‘Swallows and Amazons’ cakes are always special.
We made a ‘Swallows and Amazons’ seed cake with caraway seeds and almonds, which reminded me of being on Peel Island.
Not so long ago, Miranda Gore Brown brought her version of Mrs Dixon’s traditional fruit cake to The Arthur Ransome Society pirate feast, along with her book Bake Me A Cake As Fast As You Can, which has ideas on how to ice cakes.
Miranda has all sort of ideas for baking here. She made this cake for her son’s birthday, described here
A huge cake was baked to celebrate the launch of Julian Lovelock’s book ‘Swallows, Amazons and Coots‘ with a forward by Sophie Neville.
This cake celebrates Arthur Ransome’s book ‘Great Northern?’ set on the Isle of Lewis where filming took place for the DVD ‘Encountering the Ransomes’ released by The Arthur Ransome Society
Does anyone have a recipe for Cook’s black cake? We would love to see your ideas for literary decorations. Here are a few more to inspire you:
~Winner of The Susan Prize~
It was my privilege to award The Susan Prize to the girls who baked this cake. It proved they must have loved Arthur Ransome’s book ‘Winter Holiday’. The Swallows, Amazons and Ds are obviously contemplating whether or not to skate on the tarn that I understand was made by melting sweets and ‘took absolutely ages.’ You can see two of the characters approaching the ice.
Dorothea, the aspiring novelist, is skating around this cake, which tasted so delicious it almost transported me to the banks of the tarn itself.
~Winner of the Crumbly Creations~
A number of crumbly creations, using biscuits and chocolate, gave us a good idea of what the igloo in ‘Winter Holiday’ must have looked like, while this birthday cake was inspired by the Puffin cover of ‘Swallows and Amazons’.
Swallowy dodgers with slices of cake claimed by Amazon pirates were on offer at Lakeland Arts to accompany their Swallows and Amazons exhibition:
“There was an enormous gooseberry tart” recipe published in Signals:
Elizabeth Rondthaler Jolley sent this photo from America:
Adam Quinan has written from Canada: ‘I made this for an Arthur Ransome Birthday party event in Toronto back in January 2004. We went skating on an outdoor rink and ate Igloo hotpot and then came inside and listened to some storytellers retelling some of ‘Old Peter’s Russian Tales’ with the ‘Winter Holiday’ cake and tea.’
I didn’t bake this lovely cake – below- I spotted it on Pinterest, but they have made bunting out of the Swallows and Amazons flags I drew:
Here is a bunloaf baked to celebrate Arthur Ransome’s Birthday in 2022
Wild Cat Island makes a good cake. Here’s one made in January 2022:
There are also some great savory ideas including this eel made by Annie Warwick:
8 thoughts on “Swallows and Amazons cakes”
These are superb, imaginative confections! They are a great way to remind people of the superb literary legacy of Arthur Ransome.
What lovely imafinative cakes. We have your book about your experience filming Swallows and Amazons and I look forward to reading it!
Thanks so much for writing in. Have you seen the 1974 film ‘Swallows and Amazons’?
hi there, sophie, i made a Swallows and amazons theme cake for my little brother this year who drew out the design he really loves to watch the original movies and we just finished the big six last Friday! i was amazed to see how many others have made Swallows, Amazons, Coots, and Scarabs themed cakes! I actually was introduced to swallows and amazons when my brother got me the books for my birthday he did a treasure hunt where I had to solve all the clues for each of the books in the series then my mum got us the DVDs and our whole family have been fans ever since.. My personal Favorite book is Winter Holiday it just feels so cosy to read and you feel like curling up with a hot cup of tea. and plenty of biscuits… for Roger’s sake of course… these books just make me so happy when I read them it makes me feel like a little girl again.
How lovely to hear from you. Do you have a photo of the ‘Swallows and Amazons’ cake you made for your little brother?
What wonderful cakes! Some people come up with such fabulous designs; and I love cake!
Somehow the love for the books comes through in the design and baking.
I can see what you mean and I totally agree.