Now did anyone watch The Great British Bake for Comic Relief this week, and did you laugh as much as I did?. It made me feel a whole heap better about my attempt at yet another Mary Berry recipe! In fact what happened would have been perfectly in keeping with the bakes attempted by the celebrities.
Oven at 180C Gas 4
Cake tin 30x23cm
175g butter- softened
175g caster sugar
225g SR flour
1 1/2 level tsp baking powder
3 large eggs
1tbsp coffee essence or 2tsp instant coffee in 1 tbsp hot water
Now the recipe says beat the above together, but I creamed the butter and sugar then added flour in the usual way.
Bake in the oven for 30-35 mins. Leave to cool in the tin. Do not take out of the tin
This is where it went horribly wrong. I will tell you. The Recipe says
115g light brown sugar
280g icing sugar
Melt the butter, brown sugar and milk gently until the sugar dissolves then boil briskly for 3 minutes. So far so good.
Then… Remove from the heat and add the icing sugar gradually, beat till smooth . Spread quickly over the cake and sprinkle over 25g chopped walnuts.
It instantly became obvious to me that the fudge could not take all that icing sugar. After a couple of spoonfuls I just had tiny lumps of fudge. BUT I had a friend coming for tea, I needed the cake. Scene as you see on Bake off now ensued!!
Trying not to panic I put most of the icing sugar back in the packet. I put the pan back onto the heat, added a bit more butter and milk , stirred and hoped for the best, and all was ok.
On reading other recipes for fudge icing it is clear that there is far too much icing sugar and not enough milk in this recipe. I will try another recipe.
Cake and fudge icing very nice, but it is clear I still don’t have the Bakes Like Berry.