Monthly Archives: August 2010

Caramel Cake

Caramel Cake

Caramel Cake with Crushed Daim Bars


300g butter

180g dark muscovado sugar

1/2 397g tin Carnation Caramel (Dulche de Leche)

6 eggs

320g self raising flour


125g butter

250g Icing Sugar

1 spoonful of Caramel (from the tin)


250g Icing Sugar

1 spoonful of Caramel (from the tin)

10ml water

2 Daim Bars
I thought I would use this cake to test out my new tin.  

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Marble Cake and a lesson in cake making!

Marble Cake
Sometimes you just can’t beat the old favourites – Marble Cake is exactly that, it’s not complicated or difficult just delicious!

200g butter
200g caster sugar
150g self raising flour
50g plain flour
4 eggs
3 tbsp cocoa powder

Preheat the oven to 180c/160cFan/350F/Gas Mark 4

Grease and line an 8″ round cake tin.

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Toffee Pecan Ring – August Bake It! Club

Toffee Pecan Ring

This recipe comes from Amy Lane’s August Bake It! Club.  Since filming for The Great British Bake Off finished I have really missed baking with a whole bunch of great people.  This is the next best thing – Amy Lane’s Bake It!

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Super Zingy Lemon Cake – Fit for the Queen!

Super Zingy Lemon Cake - The Great British Bake Off

You may have seen the first episode of The Great British Bake Off where I managed to concoct a Super Zingy Lemon Cake – fit for the Queen.

I have had many requests for this recipe but haven’t managed to do a step by step for you but never fear the recipe is printed in the current issue of BBC Good Food Magazine and is also online on the BBC (how cool is that!)

You will need to make the Super Zingy Lemon Curd which can be found here on The Pink Whisk and then follow this link to the BBC, in the meantime I will get my finger out and make you one to follow step by step!

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Ruth’s Chocolate Truffles – as seen on The Great British Bake Off

Ruth's Chocolate Truffles
I love making truffles and love giving them to everyone too, they’re a great crowd pleaser and they disappear as fast as lightening!

After a lot of trial and error I think I can give you the lowdown on the easiest way to make truffles

300g plain  or milk chocolate
200ml double cream
2 tbsp liqueur

To decorate: 
200g plain or milk chocolate
plus white chocolate for drizzling, edible glitter or edible stars (these are optional but give the truffles a bit of pizzazz!)

Start off by chopping up your 300g chocolate into small pieces.  You can use any plain or milk chocolate you like but my advice is to avoid Green & Black’s 70% cocoa solids bars.  I used these on The Great British Bake Off in episode one and no word of a lie I had to make the ganache for the truffles six times before I finally switched to Lindt.  The G&B’s seized my ganache time after time.  Equally I like using Sainsbury’s Basics chocolate, at around 25p a bar it’s a bargain.If I had to advise you on what to use I would say go for Bournville, at 49% cocoa solids it’s a good middle of the range chocolate to use.

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Chocolate and Peanut Butter Bars

In my last post I promised you a treat and here it is, Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars – delicious straight from the fridge -I dare you to only eat one!

Cookie Dough
180g dark brown sugar
125g butter
1 egg
200g plain flour
20g malted drink powder (Ovaltine)
50g cocoa powder
3/4tsp salt
2/4tsp bicarbonate of soda

Peanut Butter Filling
250g icing sugar
4 tbsp peanut butter (crunchy or smooth whichever you prefer)
25g butter
100g marshmallows

200g milk chocolate

Preheat the oven to 180c/160c Fan/350F/Gas Mark 4
Begin by making the cookie dough base.

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A bit more giddiness to share with you!

I will make this short and sweet as I’m sure you’ve all really had enough about me banging on about exciting adverts and things but I promise I will bring you some more baking tomorrow to repent!

I managed to get my hands on The Great British Book of Baking today by Linda Collister and Penguin

…..and I’m in it!

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Rosie Fairycakes with Crystallised Rose Petals

Rosie Fairycakes with Crystallised Rose Petals

Beautiful rose flavoured fairycakes hiding a Turkish delight jewel and topped with purely gorgeous crystallised rose petals.

These cakes were inspired by a lovely meal out in London with friends at a Turkish Restaurant.  The rosewater you can get in most baking sections in the larger supermarkets but I got this bargain big bottle from the Polish section in Tescos for less than £1.  

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My Exciting News (and television debut)!!

The life and times of this manic mummy has just got seriously exciting.  

My little secret is that I am one of the ten amateur bakers taking part in the new BBC2 series ‘The Great British Bake Off’ hosted by Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc with the fabulous judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood.  

The series starts next Tuesday 17th August 8pm on BBC2 and runs for six weeks.

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Chocolate & Chai Biscotti

Chocolate and Chai Biscotti
I think the world has been keeping a secret from me – Chai tea!  Have you tried it?  A chai latte has become my favourite treat.  I think its one of the most delicious new things I have tried in ages.

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