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Wedding Bake Off, Part 3

25 Jun

And the winner is…well, it’s the CARDAMOM POND CAKE, of course!

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Look at it! What a cake, it’s got us on it – Mr & Mrs Cakes, swimming in a pond. It’s too perfect. And the little flower and reed details. You’ve got me, I love it. Full marks for appearance! But remember, we scored the cakes on creativity and taste too. So, okay, creativity – hmmm, yep. Not bad. It’s a cake that looks like a pond with us swimming in it, quite creative. And it tastes of cardamom. Not only that it tastes ruddy fantastic! Now, I’ve tried making a cardamom cake before. It didn’t taste much like cardamom. Thank goodness Mog (Symondsbury Bake Off 2012 champ) was willing to share her secrets with us.

Let me tell you how the conversation went –

Mrs Cakes: Can I have your Cardamom Cake recipe? I want to blog it..
Mog: Sure! It’s basic cake with c.10 (too many?) crushed cardamom stirred in while adding the eggs. A lucky variation on (as the boy terms it) “just cake” or plain sponge.
Mrs Cakes: Just cake? Love it!
Mog: Sometimes he adds an expletive in the middle, hence my search for ways to enliven it!
Mrs Cakes: Defo the right amount of cardamom. 10 pods or 10 seeds?
Mog: Pods. Seeds=too weak, packets=too strong.
Mrs Cakes: You’re so smart!

Here is my approximation of the cake

Ingredients
200g butter, softened
200g caster sugar
3 large eggs
10 cardamom pods, ground
200g self-raising flour
1-2 tbsp milk

Method
1. Preheat the oven to 180C, and grease and line 2x 20cm round cake tins.

2. Cream the butter and the sugar together, and when they become pale and fluffy beat in the eggs 1 at a time adding 1/4 of the ground cardamom with each egg.

3. Gently fold in the flour, you want to achieve a batter that drops off the spoon, so add milk until this is as desired.

4. Divide the mixture between the tins and bake for 20-25 mins until golden brown and a skewer stuck into the middle comes out clean.

5. Allow the cakes to cool for 5 mins in the tins, then remove and place on a wire rack.

6. When totally cool, sandwich the cakes together with jam (I think rhubarb would taste perfect with the cardamom, or you could try apricot)

7. If you have a bake-off to enter, cover the cake in icing that looks like a pond with people swimming in it. If not just sprinkle with icing sugar and eat! This is not “just cake” anymore.

Wedding Bake Off, Part 2

21 Jun

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Oh good, you’re back to see who came second in the bake-off? Well, you see that rather tasty looking offering 2nd from the back? The muddy, chocolatey, gooey cake with that “eat-me” creamy frosting on top? Can you tell what it is…? It’s a Chocolate Guinness mud cake. Bit of a gamble, I’m not usually one for chocolate cakes! But, put a bit of booze in there and add a creamy, cream cheese topping (it reminds me of carrot cake) and jobs a good ‘un.

Bake Off Wedding Cakes

Before we get to the details of the Guinness cake, how about some of the other entries? We did pretty well – look at this table full of treats, from the imaginatively titled ABCD cake (containing apricots, bananas and it’s seedy) to the opportunistically named Sicilian lemon drop cake (the middle of the cake sank when it came out the oven…)

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Wouldn’t you like a slice of one of these? A fruity citrus-y cake (so ZINGY) decorated with cake pops!!! Or this beautiful chocolate cake, decorated with smarties and Cadbury’s fingers – like something straight out off Christmas c.1986

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OMG! Look at this little lady – Barbie Wedding Cake, absolute genius!

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Mmmmm, and these fluffy clouds of coconutty, creamy delight.

the day after cakes

We had so much cake, we had to invite everyone back again the next day to help us polish it off. What great hosts are we?

Back to the Chocolate Guinness mud-cake. My goodness, it was divine – so moist and dense at the same time, like the best brownie you’ve ever tasted but better and almost sandy, no muddy in texture. The icing on top was, well, just the icing on the cake. Cool, smooth, creamy and tangy. Try this recipe – Nigella’s Chocolate Guinness Cake and wish that it comes out half as well as the bake-offering. What we didn’t realise when judging that there was a picture of us both underneath.

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I think had we seen it, the cake would have won….no?

Thanks again to Dave Johnson for the faberooney snaps!

Wedding Bake Off, Part 1

18 Jun

Hummingbird Carrot Ginger Cake

Me & Mr Cakes got married last month, did I mention it? With our love of cakes, it seemed only sensible to hold a bake-off on the big day. We invited our friends to bring a bake of their making to be judged by your very own Mr & Mrs Cakes. Of course we took it all very seriously. We had a clipboard and everything in order to score each bake according to appearance, taste and creativity!

Bake Off Judging

We had lots of fantastic entries, and lots of people in 4th place! Today I’d like to share with you the cake that came 3rd, made by none other than big sis Cakes and her family! (not a fix, honest! They’d have won if it was….)

Bake Off Table

The cake of beauty was a Carrot and Ginger layer cake from the Hummingbird Bakery cookbook. Flippin’ gorgeous! Big sis did have a small advantage in knowing my favourite cake in the whole world is carrot cake (but then any one of you reading this blog will also know this). But this was a thing of beauty – 4 layers of moist sponge, packed full with fresh carrots and fresh ginger – imagine the freshest carrot and ginger juice, freshly squeezed from your favourite wholefoods cafe but better. And then the icing, yes – iced with lashings of the very important cream cheese icing. You can find a scaled down version of the recipe here. Just double up and split between 4x 20cm round tins. Now, who is next to get married? I NEED another bake-off opp!

Thanks again to Dave Johnson for taking the fabulous wedding pics