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Adding pops of colour and bursts of sweetness, fruit is the perfect ingredient…

Egg-free passion fruit sponge cake

TOPPED WITH passion fruit pulp

For the sponge

140g (5oz) unsalted butter, softened

120g (4oz) unrefined golden caster sugar (we like Billington’s)

2 tbsp golden syrup

350g (12oz) self-raising white flour (we like Allinson)

2 tsp baking powder

300ml (10fl oz) milk

2 tsp vanilla extract (we like

Nielsen Massey)

For the filling

300ml (10fl oz) double cream

1 tbsp vanilla bean paste (we like

Nielsen Massey)

5 passion fruit

1 Preheat the oven to 170°C/Gas Mark 3. Grease two 20cm (8in) sandwich tins.

2 Whisk together the butter, golden caster sugar and golden syrup until light, fluffy and pale in colour.

3 In a bowl, mix together the baking powder and flour, then gradually add the flour, milk and vanilla extract to the sugar/butter mix.

4 Blend together the ingredients until they are fully incorporated and the batter has reached a smooth consistency. If the mixture is too thick, add a splash more milk to loosen.

5 Fill the two tins equally and bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown and baked throughout. The sponges may be thinner than a standard sponge containing egg.

6 Leave the cake to cool on a wire rack.

7 Prepare the filling by scooping out the flesh, seeds and juice of the passion fruit.

8 In a separate bowl, whip the double cream and vanilla bean paste until it reaches a soft peak. Split the cream in half and gently fold in half of the passion fruit. Spread it generously on the bottom layer of the cake.

9 With the remaining cream, decorate the top of the cake and drizzle over the remaining passion fruit pulp.

Blueberry cheesecake

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For the base

180g (6½oz) digestive biscuits

35g (1¼oz) unrefined light muscovado sugar

100g (3½oz) unsalted butter, melted

For the topping

500g (1lb 1oz) cream cheese

1 tbsp vanilla bean paste

100g (3½oz) icing sugar

200ml (7fl oz) double cream

5 tsp blueberry jam blueberries, to serve

1 Using a rolling pin or food processor, break the biscuits up into crumbs.

2 In a saucepan, melt the butter and sugar together, then add the biscuit crumbs, stirring until they are coated. Pour into a 23cm (9in) round cake tin lined with parchment paper. Use the back of a tablespoon to make sure the mixture is even and coats the whole of the bottom of the tin. Cool completely.

3 In a separate bowl, beat together the cream cheese, vanilla and icing sugar.

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