Originally posted: 21 April 2008 (If you are into baking please may I recommend my excellent friend Siobhan’s baking blog, I Bake on Mondays)

I’ve loved baking for a long time. Mum baked pies but I never got into that. But Dad did the fun cooking with us. Simple stuff like chocolate cornflake cakes and Angel Delight (not so much cooking as enhancement with a crushed up Flake on the top).

Anyway when we got a microwave it came with a recipe book (because microwave cooking was going to change everything you know) and in that book was the recipe for queen cakes. I remember it to this day:

50g caster sugar
50g butter
75g self raising flour
50g sultanas/ raisins
a bit of milk

I can’t remember the cooking instructions mind. I’d credit the recipe book too but I have no idea what it was.

So when I grew up and got a place of my own I was keen to start baking my own cakes. And that is when I discovered Nigella. And “How to be a Domestic Goddess”. My absolute favourite and the page that the book with open to is the Madeira cake.

So I can happily recommend “How to be a Domestic Goddess” because even if I am not baking from it there are lots of lovely photos of things I’d like to bake…