Author Archives: Cal Cakestall

About Cal Cakestall

About 20 years ago, I was asked to run the cake stall at a fete. I started to make cakes, jam, chutney, and other food to sell. Then I was given a very nice hamper at Christmas and realised that (1) I could make just as good a hamper myself and (2) all my family and friends had most things they needed, and would prefer to be given hampers instead. Along the way, I've picked up a lot of tips about what works and what doesn't work. And I enjoy trying things out and learning new tips.

Seville orange yoghurt sponge drop cookies

Seville orange yoghurt sponge drop cookies

Seville orange yoghurt sponge drop cookies

Seville oranges: I love their bitter, strong flavour, and bought some at the market without any clear idea about what to do with them. Then this month’s AlphaBake challenge letter was Y, and I love yoghurt in general and yoghurt cakes in particular. And I’ve longed to make Smitten Kitchen’s grapefruit yoghurt cake. And I love lemon curd…

So a whole lot of ideas came together. I’d make a Seville Orange curd, and turn the cake into little drop cookies, and sandwich them together with it. And I did, and  they’re delicious. They look rather ordinary, but trust me: a lovely sharp orange flavour makes them light but distinctly moreish. Continue reading