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Posted by on September 13, 2013 in other stuff

 

Apple Cider Cake

I love apples but when used in a cake I’m not so keen on the lump texture they give. This cake gives you a taste of the apple but in layers rather than scattered throughout the cake. I added the cider for extra flavour and because I’d read a recipe where cider was reduced to make a glaze, so I’ve used that here too.

Ingredients;

175gm unsalted butter or margarine ( I use Stork)

175gm caster sugar

3 eggs, lightly beaten

175gm self-raising flour

 

For the apple filling/topping:

3 apples, I used Braeburn

3 tbs cider

3 tbs double cream

1tsp cinnamon

1 tsp vanilla essence

Glaze:

300ml cider

3tbs icing sugar

 

Method:

  • peel and core the apples and cut into quarters, then slice them thinly
  • put apples in a bowl and add cream, cider, cinnamon and vanilla essence and mix together
  • In another bowl cream the butter and sugar until soft and smooth
  • add the eggs a little at a time and beat together, if the mixture begins to curdle you can add 1 tbs flour.
  • fold in the flour
  • strain the apples and put any liquid into the cake batter.
  • put half the cake batter into a greased and lined 8″ round tin. preferable a loose bottomed tin, or I use a silicone one.
  • spread half the apple mixture over the cake batter
  • top with remaining cake batter
  • finally arrange the remaining apple mixture over the top of the cake
  • bake for 30 – 35 minutes on gas mark 5 or 190°C
  • when cake is cooked and an inserted skewer comes out clean leave to cool
  • while cooling cake heat up cider in a pan to boiling, leave until you are left with a reduction of around 2 tbs of cider
  • leave cider to cool
  • turn out cake on to a wire rack to cool completely
  • when cider and cake is cool make glaze
  • add sieved icing sugar to the cider reduction and spread over the cake.

apple cider cake

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Posted by on May 29, 2013 in other stuff

 

Cake Photo Book and Competition

I was given the opportunity to make a photo book from Vista Print site

I’ve made a photo book before using my favourite photo’s of my children and I really love it, so I was thrilled to be able to make a book of my cake photos.

The process is simple, you choose your book size, add your photos, add any extras like backgrounds and text then in a few clicks it’s all sent off to be printed. A few days later your book is in your hand.

One thing I will say is that building your book can be very time consuming so it’s best to be prepared. I’ve found that the first job is to sort out which photo’s you want to use and put them all in a folder for easy access. This saves searching around for photos while you are in the process of building your book.

On VistaPrint you can edit your photos while building your book. This means you don’t have to spend ages editing them before hand, and you will know exactly how they will look in the book.

When you open up the application you will find places set out for your photos and any text you may wish to use. These are all completely editable, you can move them around, delete them or add extras, and it’s all very simple to do.

It is a time consuming process though, you choose your photos, choose where you want them to be, add text or backgrounds or even frames. You may not finish in one sitting so it’s handy that you can save your work at any time and return to it later. It took me about three hours to finish my book.

You will get warnings if your photos are not the best quality. You can choose to edit your photos or swap them for better. I left a few with warnings in and they were still printed.

For my book I chose to do a mixture of my favourite cake recipes followed by a montage of photos of the cakes I have decorated. My photos were not all brilliant, I’m no photographer, but the book still gave me great pleasure.

I chose the  extra large 30cm by 30cm square book with a hardcover. I was also able to add photos to the cover both front and back.

I love the quality of the book, the pages are glossy and bound together well. The overall effect is very professional looking.

If you would like to make a photo book please continue to the end of this post where I will give you details of how you can enter my give away.

My Cake Book

My Cake Book

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VistaPrint have given me a voucher for a photo book of your choice. You can choose the size and finish and fill it with whatever photos you wish. To be in with a chance of winning this fantastic prize please just comment below and let me know what you would use your photo book for, for example, your holiday pics, your baby pics, family day out etc.

This competition is for UK entrants only.

This competition may also be promoted on our Facebook page.

This competition will end on 9th May when one winner will be chosen at random.

Good Luck!

The competition is now closed and the winner chosen by random org. was no2 Sprigtreasurer, Congratulations, I’ll contact you with details very soon.

Disclaimer: I was given a voucher from Vista Print to make a book of my cakes. I was also given a voucher to give away to one of my readers by competition.

 
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Posted by on April 25, 2013 in other stuff

 

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Merry Christmas

I’d like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Here is my finished Christmas Cake:

christmas cake

You can see how I made it here: Christmas cake

 
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Posted by on December 24, 2012 in my cakes, other stuff

 

My Christmas Wish List

First up I’d like a new house with a lovely new kitchen!! It might sound a bit extravagant but I’m actually going to look at a house on 18th December, I’m not sure what it’s like yet, but if the kitchen is good then I’ll be a happy bunny.

Next up here is a list of Smart Ideas for Christmas From Morphy Richards.

I could really do with a new mixer and this one fits the bill for me, the gorgeous yellow one would look great in my current colour scheme (cream and yellow) It has four different speeds and boost.

Yellow Hand Mixer

Yellow Hand Mixer from Morphy Richards

Apart from making cakes I also love making my own bread. I’ve never owned a bread maker but when I get my new kitchen it’s one gadget I’d definitely love. This is the one I’d choose from Morphy Richards. It boasts 17 programs, 3 different loaf sizes and even a fruit and nut dispenser!

bread maker

Premium Manual Breadmaker from Morphy Richards

Finally, all my friends are raving about their slow cookers so I’m eager to see what the fuss is about and I’d love this partitioned slow cooker to be on my Christmas gift list. It has a 6 ltr capacity and a separate cooking post

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Patitioned Slow Cooker from Morphy Richards

 

Merry Christmas everyone!!

This post is my entry into Foodies100 competition ‘Win Your Christmas List From Morphy Richards’

 
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Posted by on December 7, 2012 in other stuff

 

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Cake International

Today I had the pleasure of visiting The Cake International cake show at Birmingham NEC. I bought lots of lovely cake things, from boxes to fondant and  lovely new rolling pin and mat. I also bought some letter cutters and some Christmas moulds, oh and a turntable which should make cake decorating a little easier.

There were lots of stalls showing you how to do decorate cakes and make gorgeous sugarcraft items. Unfortunately, I didn’t really have much time to take a lot in.

I started my visit by looking at all the competition cakes. Wow, they were amazing, there is so much talent in cake decorating. I’ve taken some photos to share with you. I was really impressed with the cakes from the under 12’s category.

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Posted by on November 9, 2012 in Other cakes, other stuff

 

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Lemon Drizzle Cake

I love this cake, it’s lovely lemon freshness with the sticky tangy icing, and the sweet syrup running through. It really is a treat.

Ingredients:

  • 175g (6oz) unsalted butter (or Stork)
  • 175g (6oz) caster sugar
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 225g (8oz) self-raising flour
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • finely grated zest of one lemon
  • 6 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp golden syrup

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  • Itbsp lemon juice
  • 50g (2oz) icing sugar
  • little water

Method:

  • Preheat oven to 180C/gas 4
  • lightly butter and flour a 2lb loaf pan
  • cream the butter and sugar together until they are fluffy
  • whisk in the eggs a little at a time
  • fold in flour
  • fold in milk, lemon zest and half the lemon juice
  • put in pan and bake for one hour or until a skewer comes out clean
  • Just before cake comes out of the oven, heat the remaining lemon juice and golden syrup.
  • Prick the warm cake all over with a skewer and drizzle the lemon syrup all over it. Leave it to cool in the pan.
  • Make a thin icing with the lemon juice water and icing sugar and drizzle over the cake when it is cool.

Now because this cake is in the oven for a long time it’s easy to burn it (like I did today!) so keep an eye on it and if it looks like it’s getting too brown before it’s cooked you can cover the top with a piece of foil, Mine might have turned out a little too brown but it was still yummy.

 

 
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Posted by on October 14, 2012 in my cakes, other stuff

 

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