Lemon & Grapefruit Drizzle Bundt Cake – #Bakeoftheweek

Lemon Grapefruit Drizzle Bundt Cake

Sometimes you just want a cake that zings at you – Simple to prepare, but substantial that you can have hearty chunks but yet it is light and crumbly – and oh Wow! How tasty.

Grapefruits are synonymous with holidays for me – I first discovered the joy of eating them outdoors for breakfast in France about 4 years ago and very much look forward to carrying on the tradition this summer. In true holiday preparation mode, I bought a grapefruit earlier in the week and remembered how amazing this cake can be.

Lemon & Grapefruit Drizzle Bundt Cake

Serves 10+
Prep time 20 minutes
Cook time 55 minutes
Total time 1 hours, 15 minutes
Meal type Dessert, Snack
Misc Child Friendly, Freezable, Serve Cold
Occasion Barbecue, Birthday Party, Casual Party
Light & crumbly cake with tangy lemon & grapefruit

Ingredients

  • 225g Butter
  • 500g Caster Sugar
  • 4 Medium Eggs
  • 1 Juice & Finely Grated Zest of Grapefruit (Keep a little of the grapefruit juice to one side for the icing drizzle)
  • 3 Finely grated Lemon Zest - Keep one lot of zest aside for decoration (plus juice of 2 of the lemons for the cake & 1 for the icing drizzle)
  • 380g Self Raising Flour (Plus around 3 tbsp extra for lining the tin)
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 180ml Milk
  • 225g Icing Sugar

Directions

Cake
Preheat the oven to 170C and butter the inside of a bundt cake tin. Sprinkle flour inside the tin until all the butter is covered and shake out any excess
Using an electric mixer, whisk the butter and caster sugar until well combined and pale & fluffy
Add the eggs, one at a time, carrying on whisking on a medium speed - Add the vanilla extract
Add the grapefruit & Lemon juice & grated zest - Add 3 tbsp of flour at the same time to stop it curdling
Add the rest of the flour, one tbsp at a time & the milk alternately. As soon as the last tbsp of flour & all of the milk has been added, turn the mixer off and continue to fold together by hand using a spatula
Pour into the bundt tin and bake for 55 minutes - Check after this time, if a skewer comes out clean then it is done - alternatively, the cake may need another 12 minutes - I sometimes turn the oven down to 160C at this point to stop the outside getting too dark
Drizzle Icing
When the cake is cooling, mix together the remaining lemon/grapefruit juice with the icing sugar
Pour over the top - allow it to drizzle down the sides and into the centre. Sprinkle over the remaining lemon zest

Lemon & Grapefruit Bundt Drizzle Cake

There was one recipe that stood out for me as a ‘must try’ from our last entries – These are Tin & Thyme’s Chinese Walnut Cookies – I love the thought of crunchy exterior and soft middles – the addition of walnuts are just my sort of thing. They are really small cookies too, so there is plenty of excuse for more than one! They use buckwheat flour which happily I have sitting waiting to use in the baking cupboard.

Chinese Walnut Cookies

Lets have a chocolate roundup – I’m off to France, where we will no doubt be consuming tons of the stuff!

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1. Wonderful healthy & GF chickpea brownies from Lancashire Food – Lyndsey assures us we won’t even notice the chickpeas
2. These GF Chocolate Slices from the Free From Fairy do look truly decadent and contain just 6 ingredients
3. Another bakers that is rather fond of swiss rolls is Winnie who shares with us her Banana Swiss Roll with Chocolate Cheese Filling
4. A No-Bake Chocolate Cheesecake from Et Speaks from Home – With interchangeable biscuit base depending on how sweet your tooth is
5. A beautiful Nutella Croissant Pudding and an incredible sad tale of broken baking dishes from the Not so Creative Cook

We are going through so many berries at the moment – the girls can munch their way through punnets without even noticing – Some great berry recipes included in this week’s entries:

Bake of the week berries

6. How amazing does this Mixed Berry Charlotte Russe look from Domestic Gothess – That Bavarian Cream looks heavenly!
7. Freshly back from her own holiday, Petite Raisin has created a speedy Peach & Blueberry Greek Yogurt Cake
8. A warm welcome to the Bake of the Week gang to Living Life who joins us with her Fruity Olive Oil Cake – Good to have you with us!
9. Wimbledon Cupcake with a delicate rose flavour from ET Speaks From Home – I’m sad Wimbledon is over for another year, did you love it?
10. There are few things in life as good as Homemade Strawberry Tarts – well worth making your own pastry and custard – Tales from The Kitchen Shed has shared her very beautifully arranged ones
11. Perfect dessert for after Sunday lunch from Baking Queen 74 with her Blackberry & Rose Crumble – Mouth wateringly good!

I think this week is one of the most creative we’ve ever had – there’s so many ingredients that are all too forgotten when baking:

Bake of the Week

12. Enjoy the joy of quiche without the guilt of too much pastry with Hijacked by Twins and her Crustless Quiche – Full of veg and taste!
13. Perfect party food from My Little Italian Kitchen with her Olive & Pepper Focaccia
14. Totally melt in the mouth Butter Shortbread Cookies from Winnie’s Blog – Too pretty!
15. A very exciting week as I’d Much Rather Bake Than finally gets her own kitchen – I would adore some of her Cheese & Marmite Muffins – Are you a lover or a hater?
16. Another perfect Picnic Snack from A Free From Life with her Courgette & Chive Tartlets – This post is jam packed full of ideas!
17. Campfire Salmon that is proving popular over on Pinterest from Truly Madly Kids – We might very well indulge in this on our hols

Right, I’m off on my hols so I’m leaving #Bakeoftheweek in the capable hands of 2 lovely blogging friends for the next few weeks – Here’s the timetable:

This linky will remain open until Mon 27th July

Tues 28th July – Head on over to Lucy at Baking Queen 74 – Link will be open for 2 weeks

Tues 11 July – Jen at Jen’s Food will take over until Tues 18th August

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Plea: If you could remember to add the badge to your posts, I would be ever so grateful – I know that life comes first though and it is easy to forget! Its the only way we will build the #Bakeoftheweek gang and gets your posts shared everywhere!

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Mint Aero Swiss Roll #Bakeoftheweek

Mint Aero Chocolate Swiss Roll

This has turned out exactly as I imagined/hoped it would. If you are a fan of Mint Aeros, then this is the cake for you! Not too many ingredients and fairly quick to make.

Mint Aero Chocolate Swiss Roll

Serves 8+
Prep time 25 minutes
Cook time 14 minutes
Total time 39 minutes
Meal type Dessert
Misc Child Friendly, Serve Cold
Occasion Birthday Party, Casual Party
Light chocolate swiss roll with the flavour of Mint Aeros - Splendid for any table centre piece!

Ingredients

  • 3 Medium Eggs
  • 3oz Caster Sugar (Plus another 2 tbsp for sprinkling on the baking tray)
  • 2oz Plain Flour
  • 1oz Cocoa Powder
  • 113g Mint Aero Balls
  • 284ml Double Cream (Whipped until very thick)
  • Green Food Colouring
  • 1 teaspoon Peppermint Extract

Directions

Preheat the oven to 190C and line a Swiss Roll tin or Silicone Tray with baking parchment - Sprinkle the 2 tbsp of caster sugar on top of this parchment
Whisk the caster sugar and eggs with an electric mixer for at least 10 minutes until thick and pale. When you lift the whisk out of the mixture, the lines should remain there for a few seconds after.
Gently fold in the flour and cocoa until just combined
Spread gently and evenly across the baking tray and bake for 12 minutes - turn once, then continue baking for a further 2 minutes
Remove from the oven and as soon as you are able, bend the cake over to a roll shape - Unroll then allow to cool fully
Meanwhile, chop the bag of Mint Aeros (except for 10 balls that you will use as decoration) and add half to the whipped double cream, along with the peppermint extract
When the cake has fully cooled, sprinkle the remaining chopped Aero Balls on top of the cake, then spread the cream evenly on the cake - I took 3 tbsp of the cream mixture to one side to use as decoration
Roll the cake from one of the thin ends until it looks like a swiss roll then decorate with the remaining Mint Aero Balls and cream mixture

Mint Aero Chocolate Swiss Roll

Caramel, Vanilla & Chocolate Nut Cake

My chosen featured bake for this week has left me yearning for buts, caramel and vanilla – 3 Flavour Eclair Cake from Winnie’s Blog

Bake of the Week Entries

1. If you fancy a change from normal chocolate cupcakes, these roasted Strawberry Chocolate Cakes sound so intense and dreamy from Tin & Thyme

2. Carrot Cupcakes with Orange Icing from Nic’s Bakes

3. A mega post from the Free From Fairy containing some wonderful Chocolate Tahini Cookies that just ooze with goodness.

4. Dark, squiggly and completely tantalising, Dulce de Leche Brownies from Maison Cupcake – A warm welcome to the Bake of the Week gang!

5. Bringing back memories of my summer hols with her Mojito Cupcakes is Mummy Whiskers – Just in time for my next holiday! Yay!

6. Gearing up for the 4th July festivities is A Strong Coffee with American Flag decorated Cupcakes

7. Red Velvet Tiramisu Brownies from The Not SO Creative Cook

8. Love these Ramadan Themed Cut Out Shapes Sugar Cookies from The Not SO Creative Cook – Lovely to have you back!

Bake of the Week

9. Summery and light, Asparagus & Pesto Puff Pastry Tart from Julie’s Family Kitchen

10. Jibber Jabber Uk shared with us a fantastic Summery Strawberry & Cream Victoria Sponge

11. I would never have thought of using a slow cooker for Bread & Butter pudding nor strawberries – Baking Queen 74 has excelled with her Brioche Strawberry Pudding

12. Wonderful Plum Sugar Cake – Great for using up plums from Winnie’s Blog

13. Low Carb Courgette ‘Pasta’ Lasagne from Claire at Six Degrees of Harmony

14. Just delightful and so perfectly up my street, Gin & Tonic Cake from Truly Madly Kids

15. Recreating Mum’s Apple Pie with Spiced Wholemeal Pastry this week was Searching for Spice – This is my Mother-in-Law’s favourite dish. I might treat her!

Slice of Mint Aero Chocolate Swiss Roll

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I’m so pleased to be able to join in with one of my favourite linkies this week – The theme for #thegallery is CAKE – How perfect! Click the badge to see what other people are entering.

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Ultimate Chocolate Birthday Cake with White Chocolate Frosting #Bakeoftheweek

Ultimate Chocolate Birthday Cake with White Chocolate Frosting

It feels like AGES since the last #Bakeoftheweek – As suspected, half term was crazy busy with Millie’s England swimming training. This week is all about Violet – My lovely, kind, crazy, extreme, beautiful girl is now a very grown up 9! How did those years disappear so quickly? The baby that arrived in less than 1.5 hours has turned into a stunning young lady that makes us so proud and makes us tear our hair out in equal measures.

I couldn’t share this week’s #Bakeoftheweek before the birthday girl had seen her own cake, could I? She had a full on day, plenty of sweets after school, a special pick up by her cousin, followed by the opening night of Wicked at The Lowry. Violet is amazing to go to a show with – she gets completely stuck in, laughing heartily and clapping like mad. Love it!

And so back to the cake. A rich chocolate cake with melted dark chocolate (use milk chocolate if you like – totally not precious here!) I split the mixture into 2 cake tins and then sliced them in half making a 4 tier cake. Filled in with plenty of white chocolate frosting and completely covered in approximately 34 Kit Kat fingers, One bag of Aero Mint Balls, One bag of Maltesers and One bag of White Chocolate Buttons. I MAY have bought some spare chocolate packs just to make sure we had enough – I’m sure you understand!

Ultimate Birthday Cake

 

Ultimate Chocolate Cake with White Chocolate Frosting

Serves 10+
Prep time 1 hour
Cook time 45 minutes
Total time 1 hour, 45 minutes
Meal type Dessert
Misc Child Friendly, Serve Cold
Occasion Birthday Party, Casual Party
Ultimate Chocolate Cake - Easy to decorate but with the WOW factor - Chocolate Sponge Cake with White Chocolate Frosting decorated with various chocolates - A true Showstopper!

Ingredients

  • 300 + 220g Butter
  • 300g Soft Dark Brown Sugar
  • 6 Eggs (Separated)
  • 2 + 1 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 300g Self Raising Flour
  • 200g White Chocolate (Melted)
  • 350g Icing Sugar
  • 100g Dark Brown Chocolate (I use 85% cocoa and melt at 10 second intervals in the microwave)
  • 2 tablespoons Double Cream

Directions

Chocolate Cake
Preheat the oven to 160C and line 2 x 8" cake tins with baking parchment
Using an electric mixer on a medium setting, whisk the first lot of butter and dark brown sugar together until pale and fluffy
Add in the egg yolks and 2 teaspoon of vanilla extract gradually until fully combined
Stir in the melted dark chocolate
Fold in the flour, until just coming together
Whisk the egg whites until you have stiff peaks and fold into the cake mixture gently to keep as much of the air as possible
Separate the cake mixture between the 2 tins and bake for 45-55 minutes until a skewer comes out clean
Once cooked, remove from the oven and leave to cool on a wire rack. When cool, cut the cakes into 2 halves - If you are not confident about slicing the cakes in half (across) then it is fine to leave as 2 whole cakes
White Chocolate Frosting
Meanwhile, melt the white chocolate at 10 second intervals in the microwave and leave to cool slightly
Mix together the remaining butter and the icing sugar in an electric mixer and add the white chocolate and remaining vanilla.
Add in the double cream. If the frosting is not as stiff as you would like or it is a particularly hot day, you may need to add more icing sugar
Stack the cooled cakes, spreading a layer of frosting between each layer and fill in any gaps with remaining frosting
Stick Kit Kats around the sides of the cake until you meet up - You may need to add extra frosting to help a couple of them stick - this cake is perfect for disguising any lumps and bumps in cake (I also turn the top tier of cake upside down for a flatter surface)
I made 6 segments and separated them with matchmakers but just us whatever you have - Extra Kit Kats will do but they will be thicker
Fill in the segments with whatever chocolates you prefer and consume within 2 days - Keep in the fridge if you have room!

Supreme Chocolate Birthday Cake White Chocolate Frosting

Princess Castle Cake

So many wonderful bakes once again for this week’s #Bakeoftheweek – I have to give a special mention to Eileen from ET Speaks From Home with Princess Castle Cake – I know that this will have taken forever and she has done such a great job. Lucky little girl!

Baked Asparagus

I also want to mention Herbs, Spices & Tradition with Baked Asparagus – I love that this is entered into #Bakeoftheweek – completely the spirit of the linky that anything baked is valid …and I don’t eat enough Asparagus, so thanks for the reminder!

For the first time ever, we have enough Cheese related entries to have their own section! So I present to you the Cheesy Bites …

Cheese Bake of the week

1. Paul’s Food World with Ultimate Cheese Scones
2. Baking Queen with Feta, Pepper & Courgette Filo Pie
3. Jen’s Food with Wholemeal Stilton & Broccoli Pasties

We move on now to the individual portions – For people like me that just don’t find it easy to share!

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4. Hijacked by Twins with Muesli & Chia Seed Morning Buns
5. Paul’s Food World – Chocolate Rolls
6. Julie’s Family Kitchen with Chocolate & Cashew Buckwheat Cookies
7. Kidgredients with Cacao & coconut seedy bliss balls
8. Snap Happy Bakes with Mexican Veggie Burgers
9. The Dream Baker with Homemade Char Siu Buns
10. Misplaced Brit with Caramelised Cherry Tomato Tarte Tatin
11. Nic Bakes with White Chocolate & Strawberry Cookies
12. Lemon & Lime Thyme with Chocolate Biscuit Scones & Vanilla Glaze
13. Winnie’s Blog with No Bake White Chocolate & Strawberry Marshmallow

And the more substantial bakes – Perfect for showpieces!

Bake of the week

14. Domestic Gothess with White Chocolate, Passion Fruit & Coconut Layer Cake
15. My Little Italian Kitchen with Moist rich chocolate Pie
16. ET Speaks From Home with No Bake Chocolate Tarts
17. My Little Italian Kitchen with Strawberry Crumble Recipe
18. Hijacked by Twins with Chocolate Mint Cake
19. Mummy Mishaps with Choco Aztex Spiced Tea Cake with Blackberry Cream
20. Truly Madly Kids with Banana & Pecan Cake
21. Baking Queen with Zebra Striped Vanilla & Chocolate Cake
22. Petite Raisin with Pistachio Pavlova with Strawberry& Rhubarb Cream
23. Winnie’s Blog with Chocolate Mousse Cake on Hazelnut Crust

Thanks so much once again for your entries into Bake of the Week – Hopefully next week’s #Bakeoftheweek will be bang on time next Tues/Wed! There’s no theme so get spreading the word when you see someone baking online. Have a great week!

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Baileys Chococcino Cheesecake Cake

Baileys Chococcino Cheesecake Cake

It’s been Nanna Val’s birthday this weekend – A pretty significant 65 on the 1st May. Now Nanna Val is rather partial to a tipple of Baileys – She rarely drinks it neat but a cup of coffee just isn’t the same without some. In honour of the birthday girl, I decided to make a substantial cake – We are off out for the day tomorrow, so this is joining us.

A triple Chococcino Cake (Coffee & Chocolate) with luxurious Bailey’s cheesecake sandwiched between – Topped with a soft Bailey’s frosting, made into pretty roses. Definitely not one for the kids – although they’ve been hinting about a slice of the cake all day!

Piped Roses on Baileys Cheesecake Cake

 

Baileys Chococcino Cheesecake Cake

Serves 8+
Prep time 2 hours, 30 minutes
Cook time 1 hour
Total time 3 hours, 30 minutes
Meal type Dessert
Misc Serve Cold
If you like a really strong Baileys taste, feel free to substitute one of the teaspoons of milk for Baileys in the Rose frosting

Ingredients

  • 8 + 3oz Butter
  • 8oz Caster Sugar
  • 2 + 1 + 1 teaspoons Cocoa Powder
  • 4 Large Eggs
  • 3 tablespoons Vanilla Extract
  • 10oz Self Raising Flour
  • 2 teaspoons Baileys Irish Cream
  • 100ml Double Cream
  • 250g Soft Cream Cheese (Full Fat)
  • 150g Melted Chocolate (I used half white/half milk chocolate)
  • 2 TBSP + 10oz Icing Sugar
  • 2oz Milk

Directions

Cake
Preheat the oven to 160C and line an 8" Cake Tin with Baking Parchment
Using an electric mixer, whisk the 8 oz of butter and the caster sugar until pale and fluffy.
Add the eggs one at a time and 1 tsp of the vanilla extract
Reduce the mixer to a slow speed and add the flour and cocoa powder, one spoon at a time
Pour into the cake tin and bake for 55-60 minutes until a skewer comes out clean - remove from the oven and allow to cool fully
Baileys Cheesecake
Using an electric mixer on a medium speed, whisk together the cream cheese and the double cream until they start to thicken
Add the Baileys and 1 of the remaining teaspoons of cocoa powder and the 2 TBSP of icing sugar and mix through thoroughly. Stir in the melted chocolate which should be cool by now.
To Assemble
Cut the cake into 3 even layers - this can be quite tricky to do so just do 2 if you are not confident
Re-line the cake tin with fresh baking parchment and place the bottom cake layer at the base of the tin
Scoop half of the Baileys Cheesecake on top of the first cake layer and smooth out evenly
Add the middle cake layer and repeat with the remaining cheesecake
Top with the top cake layer and place in the fridge for 2 hours
To Decorate
Using an electric mixer, whisk the remaining butter, icing sugar, cocoa powder and vanilla extract until well combined
Add the milk a splash at a time - if the frosting is getting too runny, then add a couple more tbsp of icing sugar
Scoop into a piping bag with a star nozzle and pipe roses on top of the cake (I use a Wilton 2D nozzle for mine)

Making a Chococcino Cake

If you fancy having a go at piping your own roses, its a lot easier than you think – I’ve produced a super short video showing you how (Its only 8 seconds long!)

If this recipe has whetted your appetite for more Baileys recipes then why not try some of the recipes over at the Bailey’s website

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. This recipe uses just under 2 units of alcohol in this recipe. The NHS recommends that you do not regularly exceed 3-4 units for men and 2-3 units for women a day.

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Easter Nest Cupcakes with Stork

Stork Easter Nest Cupcakes

Happy Easter! One of the loveliest days of the year – full of pastel colours, chocolate and little chicks. Hope you are having a super day.

You may already be sorted for Easter baking but in case you are still yearning for something sweet and crunchy, the bakers at Stork have invented the Easter Nest Cupcake for our delight. All about making the humble cupcake that little bit more interesting with the addition of their very own Cornflake Nest on top, they are speedy to make and great for sharing. If that wasn’t enough, we are encouraged to add a couple of Mini Eggs to the top for decoration too!

Easter Nest Cupcakes

We enjoyed ours at our family Easter lunch with this bunch of crazy kiddies! Safe to say, the cupcakes went down very well! We even played Egg & Spoon balancing using the Easter Cupcakes – They weren’t very good at balancing!

Egg & Spoon with Easter Cupcakes

Easter Nest Cup Cakes
Servings: 12
Preparation time: 25 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Cakes
115g (4 oz) Stork tub
115g (4 oz) caster sugar
2 large eggs
115g (4 oz) self-raising flour, sieved together with
1Ž2 teaspoon baking powder

Chocolate Nest
40g (1 1/2 oz) Stork tub
3 tablespoons golden syrup
6 tablespoons drinking chocolate powder
18 tablespoons cornflakes or branflakes
To decorate: Cadbury Mini Eggs

Method

1. Place all cake ingredients in a mixing bowl and beat until well mixed. Place in 12 muffin paper cases

2. Bake in preheated oven 190°C, 170°C fan, Gas mark 5 for 15 -20 minutes. Cool.

3. For chocolate nest, gently melt Stork and syrup and stir in chocolate and cornflakes. Place a tablespoon of mix on each cupcake in a nest effect and leave to set. Serve decorated with Easter eggs.

 Energy                   Fat          Saturates     Sugars  Salt
1079 kJ/ 281 kcal 12,8 g     4,2 g          24,3 g   0,8 g
14 %* 18 %* 21 %* 27 %* 13 %*

Stork have also provided us with full step by step instructions on how to make these cupcakes plus a super clear video featuring the lovely Ruth from The Pink Whisk.

Violet Phoebe

Make the Easter Nest Cupcakes your own with some suggestions for adding variety:

  • Try some chopped Glace Cherries mixed into the Cornflake Nest mixture
  • Add some edible glitter for super sparkly nests or some sprinkles for yet more crunch
  • Flavour your cupcakes with any of the following:
    • Lemon/Lime Zest, Almond Extract (1/2 tsp), Replace 1 Tbsp of the flour with 1 Tbsp of Drinking Chocolate powder or 1 tsp cocoa powder
  • Add 1 tsp Raspberry jam to the top of the cakes just before adding the Nests – The mixture of Chocolate & Raspberry is incredible

Definitely make a double batch – these disappear fast!

Easter Nest Cupcakes

Disclosure: This is a commissioned post for Stork

Lemon & Almond Easter Cake #FoodieFriday

Lemon Almond Easter Sponge Cake

Hopefully everyone is having a pleasing Good Friday – The weather is rather dreary so I am happy to be copped up indoors. Mr C has done a scoot around the shops for last minute Easter Eggs – I normally buy them as soon as they come out in February but time has slipped by this year.

We are having a family day on Sunday and have bought the biggest leg of lamb I’ve ever seen – I’m not convinced it was actually a lamb looking at the size of it – Its more like a dinosaur leg! Of course, for any celebration, you must also have cake so I’ve practised our Easter cake for this year. I didn’t want anything stodgy like a Simnel Cake so opted for a light Lemon & Almond Easter Sponge Cake instead. I have made homemade lemon curd this morning and have added lashings of whipped double cream … and a couple of Easter chicks for good measure!

Lemon & Almond Easter Cake

Serves 8+
Prep time 1 hour
Cook time 45 minutes
Total time 1 hour, 45 minutes
Meal type Dessert
Misc Child Friendly, Freezable, Pre-preparable, Serve Cold
Occasion Easter
The cake can be made in advance and frozen for 1 month. The lemon curd can be made 1 week in advance and kept in a sterilised jar in the fridge

Ingredients

  • 225 + 175g Caster Sugar
  • 225 + 125g Butter
  • 8 Medium Eggs
  • 2 Egg Yolks
  • 4 Lemons (Zest of 4, Juice of 3)
  • 200g Self Raising Flour
  • 25g Ground Almonds
  • 1 teaspoon Almond Extract
  • 1 Tub Whipping Cream
  • 100g Icing Sugar
  • Yellow Gel Food Colour

Directions

Sponge Cake
Preheat the oven to 160C and line 2 x 8" Cake tins with baking parchment
Using an electric mixer on a medium speed, whisk the 225g of caster sugar and 225g butter together until pale & fluffy
Whisk 4 of the eggs in a jug and add gradually to the sugar/butter mixture until well combined
Add the zest of 2 & juice of 1 of the lemons & almond extract - You may need to add 1 tbsp of the flour to stop it curdling. Turn off the whisk
Mix the flour and ground almonds together lightly and fold gently into the cake mixture
When all ingredients are just combined, divide equally between the 2 cake tins and bake for 45 minutes. A skewer should come out clean when fully cooked
Remove from the oven and allow to cool on wire racks
Lemon Curd
Whisk the remaining eggs and egg yolks in a large microwaveable jug until just starting to get fluffy
Add the remaining sugar, butter, lemon zest and juice of lemons and mix with a small hand whisk
Cook in the microwave at 30 seconds intervals for at least 8 minutes - You must use the hand whisk in-between each cooking session to stop the eggs from scrambling
I also make sure I wash the hand whisk in between the cooking sessions as by the end your eggs will be cooked but you are using a whisk that has had raw egg on it - I'm paranoid!
The last 2 sessions will see the curd thickening significantly
Divide into sterilised jars if you are not using all the curd at once and allow to cool fully before placing in the fridge or using
Decorating the cake
Once each of the elements if fully cooled, spread a thick layer of curd on the bottom tier
Add a layer of thick whipped cream and place the top layer of cake on top
Make the icing sugar quite thick so it doesn't run down the sides of the cake and sprinkle more lemon zest over the top - You could also sprinkle some grilled marzipan over the top if you want it more almondy
Place 2 cute little Easter chicks on top and serve. Happy Easter!

lemon almond easter cake

Ginger pear pancakes

This week’s featured #FoodieFriday entry must win the award for the most unusual name – Birnenpfannkuchen or Ginger Pear & Ginger Pancake courtesy of HodgePodgeDays – Described as a bit like a sweet Toad in the Hole, it would definitely be a winner in this house!

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1. Domestic Gothess has given us a fascinating insight into her childhood along with some spectacular Caramelised Red Onion & Goat’s Cheese Tarts this week

2. I’m loving how Sadhna from Herbs, Spices & Tradition is expanding my knowledge of different cooking techniques – Her Chhole Bhature with puffy Naans looks just up my street. Definitely one to try.

3. You seriously cannot beat an excellent Beef dish and Foodie Quine’s Spring Roast of Scotch Beef looks very tempting.

4. Nina & Co has written a really thought provoking post on whether Pay what you like restaurants are a genius idea or foolhardy? What are your thoughts? I rather like the idea and would love to go to one soon.

5. Very much admiring the bread making skills of the Gluten Free Alchemist with her Perfectly fluffy Gluten Free Oat Bread

6. Also featuring super cute Easter Chicks is Snap Happy Bakes with her incredible Cup a Cake – I love the fact that Cup a Cakes are so acceptable now

7. Foodie Quine has shared with us her Spaghetti Carbonara Frittata which looks so filling and hearty. Fabulous!

8. I agree with Kate from the Gluten Free Alchemist – Her Banoffee Cheesecake with Salted Caramel definitely screams EAT ME!

9. Encouraging us to make at home rather than takeaway with Sweet & Sour Chicken is Wheelie Good Meals

10. Super speedy and easy Pesto Double – also masquerading as Pesto & Cheese Tart – Continuing my love of Puff Pastry this week is Wheelie Good Meals

11. If you are still in need of sweetness for an Easter dessert, why not try Miss Pond’s Vanilla & Chocolate Cheesecake – Simply stunning.

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Dulce De Leche Kisses – Bake of the Week

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There are some things I make that surprise even me, how popular they are. These Dulce de Leche kisses never fail to disappear and I’m always surprised how quickly they do! I have a confession though, I used shop bought Dulce de Leche instead of making my own. I’ve had a huge tub that I bought in Costco before Christmas that I wanted to use up. Its definitely not as good as homemade but for a quick bake and when you are only using a small dollop, shop bought is just fine.

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Dulce de Leche Kisses

Serves 30
Prep time 40 minutes
Cook time 12 minutes
Total time 52 minutes
Meal type Dessert, Snack
Misc Child Friendly, Freezable, Serve Cold
Occasion Birthday Party, Casual Party, Valentines day
Mouthful portions of crumbly coconut cake with delicious Dulce de Leche decoration

Ingredients

  • 75g Butter (Cold but chopped into small chunks)
  • 3 tablespoons Soft Cheese - Full Fat
  • 96g Caster Sugar
  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 190g Plain Flour
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 60g Dessicated Coconut
  • 3 tablespoons Dulce De Leche

Note

These can be frozen before the Dulce de Leche is added - allow to defrost at room temperature for 2 hours before adding the Dulce de Leche

Directions

Add the soft cheese and vanilla whilst still mixing on a medium setting. Add the egg yolk .
Reduce the speed of the mixer and add the flour and the baking powder until just combined.
Stop the mixer and fold in the coconut.
Bring the mixture together by hand into a dough and wrap in cling film - Freeze for 30 minutes
Preheat the oven to 180C and line 2 baking trays with baking parchment
Roll the dough into small balls - about the size of a Ferrero Rocher
Make an indentation in the centre with something approx 1/2 cm wide - I used a plastic cake dowel and kept dipping into flour to stop it sticking to the dough. At a push - a little finger belonging to a 4 year old would do!
Bake for 12 minutes - You might want to move the tray around after 10 to ensure an even bake but these are so small that it is not necessary
Remove from the oven, allow to cool for 1-2 minutes then pipe the Dulce de Leche in - I use a disposable piping bag as it is fairly runny

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Well, we had the biggest week ever for Bake of the Week this week – I’m so grateful that you all join in and am loving finding so many new bloggers that bake.

My featured Bake of the week is a lovely creation from Hey Cakes! with her Blueberry & Blood Orange Cake – The decorating is so pretty and I love the thought of that flavour combination.

I’ve separated all the other bakes (all 24 of you lovely people!) in different categories – In honour of Saturday being the most romantic day of the year, we start with Romantic Bakes

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1. Its lovely to welcome Baking in Pyjamas to the Bake of the Week gang with her delightful Raspberry Chocolate Heart Cookies – I think even Dermot might find these romantic!
2. I love the simplicity of Baking Queen 74’s Raspberry Shortbread Hearts – I can imagine children up and down the land making these for their parents
3. How pretty is this Chocolate Cherry Cake from Winnie’s blog? – Beautiful as ever!
4. And even more beautiful (and rather ambitious!) is this White Chocolate Mud Cake again from Winnie’s Blog
5. Just WOW! to the idea of a box of chocolate made from cake – Jibber Jabber nails it! And so much for your ‘limited decorating skills’ – you are amazing!
6. There’s no more romantic day to get married on than Valentines and this wedding cake from Caroline Makes is just exquisite – Such delicate decorations.
7. Not strictly for just Valentine’s Day but these cute little hearts make Baking in Pyjamas’ Cherry Chocolate Coconut Slices romantic nonetheless

For the dough makers amongst us …

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8. Domestic Gothess combines timeless Chocolate & Cherries with her Challah complete with the most amazing six strand braid
9. I’m not a fan of olives but could be tempted by this Black Olive Focaccia from Baking in Pyjamas – I will be baking focaccia very soon too.
10. And Baking Queen 74 takes slow cookers to a new level again with her Spinach & Feta Focaccia

Sometimes you don’t want to share, you just want a portion all of your own …

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11. You have GOT to read Baking Chocolatess’ post on her Brownie Marshmallow Cookies for the full glory of the marshmallow centre. Cor! – A big warm welcome to her too!
12. Happy New Chinese Year to Eileen and her family from ET Speaks From Home who is celebrating with her peanut cookies
13. Another new entrant and a big wave ‘hello’ to These Little Lights with her Oatmeal Raisin Cookies – I can imagine these disappearing quickly in this house too.
14. Super decorative cookies from Herbs, Spices & Tradition with her Eat Sum More Christmas Cookies made with her grandchildren
15. Using only 5 ingredients but turning out amazingly, Sea Salt & Pepper Caramels from Patisserie Makes Perfect
16. Perfectly uniform Vegan & Gluten Free Rhubarb & Custard Doughnuts from Allotment 2 Kitchen – Incredible for the first time making them.

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17. A superb, rich & dark Chocolate, Peanut & Banana Loaf from Baking Chocolatess
18. Bringing back lovely memories of my Grandma who also used to bake a Coconut Raspberry Cake like this one from Julie’s Family Kitchen
19. Classic Tiramisu and a hello to Bakewell Junction – This looks rather light and delicious!
20. Bonjour to De Tout Coeur Limonsin with her rich, luscious Chocolate Fudge Brownies
21. Another newbie with her lemon white chocolate bars – I’m very tempted to have a go at these from Emotional Baker (Love that blog name!)
22. Super neat almond cake which is also Gluten and Diary Free from This is not my Home – Hello and Welcome!
23. A vegan carrot cake that looks full of goodness and taste from Free From Farmhouse – A lovely blog that I have only discovered this week.
24. And finishing with a flourish is Farmersgirl Kitchen with the sort of Tea Time Cake good bakers should always have in their larder ready (I haven’t :-()

Here is the badge for everyone to include in their post – a link to Bake of the Week is just fine if you’d rather not use the badge but please tell everyone about our gang!

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Its half term next week and its also the most manic of weeks in our house – Baby T is a big grown up 4 next Friday (on the same day that her Daddy turns 37!) Where have those 4 years gone?!? Remember this post? The linky will be extended for 2 weeks so feel free to enter up to 4 bakes each over the fortnight – I’m thinking I will be showcasing a special little girl’s birthday cake next time! I’m also off to Crystal Palace and back (twice) with Millie as she starts her England Talent training for 2015 next week – plus we are squeezing in a couple of days at Alton Towers … and a birthday party!. What are your plans for half term?

In other news, did you watch The Secret Life of 4 year olds last night? Hilarious – I will forever be calling people a ‘Green Toilet’ 😉

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