Some people are worth melting for…

I know it has been a while… I apologise to the blogging community! I have had a very hectic couple of weeks but here is some fun from the weekend that I would like to share:

This weekend we celebrated my sister’s 25th birthday, and what could be more appropriate than a ‘Frozen’ themed cake?!

The cake was a surprise and so while my sister was out relaxing at Bath Spa with friends, I spent all of Saturday afternoon making the cake with my younger sister and the birthday girl’s boyfriend. Here is how it turned out:

Frozen birthday cake!

Frozen birthday cake!

The bottom layer was a plain two layered sponge (with jam and butter icing in the middle of course) and the top cake was a rich chocolate cake covered in chocolate butter icing

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I use a very easy recipe when I’m making a sponge cake, it is simply a ratio of eggs to all the other ingredients, 1:2, so you can adjust for the size of cake you are making.
For this sponge I used:

  • 6 eggs
  • 12 Oz self-raising flour
  • 12 Oz caster sugar
  • 12 Oz butter
  • 1.5 table spoons of baking powdermix all the ingredients together until they form a smooth uniform consistency -you don’t want any lumps of butter/sugar (I use an electric whisk or a Kenwood if it is going to be a big cake)

and to make the chocolate cake….

  • add cocoa powder to taste (usually a few tablespoons) -or just watch the cake mix colour turn to chocolate as you mix it in

Bake in the oven for 25-35 mins at 175 degrees and you will have yourself one scrummy cake!

For the butter icing I tend not to worry with exact measurements, but as a rough guidance starting with 50g of butter will make a fair amount (depending on how thick you like it!)
I then just add in icing sugar (sieved) with a couple of table spoons of milk and hand whisk them together until it is a smooth easily spreadable consistency -just keep adding in that icing sugar until you have reached the sweetness you are aiming to please.

And to make the chocolate butter icing: repeat the above but with a little less icing sugar and a few table spoons of cocoa powder mixed in there instead.

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Happy baking!

Party in the bank account and Sunday baking

So this weekend turned into a bit of a party for my bank account..

With my old laptop about to give up the ghost, and great reviews from my sister and friends, I decided to take the leap and replace it with a Mac. So I am now blogging from a MacBook Pro retina display -day 2 and so far I have been very impressed with this upgrade! More on the Mac when I have had time to play around and can review it properly.

So after acquiring the Mac, one of my first tasks was to renew the tax for my car. This is of course the time that you also discover that the MOT has expired… at 16.45 on a Saturday and with the tax expiring on Monday. After 6 phone calls I managed to locate the only garage in Bristol that will do an MOT on a Sunday and so I grabbed their last space. But the fun didn’t stop there. One failed MOT later and 4 new tyres to pass the MOT (on top of the splash out for the Mac).. my wallet is feeling a little lighter today.

So now for some more indulgence on a Sunday afternoon:

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Mars bar crispy cake (made with my sister)

A quick and yummy treat on a Sunday after a very busy weekend.

Recipe:

  • Mars bars x4
  • butter 200g
  • rice crispies (as many as you want -I used about 200g)
  • chocolate 250g

Melt the mars bars with approx 125g of butter, stirring at times until a smooth mixture is formed. Then add the rice crispies, mix together well, and press into a baking tray. Melt the chocolate with the remaining butter and pour on top to form a smooth layer of chocolate covering -as thick as you like! Leave in the fridge to set for as long as you can resist eating -if you’re really hungry you can always put it in the freezer (that’s what I did!)

Enjoy 🙂