Photo: Richard Seymour

 Jessica Johnson (left) is a freelance writer, author, WI member and a member of The Guild of Food Writers. Together with food photographer Camilla Blackie, they scour vintage cook-books, magazines and archives in search of the best and most well-loved cake recipes from the last century.

If you’d like to offer recipes or suggestions please email: jessicascakespot@gmail.com

Published on November 21, 2009 at 11:12 pm  Comments (8)  


  1. “its practically perfect in every way”… Jessica Simmons you have created something that reflects your passion for everything quintessentially English. Its delightful, elegant and of course tasty bloody gorgeous. I have something coming your way which I hope might be put to use here, I think its a find and a half! I look forward to the next installment…

  2. Dear Jessica,

    Your friend -and my colleague- Carina has directed me to this site and thank God she did, it is fabulous! Could you please add me to the mailing list? And also, if you ever want a Belgian recipe, don’t hesitate to give me a shout! I was born in this heavenly land of Chocolate (and Beer), you see.

    Liz xxx

  3. hi cuz,
    Will give them a whirl and pass them on to my mum to try at her school..
    See you soon
    Ashley xxx



  5. just wanted to send thank you, from a fellow cake baker

    take care

  6. Fantastic website Jessica! I love the black treacle flapjacks and only atempted them by chance as had the need to bake. Brilliant. I look forward to whiling away many a few hours on your site. Keep up the goos work.
    Thank you!

    • Thanks Louise! Hope they were tasty – next up is Granny’s toffee apple pie for bonfire night. happy baking x

  7. What a great site Jess and cannot wait to try some of the cake. The mincemeat and marzipan definitely caught my eye. Judy

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