Would you pay a restaurant to eat your own cake?

Not everyone agrees. “The thing we get to do, which is the greatest privilege, is to be the place where people mark the moments in their life,” says Nick Gibson, the owner of the Drapers Arms in Islington. “What frustrates... Read more

The best show-stopping alternatives to traditional wedding cake

The multi-tiered wedding cake has come a long way since its inception under the reign of King Charles II, when a French chef created the one we know today. Then reserved for the grandeur of royal events, it has now... Read more

The burning question: what is the healthiest cooking oil to use in 2022?

None of which is especially appetising, but it is expedient for the manufacturer. The process makes the oils bland (appealing to customers) and gives them a long shelf life, which suits retailers. It also gives them a high ‘smoke point’... Read more

The burning question: what is the healthiest cooking oil?

None of which is especially appetising, but it is expedient for the manufacturer. The process makes the oils bland (appealing to customers) and gives them a long shelf life, which suits retailers. It also gives them a high ‘smoke point’... Read more

The burning question: which oil should I really be cooking with?

Think you know which oil to use when, and how? Think again. Food aficionados like to boast that their unfiltered, extra-virgin olive oil is sacred, only for drizzling over radicchio, and that flaxseed oil is the nutrient booster to use... Read more

How do you invent a recipe that is practically perfect in every way?

But some of the best recipes can come about by accident. Ruth Graves Wakefield, owner of the Toll House Inn in Whitman, Massachusetts, supposedly came up with her Toll House Chocolate Crunch Cookies recipe in the late Thirties when she... Read more

The best yule logs for Christmas 2021, tried and tested

This year’s offerings are largely based on the traditional, tried-and-tested formula of soft spiralled sponge, chocolate buttercream and a thick coating of rich ganache. Vegan options are successful, however, while some creations star fresh cream for a lighter log. M&S... Read more

The best Christmas cakes for 2021, tried and tested

Beneath an elegant, snow-white layer of fondant icing the marzipan is generous and well-flavoured. The soft, pale crumb is moist and filled with plump, juicy fruit, not to mention large glacé cherries and rubbly nuts. Delicious. £11 for 900g, sainsburys.co.uk... Read more