I Would Love to Bake a Cake for… Roald Dahl

Apologies for this post coming to you so late in the day! I’ll not lie, I’m cream-crackered after the most wonderful weekend at The Goodwood Revival.

I was baking all weekend in the Kenwood Kitchen and you can see loads of fabulous photos of the fun we had on my Facebook page by clicking here.

All weekend, I have been immersed in a little Roald Dahl world of my own making – in honour of his centenary year, I demonstrated the baking of two cakes inspired by my favourite of his works.

I baked a Candy Cascade Cake, inspired by Willy Wonka in Charlie & the Chocolate Factory.

I also baked up a Chocolate Fudge Cake (using my Chocolate Mud Cake recipe as the base), worthy of the Trunchbull’s punishment of greedy little Bruce Bogtrotter in Matilda. It proved difficult to get a good shot of this cake as it was devoured pretty much as soon as it was made… and it was made six times over the weekend!

So I would love to bake either of these cakes for Roald Dahl to thank him for his fabulously weird view of childhood and for giving me so much joy in reading his books as a child – I remember reading them to my little Brother too, with suitable voices put on for the characters!


I am certain that in another 100 years, children will still be both delighted and appalled by the world of Roald Dahl. I’ve never got over Quentin Blake’s illustration of the food in Mr Twit’s beard (The Twits) and, to this day I dream of trying the fizzy pop that makes you fly.

So carry on dreaming, believe in magic always, and stay gorgeous!