Month: February 2015

Lemon and Blueberry tray bake recipe

Lemon and Blueberry tray bake recipe

Lemon and Blueberry tray bake recipeMost Friday’s my dad pops round to my house with a delivery of fruit and veg that would rival a Sainsbury’s delivery truck. He gets it for us (that’s me and my sister – as she gets a delivery too) to share as he bought us both a Nutribullet last November and we’re all mad keen on smoothies now – especially Tim. I got told off for not drinking my smoothie earlier this week. Tim makes Nutribullet smoothies first thing in the morning and then that’s it.  Six AM and we’ve already had our 5 a day! So we really go through a lot of fruit and veg. How cool is that? My Poopah is the best. (Thanks Poopah)

Last week he bought some blueberries. There were loads and loads of them;  more than we could blend in a week – so you know what I wanted to do don’t you? Yep. Bake!

I decided that I would make a tray bake- as I’ve just made a load for other people recently and there was no cake in the house! Well, with all that healthy smoothie making I needed to address the sugar/healthy eating imbalance. This tray bake is adapted from a Mary Berry recipe that I have used time and again from her Baking Bible book.

When Tim tasted it he said “I’m not sure about the lemon and blueberry combination”. I thought it tasted great. I then went off for a bit and when I came back the three slices of cake I had just cut were gone. Errrrr? Not such a bad combination after all is it Tim?

Lemon and Blueberry tray bakeLemon and Blueberry tray bake recipe

  • 225g butter at room temperature
  • 225g Golden caster sugar
  • 275 Self Raising flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 4 large eggs – at room temperature
  • zest and juice of one lemon
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 150g blueberries for the cake plus some extras for decoration.
  • 100g icing sugar
  • juice of one lemon
  1. Line an 8 x 10″ tray with silicon paper. Pre-heat your oven to 180C (160C for fan ovens)
  2. Mix the butter and sugar together until well blended. Break up the eggs in a bowl then add slowly to the cake mix so that it doesn’t curdle.
  3.  In a separate bowl sieve the flour and baking powder then add to the butter/sugar mix. Add the lemon zest and juice and water. Whisk until smooth and creamy.
  4. Gently fold in the blueberries then pour the mix into the tray. Level it with the back of a large tablespoon and bake for 34-45 minutes until the cake comes away from the side of the cake tin and the cake bounces back instantly when pressed in the centre with your finger.
  5. Set on a cooling rack for 10 minutes before removing from the tin to cool completely.
  6. Once cool make the icing by sieving the icing sugar into a bowl then adding the lemon juice and mixing until smooth. You can add lemon zest to the icing too if you want. Add the blueberries to the top then leave for 30 minutes and allow it to set.

 

This is a great cake to share. What do you think? Lemon and blueberry a winning combination or not?

EmmaMT

Top 10 ways to give a cake WOW factor

Top 10 ways to give a cake WOW factor

Do you ever want to bake a really simple cake that tastes delicious and then just add a ton decorative flare? Well us bakers at Free Cakes For Kids do all the time. So, I decided to do a little research (after a little prompting – thanks Cristina) and here’s my top 10 wow factor cake ideas courtesy of Pinterest – where else?

1. Just add pearls

How cute are the multicoloured pearls on this cake?  Great for adults and kids alike. You can always pipe the pearls on if your feeling brave! I love the colour combination but you could always use just one colour.

Pearl and dots cake

2. Go Sprinkles mad

I made a similar cake to this one for Beau’s birthday last year. Although the kitchen was trashed after I did the sprinkles at speed the cake looked fab. What do you think?

Easy Sprinkle number cake

3. Model some cars… and a track from sugarpaste.

This cake is pure simplicity at it’s best. The racing cars are practically cartoons – very much my kind of cake. I think this is a winner as you can literally make any number the track on a regular rectangle cake. Brilliant!

Racing car Cake

4. Dribble that chocolate

Oh my word! How totally delicious does this cake look? It’s fluffy chocolate cake inside, dripping with chocolate ganache and topped with chocolate dipped strawberries. What’s not to love!

Wowzers Strawberry cake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Add some ribbons and a bow

Although this cake is technically quite difficult – have you ever tried to get sugarpaste to stay neat when in a horizontal direction? the actual design is gorgeous. I would re-create this look in one colour and on one layer. It would still be just as effective.

Gorgeous horizontal stripes | Black and White Wedding Cake

6. Get the paintbrushes out

For a quick and easy design these flowers and butterflies are perfect, but what gives this cake the WOW factor is the way the leaves have been painted on. Have you ever painted on a cake before? it’s so much fun!

Tinkerbell Cake!!! - This is more along what I was thinking.... except no painting!!

7. Make a house

Just the colours on this cake alone make this cake dreamy and every girls first choice. I’m sure it took hours and hours to make but a few simple adaptations would make this possible for even a beginner.

House cake via Pinterest

8. Everyone loves an owl…

and a fox and a hedgehog. The cakes on this pinterest board are so cute and relatively easy to make. I love the pretty colours used and the simple design.  Click on the pic to see the other cakes.

Owl cake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9. Just add tons of M&M’s

I don’t think I could resist picking at this cake; especially if those are peanut M&M’s! I love them and I bet kids would too! Such a clever idea.

M&M birthday cake

10. Pipe some flowers

This cake is decorated using a grass piping nozzle (No. 233 if you’re interested?) They look like hundreds of iced gems don’t you think? I love the colour combinations used. So effective.
Fun and easy cake decorating idea!

So, there you have it. What do you think? Which one is your favorite? Or do you have any great ideas for creating wow factor in a cake? I’d love to know. Just join the conversation and leave a comment below.

EmmaMT

 

Almond pancakes with Tory

Almond pancake recipe I have a lovely friend called Tory who has a list of food that she can’t eat that’s as long as your arm. I can’t imagine being so restricted with my diet. I’m in the middle of my February ’30 day challenge'(yes I know there are only 28 days in Feb but I choose a new challenge each month!) and this month it’s no chocolate and no crisps. Last month it was no Dr Pepper and I didn’t struggle with that at all but this – no crisps business is proving to be a real challenge, so I can only imagine how hard it was for Tory to deal with being told that she would have to cut out ……..

“sugar; all grains (so: no bread, pasta, couscous, polenta, rice or even quinoa); yoghurt, cream, milk, soft cheese, chick peas, sweet potatoes and potatoes, soya, broad beans and butter beans”

Why am I telling you all this? Well she has a new blog How to eat (when you can’t eat anything at all) and I totally love it. Her recipes have to use a different combination of everyday foods in a creative way and she makes them all sound so yummy and intriguing that I thought I’d share it with you.

A few weeks ago she posted about Almond pancakes and as it’s pancake day next week I thought I’d share her recipe with you. Just click on the link above or either of the photos of my Almond pancakes (which didn’t last very long I have to say!) to be sent straight through to Tory’s blog.

Tory's Almond pancake recipe

Because these pancakes don’t contain flour – just ground almonds they don’t taste like regular pancakes. They have a more granular texture. I really like that difference but what made it for me was the cinnamon honey. What a brilliant idea. Why didn’t I think of that before?

 

Are you gluten or dairy free or someone like me who just loves anything almond? Let me know. I’d love to hear how you get on with this recipe

 

Enjoy

EmmaMT

 

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Win tickets to Squires Kitchen Cake Decorating and Sugarcraft Exhibition 2015,

Squires Kitchen Cake Decorating and Sugarcraft Exhibition 2015,

It’s competition time here at CakesBakesAndCookies.com and the prize is a pair of tickets to one of my favorite cake decorating shows of the year.

Squires Kitchen Cake Decorating and Sugarcraft Exhibition 2015

The Squires show was actually the first ever cake decorating show I went to and I’ve been coming back year after year. Some shows are all about the stands selling tons of gadgets and goodies – which I know we all love, but this show is more about the bakers and decorators than just the shoppers. You come away with a ton of new tips and techniques as well as new tools. The stands have so many experts showing you how to use tappits/ make model heads and flowers / use porcelain paste- that you actually feel like you’ve been to one big cake decorating workshop! There are plenty of free tutorials with the Squires experts. Last year I took mum with me and we watched Mark Tiling do his thing with chocolate. Very inspiring.

For mum and I the highlight of the show is always seeing the amazing creations in the cake competitions. Hundreds of wedding cakes, cupcakes and painted cakes and more all made by bakers like you and me are on display and they’re just breathtaking. Some people are so talented. You can see some of the designs from the post I wrote about the show last year.

Squires Kitchen Cake Decorating and Sugarcraft Exhibition 2015, competiton

Tickets are £12.95 per person and visitors can enjoy up to 36 theatre demonstrations, 105 hours rolling demonstrations, hundreds of display pieces and much more over the weekend.

For more information on the show and to buy tickets, visit www.squires-exhibition.com or call 084561 71 810 or +44 (0)1252 260 260.

Ticket prices:Adult £12.95, Bring a friend tickets: 2 adults £22, Bring a friend tickets: 3 adults £30

Please note that this is a ticket-only event.

How to enter

Squires Kitchen have offered Cakesbakesandcookies.com one pair of free one day tickets to Squires Kitchen Cake Decorating and Sugarcraft Exhibition 2015! The show will be held at the Farnham Maltings in Surrey from 13th–15th March. Please note that the prize doesn’t include transport and is for UK entrants only. You will be able to select which one day is most suitable for you.

To win simply share this post on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest and leave a comment below with your sharing link. A random number generator will be used to select one of the comments as the winner. The closing date for this competition is midnight Saturday 14th February 2015. Winners will be notified by email.

So good luck bakers What are you waiting for? Get sharing!

EmmaMT

Disclaimer: Thanks to Squires Kitchen for providing this prize. I have not been paid for this post but I have been given tickets to the show- yippeee! See you there!

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Evie’s Easy Minecraft Birthday cake

How to make a Minecraft cake for a gorgeous girl

Evie’s Minecraft Birthday cake

Minecraft is absolutely massive in our house. In fact I’d go as far as saying it’s my strongest bargaining tool. “If you don’t finish your homework there’ll be no Minecraft!” Works every time.

This isn’t my first Minecraft birthday cake – it’s actually my third but it is the first one for a girl. Evie is the cutie who I bake gluten free cakes and biscuits for when there’s a school cake sale. I can’t stand the thought of her missing out on cake!

Gluten Free Madeira cake

This cake is a gluten free Madeira cake. Having made a few gluten free recipes now I know that I get the best results by swapping out regular flour and replacing it with 50% gluten free flour and 50% rice or almond flour. It just works better. Sometimes I add an extra egg after I was advised that gluten free flours make cakes more dry and an extra egg makes “all the difference”.

This is the Madeira cake recipe I used. 

How to make a Minecraft cake I wanted to make it quite a cute Minecraft birthday cake without any weapons so I went for the trees and bushes route with a pretty pink ‘Evie/Steve’. Evie seemed pretty happy with it when she saw it.

Although quite a simple design don’t be fooled by it’s simplicity. Cutting and positioning all those squares takes time – but that could be because I was watching Netflix whilst making this cake and that always slows me down!

How to make a Minecraft personGirls Minecreaft birthday cake

It’s really easy to make a Minecraft person if you have plenty of time to leave it to harden. That’s the key to being able to handle the model and it not break.

I start by rolling out the sugar paste and cutting out the body and sleeves. To give the legs more strength I make one large rectangle and use a cutter to make an indent where the legs separate rather than cutting two separate legs and sticking them together. Insert half a cocktail stick into the top of each leg with a little edible glue and insert into the body.

Use edible glue to stick the sleeves to the body and then do the same with the arms and head. Insert half a cocktail stick into the bottom of each leg once you have glued the feet in place.  Finally add the head. Check that the model will stand up straight as you go by standing it in a polystyrene block with something for it to lean against so it’s at 90º.

I wrapped the whole model in cling film so it would stick in place and left it over night to harden. Girls Minecreaft birthday cake

To make the trees I cut out squares of brown sugar paste with a plunger cutter and made holes in the centres so I could insert cocktail sticks into them. I threaded the squares onto the sticks; gluing as I went, until I had a few in a row. The sticks were then inserted into the polystyrene so they were upright and could harden over night. The large green tree tops and bushes were made from larger squares of sugar paste which had holes made in the bottom and were left to harden. The harder the green tops and brown tree trunks are the better as they won’t collapse so easily so try to make these in advance.

The outer edge of the cake was surrounded with three colours of green square so they looked like grass- kind of!

Minecraft birthday cake

An ‘8’ was added to the front of the cake using pink squares.

Girls Minecreaft birthday cake

Once the model had hardened and could be handled the hair was added and the face was painted on. I added an ‘E’ for Evie onto the body.

Then all the elements are added onto the cake and that’s it.

I hope this has been helpful.

Have you made a Minecraft cake? Are you about to? I’d love to see it. Just head on over to the CakesBakesAndCookies.com Facebook or Twitter page and post a picture to share with us bakers. I’m sure we’d all like to see them. Follow the links below.

Bye for now

EmmaMT

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