Monday, 18 June 2012

Monday Bake - Caramel Apple Loaf Cake

There was a Coffee Morning at Minibakebakegirl's school today to raise funds for Compassion, a charity involved with child sponsorship.  The child that KS2 sponsors lives in Uganda and the school have a monthly sponsorship commitment to meet.   They asked the parents/children to provide cakes so yesterday Minibakebakegirl made a caramel apple cake (I supervised). 

175g margarine
175g caster sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
225g plain flour - sifted
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
4 tbsp greek yoghurt
2 eating apples - peeled, cored and chopped into small chunks
100g soft toffees
splash of milk

Preheat the oven to 170c/Fan 150c/GasMark3
Line a 2lb loaf tin with a loaf tin liner (I use Lakeland)
Cream the margarine and sugar with an electric whisk in a large bowl until light and creamy.
Add the eggs one at a time beating well between each one, whisk in the vanilla extract.
Fold in the flour, baking powder and cinnamon.

(look at Minibakebakegirl's perfect cinnamon flour mountain!)

Then mix in the apple and greek yoghurt.
Spoon into the tin and cook for about 1 hour 20 mins.
Check the cake is cooked (when an inserted skewer comes out clean - if it doesn't pop
the cake back in the oven for another 5 minutes - then check again - repeat as necessary)
Leave to cool in the tin.

Melt the toffees in a small saucepan over a gentle heat until runny.  Add a splash of milk if needed and mix well.   Pour over the cake and allow to set slightly before serving. 

Unfortunately I forgot to take a picture of the cake when it was finished! Will have to add in a photo at a later date when I make it again.

The two year 5/6 classes worked very hard at the coffee morning, Minibakebakegirl was one of the meeter and greeters to take the parents to the school hall, where other pupils brought you coffee, tea and cakes, others cleared up and collected donations.  They did a fantastic job, raised over £300.00 and I had a lovely catch up with a friend. 
Oh before I go I have to show you my new scales.......

As a lover of all things union jack I couldn't resist when I saw them in the sale yesterday!  I will still use my traditional scales as well but we liked the fact you could weigh the marg then reset the scales to add the sugar to the same bowl.  This will be handy for all in one recipes which Lorraine Pascale likes.

Thanks for visiting, next week will be a special post as its Minibakebakegirls birthday next Sunday so it's time for the annual Hello Kitty cake using my new kitchen gadget :o)

Todays top three random Ipod songs:

1. Video Games - Lana Del Ray
2. Like A Prayer - Madonna
3. Just A Ride - Jem 

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