Spiced milk and honey cake

It can be really difficult to find people that perfect gift at Christmas, especially if you are buying for a lot of people, which is why I regularly resort to the thing I do best; something edible! Giving a handmade gift is both thoughtful and cost-effective, and definitely won’t be something they have already. Whether you whip up a stack of cookies, a batch of festive fudge, or my most recent favourite: a whole cake.

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A whole iced cake in a pretty tin makes a perfect gift. Choose a cake recipe that will stay fresh for a week or so (a ginger cake or fruitcake is perfect) rather than a light sponge that will dry out, as this gives the lucky recipient enough time to enjoy it. I love these Dahlia themed tins from Laura Ashley’s Christmas collection with their golden lids – they look fantastic stocked full of cake and tied with a bow to give away (or keep for yourself!). Their cake forks and cake slicer are also gorgeous, with porcelain handles that match the tin.

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My recipe of choice this year is my spiced honey and milk cake. It is really simple to make, keeps everyone from the youngest to the oldest happy and keeps for 1-2 weeks when stored correctly, which is ideal gift-giving territory.  I’ve thrown on a few festive sprinkles, but you can decorate with whatever you like – a sprinkle of cinnamon works beautifully!

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Spiced honey and milk cake


Recipe adapted from Crave, available on Amazon or high-street book shops. Blog post written in partnership with Laura Ashley.