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Top Billing bakes with celebrity baker Nadiya Hussain

Top Billing features baker Nadiya Hussain
Top Billing bakes with celebrity baker Nadiya Hussain

Nadiya was a mother of three, studying social work when her husband suggested that instead of watching her favourite food show, she enter it. 

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Since winning, this tv audience favourite has hosted three of her own shows, is a regular columnist for The Times, has ongoing publishing deals for both her cook books as well as children’s books, and even baked a cake for the queen of England!

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For our day with Nadiya, she taught Lorna Maseko how to make a sumptious raspberry ice-cream cake.


Serves: 4


For the cake:

250g unsalted butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
250g caster sugar
5 medium eggs
250g self-raising flour, sifted
1 tsp baking powder

For the ice cream:

300ml double cream
4 tbsp icing sugar
4 tbsp golden syrup
14g freeze-dried raspberries
100g cake scraps, crumbled (see method)
150g fresh raspberries


  1. Start by making the cake. Preheat the oven to 180C / 160C fan / gas mark 4. Grease the base and sides of a 20cm round loose-bottomed cake tin and line it with baking paper.
  2. Put the butter and sugar into a mixing bowl and beat until very light and fluffy. Crack in one egg at a time, making sure to beat well after each. Add the flour and baking powder and mix until you have a smooth batter.
  3. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin, level off the surface and bake for 50 minutes on the middle shelf of the oven
  4. You will know when the cake is ready when you insert a skewer and it comes out clean. Leave the cake to cool in the tin for at least 15 minutes, then remove and leave to cool further on a wire rack.
  5. Once the cake has completely cooled, use a large serrated knife to level off the top if it has formed a dome. Put any scraps of cake into a bowl. 
  6. Use a smaller knife to hollow out the inside of the cake. From the outside edge, come in about 2cm and cut vertically all the way round, creating an inner ring in the cake, but being very careful not to go all the way down.
  7. Cut wedges in this inner circle as you would any cake, again making sure not to cut all the way to the bottom, then hollow out using a spoon
  8. Put all the scraps into the bowl. You will only need 100g of scraps for the ice cream, so the rest of it can be a well-deserved snack.
  9. Make the ice cream by putting the cream, icing sugar and golden syrup into a bowl and whipping to soft peaks. Add the dried raspberries and 100g of the cake scraps. Mix well. Put the mixture into the hollowed-out cake and level off the surface. Pop the cake onto a freezer tray and cover the top with the fresh fruit.
  10. Freeze for a minimum of 2 hours. If freezing overnight, you may need to take the cake out of the freezer 15 minutes before serving so that it’s soft enough to cut.


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