slight change of plan

We woke up especially early this morning, all bleary eyed we were, for our first day back to school. But oh dear, when we arrived at the suspiciously quiet gates it didn't take long to find out school starts tomorrow instead. But just about long enough to be spotted by several members of staff! Oh well, at least we had a little longer to finish the homework project that didn't quite get done because of our trip. This morning the children made up a song - that'll be a music lesson to tick off, I reckon. Followed by a spot of impromptu baking (cookery: tick) and photography (art: tick).

These delicious cakes were knocked up in next to no time but despite them being so quick to make, no expense has been spared on taste. They are scrumptious.

almond and coconut cakes

170g ground almonds
scant 1/2 tsp bicarb soda
30g coconut oil, melted and cooled
2 tblsp runny honey
2 large eggs

creme fraiche to serve

makes 6

Preheat the oven to 180C. Put the ground almonds and bicarb into a large bowl. Put the remaining cake ingredients into a separate bowl and whisk till combined. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and stir to incorporate. Spoon the mixture into six muffin cups and cook for 20-25 minutes until golden brown and a cocktail stick comes out clean when tested. Allow to cool in the tin before coating with a spoonful of creme fraiche. 
Best eaten soon after eating but will keep a couple of days or so in an airtight container, or alternatively freeze.

I'm not too sure what the harmony and rosie school will be doing this afternoon but it may possibly involve a field trip.

Happy Monday to you, I'll be back in a couple of days with a souvenir giveaway. I hope your day is drier than ours here!


  1. Oh no! I think we have all done that at one time or another. Those cupcakes sound lovely, thanks for sharing!

  2. any change of plan that involves cake is a good thing! x

  3. Mmmm they look good. :)
    Your home schooling sounds like fun!!!
    Vivienne x

  4. Those cakes look scrumptious - but where do you get coconut oil? (Forgive me if it's a completely stupid question.)

    Your home school sounds much more fun than the real thing though.

    1. You can definitely buy coconut oil in health food shops but also lots of supermarkets stock it too, very often in the ethnic food section. But I usually buy it, together with coconut flour, online from http://www.tiana-coconut.com.
      Home school is having a long lunch at the moment, can't get the right teachers sometimes!!

  5. Our day is definitely not drier but is full of homemade flapjacks so could be worse Kate! Love the sound of your lessons and I have done the same with inset days(more than once I'm afraid) x

  6. Looks and sounds delicious! An unexpected home school day indeed! Happy belated birthday to the model!!!

  7. Yummy, we've been back to school for a (very long) week already........enjoy your extra day! x

  8. Whoops - I think thats a right of passage for all families - either going back a day too soon or missing a day ;)

  9. We once managed a day too late, as Vicki says it happens to us all. And the baking looks like fun :D

  10. Hello Kate...Your almond and coconut cakes look wonderful and the Harmony & Rosie school seems a wonderful place for anyone to spend the day!
    Hope you have a happy week,
    Susan x

  11. Mmmmmmmmmmm, looks lovely. Pity I'm on a diet!

  12. Yummy..... An extra day off... fabulous.

  13. Oh these look divine. I've been eyeing that delicious upside down plum cake in a previous post too. How I wish I had a slice now! How wonderful to have visited Vancouver. From what I've heard it's a fabulously creative city.

  14. Oh no how embarrassing!!! It's nice though to have a day you weren't expecting!!! And your cakes look scrummy! Fliss xxx

  15. What a giggle.....I used to keep an eye out the window and see if any other school kids were on their way to school as I could never remember dates for the start of a new term. Fortunately we lived only five minutes walk from the school....

    Your almond and coconut cakes look delish and I bet the kids enjoyed going to the 'Harmony and Rosie' school much more than the usual one......

    Claire :}

  16. My goodness that cupcake looks yummy!!!


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