Sophie, who runs stationery business Junk & Glitter, previously wrote award-winning blog The Cake Hunter, which was born out of a love for butter and sugar, and still blogs sporadically here at The Dinner Bell.

All posts by Sophie // The Cake Hunter

Slow cooker brioche bread pudding with salted butterscotch sauce

I always break out the slow cooker when the temperature drops at this time of year. It’s so comforting to get home from work and have a meal ready and waiting. I make all the slow cooker regulars, cottage pie; beef stew; pulled pork and even roast chicken but one thing I love to make is dessert. This bread pudding is sheer carby perfection smothered in salty vanilla butterscotch sauce. Plus it’s super easy! It’s a great idea if your oven is busy cooking a big meal like Sunday dinner and you haven’t got room anywhere else to cook a dessert because you can plug a slow cooker in anywhere. Read More

Basic pumpkin bread

I feel like by calling this basic I am insulting it but what I mean is, this is a delicious no frills pumpkin bread that is easily adaptable should you wish to add any kind of browned butter, chocolate chip, cranberry frills. I’ve made this a few times and each time I felt like I was adding too many frills, at one point you wouldn’t have known there was pumpkin in it (largely due to too much treacle) so I stripped it back and there it was, a super simple but delicious loaf perfect for afternoon coffee.

This was what I had been thinking about just before I made this bread. Stop overcomplicating life/recipes. The reason my last few recipes had failed was because I had made them too complicated. I like a strong ginger flavour so I put 1.5 teaspoons in but you can adjust the spices to your taste. I’ll be sneaking a slice of this into work for my 3pm sugar craving. Read More

Apple, parsnip & rosemary syrup cake

I go mad for vegetables or herbs in cakes. It’s like, it shouldn’t work but it does…and it tastes better than any cake ever made before. This is why carrot cake reigns supreme. Rosemary is just my absolute hands down favourite herb in the history of herbs forever amen. I sprinkle it on as much as I can get away with and now I want to bake with it for eternity. I’m getting carried away? Ok. I took this cake into work, left it in the communal kitchen and it was gone within ten minutes.

I’ve had a few posts recently with chocolate in so I decided to try something different, otherwise I’d have been all over the salted caramel chocolate cake.

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Lemon, cardamom and buckwheat polenta cake

Yeah, that’s a mouthful I know but they are all crucial ingredients so I couldn’t really miss them out the title. I really loved the flavour and texture of the cake so I plan to experiment more with buckwheat. This recipe is based off Nigella’s lemon polenta cake but is very different from the original. It’s much more like a pound cake and has a wonderful texture. Read More

Matcha custard doughnuts

When I was 17 I developed my first real obsession – music…possibly to the detriment of my grades to be honest. I have a bit of an addictive personality so it tends to be all or nothing with some things. This was really before I was able to download very much – certainly legally anyway – so I bought CDs every week. I remember when The Strokes 12:51 single came out and I was so so desperate to hear it that I made my Dad call into HMV, pick up the CD and drop it off to me at school so I could listen to it on my Walkman. Read More