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Soaked Coffee and Walnut cake

7 Sep

wpid-IMG_20130812_174323.jpgNow, I must emphasise here that this is dedicated to my aunty Lynne. I had been meaning to make my coffee and walnut cake when she visioned for a good year or more (I know, bad niece). Anyway I finally made and and I would say it was definitely worth the wait eh ūüėČ

I used a classic all in one method by Delia Smith, then created a coffee syrup to pour over the two sandwich cakes as soon as they came out of the oven. When they’re still warm, it soaks into the sponge and is deeelishhhh. It was finished off with an indulgent coffee buttercream.

Ingredients:

220g Self raising flour
220g Butter, soft
200g Golden castor sugar
60g Walnuts, roughly chopped
1.5 tbsp Instant coffee mixed with 1 dessertspoon boiling water
4 Eggs
2tsp Baking powder

For the buttercream and syrup:
200g Icing sugar
125g Butter
35gSugar
1tbsp Instant coffee

Method:
1. Cream the butter and sugar together with an electric whisk until the sugar starts to integrate itself into the butter and it’s looking nice and creamy. Add all the dry ingredients and eggs and whisk to combine. Add the walnuts and coffee and whisk briefly to combine.

2. Pour the mixture into two greased and lined baking tins (a lot easier than into one and having to cut the cake in half!) and bake for approx 30mins at 180C.

3. Just before the cake is ready, make the syrup by dissolving the sugar and coffee with 45ml boiling water in a heatproof jug. Pour over equally when the cake is still in the tin pretty soon after it comes out of the oven (it will soak up a lot better)

4. Once cooled, make the buttercream by combining all ingredients and spread with a large knife. Decorate with a few walnut halves and enjoy for a pudding or an indulgent afternoon (or morning) tea.

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Elderflower Drizzle Cake

30 Jul

Mum has been making elderflower cordial by the bucketload (ok I exaggerate, but she’s made a fair few bottles!) It is refreshingly summery and as it’s made with home grown elderflower, which tends to have quite a short season, it’s always a bit of a treat. I associate the taste with summer and so far, Britain hasn’t been having such a bad one.¬†IMG_20130728_211617[1]

 

 

 

Anyway, an interesting, summer take on the classic lemon drizzle cake proved to be a hit. We froze half and when thawed, the elderflower had really soaked into the cake and gave it a gorgeous light refreshing taste. A real summer hit, enjoy with a glass of Pimms or champagne if you’re feeling a bit wild.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recipe is from the Guardian IMG_20130728_213053[1]

Serves 6-8

225g butter, softened
225g caster sugar
4 large eggs
225g self raising flour, sifted

For the icing
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
100ml elderflower cordial
2 tbsp sugar

1 Line a loaf tin with baking parchment. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/gas mark 4. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, then beat in the eggs one by one. Incorporate the flour and mix well, until smooth and creamy.

2 Turn into the prepared loaf tin and bake for 40-45 minutes, until well-risen and golden brown on top.

3 Leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then prick all over with a skewer or fork.

4 Heat the elderflower cordial, lemon juice and sugar in a pan until hot, but not boiling. Drizzle over the cake, encouraging it to run into the sink holes. It should sink in and leave a crunchy crust.

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Strawberries & Cream Victoria Sandwich

14 Jul

IMG_20130714_150517[1]Strawberries are in season at the moment and along with the brilliant weather we seem to be experiencing here in the UK (even Wild West Wales is hot and dry, amazingly) they are in abundance and for once not about £4 for a punnet of tasteless watery stawbs.

Tesco got on the Wimbledon bandwagon and were selling punnets of British strawberries with ‘free’ pots of double cream.

Cream is such a treat (I once knew someone who ate a whole pot for their dinner, with nothing else out of guilt) and a perfect combination is with freshly whipped cream, in a classic Victoria sponge eaten outside with a glass of homemade (I need to get my mums recipe for this up!) elderflower cordial. How sophisticated eh!

 

 

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The cake was made from the River Cottage’s recipe
Ingredients:
175g self raising flour
pinch of salt
175g unsalted butter, softened and cubed
175g caster sugar
3 eggs, lightly beaten
1tsp vanilla extract (optional)
1 med pot of double cream
punnet of strawberries, washed
2 X 20cm sandwich tins

Method:
1. Preheat oven to 180C. Beat the butter to a cream, then add the sugar and beat until very light and creamy (this is the secret to a great sponge!)
2. Add the eggs, a little at a time in conjunction with a spoon or two of the flour to prevent curdling, beating thoroughly after each addition. Add the vanilla extract if using.
3. Sift in the rest of the flour and carefully fold it in. Divide the mixture evenly between the two sandwich tins and bake for around 25mins or until springy when gently pushed.
4. When cooked, leave in the tins for a few minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
5. When the cake is cooled, whip the cream until stiff, slice the strawberries and spread the cream over one layer, and top with thinly sliced strawberries. Top with the other layer and arrange strawberry halves on top. Dust with icing sugar!IMG_20130714_150431[1]

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A proper Victoria Sponge 21st Birthday Cake (none of that French mousse and fruit rubbish)

10 Apr

One of my friends posted on my Facebook wall on my birthday wishing me a Happy Birthday and hoping that I get the chance to eat a proper, good old British sponge cake. There was no need to worry I tell you what, Mary Berry would be proud of my Mum’s effort transporting my cake through 3 countries to reach me here in Nice, still fresh and a delicious slice of Victoria Sponge (with a twist…) loveliness.

My mum used to always make my birthday cake topped with a ‘horse scene’ (yes, I am a horse girl) I love how, now that I am 21, she thought it was about time I recieved a more grown up cake.

The result – an impressive British Festival scene, complete with porta loos and muddy wellies.

Pretty great eh!Image

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Super-quick last-minute birthday butterfly cupcakes

8 Nov


As part of my uni studies, I have been lucky enough to end up in Nice, France for the year (sun, warmth, amazing fresh seafood and Mediterranean veg, not to mention specialist olive oil shops (!) Рmy HEAVEN!)

Tonight is my friend’s birthday meal and it’s quite frankly illegal to have a birthday party without a birthday cake in my eyes (and stomach…)! Patisserie shops are everywhere, my local patisserie has a selection of around 20 bite size variations of larger patisserie, that changes almost every day (I am currently in the process of slowly trying every one…)

However, larger celebration ‘cakes’ – are around 35euros a piece. In France, you can’t really get a traditional birthday Victoria sponge, and my student pocket couldn’t really afford such a splurge on a cake, so I thought it would be a better idea to buy a selection of the mini delights, and make my own last minute, incredibly easy traditional British cupcakes!

Ingredients are minimal, stuff to be found in your cupboard/fridge whatever the day, making it an ideal Sunday afternoon unplanned bake (in France, even in the middle of Nice, EVERYTHING shuts down on a Sunday!)

Makes around 12 large cupcakes –
100g butter softened

140g caster sugar

150g self raising flour (I used plain flour+1tsp baking powder due to the lack of self-raising in France)

2 large eggs

To decorate:
150g butter softened
280g icing sugar
12 frozen (defrost first) or fresh raspberries, or any other berry you fancy!

TIP: Buying a large bag of frozen berries will last you ages, it’s about half the price of fresh berries, and you can keep them in your freezer for whenever you fancy a berry fix!

Method:

  • ¬†Preheat your oven to 180¬†Celsius¬†(fan)
  • In a large mixing bowl, add all the cake ingredients and combine until you have a smooth batter. You may have a add a few drops of milk to make the batter fall ¬†off a wooden spoon when tapped.
  • Line a 12 hole muffin tin with cases and fill each one about 2/3rd full.
  • Bake for around 20-25 minutes, until slightly golden and firm to touch.
  • Whilst cupcakes are cooling on a wire rack, make the buttercream. Soften the butte r in a large bowl, little by little sieve the icing sugar into the bowl, mixing until you have a good consistency. The butterceam should not be too runny. It should be thick enough to hold shape on top of the cupcake.
  • To make the butterfly wings, use a sharp knife to slice off the top part of each cake. Cut that circle in half.
  • Add some buttercream inside the hole that you have just made in the top of the cake, then arrange the two halves on top of the buttercream at an angle to make the wings.
  • Repeat for each cake, then pop a raspberry on each cake and enjoy!

Maximum pleasure with minimum ingredients and time!