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Upside-Down Pear Cake November 12, 2016

pear

 

This is nice as cake or you could eat it warm with custard for a pudding.

 

Ingredients

100g stork or whatever margarine you use

125g soft brown sugar

1 x 411g tin Pear halves in juice, drained

50g peanut butter

2 eggs

115g self raising flour

75g natural yoghurt

 

Method

Pre heat oven to 180C/gas 4

Line the base of a 20cm shallow cake tin.

Mix together 25g of the margarine with 25g of the sugar then spread it over the base of the lined tin.

Arrange the pears, rounded side up, in the tin.

Beat together the rest of the margarine and sugar with the peanut butter until creamy.

Beat the eggs into the mixture one at a time, adding a spoonful of flour with the second one.

Gently beat in the rest of the flour and yoghurt, until just combined.

Pour over the pears and bake for 35 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.

Leave in the tin fo 5 minutes, then turn out onto a plate to serve.

 

 

Chocolate Easter Cake April 2, 2015

Easter 1If you have children in the house they’ll love helping you decorate this. Freya, my 3 year old Granddaughter helped me decorate this one πŸ™‚

Ingredients: for the cake

125g soft margarine

125g caster sugar

2 eggs

1 Tbsp golden syrup

125g self raising flour, sifted

2 Tbsp cocoa powder, sifted

2 Tbsp milk

Ingredients: for decorating

175g milk chocolate

225g butter, at room temperature

1 Tbsp milk, at room temperature

1 tsp vanilla extract

250g icing sugar, sifted

17-20 Malteser Bunnies, depending on size of cake

1 packet of mini chocolate eggs

3-4 easter chicks

Method

Preheat the oven to 160C/325F/gas mark 4. Lightly grease/line 2 18cm/7ins shallow cake tins.

Place all of the ingredients for the cake in a large bowl and beat to form a smooth mixture.

Divide the mixture between the two tins and level the tops.

Bake for 20 minutes or until springy to touch.

Cool in the tins for a few minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

For the buttercream, melt the chocolate in a heatproof glass bowl over hot water, stir occasionally until it’s completely melted & is smooth. Leave to one side to cool.

In a large bowl beat the butter, milk, vanilla and icing sugar until smooth. Add the melted chocolate and beat again until thick and creamy. If it looks too runny simply keep on beating as this will thicken the icing and improve its consistency.

Sandwich the two cake together using some of the buttercream, then spread the rest around the sides and top of the cake.

Gently press the bunnies onto the buttercream around the side of the cake then, with or without a childs help, decorate the top πŸ˜‰

 

Pink Castle Birthday Cake September 8, 2014

Pink Castle Birthday Cake

Must admit when I started this one I did get a bit stressed, but once I’d got going it was easier than I thought it was going to be.

 

To start you’ll need 2, 21cm/8” square madeira cakes.

 

Ingredients & method for madeira cake (makes 1 cake)

 

Butter 138g

Margerine 138g

Caster sugar 366g

Vanilla extract 2 tsp

6 eggs

Plain flour 412g

Baking powder 3 tsp

Hot water 5 Tbsp

 

Method

 

Line a 21cm/8” deep square tin with baking parchment. Preheat oven to 180C/gas 4.

Start by blending the butter and sugars together until the mixture is light and fluffy.

Add the vanilla essence.

Add the eggs one at a time. To stop the mixture from curdling add a spoon of the flour as you add each egg.

Once all the eggs have been combined, add the rest of the flour with the baking powder and continue to mix.Ensure all the ingredients have been mixed to a smooth consistency then add the hot water, slowly, until it is completely blended.

Pour the cake mix to the tin and bake for 1hr 15mins. Check it after an hour as you might need to cover the top with foil to stop it burning during the last 15mins.

Once you have removed the cake from the oven leave it to cool for 10-20 minutes then turn it out onto a cooling rack. Don’t leave the cake in the tin to cool completely as it will β€˜sweat’ and go soggy rather than stay moist.

I read about this technique on a blog and was a bit dubious about it working, but it does work! Ensure that the oven is at the right temperature before you start. Line the baking tin as usual and pour the Madeira mixture into the tin. Scoop the centre of the cake mix up to the sides so that you can see the bottom of the tin and then pop it in the oven. Avoid opening the door to peek. Don’t worry the cake will fill the hole, bake perfectly and be nice and flat.

 

Ingredients & method for the buttercream

 

500g butter, room temperature

1kg icing sugar, sifted

2 tsp vanilla extract

1 Tbsp milk

Pink food colouring

 

Method

 

Cream the butter until it turns pale.
Mix in icing sugar.
Add the vanilla extract and mix well.
Add a little milk if necessary to make a smooth consistency.

Add the food colouring, a little at a time until you have your desired colour.

 

Extra’s you’ll need to make the castle

 

Strawberry jam

5 ice cream cones

Pink wafer biscuits

Pink glimmer sugar

Princess sugar shapes

Pink sugar balls

 

Constructing the castle

 

Cut your first cake in half, spread the one half with jam, the other half with some of the buttercream and sandwich together.

Using the second cake, cut in half again, as with the first cake and put the one half to one side. Now cut the half you have into quarters.

Using two of those quarters, sandwich them together with jam and buttercream and place in the centre of the larger one you have already sandwiched together.

Crumbcoat the whole cake and leave in the fridge for an hour.

Once out of the fridge, buttercream the whole cake.

Put the glimmer sugar onto a plate.

Cover the ice cream cones, one at a time, with buttercream then roll in the glimmer sugar. Place one at each corner of the base cake and one in the centre of the top cake, pressing down gently into the buttercream. Add a sugar ball to the top of each cone.

Use two wafer biscuits for the doors and cut some in half for the windows, use a little royal icing to outline them.

Add the princess sugar shapes around the castle walls.

 

 

Nutella No-Bake Cookies May 4, 2013

Nutella

Everyone loves a good fudge no bake cookie. I happen to like Nutella mixed in with the peanut butter. I mean, where can you go wrong?

These are lovely eaten straight from the fridge or you can keep some in a jar/tin.

 

Ingredients

2 cups sugar, it doesn’t really matter what sugar you use but I used 1 cup granulated and 1 cup dark brown

1/4 cup cocoa powder

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup margarine

1 tsp vanilla

pinch of salt

1/4 cup peanut butter

1/4 cup Nutella

3 cups oats

 

Method

 

Over medium heat, cook sugar, cocoa, milk and margarine. Boil for one minute. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla, salt, peanut butter, Nutella and oats. Stir well until combined. Drop by teaspoon on baking parchment covered tins and refrigerate. Eat. πŸ™‚
These are very moorish.
Makes about 18, depending on size.
For regular no bake cookies, omit Nutella and change peanut butter to 1/2 cup. But who wants to be regular? πŸ˜‰
 

Easy Peasy Biscuits July 31, 2012

Crunchy and very easy biscuits to make – with a little hint of ginger, or cinnamon.

Makes 15 – 20

 

Ingredients

 

140g self raising flour

110g margarine

40g sugar

1 tsp ginger or cinnamon

 

Method

 

Mix all ingredients together until a soft dough is achieved.

Preheat oven to 180C/gas mark 4 1/2.

Wrap the dough in cling film and place in the fridge for 30 minutes, before rolling and cutting out whatever shapes you like, and place on a baking tray.

Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.

Carefully move onto a wire rack to cool.

Eat and enjoy.

 

Marshmallow Sheep Cupcakes July 23, 2012

Kiddies love cupcakes so why not try turning the cupcakes into animals, sheep maybe?

Makes 10-12

Ingredients

125gbutter or margarine, at room temperature

125g caster sugar

2 eggs

125g self raising flour

1/4 tsp baking powder

For the butter cream

225g icing sugar

100g soft butter, at room temperature

1Tbsp milk

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Alternatively you can use ready prepared vanilla frosting.

To decorate

Large marshmallows

Mini marshmallows

Black writing icing

Method

Preheat oven to 175C/gas mark 4.

Line a muffin tin with paper cases. Put the butter, sugar, eggs, flour and baking powder into the bowl and beat until smooth.

Divide the mixture between the paper cases
and bake for about 20 minutes or until golden brown and springy to touch.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the tins for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

While the cupcakes are cooling you can prepare the butter cream. Beat the butter in a large bowl until soft. Add half the icing sugar and beat again until smooth. Add the remaining icing sugar, the milk and a few drops of vanilla extract.

Once the cakes are cold, swirl icing on top of the cupcakes and decorate them.

Simply cut large marshmallows in half to for the faces and ears, push into place on the butter cream, add mini marshmallows, pushing them in slightly all over the butter cream. With the black writing icing, add the eyes nose and mouth.

 

Chocolate Covered Sandwich Cake April 30, 2012

 

This simple chocolate Victoria sandwich cake is a good base for all sorts of desserts. It’s also ideal as a birthday cake to decorate as you wish, or to serve with raspberries and cream for a summer dessert.

 

Ingredients

 

125g/4 1/2 oz soft margarine

125/4 1/2 oz caster sugar

2 eggs

1 Tbsp golden syrup

125g/4 1/2 oz self raising flour, sifted

2 Tbsp cocoa powder, sifted

2 Tbsp milk

 

For the filling

 

50g/1 3/4 oz icing sugar, sifted

25g/1 oz butter

100g/3 1/2 oz milk chocolate

a little white chocolate, melted (optional)

 

Method

 

Preheat the oven to 160C/325F/gas mark 4. Lightly grease/line 2 18cm/7ins shallow cake tins.

Place all of the ingredients for the cake in a large bowl and beat to form a smooth mixture.

Divide the mixture between the two tins and level the tops.

Bake for 20 minutes or until springy to touch.

Cool in the tins for a few minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

To make the filling, beat the icing sugar and sugar together in a bowl until light and fluffy.

Melt the milk chocolate and beat half into the filling mixture.

Use the filling to sandwich the two cakes together.

Spread the remaining melted milk chocolate over the top of the cake.

Pipe circles of contrasting melted white chocolate and feather into the milk chocolate with a cocktail stick, if liked.

Leave to set before serving.

 

 

 

 

 
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