Saturday, 12 July 2014

Funday Sunday

On a Sunday I occasionally feel the need to bake enough cake to feed all of my neighbors.  I have a few different cakes that I have mastered now so thought I would share them with you.  I also have a few variations, which you will love if you are anything like my mum who hates to bake, but does it when she has to.

So the first one is my coconut and banana cake/bread.  To make this you will need the following:

Ingredients

125g Butter
150g Caster Sugar (for the cake version)
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1 egg
1 and a half ripe bananas
190g self raising flour
60ml milk (I always use skimmed)
150g Desiccated Coconut

Baking Instructions
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180degrees
  2. Melt Butter, sugar and vanilla in a saucepan
  3. Mash your bananas
  4. Remover butter, sugar and vanilla mixture from the heat
  5. Add Mashed bananas and mix well
  6. Stir in flour and milk
  7. Add  Desiccated Coconut
  8. Grease your baking tin
  9. Pour mixture into baking tin
  10. Cook for 35 mins
I always find that the best way to test if your cake is cooked or not, is by pressing your finger down on the center of the cake and seeing if it springs back.  If it doesn't give it another 5-10 mins.  Another way to test if your cake is thoroughly cooked, is by pushing a knife through the center of the cake and pulling it out again.  If the knife comes out clean, then your cake is ready to be served.

In the winter it is great to serve this cake hot with a cup of tea or coffee.  But in the Summer you can always add some cream or ice cream with some mixed berries on the side.

My other and my most favourite cake to make is my chocolate Kitkat fudge cake.  It looks like a difficult cake to make, but the difficult part is knowing where to cut it...


Ingredients

Cake
50g cocoa powder
6 tbsp boiling water
3 eggs
4 tbsp milk
175g self raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
100g margarine
300g caster sugar

Chocolate fudge icing
100g (4oz) plain dark chocolate
50gg (2oz) butter
200g (7oz) icing sugar, sifted

Cheat: if you want to cheat with this cake, or you haven't got a lot of time/money, then you can always grab a tesco cake mix and chocolate fudge icing in a pot.  The real way tastes a lot better though I promise.

Finishing touches
Two multi-packs of Kitkats and any topping you would like to put on the cake.  I always find malteasers work best, but you can pick anything you like.

Here is a quick video that I posted on Instagram a while ago too, so that you get the idea of how to make it:



Baking Instructions
  1. Pre-heat over to 180 degrees
  2. Mix cocoa powder and boiling water into a paste
  3. Add the remaining ingredients
  4. Grease your tins
  5. Separate your mixture into two round tins of the same size
  6. Cook at 180 degrees for around 35mins
Not too long ago, I entered this particular cake into a competition and it came third place.  So we took it back to the office and sold each slice for £2.  So if you have a bake sale happening at work, or maybe even a colleagues birthday, this cake is always a winner.  You could even be super mum and make this one for the next bake sale at school - now that would impress the PTA!  But I have some much cooler ideas than this one to make at school that the kids (and adults) will LOVE.

Happy baking guys, let me know how your cakes turn out.

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