Comments on: About Me A UK baking blog featuring cakes, cupcakes, cookies, desserts & more! Recipes included, sugar rush guaranteed! Sun, 12 Nov 2017 09:07:22 +0000 hourly 1 By: Lisa | Sweet 2 Eat Baking Mon, 14 Nov 2016 19:21:02 +0000 Hi Barbara,

Sorry to hear of your troubles. Unfortunately, I can’t give you an accurate amount of baking powder in flours here as I hear it can differ from countries and even brands. I usually stick to the same method as you – 1 1/2 tsp per cup (125g) of plain (all purpose) flour.

However, there could be a few reasons the cakes are sinking in the middle…
1. Too much raising agents or, depending on the recipe, too much air being incorporated (for example, egg whites being over beaten).
2. Opening the oven door mid baking.
3. Oven temperature too high or inaccurate oven temperatures which causes the edges to cook too rapidly and rise.

As I don’t know which recipes you’re baking, I would suggest the only time to mix on medium-high speed is when you’re creaming the butter and sugar(s). The remaining ingredients mixed on low to prevent over mixing. If that doesn’t help, I’d suggest investing in an oven thermometer to make sure your oven temperature is accurate. If you have a fan assisted oven, you can adjust the temperature down by 20 degrees C.

I hope you manage to figure out the issues and enjoy baking again. Good luck.

By: Barbara Broerman Mon, 14 Nov 2016 18:28:48 +0000 HI Lisa
Just fond your blog and hope you can help. I’ve been re-inspired to bake again by the GBBO. I have bought several of the cookbooks from the show and the breads have uniformly turned out well as have the savory pastries. The Mary Berry cakes have been a disaster. I am in Canada and the cake recipes have called for self rising flour. Our self rising flour has 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder per cup. All of the cakes have risen properly but fallen in the centre, which I attribute to too much baking powder. Several of the recipes have also called for additional baking powder as well. What is the proportion of baking powder in the UK self rising/raising flour and do you think that is the problem? I love the tastes of the cakes so would like to succeed with them. Many thanks.

By: Lisa | Sweet 2 Eat Baking Tue, 17 Nov 2015 18:21:34 +0000 Hi Carly, I’m sorry my reply is so late – I have taken a hiatus from the site for personal reasons. It looks like the software I use for the contact forms had gone corrupt while I was away. However, they’re back up and working again should you wish to contact me. Again, apologies for the delay.

By: Carly Mon, 26 Oct 2015 15:09:12 +0000 Hi,

Your contact forms aren’t displaying, can you provide an email to contact you on.


By: Linda Stater Fri, 18 Sep 2015 12:36:27 +0000 Lisa, you truly are an inspiration and I feel ashamed when I find myself sometimes moaning over my aches and pains as I continue to grow-up. I am 67 and very grateful to God that I have gotten this far : )

Thank you for your Website, it’s son great to see some British recipes (being born and raised in Royal Leamington Spa) I miss my England sometimes and recipes seem to keep me close to my home-land somehow. God bless you, hang in there and thank you once again from a fellow country woman.

By: Sandra Mon, 11 Aug 2014 19:22:53 +0000 Your recipes and pictures are awesome and it’s a pleasure to meet you.

By: Lisa Sat, 07 Jun 2014 22:00:23 +0000 Hi Alain, Thanks for stopping by and leaving a sweet comment.

I don’t consider myself as an inspiration, but I can relate to those little problems too. I think we all deal with problems differently, and it’s only natural to vent our problems onto friends and family much to their annoyance. But I like to keep the mentality that there’s people worse off in the world than me. 🙂

Take care.

By: Alain Malenfant Sat, 07 Jun 2014 01:11:20 +0000 Hi from Montreal Canada. I have read your about page. I apologize for your disease and I think your courage and determination should inspire many of us with our “little problems”.

Continue your nice work.

Long life to you and your family.

Best wishes!

By: Stephanie Tue, 01 Apr 2014 20:18:44 +0000 Well, I love reading blogs about life of a fellow. I have a severe scalp psoriasis since I was 5 years old and I cannot do anything outside without my mom because I am ashamed of my condition. Until, my mother came across a blog called which gives remedies. Now my life has improved with the aid of the remedies.

By: Mandy Tue, 14 Jan 2014 13:58:57 +0000 Hi Lisa,have just come across your site by accident and just love it.
I also suffer from a chronic condition, Rheumatoid Arthritis and have done for 20yrs so understand your situation. I too have found baking to be a tremendous help to me especially with boredom although I’m not a very good one I just enjoy the whole experience of making a cake and seeing that end result.
I am looking forward to baking (and eating) many of the recipes I have seen on here as they all look gorgeous and yummy!!