A whisked egg sponge cake filled with strawberries and kirsch-flavoured crème mousseline. Topped with marzipan here, I would top with chocolate. Photograph: Romas Foord for Observer Food Monthly (chocolate ganache cake with berries)
These little cakes are an adaptation of ones made on the Great British Bake-off. Coffee cupcakes with chopped walnuts have a coffee buttercream filling, chopped walnuts round the sides and a swirl of buttercream on the top. They really are delicious and, although each step takes a bit of time, they are not difficult and well worth the effort.