Hug in a Cake

So for this week’s Beardy Boyfriend Weekly Bake, I decided to try a recipe from Marian Keyes’ book, Saved by the Cake.  I bought this book for three reasons.  (1) Because she’s one of my favourite authors and an answer to everyone who says chick lit can’t be feminist!  (2) Because as someone who suffers from severe OCD, I find the baking process to be incredibly calming for me.  (3) The cheesecakes.  Amazing.  I have rarely seen a cookbook with such a cheesecake focus!


For Beardy Boyfriend to bring in to the worksite, I’m always looking for simple cake and loaf recipes for him to bring to work.  This one seemed promising.

The recipe is a basic vanilla cake, but with one exception: bathing it in “three milks” (condensed milk, evaporated milk and double cream.)  I thought it seemed like an interesting process, so I gave it a go overnight.  Marian’s book warned me that the results might be mixed and I definitely had some milky residue at the end of it!

I put slightly more milk in than the recipe called for, but at the end of it?  A delicious (if just a wee bit messy) vanilla cake.  And the milk really does make a difference.  I’d definitely recommend checking out the book!




  1. I’d heard that Marian Keyes had brought out a baking book but never looked inside it. Sounds like it’s got some great recipes inside and I love the idea of this one – is it called tres leches cake? I’ve had that before in South America and the combination of milks is sooo good 🙂

    1. Yes! I thought it was a bit of a crazy idea, but it was actually a really nice cake. Milk brings out the flavours wonderfully.

      I would say get the book if you’re a cheesecake fan. It’s the only book I’ve ever seen with a whole cheesecake chapter!

      Thanks for reading. 🙂

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