Showing posts from November, 2013

Peaches and cream upside down cake

One thing I can't stand is throwing perfectly good food out, and I often have random eggs left over if I've bought a box to make a cake with. Since I detest eggs and will only interact with them in baking-related form (or pancakes on pancake day and even that is only under duress), they often find themselves dumped unceremoniously in the bin. As a result I will often look for random things to bake with a specified amount of eggs to use them up - which can be counter productive since I then inevitably have to go and buy more things...

Anyway, we were having my Mum round for a Sunday roast and I decided to try and find something desserty to make which could use up the 2 eggs I had hanging around in the fridge. I scoured my 'to bake' list and came across this Peaches and Cream Upside Down Cake from Laura Loves Cakes and decided this would be perfect as a dessert if I just made a single layer and served it with some whipped cream, and handily this would fulfil my egg obje…

Fizzy cola jaffa cake cake

This was a cake for my friend Alex's birthday a couple of months ago. I'd had a tip off that she liked the look of this one and jumped at the chance to make it for her - it's something I probably never would have tried myself otherwise because I would have been scared and suspicious of the jelly layer and also because... *whispers* I don't like jaffa cakes. Sorry, sorry... I just don't. I don't know why - I like jelly, I like cake, and I like chocolate, especially of the orange variety. I think my issue is with the texture of the jelly against the cake/chocolate - it just makes me feel weird!

Anyway, the recipe was from Sunday Brunch and involved making a chocolate cola cake, then topping with a layer of orange jelly and covering with a chocolate ganache.

It was pretty straightforward and handily I had all the pans in the right sizes required, as the base of the frying pan you use to make your jelly layer needs to be the right sort of size to fit your cake. T…

Baileys and chocolate cheesecake

Just a really quick post about this all kinds of amazing Baileys and Chocolate Cheesecake I made back in September. I've been wanting to expand my dessert repertoire and I think a no-bake cheesecake is one of the best desserts in existence - not only is it super easy to make, I don't think I've ever met anyone who doesn't like cheesecake so you really can't go wrong.

This one from the Caked Crusader had been burning a hold in my To Bake list for a few months and I decided to give it a whirl when we had some friends around in September (yep, that's how behind I am here!).

Due to my greed good hostess skills I didn't get any picures of the fully formed cheesecake, but I'm sure you get the drift here. My tin was definitely slightly too small, since the biscuit base to cheesecake ratio is a little off - not sure they are supposed to be quite 50/50 but to be honest I think the base is the best bit. I always eat the top bit and save the base for last!

This wa…

Rhubarb and Almond Loaf

I made this cake last month and looking at it now, I really want to eat it again because nothing says autumn to me like a golden loaf cake with a smattering of almonds and hint of spice.

It was a last minute bake for Mike's Dad's birthday, which was the day after we got back from our France holiday. I'd almost written off being able to make him something this year, but when we got back my Dad had left us some goodies from his garden and allotment and amongst them was a bunch of rhubarb. I'd barely unpacked my suitcase before I was thinking about what rhubarb-based cake I could make!

As I was pushed for time I settled on a rhubarb and almond loaf cake from the Hummingbird Bakery Cake Days book. It was a good cake, but I was slightly disappointed with the rhubarb content and kicking myself for not listening to my instincts! You stew 4-5 stalks of rhubarb, but then when incorporating it into the cake batter the recipe just calls for 100g of it. I had WAY more than 100g of…