These light cupcakes can’t fail to impress. I always use this recipe which is reliable for producing light, fluffy cupcakes. I add chocolate chips to make them extra indulgent…Read recipe
This recipe gives one of the best chocolate cakes I have found. Mary Berry’s recipe uses a chocolate icing which is delicious and is more like a chocolate ganache, as it’s thick and creamy… Read recipe
I’ve always been able to rely on this recipe to produce a lovely soft sponge and a really nice strong lemon flavour. It’s so quick and easy to make and it keeps well for at least five days…Read recipe
This all-in-one fruit cake, is ideal if you are short on time, and you like fruit cake of course. It produces a really nice tasting fruit cake. Simple, but still very pleasing to the taste buds. We took a couple of…Read recipe
I think the salted caramel sauce on this cake automatically makes people’s mouth water. The topping automatically transforms this very simple sponge cake into a crowd pleaser…Read recipe
I love marbled cakes, they look good and this one gives the satisfaction of having a chocolate sponge, without being too heavy and rich when you just want a simple cake. The chocolate …Read recipe
This Chocolate and Raspberry Torte is perfect when you are hosting, as it makes it look like you’ve gone to a lot of effort, when actually it’s a relatively easy recipe….Read recipe
The Nutella and Banana in these muffins go really well together and they are incredibly moreish. Great for using up ripe bananas and also a good recipe for baking with children…. Read recipe
Light and fluffy muffins, packed full of blueberries. The recipe uses vanilla and almond essence which gives a great flavour. The sugar crust on the top gives it a sweet crunch and compliments… Read recipe
I was really pleased when I found this recipe for these brownies, which are really soft and squidgy. The added chunks of milk and white chocolate make them feel that bit more indulgent and… Read recipe
Hi and welcome. I’m Victoria, I live in Wymondham, Norfolk with my husband Peter, our baby boy and our very naughty Beagle, Hugo. I’ve created this cake blog for a slightly selfish reason, which is to help me overcome reoccurring chronic pain (the ‘ache’ in The Ache to Bake), by allowing me to concentrate onContinue reading “The ‘ache’ in ‘The Ache to Bake’ – the joy of baking and the ache of living with chronic pain”
The end of my last blog explained how shocked I felt when I found out I was pregnant. I don’t know if it was the shock or if every first-time mum feels the same. All I know is, I definitely wasn’t prepared for pregnancy, let alone childbirth and then actually working out how to careContinue reading “The overwhelming wonders and woes of pregnancy, childbirth and parenthood”
When my physiotherapist (Aka Mrs physio friend) confirmed my suspicions that the pelvic pain I had been experiencing was another episode of chronic pain, at first I felt relieved. After five months of not knowing why I was in pain, I was pleased to finally know what the issue was. However later that evening, andContinue reading “How to calm down an over-sensitised nervous system to ease chronic pain”
The Orangery Tea Room is one of my favourite places for cake and I feel very lucky that it is located very close to where I live. Nestled in the Norfolk countryside in Ketteringham which is just 15 minutes outside of Norwich, it is a little hidden gem.
I spoke in my last blog about how my pelvic pain had begun to improve. It was now seven months since I had given birth and it was nearly eight weeks, since I’d started working on my rehabilitation with my physio.
Why pacing your activity when your living with chronic pain can be so difficult, yet crucial to ‘making the best out of your day’ and aiding your recovery.
In this blog I share what pacing is, my experiences and frustrations of having to do it and why I have to admit (through gritted teeth) that pacing is so dam important. I hope it helps anyone who is struggling with pain.
If you are interested in simple, tried and tested delicious cake and dessert recipes, then you are in the right place. Sadly I cannot claim them as my own recipes, I am simply sharing great finds from recipe books and websites, that I highly recommend.
I’m here to offer you inspiration and save you the time of searching for new recipes. I also offer feedback on what the recipes are like and provide tweaks, to help you get your bake spot on!
If you’d like to know why I am taking the time to share recipes (the ‘ache’ in Ache to Bake), please read my story. Alternatively I hope you simply just enjoy the photos of cake or even try out a recipe or two.