Thrifty Bakes

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We all love a sweet treat but quite frankly some baking recipes use so many ingredients it’s cheaper to just buy a small cake but where’s the fun in that. Baking doesn’t need to be over complicated or too pricey. You don’t need all the fancy gadgets and gizmos I literally have a rolling-pin ,  mixing bowl (double as oven dish) , wooden spoon  , a  kitchen scale ( scale is optional you could buy cake mix for around 30p from value range in most supermarkets) and lastly cake tins and baking trays (Poundland) I also use everyday household item  if you have some of these your Baker ready yay.  Below are some exciting recipes I use and like to swap out ingredients or just use what I have in also helps cuts cost.


Simple start cake or cupcakes 

Ready-made peach cake mix

you will need

  • 1 sponge cake mix (29p Asda)
  • 1 tin peaches in syrup (33p Asda)
  • 1 egg
  • 6 tablespoon of syrup from peach or water your choice

1- Pre-heat oven to gas mark 5.

2- Grease your cake tin /or muffin tin.

3-  Pour the content of cake mix into mixing bowl or bowl big enough to mix in add the water/syrup the egg mix until looks smooth.

4- Line the tin or muffin tin with the peach then pour your mixture evenly on top

5- Bake for 15-18 mins

6- Remove from oven and allow to cool then scoff mm.


alternatively, u could use tin mandarins (35p Asda)  or tin pineapple (67p)

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3 ingredient cookies

Not my recipe but they’re so yummy

You will need

  • 1 cup peanut butter (69p Asda)
  • 1 cup of sugar ( 65p for 1kg silver spoon)
  • 1 egg

1- Preheat oven gas mark 6

2- Line baking tray with greaseproof paper

3- Combine the peanut butter, sugar and egg in a bowl until thoroughly mixed.

4 – Spoon onto the baking paper leaving a gap between you blobs of the mixture.

5- Bake for 6-8 mins leave to cool then enjoy.


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Mummy’s tarts


You will need

for filling

  • Jam ( 29p Asda)

for pastry

  • Butter 75g (55p for 250g)
  • plain flour 150g  (45p for 1.5kg)
  • sugar 50g less if u want (65p for 1kg silver spoon )
  • 1 egg


1-Put the flour-butter in a bowl and rub together with your fingertips until it looks breadcrumbs then set aside.

2-Mix the sugar and the egg yolk. If the mix feels too dry to form a dough, add 1 tbsp water.

3- Roll out than us a glass to make a circle like with a cookie cutter then place in muffin/ cupcake tin moulding to it gently.

4- Pop 1 and a bit tablespoons in each one’

5- Put in the oven for 20- 30 mins on gas mark 5.

6- Remove then let cool completely before eating you will burn your mouth not that I’ve tried wink  🙂


Alternatively, you could use marmalade (29p Asda) or lemon curd (39p aside ) depending on your personal preference for an even better saving you could go blackberry picking and make your own jam.


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These are just a few recipes we make with the ingredients we sometimes just have in or buy very cheaply from aside but I’m sure many other shops have a value range you can use also.  very fun to make with the children too so great for rainy days if you’d like more posts like these please let me know I will also be adding a foraging berry and apple adventure post very soon which will include foraged food cooking and baking exciting 😀 thanks for reading hopefully didn’t waffle on too long hehe x




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