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Chocolate Silk Cake November 22, 2016

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This is a lovely cake, although more dense than your usual sponge cake.

 

 

Ingredients

100g butter, softened

300ml single cream

1 tsp vanilla extract

300g light brown soft sugar

100g dark chocolate, chopped

2 eggs

225g plain flour

1/2 tsp salt

1tsp bicarbonate of soda

 

For the Dark Chocolate Buttercream

100g dark chocolate, chopped

150g butter, softened

150g icing sugar, sifted

2 Tbsp cocoa powder

 

Method

Preheat the oven to 180C/gas 4. Grease and line the base of 2 x 20cm tins  with parchment paper.

Warm the cream, vanilla and 150g of the brown sugar in a pan, stirring until the sugar has melted, then heat until just steaming. Add the chocolate and stir until melted, set aside.

In a separate bowl cream the butter and reamaining brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs a little at a time until incorperated, then mix in the melted chocolate mixture. Sift in the flour, salt and bicarbonate of soda and beat to a smooth batter.

Divide between the 2 tins and bake for 30 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean, cool in the tins for 10 minutes then turn out onto rack to cool completely.

For the buttercream, melt the chocolate in a bowl over hot water, cool for 10 minutes.

In a seperate bowl, cream the butter and icing sugar until smooth, then beat in the cocoa and a pinch of salt. Stir in the cooled, melted chocolate, if the icing is too soft, chill for 5 minutes in the fridge.

Place one of the cakes on a plate and spread half the buttercream over. Place the second cake on top and either pipe or spread the rest of the buttercream on top.

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Lemon Sponge Birthday Cake August 2, 2013

Birthday

A Gerbera flowering birthday cake for my daughter in law. Happy birthday Beth!

 

Ingredients for the cake

 

175g butter, room temperature

175g caster sugar

3 eggs

175g self raising flour

pinch of salt

zest of 1 lemon

3 Tbsp lemon curd

 

To decorate

lemon buttercream

500g white ready to rool fondant

small amount of red, yellow & green fondant, to make the flowers and leaves

 

Method

 

Preheat the oven to 180C/gas 4.

Grease and line with baking parchment paper, two sponge tins.

Cream the butter and sugar together until pale, light and fluffy.

Add the egg, one at a time, beating after each addition.

Sift in the flour and salt, and beat again.

Add the lemon zest and fold in.

Divide the mixture between the tins and smooth over with a spatula.

Bake for 25 – 30 minutes until well risen, golden brown and begining to shrink from the sides of the tin.

Allow to stand for 5 minutes then place on a wire rack to cool completely.

Once cold, spread one cake with lemon curd, the other with half of the lemon buttercream and sandwich together.

Crumbcoat the whole cake with the rest of the lemon buttercream and place in the fridge for an hour.

Roll out the white fondant and cover the cake, smoothing over as you go.

Using flower cutters, cut out flowers from the red and yellow fondant, leaves from the green fondant, attach these to the cake with a tiny dab of water.

Prefferably keep the cake under a food net or cardboard cake box rather than a plastic container.

 

Lemon buttercream

 

110g butter, room temperature

2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice

2 tsp lemon zest

500g icing sugar, sifted

 

Method

 

Beat the butter, lemon juice, lemon zest and half the icing sugar until smooth. Gradually add the remainder of the icing sugar and beat until smooth and creamy.

 

 

 

Orange Sponge Cake February 10, 2012

This is a wonderful light textured cake with a lovely orange flavor.

 

Ingredients

 

1 cup self raising flour, sifted

1 1/4 cups icing sugar, sifted

5 egg yolks

1 Tbsp orange zest

5 egg whites

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp cream of tartar

 

Method

 

Combine flour and 1/2 cup of the sifted icing sugar, set aside.

In a bowl beat the egg yolks with an electric mixer on high for about 6 minutes or until thick and lemon coloured.

Gradually add the remaining icing sugar, beating constantly for about 4 minutes.

Stir in the orange zest

Wash the beaters thoroughly.

In a large bowl beat the egg whites, vanilla and cream of tartar until soft peaks form.

Gently fold yolk mixture into whites.

Sift flour mixture over the egg mixture, 1/3 at a time and fold in gently.

Turn into greased tin.

Bake at 325F/160C/gas mark 3 for 55 minutes or unyil the cake springs back when lightly touched.

Leave in the tin to cool for 5 minutes before turning onto a wire rack to cool completely.

 

Next up the choice is yours, as you can see I made Glace Icing and decorated mine.

You could also poke holes in the top of the cake with a fork and pour an orange syrup over it. Here’s how you can do that..

 

1 cup orange juice

1Tbsp honey

1/2 tsp almond extract

Put the orange juice and honey in a saucepan and simmer for 5 minutes.

Remove from the heat and stir in the almond extract.

Spoon the syrup evenly over the cake, a small amount at a time, allowing the cake to absorb the syrup.

Chill if liked.

 You need a 9ins cake tin. It can be a Bundt Tin a regular Cake Tin or a Patterned one similar to the one I used.

 

 

 

 
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