My best ever baking recipes

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Pear and halva crumble loaf with pecans, honey & maple

I adore baking and these recipes are my all-time favourite and it was pretty hard to choose from the long list of what to include here. I have 10 best cake recipes but these are a mix of various treats that I make again and again and have become super popular on the blog. These are the ones I suggest you turn to whenever you want to spread some love because baking is an act of love. Enjoy!

My grandmother Betty’s legendary crunchies

This recipe is one of the most popular posts of all time on Drizzleanddip. It is the best and only South African crunchie recipe you will ever need.

Traditional South African crunchie recipe (crunchies)

Purple plum torte

This famous purple plum torte which I first spotted on Smitten Kitchen is one of the easiest and most delicious baked treats you can make when plums are in season. They bake into the cake batter forming gorgeous jam-like pools making this perfect to serve as a dessert with whipped cream.

The famous plum torte

Maybe the best chocolate cake by Ina Garten

This cake is widely regarded as the best chocolate cake in the world. It is right up there. I love how it’s made with a cup of coffee to intensify the chocolate flavour and it has a firmness which makes it easy to frost.

Maybe the best chocolate cake recipe in the world by Ina Garten

Pear and halva crumble loaf with pecans, honey & maple

I made this delectable loaf a year ago and have not stopped dreaming about making it again since. It’s insanely wonderful.

Pear and halva crumble loaf with pecans, honey & maple - adapted from Donna Hay

The best tres leches cake

This well-known South American cake is utterly delicious with a sublime texture. I’m pretty sure it’s the best tres leches cake on the internet. I ended up using six types of milk as opposed to three so it should actually be called a seis leches cake but somehow that doesn’t sound as cool.

Probably the best tres leches cake on the internet

Hummingbird cake with cream cheese frosting

This pineapple and banana Hummingbird cake is defs one of my faves. I also use this recipe as my base for carrot cake or various other fruit cakes with apples or pears. It’s so moist and delicious and this is my go-to cream cheese frosting.

You can also make this cake into a sheet cake which makes feeding a crowd easier.

A hummingbird sheet cake ona cooling rack

My best carrot cake recipe

My all-time best carrot cake recipe.

My best carrot cake recipe


This is a classic Italian recipe for something that you break up and serve in shards with grappa. I personally leave that out and love the very crunchy texture of this with hints of orange and vanilla. It is so moreish you can’t stop hitting the cookie jar with this one.

sbrisolona - a classic italian almond and polenta crumb cake

Victorian sponge cake with strawberry jam

Such a classic and utterly delicious cake.

Victorian sponge cake with strawberry jam recipe

Whipped vanilla shortbread

This creates melt-in-the-mouth shortbread biscuits/ cookies that are such fun to make with and for kids.

Whipped vanilla shortbread recipe

Alison Romans choc chip shortbread

This recipe is everything it’s cracked up to be and I am in love with it.

Alison Roman's famous salted butter & choc chip shortbread cookies

Easy ginger & honey biscuits

These are made in one bowl, by hand and they are so good. They can be soft or crunchy,

The best easy honey and ginger biscuit recipe (soft & chewy)

Easy Madeleine’s with lavender & sugar

This is a fantastic recipe for Madeleine’s and also the easiest. You can play around with it and change the flavour to suit your taste.

An easy recipe for madeleines with lavender & lemon sugar

A riff on this madeleine recipe is one with lemon & poppyseed

Lemon & poppy seed madeleines with a lemon glaze recipe

Apple & strawberry crumble

This is my all-time favourite apple crumble recipe and apple crumble is one of my best desserts. You must make the creme Anglaise yourself too. It makes all the difference.

apple and strawberry crumble

Easy stout fruit cake (with or without stout)

This easy recipe for a boiled fruit cake is one I dug out of my maternal grandmother’s recipe book. I adapted it and used stout instead of water but it’s great either way. Everything is mixed by hand it could not be simpler.

my grandmothers neverfail boiled fruit cake with stout

Orange & pecan muffins

These muffins are perfection and involve using a whole seedless orange in the batter mix. So easy.

The most delicious orange & pecan muffin recipe

The best morning glory muffins

Healthy Morning Glory muffins with honey drizzle

Olive oil chiffon cake

If there was ever a cake designed to eat for breakfast then this is it. Serve with fresh ricotta, sliced stone fruit and a generous drizzle of honey.

olive oil chiffon cake

Pink swirl meringues with pomegranate syrup

These are more like mini pavlovas and when served with fresh cream and the syrup poured over, are a real show stopper.

Pink swirl meringues with pomegranate

Stout hot cross buns

I’m personally all for fruity hot cross being eaten all year round. Toasted with butter dripping through, they are a thing of perfection. This recipe with stout is easier than it may look at first and you could freeze off any extra for later butter and toast heavenly moments.

easystout hot cross spiced buns

Butternut scones with cheese & chives

These are my fave cheese scones, and so easy to make too.

butternut scones with cheese and herbs {video}

Pomegranate scones

While we are on the topic of scones, I love them so much I had previously created a round-up of my 5 favourite recipe, but these sweet scones with fresh pomegranate pearls that burst in your mouth while eating are pretty damn fine.

Pomegranate scones

My perfect cheese scones

My ultimate and very cheese scones.

A recipe to make perfech cheese scones that are light and fluffy

Apple pie crumble bars

I’ve added fruit mince to the apple in these bars but you can really add anything you like. Jam and apple work brilliantly too. They are my fave fruit bar recipe that feels like shortbread and apple crumble got together and made a love child. The crunchy flaked almonds on top are the best bit.

apple and mince pie crumble bars

Cherry meringue tartlets

These made it to the cover of my second cookbook Sweet and are perfect little tarts.

Cherry meringue tartlets

Possibly the best banana bread ever

Made with overly ripe bananas and with a crunchy sugar walnut topping, this is now my favourite banana bread recipe.

possibly the best banana bread ever

My best buttermilk and bran rusks

These are my favourite rusk and have a very crunchy and lighter texture.

A bowl of buttermilk bran rusks

Muesli rusks with oats & raisins

These are my second favourite rusk and are loaded with seeds and raisins.

Muesli rusks with oats & raisins recipe

Nectarine, blueberry & bourbon pie

The most delicious fruit pie under a cloak of crisp buttery pastry. I will make this again and again.

Nectarine, blueberry & bourbon pie recipe

My best lemon meringue pie

A pile of Italian meringue on a lemon pie

Chocolate nemesis

This is the famous chocolate nemesis cake from the River Cafe. The one with the renowned printing error, but I have the correct version. It’s essentially like a baked chocolate mousse and the ultimate dessert to end a diner party.

Chocolate Nemesis recipe from the River Cafe

Red velvet cupcakes

These are the very best red velvet cupcakes you will ever find and the recipe comes from Magnolia Bakery in NYC (the mothership of cupcakes). I have used my own cream cheese frosting on them though.

the best ever red velvet cupcakes

Blueberry & apricot muffins

This is a superb fruit muffin recipe which you can adapt. But I love the flavour combo of apricots and blueberries.

blueberry and apricot muffins

My best ever choice chip cookie are these but using macadamia nuts instead

Bacon & zucchini quiche

If you are looking for a fab savoury quiche recipe, this is it.

Bacon & zucchini quiche

Decadent chocolate brownies with Nutella

These are my fave brownies and the Nutella topping just takes it over the edge, they are perfectly fine without it too.

Chocolate brownies with Nutella

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  1. Maria Hargrave says:

    Oh my word! Absolute pure delight! Thanks so much for sharing these fabulous recipes again! I just want to bake/make ALL of them!

  2. charliesbird says:

    I can’t help reading those recipes with stout in the title as the afrikaans stout (naughty) – equally as charming a name of a recipe – naughty hot cross buns!

  3. Ansa Theart says:

    I’m not much of a baker and this made me want to switch on the oven!!!

  4. Such a delicious collection of recipes! I especially love your apple strawberry crumble and crumble bars!

  5. Im so glad to hear Ansa – I hope you do try at least one of these. thanks sam

  6. Hi Sam, these photos and recipes making me drool.Simply awesome ???

  7. Hi Sam, these photos and recipes making me drool.Simply awesome ???

  8. Thanks Anand

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