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Archive for the month “October, 2012”

Lemon coconut traybake

In the name of raising money for charity we have had cake making competitions at work, where we taste samples and vote for our favorite to add a bit of interest to just eating cake for charity. We were raising money for McMillan Cancer Support and will have got well over £100 from three sessions of cake-off. I’m not entirely sure we wouldn’t have made more money if the bakers just put in the cost of the ingredients to the fund, but it’s been a bit of fun and almost a quarter of the people who work where I do have made a cake or cakes. We have previously baked carrot and also chocolate cakes as these were people’s favorites.

I tried the lemon coconut traybake recipe in the new Great British Bake-off showstoppers book. Very easy, quite tasty and could be a bit more lemony, maybe I needed larger lemons.  And I came third out of six entries with this.

I recently got a like for a blog from http://en.gravatar.com/heirline. Be very careful who you go liking people, I might end up telling you all about my Gt Gt Grandfather who was on the last ship of convicts sent to Western Australia in 1867, and that would be truly off-topic and not about bread or baking at all.

Gingerbread rock cakes and fondant fancies

A very quick blog on some things I have made recently. Breadmaking is taking a back seat while I continue my love affair with cake! I am still baking our daily bread but it’s a bit repetitive just now.

Sometimes Dan Lepard comes up with ideas that are pure genius. Gingerbread rock cakes are one of them.

Published in the Guardian newspaper and available online over here

I made these last Thursday, they were quick and easy to make and the recipe made a generous 21 in my hands. I put dark chocolate on the base and drizzled lemon water icing across the top, although Dan only suggests one.

And yesterday I made the fondant fancies from the latest Great British Bake-off Showstopper book. These have orange zest in a Genoese sponge with a pinch of cardamom, orange water icing on top of a layer of marzipan which sits on a layer of marmalade. I make my own Seville orange marmalade and still have some left from earlier this year, so that was good.

The Genoese sponge was interesting as it takes a bit of whizzing of eggs over a saucepan of hot water and it all went quite frothy which was good, I hadn’t made it before but it went OK. It’s also quite a low fat recipe, with only 50g of butter for 16 cakes.

Another time I’ll make my own marzipan and maybe use a bit less, but as a proof of concept exercise it sort of worked out OK. The icing was a bit fiddly and I’m glad the recipe didn’t use buttercream as well, although I’ll be watching the Bake-off masterclass tonight to see how it should be done.

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