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How To Make A Wedding Cake

2 Jun

First of all, have a wedding…

The Kiss

But very first of all, remember this is your weekend. And if you flipping well want to go swimming at the beach on the morning of your wedding, then do it!

hive beach wedding swim

Then invite friends and family back to your manor house (in this case we used Symondsbury Manor near Bridport in Dorset)

symondsbury manor

Ask Granny to bake you her signature fruit cake, and get it iced accordingly

wedding cake close up

Then get a chum to make some amazing cake toppers in your likeness

Kick Ass Bride

This step can be omitted, only use if you have a good sense of humour

Kick Ass Groom

Act like your manga selves and STAB THE CAKE!

stab the cake

Then remember where you are, take a deep breath, relax and cut the cake folks. Hurrah! You are now officially Mr & Mrs Cakes.

cut the wedding cake

Granny Cakes lovingly made the cake for our wedding. And now, you lucky people, she shares her recipe with us! Use it wisely – it would probably make a good Christmas cake too…

Ingredients:

Method:

The night before you want to bake your cake weigh out the fruity ingredients and add the booze. Cover with a teatowel and leave to infuse.

The next day pre-heat the oven to gas mark 1,/275 F /140 C and grease and line your cake tin. Cream the butter and sugar together, and then beat the eggs in one at a time. Fold in the flour and spices and then the boozy fruits, almonds, and the grated lemon rind.

Spoon the cake mix into the cake tin and spread out to level. Cover the top of the cake with a double layer of greaseproof paper that has a small hole cut in the centre (about the size of say, a wedding ring!) Bake for 4½ hours for the 7 inch cake, 4¾ hours for the 9 inch, and 5½ for the 11 inch cake.

When the cake comes out the oven leave to cool and when completely cold wrap well in greaseproof paper and store in a cake tin. If you so desire you can “feed” your cake at regular intervals with some extra booze. Ooh, go on then!

About a week before the wedding the cake should be iced. Granny Cakes did a great job, now you know where the rest of us get it from!

Thank you very much to the wonderful and talented Dave Johnson for taking the photographs of our wedding. You can find more photos on his blog.

Hail Mary!

30 Jan

Apricot Walnut Bars

Okay, so I promised you sports snacks, tri bars (no, not those funny looking handlebars on Mr. Cakes’ bike), back pocket safe muesli type cake snacks on test.  The quest started last year. I tried these cinnamon berry granola bars featured on bbcgoodfood. They were tasty, and packed full of goodies but they were flippin’ hard!  I’m talking rock solid, chip a tooth hard. So Mr. Cakes and I crumbled them up and used them as yogurt topping instead. Strike one.

Then I tried these lovelies  – Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s honey and peanut butter booster bars. Now, these bars were featured on the River Cottage Every Day veg series and Hugh served them up to a group of open water swimmers after swimming the OSS Dart 10k. Incase you’re wondering yes, it is a 10 kilometre swim in the river Dart from Totnes to Dittisham. If you fancy it this year it’s being held on the 8th September. Unfortunately me and Mr. Cakes will be in Bala to compete in the Wrecsam tri club olympic triathlon. Shame! Maybe next year…seriously, I’d be up for it. Anyway, back to the bakes. I had high hopes for Hugh’s bars – if they were good enough for those 10k swimmers, then they surely would be perfect. But they weren’t, for some reason they didn’t really set and became one big gooey mess (and more yogurt topping, ultimately!) I’m going to blame it on the oven, it was around the same time that the element blew the electrics to the whole flat and forced us to move our half-cooked 6 hour slow roasted pork shoulder from Shoreditch to Victoria Park. But that’s another story. Strike two.

So, when Mary Berry promised Apricot and Walnuts Sandwich bars, just like “something out of a health shop” in her Baking Bible (and yes that is what she talks like…) I thought I must have struck gold.

Apricot and Walnut Sandwich Bar

They’re kind of a like a shortbready-flapjack with gooey apricot jammy stuff in the middle. Really very tasty, not too sweet, but incredibly crumbly – very much like crumble infact. So much so that Mr Cakes and I ate them with custard on top thank you very much. Not suitable for the rapha jersey pocket, sadly.

And so it looks like I’m out. Who is next?