Fred and Bex


Our Fred & Bex raspberry vinegar makes a scrumptious addition to cakes, so for our latest recipe, our intrepid recipe developer Sal has come up with something fabulous for afternoon tea – perfect for Easter Sunday, after the big post-roast walk. The dark chocolate cake is made with ground almonds instead of flour, so that it’s really moist, and the richness is perfectly balanced by the sweetness of the raspberry buttercream.


For the cake:

250g dark chocolate

100g butter

6 eggs

75g caster sugar

100g ground almonds

For the buttercream:

150g margarine

100g icing sugar

1 tbsp Fred & Bex raspberry vinegar

A few drops of pink food colouring (optional)

To decorate:

Rose petals

Preheat the oven to 180°C (170°C fan). Start by breaking up the chocolate, and place in a bowl with the butter. Microwave in thirty second bursts, stirring each time, until both ingredients have melted and you have a lovely silky mixture. Set aside.

Next, separate the eggs, and beat the yolks with the sugar until pale yellow. Add the ground almonds and the melted butter and chocolate, and stir well.

Now, whisk the egg whites until stiff peaks are formed, and then carefully fold them into the chocolate mixture. Divide between two sandwich tins, greased and lined with paper on the bottom, then place in the oven and bake for 30 minutes.

When the time’s up, test the middle of each cake with a skewer, then allow to cool for a few minutes before turning out onto a wire rack and leaving to go completely cold.

When you’re ready to decorate, make the buttercream icing by simply beating all the ingredients together until you have a smooth mixture. You don’t have to add food colouring if you don’t fancy it, but the vinegar doesn’t give the icing any colour, so I think it’s nice to make it pink. Spread neatly on top of one cake, and then sandwich with the other one. Sprinkle the top with sugar and rose petals, and serve with tea in your prettiest china.

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Tina Hunter-Shaw

My waffle maker and Fred and Bex goodies have arrived! Thank you so much!! X


Thanks so much for the Raspberry vinegar, yummy on Skinners ice cream!!..........thanks