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Cheesecake Ripple Chocolate Cake

24 Oct

Cheesecake_ripple_chocolate_cake

The weather is truly awful, it’s raining and has been for about 3 days straight. So what do you do when you can’t leave the house? Bake. It’s a sure-fire way to occupy an incredible amount of time and test your patience (therapeutic baking has eluded me thus far). It annoys the hell out of me when I hear the likes of Paul Hollywood talk about how he gets his kids to help out in the kitchen and they’re great a knocking out a “simple” Neapolitan pizza dough. Being bested by a 7-year-old is a certainty to knock your confidence especially when you’re trying so damn hard, as I do when I attempt to bake. Rather than take it easy on myself and tackle something simple like a vanilla cupcake I decided I’d bake a cheesecake ripple chocolate cake (adapted from a recipe in Baked Elements) as it sounded rather impressive and tasty, that’s the most important thing after all. Success would pave the way for sourdough breads, rich southern layer cakes, buttery French pastries and gooey chocolate fondants. Continue reading

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Lime Angel Food Cake with Pistachios and Lime Glaze

30 Jul

Lime Angel Food Cake

I’ve had my eye on Angel Food Cake for quite some time, but up until now there have been two major obstacles that have stood between me and this sweet fluffy cloud on a plate. Obstacle number one; I didn’t own an angel food pan, and obstacle number two; All those egg whites. Just the thought of using all those egg whites, separating 8-10 eggs, what to do with the leftover yolks, the stress and worry of it all. Gah! Well, unlike most other obstacles in my life I have overcome these particular ones with gusto. I did so by one; buying the much needed angel food pan, and two; powdered egg whites suckas! No mess, no leftovers, just egg whites broken down into a pale dust. Sounds delicious no? Don’t get too close, the dust smells like meringues and I accidentally breathed it in and momentarily choked. It was most unattractive I’m sure. For my first ever Angel Food Cake I decided to go for something a little more exciting than just the plain egg white sponge. So when I happened upon this recipe for Lime Angel Food Cake with Lime Glaze by Baked owners Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito I knew this was the one I wanted to try. It looked great in the pictures (I assumed of course that my cake would turn out exactly like this and anything to the contrary would be sure to cause violent disappointment). Continue reading

Raspberry Almond Streusel Cake

17 Jul

Raspberry Almond Streusel Cake

Berry Season has arrived. And it is good. At any other time of the year I struggle to get my 5-a-day, but not during berry season. Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries. Sweet, juicy, tangy, and plump. When it comes to berries, I just can’t get enough. This raspberry almond streusel cake is the perfect dessert for a warm summer’s evening. It is light, crunchy, tangy and sweet, and is delicious served with some freshly whipped cream and a couple of juicy raspberries on the side. It’s also incredibly quick and simple to prepare. Which is just as well as nobody want to be stuck in a kitchen with the ovens blasting in the middle of summer! Continue reading

Mini Red Velvet Cake! (or cake for one)

30 Jun

Mini Red Velvet

In a few days’ time we’ll be moving into a new apartment. Well actually, we’ll be moving back into an old apartment from a few years ago. I could explain but it really is most uninteresting and I feel I’ve already been on the topic for three sentences too many. If you’re anything like me your eyeballs are popping out of your head in a violent inner rage while you scream “the cake the cake, get to the damn cake lady!!” Or perhaps that’s just me. Now where was I? Oh yes, the cake. I was feeling happy and positive about the upcoming move. You might say I was in something of a celebratory mood. Naturally cake was my first thought. Well in all honesty, and quite unnaturally I’ll admit, running in slow motion through a hazy meadow at dusk with fluffy puppies frolicking at my feet was my first thought. Then cake. Continue reading

Crumbs! What to do with that leftover cake? – chocolate almond truffles

15 Jun

Cake Balls

Every now and then something so unusual, so unexpected, so downright astonishing, can happen in the course of your normal everyday life that your are left reeling and questioning the very nature and purpose of your existence. For example; we were recently left with a considerable amount of uneaten cake. It was spooky. Ultan suggested we make something with the leftover crumbs and I immediately felt like a complete dummy as the thought had never even crossed my mind. Before my eyes had been opened to the possibilities I was of the belief that with cake, it was either ‘the belly or the bin’. I really do hate to waste food anything containing chocolate and so this became a matter of the utmost importance. Continue reading

Chocolate Almond Torte

8 Jun

Chocolate Almond Torte

Today I woke up and decided I wanted to bake a cake. It was my lovely friends’ birthday on Wednesday and I hadn’t seen her in such a long time. So I used this as an excuse to make and eat a cake because I wanted to have it. Is there really anything wrong with that? I blame society for making me feel like I had to make an excuse, and also you if you’re now sitting there judging me silently on the other side of this screen. However if you agree with me then great, lets run away together and live off cake for the rest of our lives. Continue reading

Chocolate Orange Bundt Cake

3 Jun

Choc Orange Bundt

When I first bought my lovely bundt tin I had visions of elegant tea parties, grand birthdays and bake sales, and quaint country fêtes. Impressed bystanders would “ooh” and “aah” in dramatic fashion as I produced the most wonderful baked creations the world had ever seen. Since buying the tin not one of these things has actually happened. I don’t blame myself for this (obviously). Continue reading