a truly festive bake…

with Golden Cow… #ad

We’re definitely well into the festive swing of things now, and it’s at this time of year that I always develop a new love for baking. There’s nothing quite like the smell of spices and something homemade drifting from the oven. It’s no secret that Eva is usually the one who takes charge of these matters in our house, but she handed over the reigns to me recently, to whip up this really easy and delicious alternative Christmas cake.

I’ve been working with one of Northern Ireland’s best loved butter brands on this, and Golden Cow to me always signifies the essence of everything created in our kitchen. The festive pack in particular, is a staple in our home in December, and it’s the mainstay in making each and every recipe something really special.

Golden Cow has been providing real butter to homes across Northern Ireland for almost one hundred years now, and with a brand focus on food moments as meaningful time together, it’s particularly appropriate for this time of year. Entertaining friends and family at Christmas time is one of my favourite things to do, and when you can create something for them that is quintessentially festive, then even better!

My recipe for the best little December cake…


cinnamon roll cake


For the cake…

half a cup of Golden Cow butter, melted

2 eggs

1 cup caster sugar

3 cups self raising flour

2 tsp vanilla extract

4 tsp baking powder

1 and half cups of milk

For the topping…

1 cup Golden Cow butter, melted

1 cup brown sugar

2 tbsp flour

1 tbsp cinnamon

For the glaze…

5 tbsp milk

2 cups icing sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 175C

Mix all the cake ingredients together until well combined.

Pour into a greased tin (mine was a square one about 20x20cm)

For the topping, mix all the ingredients together in a separate bowl.

Drizzle topping evenly on top of the cake batter and swirl with a knife or spoon.

Bake cake for approximately 30-35 minutes, checking and turning every ten or so.

For the glaze, mix all ingredients well. When cake has been turned out and cooled, drizzle glaze over the top.

Cut into squares or slices and enjoy!



It didn’t turn out too badly, even despite the baking guru being at school, and there’s no denying that the smell of cinnamon in our kitchen helped massively with the festive feels.

Ready for you Christmas entertaining!

Emma x

**Thanks so much to Golden Cow for partnering with us on this post. All opinions, images and love of sweet treats, entirely our own.**



  1. Lynn
    December 10, 2018 / 10:39 am

    Hi Emma, This cake looks amazing. In fact I am planning on baking it this afternoon as I have friends coming to visit tomorrow. So perfect timing!
    I also wanted to ask where your beautiful grey bowl is from, I love it.
    I hope that you and your family have a wonderful Christmas. Lynn xx

    • Emma
      December 10, 2018 / 11:22 am

      Oh that’s brilliant Lynn. I hope they love it! 🙂 I got the bowl in TK Maxx actually. I have a few of them in different patterns. They were so affordable too! I hope that helps you. Xx

      • Lynn
        December 10, 2018 / 9:46 pm

        Thank you Emma, I will have to look on the TK Maxx website and see if they have any as I don’t live near any stores as I just love the look of them. I have made the cake today and it looks and smells so good, can’t wait to serve it to my friends tomorrow. Thanks again. 😊 Lynn xx

  2. December 11, 2018 / 11:29 am

    Oh looks and sounds so delicious babe. Love your styling makes me want to pop over soon for a coffee and cake. Miss you girl.

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