Hot Chocolate Fudge Cake
- 175g Self raising flour
- 2 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
- 1 Tsp Bicarbonate soda
- 150g Caster sugar
- 2 Eggs Beaten
- 150 ml (1/4 pint) Sunflower oil
- 150 ml (1/4 pint) 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
- Pre-heat oven to 180ºC/350F/Gas Mark 4. Grease and line two 18cm (7 inch) sandwich tins.
- Sieve the flour, cocoa and Bicarbonate of Soda into a bowl. Add the sugar and mix well.
- Make a well in the centre and add the syrup, eggs, oil and milk. Beat well with electric whisk until smooth.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
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:
- 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!)
- 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
This cake is rather special. It is red and taste beautifully creamy. You would want a big portion.
- 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
- Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease two 23cm round cake tins and line the bottoms with baking parchment.
- In a bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, and salt. Set aside.
- 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.
- Add the vanilla extract.
- 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.
- Working quickly, combine the bicarbonate of soda and vinegar. Fold into the cake mixture. Once incorporated, divide the mixture between the two tins.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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
¼ tsp vanilla extract
12-hole cupcake tray,lined with cupcake paper cases
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.
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
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.
Below is a youtube presentation of the preparation of the sweetest, moistiest, softiest Chinese sweet bun.
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.
Victoria Sponge Sandwich Cake
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
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.
Always preheat the oven to the desired temperature.
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.
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
3 ripe bananas, the riper the bananas the better, cut one banana in slices, while the other two are mashed.
8oz caster sugar
3 medium eggs, beaten
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla essence
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.