/ The great UKC bake off
our daughter Daisy is 3 and we try to do a lot of baking because she loves it. Easy stuff, Victoria Sponges, fairy cakes, the usual suspects.
I managed to make a dinosaur cake for her third birthday which was quite adventurous and bloody messy.
So what are the UKC favourites to make, can you recommend something unusual to try or just a classic with a twist?
I don't mind saying I'm getting quite into it!
Lemon Drizzle and One Mix Fruit Cake are my faves. But I end up making lots of choccy cake as that's what people like.
We're not massive fans of cakes with chocolate but I like the idea of lemon drizzle.
Guess what I'm having for my tea tonight.
Also have all of the ingedients for a carrot cake ready to experiemnt with a Macmillan recipe. I've run out of days that I can eat it - could I freeze it?
triangular flap jacks
A Caterpillar cake which is basically...
a row of ginger nut biscuits pre soaked in brandy (but not for too long as they go soggy!), stuck together (and covered) with whipped cream and made into a caterpillar like log shape. Then decorated with chocolate buttons and flakes for legs.
Dinosaur cake sounds interesting!
I made my third-ever cake the other day for Mr TC's birthday, using the brilliant Peyton & Byrne British Baking book. It was a marbled chocolate cake with white chocolate icing - the best bit was that the kids, who are notoriously critical, said that it was 'better than cake bought from a shop'. I fair glowed with pride :-)
To the OP: How about making cookies? They're dead easy, melted butter, sugar, flour, flavourings to taste (choc chips, smarties, raisens, chopped apricot, cherry,...), dollop on a baking sheet and bake for 8mins.
I once baked a fresh loaf of bread having lovingly mixed and kneaded the fresh ingredients by hand, followed the recipe to the letter and was very proud of the aesthetic look. Tasted alright too.
Though it did have the weight and consistency of iron.
Make gingerbread mix - the best one I've found so far comes from the Usborne Farmyard Tales Children's Cookbook (seriously!) - and cut shapes out. We have some letter shapes and some dinosaur shapes :-)
For quick and easy try this:
It tends to be a bit dry so I fill mine with giant white chocolate buttons and then a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side.
It for more entertaining try whoopie pies. There are some great recipes out there for them.
For a three-year-old?!
What about some sort of steamed pudding? Not too complicated to make, if a bit slow to cook - though I seem to remember Dan Leopard giving some microwaveable recipies in his Guardian column a few weeks ago
The recipe calls for 6 oz of golden syrup and 4 oz of treacle. In the past I've replaced the syrup with honey, which was delicious, and I've recently been using 7 oz of marmalade and 3 oz of syrup, which is equally delicious.
Sticky fingered fun to make, and very tasty to eat.
I think its more 'dipped' in brandy really. Just a slight flavour to soften the biscuits.
Jay Greengrass, who used to post on here as JayH, made this brilliant weather cake for her three year old's birthday last week. Complete with full instructions: http://grumpyoldtrout.wordpress.com/2013/03/23/minis-weather-cake-photo-tutorial/
Cake in a mug?
4 tbs / 45 gms self raising flour
4 tbs / 55gms caster sugar
2 tbs / 17gms cocoa powder
3 tbs / 43 mls milk
3 tbs / 25 mls sunflower oil
3 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional)
A small dash of vanilla extract
1 large coffee mug
Double cream or creme fraiche - optional for serving
1. Add dry ingredients to the mug, and mix well.
2. Add the egg and mix thoroughly
3. Add the milk and oil - mix well (don't forget the corners / edges of the mug).
4. Add the chocolate chips (if using) and vanilla extract, and mix again
5. Put your mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes (in a 1000 watt microwave).
6. The cake will rise above the top of the mug, but don't worry its supposed to!
7. Allow to cool a little, tip out onto a plate.
A good serviceable fruit cake is the best sort of cake, in my opinion.
chocolate+beetroot or possibly banana with peanut butter icing are favourites at this moment
Also some flapjack-cum-power bar thingies with peanut butter, flax seeds, and frozen blueberries added to the usual oats/butter/syrup mix.
As for recommendations, I have two fall-back cake options which I use regularly. One is Nigella's Chocolate Orange Storecupboard Cake (or words to that effect) which is made with chocolate and marmalade, is ridiculously easy and tastes divine (from How To Be A Domestic Goddess).
The other is a chocolate, fig and almond cake which is from the Green and Blacks Cookbook, and everyone I've given it to asks for the recipe. It might be my favourite cake ever.
> The other is a chocolate, fig and almond cake which is from the Green and Blacks Cookbook, and everyone I've given it to asks for the recipe. It might be my favourite cake ever.
OOOH I have that G&B book, might give that a try this weekend :)
I'm rather fond of a bog-standard fruit cake, made using the rubbed-in method. The recipe I use is from an old Be-Ro cookbook my mom had when she was at school, and it tastes lovely with a cup of tea.
Congrats on the baby, btw, hadn't picked up on that if it's been mentioned elsewhere!
> Jay Greengrass, who used to post on here as JayH, made this brilliant weather cake for her three year old's birthday last week. Complete with full instructions: http://grumpyoldtrout.wordpress.com/2013/03/23/minis-weather-cake-photo-tutorial/
I was about to link to that as well :o) There is a brilliant video of the reaction of her daughter when she saw the inside of it.
Cheers for all the ideas folks, am loving the weather cake! Cookies etc will be the next thing to try at the weekend I reckon and I have just discovered we have the Mary Berry and the PB book as well so will try to get some more inspiration.
Now, anyone fancy posting me a pic of their work?!
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