Monday, 28 January 2013

Monday Bake - Chocolate Olive Oil Cake

I got Nigellas new book - Nigellissima for christmas.   On the first flick through I spotted this recipe - Chocolate Olive Oil Cake, which looks amazing.  You can find the recipe here.

This is a perfect cake for Cake Club as you can make it gluten free by using ground almonds instead of flour.  What surprised me is that it only uses cocoa powder and not melted chocolate.  Also I have used flavourless oil instead of butter in carrot cake before, but never olive oil - so I was interested to see how it turned out.  

All Cake Club members gave this cake a big thumbs up - a dense, squidgy, chocolatey cake!  We all work in different departments so I love our weekly meet ups at one of the drinks machines to share out our baking creations.  I will start to take pictures of these cakes for a future blog post :o) 

I will be making this cake again to have as a pudding with ice-cream as Nigella suggests.

See you next week,


This weeks top three Top of The Pops 1978 Songs:

1. Uptown Top Ranking - Althea and Donna
2. Sorry I'm a Lady - Baccara
3. Jammin' - Bob Marley and The Wailers

Monday, 21 January 2013

Monday Bake - Coconut Snow Buns

What a weekend it has been - the snow started again Friday morning and yesterday it snowed pretty much all day.  Minibakebakegirl enjoyed playing in the garden, her and Hubby made a mini snowman.  The above picture has been taken from the same place as last week (hanging out my bedroom window!) but this time you can see people sledging in the field near our house.

On Saturday we had to venture out in the car in the snow as I had an appointment to see an Opthamologist about a lump I have had for several months on my eye lid.   All I will say is that it has been removed and the procedure was not pleasant! 

School was closed today because of the snow, Minibakebakegirl is pleased to have a long weekend and another lie in!  So today Minibakebakegirl made some coconut buns - I supervised with my one good eye ;o)   We have renamed them for our snow day.

125g margarine
125g caster sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
125g self raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
50g desiccated coconut plus extra for sprinkling
100g white chocolate

Preheat the oven to 180c/Gas Mark 4.  Line a 12 hole muffin tin with paper cases.

In a large bowl cream together the margarine and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add the eggs one at a time - beating well between each one, beat in the vanilla extract.  Fold in the self raising flour, baking powder and desiccated coconut.

Spoon into the cases and bake in the oven for 20 minutes until done - when an inserted skewer comes out clean - if it doesn't pop the buns back in the oven for another minute - then check again - repeat as necessary.

 Cool in the tin.   

Gently melt the white chocolate in a small bowl over a pan of simmering water.  Spoon onto the top of the buns and sprinkle with the remaining coconut. 

Delicious on a snowy day like today with a hot chocolate.


Todays top three spotify songs:

1. Never Knew Your Name - Madness 
2. Locked Out of Heaven - Bruno Mars
3. Animal - Conor Maynard featuring Wiley

Monday, 14 January 2013

Monday Bake - Orange Marmalade Cake

All weekend the weather forecasts have been warning of snow and today we woke up to some - not much, a slight covering.  I went into town to meet a friend for lunch and while we were in the local deli eating and chatting away - huge flakes started to fall.  By the time I walked up the hill home it was quite heavy.   It is so pretty at first, crunching through in my snow boots.  When it melts and goes all slushy I always want to to go quickly!

This weeks recipe is from the January Waitrose magazine.   An orange marmalade cake - I wanted a recipe to use up the marmalade from making my christmas pudding.   I have made Nigellas marmalade cake before but I liked the look of this sandwich cake. 


125g unsalted butter
200g caster sugar
3 large eggs
100ml single cream
250g ground almonds
125g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
zest of 1 orange
3 tbsp seville orange marmalade

Orange Syrup-
juice of 1 orange
1 tbsp seville orange marmalade

Mascarpone icing-
150g mascarpone
125g greek yoghurt
4 tbsp icing sugar
2 tbsp seville orange
juice and zest of 1 orange

Preheat the oven to 180c/gas mark 4.  Grease and line the bases of 2 x 20cm cake tins with baking parchment.

Beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. 

Beat in the eggs one at a time, then the cream, followed by the almonds. Fold in the flour, baking powder and salt, then stir in the orange zest and marmalade.

Divide between the two cake tins and bake for 20-25 mins until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cakes comes out clean.   Cool in the tins on a wire rack.

Make the syrup - put the orange juice and marmalade into a small saucepan and stir over a low heat until dissolved.  Prick the cakes all over with a skewer and pour over the cakes.

When you are ready to assemble the cake, make the frosting.  Beat all the ingredients (apart from the juice and only 1/2 the zest) until combined.  I found this icing only needed a few drops of juice - I think using it all would make it too runny.  So add the orange juice sparingly.

Remove the cakes from the tins - remove the baking parchment.  Put one cake on the serving plate and spread some of the icing over,  sit the other cake on top and spread the over the remaining icing.  Sprinkle the orange zest on top.

This is a really light tangy cake, I am eating a slice as I type!  I think I might try making it another time with just a lemon curd filling and perhaps top with a basic icing made with icing sugar and water.


Todays top three Spotify Songs:

1. Rip It Up - Orange Juice
2. Orange Crush - R.E.M
3. Rule The World - Take That (Jason Orange!)

Monday, 7 January 2013

Minibakebakegirl Monday - Moustache Biscuits

Hello, it’s Minibakebakegirl here.  Happy New Year.   As you may know I have a weird obsession… MOUSTACHES!!! I have moustache socks, a jumper, jewellery, pens and fridge magnets.  But recently I got moustache cookie cutters.  I was really excited to use them.

We made a chocolate biscuit dough from Mum’s Peggy Pourshen Boutique Baking book.   But you could use any biscuit recipe.

Mum had to help get the dough out of the cutters with a knife and then you stamp the top of each one to make the imprints.  They looked really good.

I had some this afternoon with a hot chocolate.


Top three Ipod songs:
1.  Impossible- James Arthur
2.  Stupid Stupid - Alex Day  
3.  Right Word - Katie Sky