Category: Cake

Hot Chocolate Fudge Cake

Hot Chocolate Fudge Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream, photo by JMorton

Hot Chocolate Fudge Cake

Ingredients

  • 175g Self raising flour
  • 2 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
  • 1 Tsp Bicarbonate soda
  • 150g Caster sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 150 ml Sunflower oil
  • 150 ml Semi skimmed milk
  • 2 Tbsp Golden syrup

For the Coating and filling

  • 75g Unsalted butter
  • 175g Icing Sugar
  • 3 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
  • Drop of Milk

Method

  1. Pre-heat oven to 180ºC/350F/Gas Mark 4. Grease and line two 18cm (7 inch) sandwich tins.
  2. Sieve the flour, cocoa and Bicarbonate of Soda into a bowl. Add the sugar and mix well.
  3. Make a well in the centre and add the syrup, eggs, oil and milk. Beat well with electric whisk until smooth.
  4. Spoon the mixture into the two tins and bake for 25 – 30 minutes until risen and firm to the touch. Remove from oven, leave to cool before turning out onto a cooling rack.
  5. To make your butter icing, place the butter in a bowl and beat until soft. Gradually sift and beat in the icing sugar and cocoa powder then add enough milk to make the icing fluffy and spreadable.
  6. If the cake has risen a little to high then use a serrated knife to even off the top, now sandwich the two cakes together with the butter icing and cover the sides and the top of the cake with more butter icing.

Serve hot with a scoop or two of vanilla ice-cream.

Passion Fruit Cheese Cake

Passion Fruit Cheese Cake, photo by JMorton

Passion Fruit Cheese Cake, photo by JMorton

Passion Fruit Cheese Cake

Passion Fruit Cheese Cake, photo by JMorton

Passion Fruit Cheese Cake, photo by JMorton

This is definitely one of the best cheesecakes that I have ever tasted and therefore, I am very passionate about it.

It is creamily delicious with a sweetness that  is just right complemented by subtle delicacy of tanginess from the passion fruit 😉

This recipe involves minimal cooking, thus, it is pretty easy to make.  One can rally the children or hubby to help out 🙂

The beautiful orange passion fruit topping makes it look vibrant and exotic, which is not only pleasing to the eye but also a treat to the taste buds.

Here is a recipe based on Nigel Slater’s Recipe:

Ingredients:

THE BASE

  • 120 grams butter
  • 400 grams ginger biscuits or digestive biscuits (I prefer digestive because for some reason my stomach can’t take ginger biscuit, strange that!)

THE FILLING

  • 250 grams mascarpone cheese
  • 75 grams icing sugar
  • 1 vanilla pod or 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 400 ml creme fraiche
  • 300 ml double cream
  • 4 ripe passion fruit

Method of preparation

  • Melt the butter in a small pan.
  • Put the biscuits in a robust plastic sandwich bag and apply the rolling pin with gusto 🙂 Crush the biscuits to fine crumbs and stir them into the melted butter. Tip them into a 22cm loose bottomed cake tin and smooth them flat. Refrigerate for an hour or so until firm. You can speed the process up by putting them in the freezer if you wish.
  • Put the mascarpone cheese and icing sugar in a bowl of a food mixer and beat until smooth.  This can also be done manually by giving the pecs some healthy exercise.
  • Scrape out the seeds from the vanilla pod (or vanilla essence) and stir them into the mascarpone.  Add the creme fraiche. Transfer the mixture  into a clean container and set aside.
  • Whip the cream using the food mixer until it stands in soft folds, then stir it gently into the mascarpone/creme fraiche mixture.
  • Ladle in the mixture into the cake tin and cover with cling film. Leave to chill for a good hour.
  • To serve, remove the cake from the tin, cut the passion fruits in half and squeeze the seeds and juice over the cheesecake.

Now enjoy and share!

 

Red Velvet Cake

Red Velvet Cake, Photo by JMorton

Red Velvet Cake, Photo by JMorton

Red Velvet Cake

Red Velvet Cake, Photo by JMorton

Red Velvet Cake, Photo by JMorton

This cake is rather special. It is red and taste beautifully creamy. You would want a big portion.

Red Velvet Cake, Photo by JMorton

Red Velvet Cake, Photo by JMorton


Ingredients

  • 280g plain flour
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 110g butter, at room temperature
  • 250g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs, whisked
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 225ml buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon red food colouring gel
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar

Method

    1. Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease two 23cm round cake tins and line the bottoms with baking parchment.
    2. In a bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, and salt. Set aside.
    3. Using a mixing bowl, start whisking the butter. Once creamy, gradually incorporate the sugar alternately with the addition bit by bit of the whisked egg.  Adding all the eggs at once would curdle the butter.
    4. Add the vanilla extract.
    5. Start adding the flour mixture to the butter mixture in small portions, whisking well after each addition. The cake mixture will be thick. Add the buttermilk and food colouring; whisk till smooth.
    6. Working quickly, combine the bicarbonate of soda and vinegar. Fold into the cake mixture. Once incorporated, divide the mixture between the two tins.
    7. Bake in the preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Remove and cool slightly in the tin before turning out onto a wire rack to cook completely.
    8. Once the cakes are completely cool, place the first layer on a serving plate. Cover the top with your favourite icing (cream cheese icing is the traditional match for red velvet cake, but you could also use vanilla buttercream). Place the second layer on top of the first, then ice the top and decorate.

Chocolate Cupcake Recipe

The proof is in the eating of the cupcake, lol, Photo by PH Morton

The proof is in the eating of the cupcake, lol, Photo by PH Morton

As the very old quote, which might be French in origin, says “The proof of the pudding is in the eating.” So I ate and it was very tasty too.

The cakes were made by Stacey and her Nanny Mo for Samantha’s birthday party, which was a lot of fun and loads of food and drinks.

Anyway, I remembered how much I enjoyed the cupcakes. Stacey, my beautiful daughter-in-law, said it was very easy to make and decorating it was a lot of fun.

Below is the recipe.

Chocolate cupcake, photo by PH Morton

Chocolate cupcake, photo by PH Morton


Ingredients

100g plain flour
20g cocoa powder
140g caster sugar
1½ tsp baking powder
a pinch of salt
40g unsalted butter, at room temperature
120ml whole milk
1 egg
¼ tsp vanilla extract
12-hole cupcake tray,lined with cupcake paper cases

Method

Preheat the oven to 170ºC

Using a food mixer, for convenience, add together the  flour with the cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder, salt and butter and mix until everything is combined.

Whisk the milk with the egg in a bowl and to the mix add the vanilla extract.

Gradually pour the milky egg mixture into the food mixer, which should be on a high speed.

Continue mixing for a couple more minutes until the mixture is smooth.

(Do not overmix, as too much of everything is never good. LOL)

Spoon the mixture into the paper cases until two-thirds full and bake in a preheated oven for 20-25 minutes,or until the sponge bounces back when touched. A skewer inserted in the center should come out clean.

Remove from the oven and let them cool completely on a wire rack.

When the cupcakes are cooled (if they have not been eaten as they are, lol) let your imagination take control. Decorate with frosting by using a pallet knife or filling a piping bag with frosting and squeeze to your heart’s delight. Do not forget to add edible embellishment such as silver, pink and gold balls and little sugar flowers and hearts.

Carrot Cake with Salted Caramel Topping

Carrot Cake with Salted Caramel, Photo by PH Morton

Carrot Cake with Salted Caramel Topping, Photo by PH Morton

I love carrot cake.  Although I must admit that at first I found it rather strange as in my mind’s eye carrot is a vegetable and should not go with baked sweetened cakes.  But got used to it fairly quickly as I thought there was really nothing to dislike.  It was healthy and the cake has a delicious taste to it.

Topping a carrot cake with salted caramel gives a literal meaning to the idiom ‘icing on the cake’.

Below is a recipe which would yield a deliciously moist carrot cake.

Carrot Cake with Salted Caramel Topping

Ingredients

  • 175g light muscovado sugar
  • 175ml sunflower oil
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 140g grated carrots (about 3 medium)
  • 100g raisins
  • grated zest of 1 large orange
  • 175g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp grated nutmeg (freshly grated will give you the best flavour)

For the frosting

  • 175g icing sugar
  • 1½-2 tbsp orange juice
  • 2 tbsp Carnation caramel (Dulce de Leche)

Method of Preparation

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C.
  2. Oil and line the base and sides of an 22.5cm round cake tin with baking parchment.
  3. Tip the sugar into a large mixing bowl, pour in the oil and add the eggs. Lightly mix with a wooden spoon. Stir in the grated carrots, raisins and orange rind.
  4. Mix the flour, bicarbonate of soda and spices, then sift into the bowl. Lightly mix all the ingredients – when everything is evenly amalgamated stop mixing. The mixture will be fairly soft and almost runny.
  5. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 40- 45 minutes, until it feels firm and springy when you press it in the centre. Cool in the tin for 5 minutes, then turn it out, peel off the paper and cool on a wire rack. (You can freeze the cake at this point.)
  6. Beat together the icing sugar and orange juice using  a small bowl until smooth and as runny as a single cream. Set the cake on a serving plate and drizzle the icing back and forth in over the top until covered, letting it drip down the sides as well.
  7. Finally drip the Carnation caramel over the icing sugar and create lovely pattern of your choice.

Time to call the gang and enjoy with a lovely cup of tea.

Chinese Sweet Bun

Whenever Peter and I go to London’s Chinatown, we always come home with loads of Chinese goodies from the many bakeries dotted along the place. We specially love the cakes. They are so soft and really delicious, which remind me of our cakes from the Philippines which we buy from either Goldilocks or Red Ribbon.

Philippine cakes are some of the things that I miss from the old country, that is why we go on a trek to Chinatown to get something reminiscent of the Philippines’. Jewish cakes are quite cook as well and we are also a regular visitors of Sharon Bakery in Golders Green.

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Below is a youtube presentation of the preparation of the sweetest, moistiest, softiest Chinese sweet bun.

Victoria Sponge Sandwich Cake

This cake is quintessentially an English baking delight.

It is so classic and remains a favourite of the masses despite a growing numbers of creamier and lighter sponges that can be had.

A Victoria sponge cake is an afternoon tea essential, just like scone with jam and cream.

The recipe for this delightful afternoon cake is easy and straightforward to make.

Sponge Cake @ Jane Austen Museum in Bath, Photo by PH Morton

Sponge Cake @ Jane Austen Museum in Bath, Photo by PH Morton

Victoria Sponge Sandwich Cake

Ingredients

For the cake
200g caster sugar
200g softened butter
4 eggs, beaten
200g self-raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp milk

For the filling
100g butter, softened
140g icing sugar, sifted
drop vanilla extract
340g jar strawberry jam
icing sugar, to decorate

Method

Heat oven to 170 degrees centigrade or gas mark 5.

Butter two 20cm sandwich tins and line with non-stick/greaseproof baking paper.

In a large bowl, beat the caster sugar with the softened butter. Gradually add the flours and the eggs. Mix until smooth then add the baking powder and milk to form a smooth batter.

Divide the mixture between the two tins, smooth the surface with a spatula or the back of a spoon, then bake for about 20 mins or until golden and the cake springs back when pressed.

Turn onto a wire rack and leave to cool completely.

Start making the filling by beating the butter until smooth and creamy, gradually beat in the icing sugar.

Stir in the vanilla extract at this point.

Spread the butter cream on top of one of the cooled sponges, add a generous amount of luscious strawberry jam over the butter cream.

Carefully set the other sponge atop of the jam, just like making a sandwich.

Finally, gently dust the sponge cake with icing sugar.

Serve and enjoy. If there is a leftover, in can be kept on an airtight container for up to two days.

helpful tipsAlways preheat the oven to the desired temperature.

Nathan’s Banana Cake

Our beloved grandson stayed with us last weekend and he said that we had to bake a banana cake, having seen a bunch of bananas hanging in the kitchen.

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Nathan’s banana cake batter sponge, photo by PH Morton

We thought a banana cake was a wonderful idea. As it is our grandson’s idea, we are calling our recipe Nathan’s banana cake

Nathan’s Banana Cake

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Ingredients:

3 ripe bananas, the riper the bananas the better, cut one banana in slices, while the other two are mashed.
8oz butter
8oz caster sugar
8oz flour
3 medium eggs, beaten
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla essence

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Preparation:
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees centigrade.

Using a food mixer, blend the butter and sugar together. You can also mix these manually but will take longer time and more effort.

Gradually add the beaten eggs, a few drops at a time, alternating with the addition of flour to the butter and sugar mix. Remember, adding the beaten eggs all at once will make the butter and sugar to coagulate.

Keep mixing and adding the flour and eggs into the butter and sugar until everything is well incorporated.

Add the mashed bananas into the batter as well as the milk and vanilla.

Give the batter a good stir.

Pour the smooth mixture into a pre-greased cake baking tin.

Add the slices of bananas on top of the batter.

Put the tin on the middle tray inside the oven and bake for 40 minutes or until the top had turned golden.

Check that it is cooked by inserting a clean knife in the middle of the cake. If the knife comes out clean, without a trace of batter, the cake is cooked.

Serve with a big mug of tea or hot chocolate.

Enjoy!

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Entremet Strawberry Cake Recipe

Entremet Strawberry Cake Recipe

A Yummy Dessert for Christmas

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Strawberry Extremet cake

Strawberry Extremet cake

Ingredients:
 
1 sponge cake (40 x 30cm)
 
1Kg strawberries
 
For the crème:
 
500ml milk
 
250g sugar
 
4 eggs
 
70g flour
 
250g unsalted butter (soft)
 
1 vanilla pod
 
40g kirsch (cherry brandy)
 
For the syrup:
 
25cl sugar syrup 30˚
 
60g kirsch
 
For the finish:
 
Red marzipan
 
Strawberries
 
Method:
Prepare the crème:
 
1. Cut the vanilla pod lengthwise. Scrape the seeds out with a knife and add them to the cold milk.
 
2. Add half of the sugar, then bring the milk to a boil.
 
3. Pour the rest of the sugar over the whole eggs.
 
4. Beat the ingredients using a whisk and add the flour. Combine well.
 
5. Add the boiling milk, while stirring with the whisk. Combine well.
 
6. Transfer the preparation into the saucepan used to boil the milk and cook the crème over medium heat, whisking constantly, until thick and homogeneous.
 
7. Transfer the preparation into the stand mixer recipient, making sure to remove the vanilla pod. Beat at medium speed until cooled down completely.
 
8. When the cream is cold, add the soft butter cut into cubes and beat until homogeneous.
 
9. Add the Kirsch last. Combine well.
 
Assembling the cake:
 
1. Cut the sponge cake in half, lengthwise, to create 2 thin layers.
 
2. Place an expandable frame on a baking sheet (28 x 21cm). Cut a gold cake board to the same dimensions and place at the bottom. This will facilitate handling the cake for serving.
 
3. Place half of the sponge cake at the bottom (crust side facing down). The dimensions should be slightly smaller than the frame (27 x 20cm).
 
4. Using a brush, steep the cake with the syrup (made beforehand by combining the sugar syrup and kirsch).
 
5. Place the strawberry slices vertically against the inside rim of the frame. Instead of using strawberry halves, cut the strawberries in round slices for a different visual effect.
 
6. Repeat the operation until all sides of the frame are lined with strawberries.
 
7. Spread 1/3 of the crème on top of the cake, using a small palette knife to fill up every space and remove any air bubbles.
 
8. Add the rest of the strawberries (cut into small pieces), until they cover the whole surface.
 
9. Spread another third of crème on top of the strawberries. Even the surface.
 
10. Place the second half of sponge cake, this time with the crust facing up. Steep the cake with the remaining syrup, then spread the rest of crème on top.
 
11. Even the surface with a spatula.
 
12. Cover with cling film and refrigerate for at least 1 hour to set.
 
For the finish:
 
1. Remove the cling film.
 
2. Work the red marzipan with a rolling pin.
 
3. Spread the marzipan into a thin layer (a few millimetres). Sprinkle some potato starch or cornflour on the kitchen worktop to prevent the marzipan from sticking.
 
4. Wrap it gently around the rolling pin and gently lay it on top of the cake.
 
5. Gently adjust it on the cake and trim the excess, passing the rolling pin along the edge of the frame.
 
6. Reserve the marzipan excess aside then remove the frame gently.
 
7. Finish the decoration with a few marzipan roses, leaves and some fresh strawberries. Reserve in the fridge until ready to serve. For a creamier and tastier experience, it is recommended taking the cake out of the fridge 30 or 45 minutes before serving. Enjoy!
 
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