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Coffee Fudge Cake.

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

2tbsp milk

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

Fudge Topping

This is where it went horribly wrong. I will tell you. The Recipe says

50g butter

115g light brown sugar

2tbsp milk

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.

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Cake and fudge icing very nice, but it is clear I still don’t have the Bakes Like Berry.

 

Banana and Nut cake!

There were two overripe bananas in the fruit bowl this morning just begging to made into cake!

I found this recipe in one of my recipe books- this one here  and away I went.

The Recipe is called Banana Nut Bread , but it is cake!!

6oz sugar

4ox butter

Cream together

Add 2 eggs and beat

Mash two bananas and add to the mix with 12oz Self raising flour, 1 teaspoon of bicarb of soda and 3 tablespoons of milk. Mix.

Add 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence and 6 oz chopped walnuts ( I only had 4oz so I added some chopped almonds instead). Mix.

Oven at 350F or 180C or Gas mark 4.

Line and grease a 2lb loaf tin. Spoon in mixture and bake.The recipe says 40-45 mins but mine took 1 1/4 hours!

The recipe says cool then slice and spread with butter.

I preferred mine without butter.

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YUM- my sort of crafting! Linking in with Keep Calm and craft on at Frontier Dreams

 

The best thing about birthdays is….

CAKE!

I have just returned from a wonderful weekend with my lovely family down south! We were all gathered to celebrate Master T’s 2nd birthday!

His Mum Mrs T laid on a delicious buffet for us all. The CAKE took centre stage, as it should. I am going to let the pictures speak for themselves!

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And it was as yummy as could be. I know – I tasted the sides and the top(trimmings during icing!). Well someone had to! Master T agrees

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As did his cousin Master H

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Mrs T says she is going to write a how to do a tractor cake on her blog, and once its up I’ll do a link or re blog it so you can see how to do one too. I’ll even volunteer to be your cake taster!

 

 

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