Rosie Makes: Best Bakes of 2018

Rhubarb and almond cake

For my last Sunday Rosie Makes post of the year, I thought I would share a round-up of my best bakes of 2018. It was hard to pick just one per month, but I’ve tried to reflect the seasonal flavours and special events associated with each time of year in my choices! Look back in my archives for more, and let me know if there are any baking requests for the New Year. Happy Hogmanay when it comes!


Chocolate spice cake

Rich and warming chocolate spice cake to soothe those January blues.


Rhubarb and Coconut Meringue Tart

Tropical-inspired rhubarb and coconut meringue tart to bring a taste of Spring sunshine into snowy kitchens.


Earl Grey and orange hot cross buns

Starting to enter the (late this year!) Easter mood with delectably fresh Earl Grey and orange hot cross buns (vegan to boot).


Chocolate, Orange and Almond Simnel Cake

Celebrating Easter with a seasonal table setting and delicious chocolate, orange & almond simnel cake.


Lemon and elderflower drizzle cake


A seasonal lemon and elderflower drizzle cake inspired by the Royal Wedding.


Lavender and Earl Grey Biscuits

I do love my floral flavours and these lavender & Earl Grey biscuits topped with edible flowers proved incredibly popular.


Gooseberry, elderflower and almond sponge

Continuing a summery, floral theme, this gooseberry, elderflower & almond sponge was also a big hit with you lot!


White Chocolate Loaf Cake with Passionfruit Drizzle

… as was this white chocolate loaf cake with passionfruit drizzle. Still thinking about it!


Blackberry, apple and cobnut crumble cake

Autumn is my favourite time – in the kitchen and beyond – and a personal highlight of mine was this blackberry, apple & cobnut crumble cake.


Warm pumpkin blondies

Warm pumpkin blondies for Halloween were another autumnal highlight – and surprisingly simple to whip up.


Star anise shortbread

The star anise shortbread was a big hit with my family – I do hope you try the recipe too! I’m putting star anise in everything now.


Cranberry & Orange Chelsea Bun Tree

Lastly, my cranberry & orange chelsea bun tree – perfect for these days between Christmas and Hogmanay!


  1. Gill says:

    A friend bought me this lovely book for Christmas and I thought of you, Rosie, and your lovely posts! Hope all’s well. x

    • Rosie says:

      Lovely to hear from you, Gill! Thanks so much for your kind words. I hope all is well with you too. Hope you had a great festive season and all the best for a Happy New Year! Wish I’d had that idea for a book! Xx

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