislike cucumbers but love pickles. In sorta the same vein I dislike fresh cherries but love Cherry Ripes. I’m not a massive chocolate fan [it was a different story when I was a teen] but when the choc urge strikes it just HAS to be a Cherry Ripe. The makers occasionally taunt me with a ‘limited edition’ extra dark chocolate version of Cherry Ripe but once they have been discontinued I go into mourning. Every time I’m in a $2 shop I greedily search out any left-over stock but it often amounts to disappointment and heart-break.

When I found a recipe for this easy slice that contained many of the ingredients of a Cherry Ripe I was hooked. You can find it in Family Circle’s Biscuits and Slices book, which is an oldie but a goody. This is ideal for a morning tea as it can thrown together easily and you’re likely to have most [if not all] of the ingredients in your pantry. Switch the dark chocolate for milk or even white if you like – feel free to be a rebel and mix it up. As is my wont I reduced the amount of sugar and changed a few others things too.




1 cup self-raising flour

1 cup desiccated coconut

1/3 cup sugar

125g butter, melted

50g dark chocolate


1 cup glace cherries, finely snipped

¼ cup brown sugar

½ cup shredded coconut

½ cup chopped almonds [the original used pecans]

2 lightly beaten eggs



Preheat oven to 180C and grease and line a 30cmx25cmx2cm shallow tin.

Place flour, coconut and sugar in a bowl and mix, then add butter and stir to combine.

Place batter in tin evenly.

Make topping by mixing cherries, brown sugar, coconut and almonds in a bowl. Add eggs and combine then spread evenly over batter in tin.

Bake for 8-ish minutes or until top is pale gold.

Allow to cool in tin completely.

Meanwhile melt chocolate, then place in zip lock bag, cut off corner and drizzle over the top.

Cut into squares after chocolate has hardened.