Sweet potato doughnuts

6 of the best cakes and baking recipes you’ll love

Posted by Liz Earle Beauty Co. September 2, 2020 | 2 min read

Ovens on, mixing bowls at the ready – this is the month you become a baking virtuoso (if you’re already at Bake Off levels, we doff our novice chef’s caps to you!). We’ve rounded up six of our favourite recipes to get you started, from sourdough to sugar-free cakes. Time to tuck in…

For shoehorning in those secret veg

Our very own Ethnobotanist, James Wong is a dab hand at switching out traditional ingredients – think refined sugar and butter – to include nutrient-packed, colourful veg in his baking recipes. What’s more, these delicious baked (instead of fried) sweet potato doughnuts were inspired by NASA research, so they’re officially out of this world.

For sugar-free cakes without the crash

Chef Sophie Michell was forced to give up sugar when she was diagnosed with insulin resistance. Not that you’d know it looking at her latest book, Baking Without Sugar, which is choc full of sugar-free cake showstoppers, the kind we’d happily devour at the drop of a hat. We’re particularly tempted by this pistachio cake with rosewater icing. Sugar, we don’t need you.

For pastries you’d never guess were vegan

Oh Lady Cakes aka Ashlae from Denver, Colorado, is a poster girl for vegan cooking of all descriptions, but it’s her pastries and desserts that had us tumbling down a virtual vegan rabbit hole. If you can get your head around the US conversion, these cinnamon rolls made with coconut oil are a must-bake.

For gluten-free goodness to get you through the PM

Not only are these mint moringa oreos by Baghdad-born, Manchester-based food blogger Nadia’s Healthy Kitchen vegan and gluten-free, the zingy green filling is made with superfood moringa powder which contains an abundance of nutrients including essential vitamins, minerals, proteins and antioxidants – we know!

For the perfect sourdough loaf

Ready to jump aboard the sourdough train? As a high-fibre alternative to regular white or whole wheat bread, it’s the ultimate DIY bake – we’re big fans of this simple no knead recipe from the team at Bread Ahead, letting you slot the loaf-making process into your schedule easily over three days. For scrumptious snaps and tutorials on everything from pitta bread to pizza, check out their Instagram. Warning, they’re mouthwateringly good!

For a low calorie cupcake hit

According to Jamie Oliver, these apple and cardamom cupcakes are a mere 145 calories a pop. Plus, they’re made with gluten-free flour and ground almonds making them arguably more easily digestible, too.