It feels like ages since I shared a recipe on the blog. I’ve still been doing a lot of baking, but mostly for other projects and articles. I thought it was high time I shared some vintage inspired baked treats on here again. Todays recipe is adapted from one I found in a vintage 50s recipe book. These are easy to whip up and quick to bake.

The recipe makes a very thin cake, which is then iced and cut into squares for a delicious snack. These would be great as part of a party or afternoon tea.


85g Butter

85g Caster sugar

½ tsp Baking powder

15 g cocoa powder

85g Flour

2 Eggs


Chocolate Icing to Decorate (I make a basic icing by mixing icing sugar and coco powder with water)

Flaked almonds to decorate


Preheat oven to 220ºc Grease a baking tray (I used a 9×9″ tin)

Sift the flour and baking powder together in a mixing bowl

In a separate bowl cream the butter and sugar until pale.

Stir the cocoa into the butter mixture and beat until well mixed.

Add the eggs one at a time and beast each well before adding the next.

Fold in flour mixture and mix lightly.

Add a little milk as required.

Pour the mixture into the tray and spread evenly.

Bake for 8-10 minutes.

Turn out and cool on a wire rack.

Pour the icing onto the flat side of the cake coating it evenly.

Sprinkle with flaked almonds and slice once set.

If you enjoyed this, I’m still writing monthly food articles in Vintage Life Magazine. In the latest issue, I’ve been baking with flowers and have featured recipes for a Rosewater Cake and Lavender Shortbread biscuits.

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I often wonder at what point a set of things becomes a collection. There are lots of lovely vintage things I keep an eye out for when I’m out vintage shopping but not many I’d actually consider myself to be collecting. In fact collecting as concept scares me a little, I don’t like to own things that I’m not using and never want to become a hoarder! However my recent enthusiasm for vintage kitchenalia is definitely becoming a collection. I’m also completely happy with it as I use most of it all the time.

Vintage Kitchenalia Collection
The other day I cleared everything from my vintage dresser and arranged some of my lovely vintage kitchen items on it, I then decided it was high time I shared some pictures of my little collection with you. Throughout the post I’ve linked to individual post about the items or the event where I bought them.

Tala Icing Set Vintage Kitchenalia
My precious Tala icing set was the first vintage kitchen piece I owned and it was bought from a house clearance. I love that Tala stuff is really common and very affordable. You can get these icing sets on Ebay for under £15 and they look really lovely on display.

Tala Two Way Egg Slicer
Two other Tala pieces in my collection are my egg slicer which I bought a few weeks ago at a vintage event and my cookie cutters which I bought at the Classic Car Boot Sale last year. They are pictured with my precious box of Elizabeth Craig recipe cards from 1937.

Vintage Glass Jelly Moulds
I absolutely love anything made from glass so vintage jelly moulds have always been something  that has caught my eye. I have such a huge list of vintage set dessert recipes that I cannot wait to try and now I have so many moulds that I can do them all at once. If you have one why not try my milky jelly or blancmange recipes.

1930s Simple Recipes for Home Baking Recipe Pamphlet
My collection of vintage recipe books and advertisement booklets is getting pretty extensive. Ever since I started regularly trying original vintage recipes I’ve bought them whenever I’ve seen them. I have big plans for the baking side of the blog which I will hopefully be sharing in the new year. Find lot’s of vintage recipes in the Baking section of the blog.

Vintage Quality Street Tins
I see these vintage quality street tins all the time, I bought both of mine for under £1 at car boot sales and I’d definitely like a few more. They’re really colourful and fun. Vintage tins are definitely something I’d like a few more of so I can keep useful bits and bobs in them.

Vintage Mason Cash Bowls
I also absolutely love Mason Cash mixing bowls. They have been produced consistently for over a hundred years and are such an essential part of any vintage kitchen collection. The second two in the picture are both Mason Cash and the first one is a 1930s Gripstand mixing bowl which is much rarer.

I G Green & Co Gripstand Mixing Bowl 1930s
To me the joy of vintage clothing is all in the details and the same goes for vintage homewares, even the packaging is so iconic…

Vintage Kitchen Advertising
What vintage things do you collect?