As soon as I got the cake release spray I knew it was the perfect opportunity to try out my bundt tin. The poor tin had been festering away in the cupboard for over a year and I've lost count of how many bundt blog posts I've commented on claiming I was going to try the recipe! I think I was a bit scared of it really, but now I had officially ran out of excuses! The orange and lemon slices meant I was going to go for a citrussy cake and where else to find a recipe but the Bundt Queen herself, Rachel of Dolly Bakes?!
I used Rachel's lemon drizzle bundt recipe which also meant facing another fear: whipping egg whites! With all the cakes I've made by now you'd think I'd be over it, but eggs really do freak me out. I used my nifty new egg separator from Lakeland which helped me avoid jiggling the egg about in the shell, but even that was mildly traumatic as I didn't like how the yolk sat in the bottom of the separator like some sinister yellow eye looking at me!
Erm, anyway.... apart from the addition of oranges, I followed Rachel's instructions to the letter. Basically any part of the recipe that called for lemony stuff I did 50/50 with oranges and lemons. I noticed that Rachel recommended Dr Oetker cake release spray also, and I gave the tin a good spritz and a dusting of flour as instructed. One 'pressure point' (I've been watching too much Australian Masterchef) was I was worried it wasn't going to rise, it didn't look like much mixture in the tin so I nearly wore a dint in the floor going back and to while it was in the oven checking it was rising! Rise it did though, first big sigh of relief!
|Risen, drizzled and cooling!|
|This is how the waiting feels!|
On to the other products I tried... I wasn't sure how I felt about the cupcake swirl icing, since I turn my nose up at any kind of short cut cake mix or ready made frosting, and it's not something I would usually use in my baking. Unfortunately after trying it out my opinion does remain the same - it was very artificial in smell and taste. The nozzle was quite small so it was difficult to do much of a swirl on regular sized cupcakes, however, I'm sure it would be fine for small swirls on mini cupcakes or brownie squares. I don't think it is something that any serious baker would or should use though. I decorated the cakes with the alphabet letters which I really liked, there was a good selection of letters and colours in the jar so no stressing over not being able to spell things! I also thought they looked cute just sprinkled on the frosting.
Thanks to Dr Oetker for letting me try these products - the cake release spray is a definite winner, especially for bundt cakes and other novelty type tins. Check out the full range of baking products here.