Easter is nearly upon us. Shops are filled with fluffy bunnies, chocolate chicks and all manner of chocolate eggs. Amongst the vast selection, I found Galaxy Chocolate Golden Mini Eggs. Utterly perfect for decorating an Easter celebration cake. Such as this Golden Egg Chocolate Sponge Cake.
Easter Sunday is the Christian celebration of new life. Although Jesus had died two days prior, hanging on a cross. When His friends went to visit Him the following Sunday, the tomb where He had been placed was empty. Shocked and outraged, one of the women spoke to the gardener, wanting to know where He had gone. The response came “Why look for the living among the dead.”
As the prophecies had foretold, Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, had risen from the dead. He had overcome death. Forever. That we, may have life, in Him. Hence the chicks and eggs, bunnies and lambs in the shops, represent new life. Gold, for me on this cake, represents the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Jesus. He who could not be contained by death. Even though He was brutally punished and died wearing a crown made from thorns. Is now alive, bearing the scars of death, yet as alive as you and I. Please see Important Stuff.
While celebrating over Easter, take a moment, to think about what it means to you. As you make and bake this cake, remember the love, His love, that He offers you. Even now, as Easter is treated as an extra holiday. Consider the real truth behind it. With Jesus their is always hope, without Him, who do you place your hope in?
If you do, what are your reasons for celebrating it?
Have fun making, baking and creating you feast.
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Valentine’s Day is nearly upon us and whether you subscribe to red hearts, roses and all things lovey-dovey, or not, walk down any high street and you can’t fail to avoid it. For me, each day is about expressing my love to those around me. Most importantly my hubby, our children and then my beautiful sister and her amazing family. Whether you celebrate February 14th as a specific day to show people your love, or choose other days, every single day, this Chocolate Heart Topped Rose Bundt Cake is sure to be well received.
Love, for me is about showing someone I’ve thought of them. It can be a small act of making a cup of tea and a kiss, or it can be a grander gesture, such as buying theatre or concert tickets. One way I like to show loved ones that I’ve thought of them is to bake or cook for them. Making their favourite meal, baking cookies such as these Chocolate Heart Cookies, all adds to the love in our home.
Something absolutely guaranteed to win most people round is chocolate. Having been sent a beautiful selection of chocolates from Lloyd’s Chocolatiers, I wanted to show them off. As the chocolate hearts are filled with delicate whipped creams, caramel, praline or divine caramel, they provide the perfect decoration to this lightly flavoured cake. Easily removed when served, they create a stunning addition to any plate.
Made with love. Served with love. These beautiful and varied chocolate hearts create a stunning dessert plate. This definitely says “I love you”.
While baking a chocolate cake may seem an obvious choice, I instead decided to choose a flavour to compliment the chocolates. Keeping the rose flavour subtle within the cake also stops it from overpowering the chocolates. Since the aim is, that each should compliment the other. Finishing with an un-flavoured glaze and dust of glitter, takes this cake from pretty to elegant.
Recipe: Chocolate Heart Topped Rose Bundt Cake serves 8-10
Method: Preheat the oven to 160C/140C fan, gas mark 3
First of all, ensure the Bundt pan is clean and dry. Shake the can or bottle well. Spray, or brush Wilton cake release thoroughly using a soft pastry brush. Note – if the weather is cold the liquid in the bottle may be difficult to squeeze out and brush. Stand the bottle in a jug of hot water for 10 minutes, shake well and use.
Making the cake batter: Into a large bowl add the softened butter, sugar and salt.
Whisk/beat together until well combined, pale and creamy.
Next, into a separate bowl, sieve the flour and baking powder together – dry ingredients.
Into the creamed butter bowl add the vanilla paste, rose extract and 2 eggs. Then add one third of the dry ingredients. Mix until just combined.
Add a further 2 eggs, another third of the dry ingredients and mix as before.
Finally, add the last 2 eggs, yoghurt and the last third of the dry ingredients. Mix until thoroughly combined, however take care not to over mix.
Spoon the cake batter into the prepared Bundt pan, pressing down as you do. Smooth the top of the batter with a spoon.
Place the Bundt pan in the centre of the oven and bake for 1hr – 1hr 15 minutes.
The cake is baked when it is golden in colour, shrinking away from the sides of the pan and an inserted skewer comes out clean.
Once baked remove the cake from the oven.
Allow the cake to cool in the tin for 10 minutes.
Now turn out the Bundt cake on to a cooling rack.
Leave the cake to cool completely before icing.
While the cake is cooling, make the glacé icing.
Sift the icing sugar into a bowl.
Add the water and stir thoroughly, until a smooth consistency is achieved.
When cool, place the cake on the cooling rack, over a clean baking tray. This will catch any excess icing drips.
Start to spoon the icing over the top of the cake, working your way around the cake.
Continue to spoon icing through the central hole and around the outside until the cake is fully covered.
Leave the icing to naturally drip from the cake and finally set.
If using, dust the cake with edible glitter.
Move the cake on to a serving plate or stand.
Place the chocolate hearts on top of the cake, reserving some for serving alongside.
Serve with love and a smile.
The cake will keep in an airtight container for up to 5 days. If it lasts that long.
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Nordic Ware have a range of different shapes and styles of Bundt Pans. Since they are not cheap they are an investment worth looking after. Especially, if like me, cake decorating isn’t your strongest point. Yet, if looked after properly, the detailed Bundt Pans will last you a lifetime. Because each cake baked has love stirred into it, nothing else can compare with the taste. Ultimately they pay for themselves, with magnificent cakes that aren’t bought from a bakery.
On Valentine’s Day and everyday, I wish you love, health, peace and happiness.
Baking for someone I love has to be one of my favourite things to do. Especially when the recipient is my wonderful Father-in-law. Even more so when it is to celebrate his birthday. Usually I make him a Coffee andWalnut Cake, however, this year I’ve kept all of his favourite flavours and baked them into this beautiful Maple Syrup Iced Coffee Bundt Cake.
Baked in the Heritage Bundt tin from Nordic Ware, this cake is literally a twist on a classic, popular cake. The distinct mould of the tin creates this incredible, swirl shaped coffee cake, which is defined with the maple syrup icing. Resulting in a stunningly outstanding cake.
An incredibly moist and delicious cake, that includes walnuts, it is also lump free. Chopping the walnuts very finely ensures their nutty flavour mixes well with the coffee and spices. The maple syrup icing adds another layer of flavour. Resulting in a light, not heavy sponge, that tastes fantastic.
My Father-in-law is a very special and incredibly talented man. Much loved and respected, I consider myself to be very blessed to be part of his family. A wonderful Dad and Grandad, with a gentle sense of humour. Most of all, our children love to hear stories of his past adventures which span many centuries. A particular favourite being of his time as a Pirate!!
No candles are needed to light up this dazzlingly, delicious cake.
Recipe: Maple Syrup Iced Coffee Bundt Cake serves 10-12
250g/9oz Unsalted Butter – softened to room temperature
Method: Preheat the oven to 160C/140C fan, gas mark 3.
Note: I always use Wilton cake release to guarantee a clean, sharp edged finish. Apply using a soft pastry brush, taking care to ensure every part of the Bundt tin is evenly covered. Alternately brush on melted butter in the same manner, followed by a light coating of flour.
First of all, prepare the Bundt tin as per the instructions above.
Whisk the softened butter, sugar and salt together in a large bowl for at least 5 minutes. The mixture should be light and creamy.
Add the vanilla extract and the eggs to the bowl. Continue whisking until all of the ingredients are well mixed.
Now add the yoghurt, but do not stir.
Next add the finely chopped walnuts, then sift in the flour, baking powder and spices.
Using a metal spoon, fold all of the ingredients together until they are fully combined.
Spoon the cake batter into the prepared Bundt tin, pressing down to ensure the tin does not have any air gaps. Smooth the top of the batter.
Place the Bundt tin into the centre of the preheated oven and bake for 50-60 minutes.
To test if the cake is fully baked, insert a wooden skewer. The cake is baked when the skewer comes out clean. Also the cake should spring back from a light touch and have shrunk away from the sides of the Bundt tin.
Once baked remove the cake from the oven. Leave the cake to cool in the tin for 5-10 minutes.
Finally, turn the Bundt cake out on to a cooling rack and allow to cool completely before icing.
Making the icing and decorating the cake:
First, sift the icing sugar into a bowl.
Add the maple syrup and stir well. Then add up to one tablespoon of cold, tap water. Stir well so that the icing is a smooth, fairly thick consistency.
Fill a small, disposable piping bag with the maple syrup icing.
To ice the cake, first place the cooling rack over a large baking tray. This will allow any excess icing to drip through.
Snip the very end of the piping bag off, leaving a 3-4mm hole.
With the cake in front of you, follow the line of one swirl and pipe the icing along it. Double back on yourself, piping over the original line to ensure an even finish.
Continue in the same manner until all of the swirls have been iced.
Finish the decoration by adding sprinkles on top of the icing. Start at the bottom and finish approximately two thirds of the way up the cake. Most importantly, make sure the sprinkles all finish at the same point.
To serve, place the cake on to a plate or cake stand. Since I do not have a cake lifter, two palette knives, positioned either side of the cake, make easy work of moving the cake.
No waiting needed! As the icing sets pretty quickly, simply slice and serve, with a smile. Especially if you are baking this for a celebration. As has been said, a celebration without a cake is simply a meeting 😉.
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While shop bought cakes may be convenient, nothing compares to the taste of a home baked one. Since supermarkets cannot bake love into a cake, they simply cannot compete. Most of all, when made with love and given with a smile, homemade cakes are unique gift.
Whatever you are making, baking and creating in your kitchens, have fun preparing a feast. Finally, remember that food tastes better when it is shared.
Orange Lemon Ombre Piped Rose Cake, three layers of orange and lemon cake, sandwiched with lemon curd, crumb coated and piped with lemon buttercream.
Birthday season is upon us in the Feasting family. Cakes, bakes, canapés and celebration continue from now, right through to the New Year. Therefore, making this Orange Lemon Ombre Piped Rose Cake with family in mind, resulted in a beautifully decorated, delicious cake, perfect for guys and girls of all ages.
So the cake itself is made using Wright’s Baking Orange Cake Mix, to which lemon zest is added. Baked as a single cake, it is then sliced into three layers which are sandwiched back together using tart lemon curd. The result, a balanced citrus flavoured cake, that wakes up your tastebuds ready to party!
In addition, the decision to decorate the cake with piped buttercream roses, shows an increase in confidence with regard to piping. Creating an ombré effect, from pale lemon swirls to deeper tangerine lends a modern finish to this cake.
Since piping this Heart Engagement BundtCake, crumb coating, covering the whole cake in a thin layer of buttercream, was not an option, it was a must. The finished cake looks much cleaner, more professional and any gaps between the roses are already covered.
While not absolutely necessary, the added edible violas give the finished cake an elegant, yet natural touch. Their presence hints at the floral, citrus flavoured cake hidden by the piped roses.
Recipe: Orange Lemon Ombre Piped Rose Cake serves 12-14
Method: Preheat the oven to 170C/150C fan, gas mark 3.5
You will need a 20cm/8″ diameter 8.5cm/3.5″ deep tin to bake this cake.
Starting with the cake tin, grease the entire tin and also line the base with parchment paper.
Into a large bowl add the water, egg, oil and one packet of the orange cake mix. Weigh the other packet of cake mix and divide in half. Add half of the packet contents to the bowl – it was approximately 260g. Please check the weight for yourself.
Whisk the ingredients together according to the instructions on the packet.
Finally add the finely grated zest of 1 lemon, approximately 1tsp, to the bowl. Whisk to distribute and combine.
Pour the citrus cake batter into the prepared tin.
Place the cake tin in the centre of the oven and bake for 1 hour 30 minutes. Test the cake at 1 hour 20 minutes with a skewer. The cake is baked when an inserted skewer comes out clean.
Once baked remove the cake from the oven, place on a rack and allow the cake to cool completely in the tin.
Breath in the rich, citrus, homebaked aroma.
When the cake has cooled turn it out of the tin. Also if necessary, run around the outer rim of the cake with a palette knife. Doing this will loosen any slight sticking, that said Wright’s cake mixes are excellent and always turn out of the tin easily.
Preparing the cake for decoration:
The cake whilst baking rose slightly more in the centre. The cause may have been the addition of an egg to the cake mixture, or, baking at a slightly higher temperature.
First cut off any dome on the top of the cake. Having a small rise in the centre is an advantage with the finished cake.
Slice the cake evenly into 3 layers. A serrated knife cuts cleanly through the cake, minimising crumbs.
Place the bottom layer, cut side up, on a board or cake stand.
Spread the bottom layer with an even, thin layer of lemon curd, so that it almost reaches the edges.
Next, place the middle layer on top of the bottom layer, matching up the sides.
Again, spread a thin, even layer of lemon curd on to the cake, keeping just inside the edges.
Finally place the top of the cake on to the middle layer.
Preparing the cake:
Place the softened butter into a large bowl.
Sift the icing sugar into the same bowl.
Next add the very hot water and lemon extract.
Finally whisk the ingredients together, starting on a slow speed and increasing the speed, until you have a pale, fluffy, lump free, buttercream.
Remove 3 heaped tablespoons of the buttercream and set aside to crumb coat the cake. First place the buttercream on the top of the cake. Use an offset spatula to spread the icing across the top of the cake, gently pushing it over the sides. Rotating the stand, or board, gradually cover the sides of the cake with a thin layer of buttercream. Finish by dipping a palette knife into hot water, drying and running the hot knife over the cake, this will produce a smooth finish. Place the cake in the fridge for 30 minutes to allow the crumb coat to set slightly.
Colouring the buttercream:
Divide the remaining buttercream equally, between 3 bowls.
Use cocktail sticks, gel food colouring and a teaspoon to stir, start colouring the icing. It is easier to achieve the lightest colour, which is piped on to the top of the cake, first. Doing so sets the shade and tint of the icing.
Following on, add more colouring to the next bowl, until the shade is correct. Finishing with the last bowl and deepest colour, add extra red and yellow gel until the desired deeper colour is obtained.
To pipe the buutercream, fit 3 large, disposable piping bags with large star piping nozzles – Wilton #1M. Fill each bag with a separate shade of buttercream. Label the piping bags light, medium, dark, so they are distinguishable.
Decorating the Cake:
Starting right in the centre, on top of the cake, using the lightest shade, pipe the first rose. Begin in the centre of the rose, keeping pressure steady on the bag pipe a star, continuing into an e shape, then continuing round to form a rose swirl.
Continue working evenly around the centrally piped rose, piping more rose swirls. Carry on until the top of the cake is covered, or almost covered, in evenly piped rose swirls.
Following on, use the next shade darker, pipe rose swirls around and inbetween the lighter shade, then pipe evenly around the side of the cake.
Complete the cake by piping the darkest shade around the base of the cake. The full ombré effect is then complete.
For the very best results place the piped cake into the fridge, or somewhere cold, for 30 minutes.
Just prior to serving add the edible violas.
Beautifully baked, evenly distributed fruit, decorated with rose swirls, this Orange Lemon Ombre Piped Rose Cake demonstrates how easy it is to create a sensational cake using a mix.
Because of my health limitations, creating this cake from scratch would be too much for me. Of most importance, my aim, to show how the ombré piping effect is achievable, at home, with a little practice. Secure in the knowledge that the cake underneath is reliably good. A couple of badly piped roses were removed, using a butter knife and re-piped. Practice and making mistakes is how we learn to improve our skills.
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Beautiful cakes do not have to be difficult to create. Since I am most definitely not an accomplished cake decorator, I have learned a few decorating techniques that enable me to finish a cake to a good standard.
Most of all I hope you have been inspired to try out a new technique? Homemade cakes taste infinitely better than their supermarket counterparts. While they are convenient, no amount of love, has, at any stage been added to the cake. Baking at home creates a unique, delicious cake that will prompt huge smiles from the recipient and those who share in the celebration and cake!
I adore lemons. They are used in both sweet and savoury cooking in my kitchen. So, in honour of our eldest daughter’s birthday and inspired by last week’s first Great British Bake Off episode, I bring you my 100% gluten free Boozy Lemon Drizzle Bundt Cake.
This gluten free cake tastes no different to a regular cake made with ‘wheat’, which I am really pleased about, as it means more people can make and eat this delicious treat!
That said this Boozy Lemon Drizzle Bundt Cake can be made with regular, plain white flour if you do not need to make it gluten free.
Such a delightfully light, moist cake, with the tang of limoncello spiked drizzle soaked through the entire cake.
My Boozy Lemon Drizzle Bundt Cake, is a true lemon drizzle cake, in the sense that it has hot lemon syrup poured over a skewer spiked cake. Using a Bundt pan means that the syrup soaks from the bottom to the top, creating a fabulously flavoured cake.
As this cake was made for my daughter, to be shared with family and friends, I was very restrained when it came to adding the limoncello. For adults you could easily double, or triple the amount stated. Remember though it is the lemon flavour that needs to hit the palette first. Don’t knock everyone out with too much vodka 😉.
The colours used to decorate this cake are simply her favourite. I piped a line of thick, lemon icing along each ridge of the cake and then added sky blue sugar sparkles, pressing them in gently to the icing so they would stay. A finial dusting of white, edible glitter in the centre adds the necessary sparkle, even if it doesn’t show up in all of the photographs.
I highly recommend Wilton cake release spray to grease the Bundt pan, alternitavely use melted butter and brush every part of the inside of the pan, then add 1 tablespoon of gluten free flour, tip the pan around until it is completely covered and tip out any excess flour – I cannot guarantee the same sharp edges using the butter/flour method.
For the Cake
275g/10oz Unsalted Butter softened to room temperature
Approx 50ml Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice – juice of 2 lemons
Approx 50ml of tap water to make up to 100ml with the lemon juice
100g/4oz Caster Sugar
2tbsp Limoncello – more can be added for a pronounced flavour if desired
Icing to Decorate the Cake
200g/7oz White Icing Sugar
Juice of one whole lemon – approx 30mls, make up to volume with water if needed
Optional – sprinkles and edible glitter – ensure they are gluten free
Method: Preheat the oven to 170C/150C fan, gas mark 3.5
Prepare the Bundt pan by spraying or brushing on cake release, ensuring every part of the inside of the pan is covered.
Into a large bowl add the butter, sugar and salt. Whisk/beat until pale and creamy.
Weigh the gluten free flour and sift into a separate bowl with the baking powder.
Add the 6 eggs to the butter/sugar mixture and 2 tablespoons of the pre weighed, sifted flour – this will stop the mixture from splitting, which can lead to a denser cake. Whisk/beat the eggs into the butter and sugar until you have a fully combined, light mix.
Add the rest of the flour/baking powder, the lemon extract, vanilla and lemon zest.
Using a metal spoon fold all the ingredients together until they are fully combined.
Spoon the cake batter into the prepared Bundt pan.
Place the Bundt pan in the centre of the preheated oven and bake for 50-60 minutes.
Whilst the cake is baking make the drizzle:
Squeeze the strained juice of 2 lemons into a measuring jug, make the volume up to 100ml with tap water. Place 100g of sugar into a small saucepan and add the lemon juice liquid to it. Swirl to mix and place over a medium heat. Do not stir! Swirl occasionally, until the sugar is fully dissolved and the liquid starts to bubble. Remove the saucepan from the heat. Add your desired amount of limoncello and place a lid on the saucepan.
The cake is cooked when it is golden in colour, coming away from the sides of the pan and an inserted skewer comes out clean.
Once baked remove the cake from the oven. Allow the cake to cool for 10 minutes in the Bundt pan.
After 10 minutes use a wooden skewer to create holes right through the cake. I poked approximately 25 holes in the cake, this will allow the syrup to moisten the entire cake, not just the bottom – remember the Bundt cake is upside down.
Drizzle over the warm, boozy, lemon syrup, making sure you cover the entire base of the cake.
Leave the cake for a further 5 minutes in the pan, to allow the drizzle to soak right through to the top of the cake.
Now turn the Boozy Lemon Drizzle Bundt Cake out on to a cooling rack and allow to cool completely.
To Decorate the Boozy Lemon Drizzle Bundt Cake:
Sift the icing sugar into a bowl. Add 30mls of lemon juice and stir.
Add extra water to create a thick icing, that can still be piped.
Spoon the thick icing into a disposable piping bag (or piping bag fitted with a 3-4mm piping nozzle). Snip the end off of the disposable bag to leave a 3-4mm opening.
Place the cooling rack over a large baking tray – this will catch all the drips.
Starting from inside of the Bundt hole pipe the icing, following the lines of the swirl. Keep the pressure steady and pipe into the groove of the swirl, finishing when you reach the edge. Pull the bag away from the cake and any excess icing will drip through the cooling rack.
Continue working around each swirl until the cake is completed.
If adding sprinkles, either follow my design, adding them just away from the centre of the cake, or let your imagination take over and create your own design!
Finally add a dust of (I used) white edible glitter, to give your cake some added sparkle.
Carefully transfer the cake to a board/stand/plate.
Take photos of your beautiful creation.
Then serve it sliced with a cup of tea or coffee, or if it’s adults only, a shot of limoncello alongside 😉.
I am so pleased our daughter chose the light blue sprinkles for this cake. To be honest, it isn’t a colour I would put with a lemon cake and yet it looks so beautiful. She has a brilliant eye for design and I regularly ask her opinion on colour schemes/layouts and photographs for Feasting is Fun.
Thank you Star and very happy birthday.
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My aim is to make as many recipes as possible gluten free. Obviously this is going to take some time to retest recipes and make adjustments as needed.
Next on the agenda is cracking gluten free pastry. I’ve been asked many times for a recipe, so I will be working on that over the coming weeks.
Whatever you are making, baking and creating in your kitchens, remember food always tastes better when it’s shared. So why not invite your neighbours round for a cup of tea and a slice of something delicious?
My Boozy Lemon Drizzle Bundt Cake has also been submitted for this weeks #GBBOTwitterBakeAlong on Twitter. Click on the hashtag on Twitter and join in the Baking Community fun!
I have have wanted to make a ‘drip cake’ since I first saw one on Pinterest. This past weekend with the help of 2 Wright’s Baking cake mix kits, I did it. I made a Strawberry Chocolate Vanilla Drip Cake.
Had it not been for the cake mixes from Wright’s I honestly would not have had the energy to make this cake. However, I have proved that with a little bit of patience and guidance anyone can make a drip cake using great packet mixes, plus some extra chocolate and strawberries.
The Chocolate and Victoria sponge mixes create cakes that are as light as clouds. I baked the cakes on Saturday and then assembled and decorated this gorgeous Strawberry Chocolate Vanilla Drip Cake on the Sunday.
If you have ever wanted to make a drip cake, but been too scared to try, my step by step photographs will show you how. You need not be a proficient baker or cake decorator, yet you CAN make this Strawberry Chocolate Vanilla Drip Cake.
I will take you through every stage, showing you how to achieve a stunning drip cake. Once you have learnt the basics you can create all different kinds of drip cakes. I wanted to keep my cake simple, yet elegant. The chocolate dipped strawberries add height and a pop of colour.
To be honest, I never dreamt that my Strawberry Chocolate VanillaDrip Cake would turn out this well. I really didn’t.
Firstly, cake decorating isn’t my strongest skill and then secondly, sometimes my hands can be really shaky, which means there are fewer cakes posted on here, as they didn’t look good enough once decorated!
What I’m trying to say is, I’m just like you. Yes I’ve learnt to pipe roses with buttercream, but that really is the extent of my cake decorating knowledge. So my hope is to teach you how to create a show stopping cake and that, with a little patience you too can create one!
Starting with a good quality boxed cake mix from Wright’s meant that all my concentration could be used decorating the cake. I certainly will be creating recipes with different flavours, colours and toppings in the future, but for my first drip cake, all I wanted to concentrate on was creating that iconic ‘drip’!
I choose to use chocolate and vanilla simply because the inside of the cake would then reflect the beautiful outside. The cake mixes are so easy to whip up and bake, plus the buttercream mixture is included in the box. All I needed to add was butter.
If you want to bake a cake from scratch that is fine, I would suggest the recipe from my Victoria Sponge and substituting 75g/3oz of flour for cocoa powder for the chocolate sponge (you may have more batter than needed to create this cake). I will give a buttercream recipe in the recipe section.
Note: in order to decorate this cake successfully you will need a large palette knife (not a small offset one – that I mention in some of my recipes).
1 Victoria Sponge Baking Kit – also from Wright’s Baking
2tbsp Butter for greasing the sandwich cake tins
240g Unsalted Butter- softened to room temperature
200g White Chocolate – I use Waitrose Belgian white chocolate
100g Dark Chocolate minimum 70% Cocoa Solids
15 Good Quality Fresh Strawberries medium/large in size – if only very large strawberries are available you may want to use fewer.
Note: if making your own buttercream you will need 250g unsalted butter, 100g good quality cocoa powder (sifted) and 400g icing sugar (sifted), prepare as for the buttercream including the 2tbsp very hot water.
Method: Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan, gas mark 4
Grease 2 x 7″ (17.5cm) sandwich cake tins and line the base with baking parchment.
Make up one packet – I used the Victoria sponge mix first – according to the instructions on the box.
Divide the cake batter equally between the 2 tins.
Place the sponge tins in the centre of the oven and bake for 15- 20 minutes. The sponges are baked when they are a golden colour and spring back from a light touch. Mine took just under 20 minutes to bake.
Once baked remove the cake tins from the oven.
Allow the sponges to cool for 5 minutes, then run a palette knife around the outside rim of the cake.
Tip the cake out gently and place right side up on a cooling rack.
Wash up the sponge tins in warm soapy water, dry, grease and line the bases as before.
Make up the chocolate sponge mix according to the packet instructions.
Divide the cake batter equally between the 2 tins and bake in the middle of the oven, as before for 15 – 20 minutes. Mine were baked at 15 minutes.
Once baked remove from the oven.
After 5 minutes cooling run a palette knife around the outside of the cake, tip out gently and allow to cool on a rack.
Once cool your cake is ready to assemble and decorate.
Assembling and decorating your drip cake:
Gently peel the parchment paper away from the base of each sponge.
Whisk/beat 240g of softened butter in a large bowl.
Add both packets of buttercream mix – chocolate and vanilla.
Slowly whisk until they are incorporated into the butter.
OPTIONAL – I always add 1-2 tablespoons of very hot water to any buttercream that I make. I added 2 tablespoons to the buttercream mixture. I would not advise adding water if you are using stork or other margarines.
Continue whisking until you have a smooth, glossy, chocolate buttercream.
I recommend using either a cake board or a flat plate on top of a cake stand, or cake decorating turntable – I used a cake board on top of my cake stand. This is so that once covered in buttercream, the cake, which is 4 sponges high, will fit into the fridge to chill.
Add a small splodge of buttercream to the cake board, this helps anchor the cake whilst it is being assembled and decorated.
Place your first sponge flat side up on the centre of the board.
Using a palette knife thinly coat the upper, flat side of the sponge in buttercream.
Next add the second chocolate sponge, again flat side up and cover with a thin layer of buttercream.
Continue in the same manner with the vanilla sponges, leaving the last sponge without a covering of buttercream.
Ensure that you have plenty of space to work around the cake. I moved mine to the dining room table where I was able to sit (better for my back) and cover the cake.
Add enough buttercream to cover the top of the cake evenly – approximately 0.5-1cm deep. Run the palette knife across the top to roughly smooth it.
Next add buttercream to the side of the cake near the top. Spread it with the palette knife so that it fills in the gaps between the sponges. I started at the top and rotated the cake stand, working my way down to the bottom of the cake as each sponge layer was covered. Aim to keep the buttercream as even and smooth as possible, using your palette knife.
Looking good! The whole cake is now covered in buttercream with a roughly smoothed top and sides.
Fill a large jug with very hot water and have some pieces of kitchen paper to hand.
Clean your palette knife and let it sit, immersed in the hot water for a minute.
Remove the palette knife and wipe dry with the kitchen paper.
Hold the flat side of the palette knife to the side of the cake and smooth the buttercream. Repeat by dipping the palette knife back into the hot water, drying and smoothing, rotating the cake stand as you do so. This may take a little practice but you’ll soon get the hang of it.
You will see the buttercream becomes very glossy and smooth. Continue until the sides are as smooth as you can get them.
Next smooth the top of the cake in exactly the same way.
Use kitchen paper to gently go around the base of the cake and remove excess buttercream from the board. I tend to remove any big lumps and then hold the kitchen paper to the board as I rotate the cake, gradually getting closer and closer to the cake.
Place your covered cake into the fridge to chill and set for 30 minutes.
When it is touch dry you may start to decorate it.
Break up the white chocolate into a heatproof microwaveable bowl.
Zap in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time, stirring in between each heating session. When the chocolate has half melted remove the bowl from the microwave and continue stirring until all of the chocolate is melted.
Set to one side to cool.
Meanwhile break up the dark chocolate and melt in exactly the same way as for the white chocolate.
Dip half of the strawberries into the dark chocolate, ensuring they are completely covered with only the green showing – I use a teaspoon to pour the chocolate near the top of the strawberry. Set the strawberries on to a silicone mat or some baking parchment.
Remove 2 tablespoons of the melted white chocolate and place in a small, disposable piping bag. Snip the very end off leaving a small hole.
Pipe lines across the uncovered strawberries and over the chocolate covered strawberries. You can also experiment with piping little dots on to the strawberries. Leave the strawberries to set.
Next, whilst the white chocolate is still pourable but cooled you can start creating your drips!
Using a spoon pour the cooled, melted chocolate around the edge of the cake encouraging drips to form by adding a little more chocolate in places. Try to get a variety of drip lengths around the outside of the cake.
Next spoon the remaining white chocolate on to the centre of the top of the cake. Use the spoon to spread it to meet the rim formed by the drips and then swirl with your spoon to give an attractive finish.
If there is a slight slant to your cake ensure the higher part of the cake is at the back.
Gently add some strawberries to the back of the cake, building height by laying them on top of each other. It is also nice to add a few strawberries around the base to create a stunning, professional finish.
Place the cake back into the fridge, especially during warmer weather, until it has just set.
Now take lots of photographs as it is great to have a visual reminder that you have accomplished something so stunning.
Keeping some of the strawberries red, with just a little piped white chocolate really makes the whole cake pop. Having a burst of colour stops the cake from being all brown and cream, which is definitely not as fun as a spot of red here and there!
Almost always a chocolate ganache (equal parts chocolate and double cream melted together) is used for a chocolate drip cake. This being my first I wanted to keep things as easy as possible.
Since I have made this drip cake, I now want to make one with fruit and coloured icing. The possibilities are absolutely endless.
If you have enjoyed the recipe and tutorial for making this Strawberry Chocolate Vanilla Drip Cake here are others you may also like:
Just because I’m not the world’s best cake decorator, doesn’t mean I can’t learn, try and occasionally cheat. Cakes should be fun. They should be baked and decorated with love and eaten with appreciation.
Have I inspired you to try a new cake decorating technique?
Have fun decorating, making and baking your feasts.
Wright’s Baking provided me with the cake mix kits to try. All content, opinions, views and photographs are my own. Please see my Disclosure Policy. I am not a professional baker or cake decorator, any advice given is purely for guidance.
Fluted Chocolate Lemon Marble Cake an amazing flavour combination in a delicious, moist cake and finished with chocolate lemon flutes.
With Father’s Day coming up this Sunday, here is an easy to make and decorate treat for Dad. Lemon and chocolate intertwined within every part of this stunning Fluted Chocolate Lemon Marble Cake.
Whether for Father’s Day, or a special celebration cake, the blend of chocolate and lemon throughout every part of this cake is a taste sensation. If you have never tried the two together then you need to trust me and make this cake.
Whilst orange and chocolate is a more common flavour pairing, I was inspired to make this cake when I discovered that Elizabeth Shaw Chocolates made Chocolate a Lemon Flutes. Having used the Amaretto flutes for my ChocolateAmaretto Cake I knew how stunning and yet simple they were to use.
So if you want to make this cake for your Dad this coming Sunday, or a special birthday cake I am right here to show you how to make this stunning Fluted Chocolate Lemon Marble Cake.
Nothing is quite as special as something that you have made yourself for someone. Putting the time, energy and love into baking a cake, for me truly shows someone that I love them. Especially if it is centered around their favourite flavours.
Elizabeth Shaw sell a range of flavoured flutes and you can easily tweak this recipe to fit the flavour of your choice. Adding the flutes around the edge with the extra touch of a beautiful ribbon transforms a nice cake to a wow cake.
Method: Preheat the oven to 160C/180C fan, gas mark 3
Grease and line with baking parchment an 8″ or 18cm cake tin – that is also fairly deep – at least 4″/10cm. Ensure that the baking parchment is at least 2″/5cm higher than the sides of the cake. This will ensure a nice even rise and moist cake.
In a large bowl add the softened, room temperature butter and caster sugar.
Whisk/beat until pale and creamy.
Sift the flour into a medium sized bowl – you will need the bowl later.
Add 1/3 of the flour and 2 eggs to the butter mixture, mix slowly until just incorporated.
Repeat the last step.
Add the last 2 eggs, remaining flour and the zest of 2 lemons.
Use a large spoon or spatula to fold in all of the ingredients until combined – be careful not to overmix.
In the spare bowl (which had the flour in it) place half of the lemon flavoured cake mixture – I do this by eye but, use scales if you want to be exact.
Sift the cocoa into the mixture in the spare bowl and add the 2 tablespoons of milk. Fold in the cocoa powder until the mixture is combined. It will be a gorgeous chocolate colour.
In the othe bowl squeeze in the juice from half of a lemon. Stir until fully combined.
Begin by alternating the cake mixes.
Spoon dollops of the chocolate cake mixture around the base of the tin, leaving a gap in between.
In the gaps spoon dollops (sorry but I love that word 😉) of the lemon cake mix.
Continue by layering spoonfuls of the chocolate cake mixture on top of the lemon and vice versa.
Now to get swirling! I always use the handle of a wooden spoon, as it won’t rip through the baking parchment.
With the upturned spoon in hand swirl through the cake mixture. I like making figures of eight!
You need the whole cake mix to be marbled NOT mixed.
Please don’t worry if you think you’ve over or under swirled your cake. This is a gift for someone. They will love that you’ve taken the time to bake them a cake.
Place the cake in the middle part of the oven and bake for 1 hour 30 minutes – 1 hour 45 minutes.
This is a long slow bake that ensures a moist, evenly coloured cake. Trust me. If you cook at a higher temperature the outside will be baked before the middle and you are likely to end up with a dry cake.
The cake is baked when an inserted skewer comes out clean.
Once baked, remove the cake from the oven, place the tin on a cooling rack and allow the cake to cool in the tin. I made this cake the day before I decorated it, however, as long as it is cold it can be decorated on the same day.
If leaving overnight before decorating, remove the cooled cake from its tin and wrap in cling film.
Preparing the Chocolate Lemon Ganache Icing:
Break up the 250g of dark chocolate and add to a heatproof bowl that fits on top of a small saucepan. Add the butter to the chocolate.
Place 1-2 inches of water in the base of the saucepan and heat until just bubbling.
Place the bowl containing the chocolate/butter on top of the saucepan, ensuring the base of the bowl does not touch the water – this is called a double boiler.
Stir continuously until both the butter and chocolate have melted.
Next add 1 teaspoon of lemon extract (if using) and the sifted icing sugar.
When the icing sugar is no longer visible remove the bowl from the heat and very gently, as this mixture will be hot, switch to a balloon whisk and stir, then whisk as the mixture cools, until all icing sugar has dissolved.
The best way to tell if the mixture is smooth is to rub a little between your finger and thumb, if it still feels gritty keep whisking – it took 5 minutes of gentle whisking until my ganache was smooth again.
Next switch to an electric mix and whisk gently, increasing in speed as the ganache starts to thicken.
Keep whisking until the mixture is still soft but will hold a figure of eight.
Place half of the ganache into a piping bag fitted with a large star. If it is a hot day cover the nozzle with cling film and place in the fridge.
Place your cake on a board or cake stand. I suggest placing the board on a cake stand as it makes the cake easier to decorate.
Spoon 3/4 of the remaining ganache on to the top of the cake.
Using an off set palette knife spread the mixture so that it covers the top of the cake.
Spoon the rest of the ganache around the outside edge of the top of the cake.
Gently, with your palette knife encourage the icing to cover the side of the cake. Turning the cake stand as you go, working round until the sides are covered.
Hold your palette knife flat against the side of the cake and rotate the stand. This will give your sides a nice even edge.
Run your palette knife flat across the surface of the cake to achieve the same effect. Don’t worry if it’s not perfectly flat, as long as the icing is even it will look great.
Next pipe swirls around the edge of the cake and finish with one in the centre.
Decorating the Cake:
Have the flutes opened and ready. You will see that one side of the flute is flat.
Press the flat side of the flute against the base of the cake, the ganache will hold it in place.
Continue, placing one flute next to another, taking care to ensure they are straight, until the whole cake is surrounded.
Take your ribbon, place it halfway up the flutes – it is helpful if you have a spare pair of hands to hold it in place, if not use a pin to secure it at the back of the cake – wrap it around the cake and tie a bow at the front.
Place a silver dragee ball on the top of each swirl and add extra small, edible pearls to the swirls.
Serve your stunning Fluted Chocolate Lemon Marble Cake sliced with a cup of tea or coffee and a big smile.
This beautiful Fluted Chocolate Lemon Marble Cake, made with love and shared with your Dad, or friends and family for a special celebration is sure to wow and impress them with the delicious flavour combination!
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The Fluted Chocolate Lemon Marble Cake is beautifully rich, decadent and full of flavour. I hope you enjoy the calming practise of baking and then decorating a cake. Yesterday I was not having the best of days and yet, sitting decorating this cake, I became totally immersed in what I was doing. Afterwards I felt a lot better and I had accomplished something that I hadn’t done before.
I recommend baking and cake decorating as a very therapeutic, calming practise. Even if you don’t feel any better at the end, your time will have been well spent.
Enjoy creating and baking in your kitchens. A feast, whether a cake or a roast chicken, made with love and shared is a hard experience to beat.
Elizabeth Shaw Chocolates provided me with the flutes to decorate this cake. I did not receive any payment for writing this post. All content, recipes, photographs and opinions are my own. I am not a proffessional, any advice given is my own personal opinion. Please see my Disclosure Policy.
Chocolate Amaretto Cake is the easiest, wow factor cake, you ever need to make. Delicious, moist, almond and chocolate sponge, covered in chocolate, Amaretto whipped cream and surrounded by Elizabeth Shawamaretto flavoured chocolate flutes. All tied together with a pretty ribbon!
This delicious cake is subtly flavoured with Amaretto liquer. While the delicious Elizabeth Shawamaretto flutes surround the whipped, chocolate cream, covered chocolate cake.
After the beautifully piped Strawberry Sweetheart CakeI wanted to create a cake that anybody could make, regardless of their cake decorating ability. With Mother’s Day being celebrated in only one weeks time, this is the perfect cake to make for your mum, as a surprise, a thank you for everything she has done for you.
I cannot think of a better gift for any mum to receive that is better than a homemade cake and this Chocolate Amaretto Cake is sure to wow any mum, or dad!
Look even though I am going to give you the recipe for this cake, I want you to absolutely KNOW, that you can create this knockout cake, without any culinary skills what-so-ever. So just this once, if you feel more confident using a cake mix from a box, I’ll turn a blind eye.
Yes I did really give you permission to cheat – because, everyone has to start somewhere and I’d rather you used a packet mix and gave this cake a go, than be too overwhelmed by the whole ‘baking’ process to even try.
Just make sure you bake the cake, whatever recipe/packet mix you use, in a deep 8 inch round cake tin and regardless of how much cake mixture you have, only fill the tin two thirds full. By all means use any spare cake batter up, by baking a few cupcakes, once you have the main cake baked.
As a mum myself, receiving home made gifts is always very special. I was given a three layered Victoria Sponge Cakea couple of years ago. Having been banished from my beloved kitchen, I returned home to a wonderful smelling house, but a very frazzled husband.
After baking two sponge layers with the children, shopping for more self raising flour that ‘worked’, another two layers were baking beautifully in the oven. Crisis point hit, when the children removed these from the oven and declared them a disaster.
At that point I was allowed back into the kitchen to try and help. The sponges were perfect and had risen beautifully. The problem was simply that instead of using my 6 inch sponge tins, they had used my 9 inch spring form pans!!! So of course the cake batter spread further, but was still perfectly usable.
The children immediately spread Nutella on one sponge and devoured it, purely for research purposes. I was then presented with a three layer sponge cake that I have to say, not only tasted fantastic, but meant more to me than anything they could have bought.
Any mum would be thrilled to be given this Chocolate Amaretto Cake for Mother’s Day, birthday, or just because I love you mum day!
Recipe: Makes one Chocolate Amaretto Cake serves 12
For the cake:
225g/8oz Soft Light a Brown Sugar
225g/8oz Unsalted Butter – at room temp. Plus a little extra for greasing the cake tin.
1tsp Vanilla Bean Paste – or Vanilla Extract
1/2tsp Almond Extract
6 Large Free Range Eggs
200g7oz Plain White Flour – plus 1tbsp extra for dusting the cake tin
75g/3oz Cocoa Powder
2.5tsp Baking Powder
50ml/2fl oz Whole Milk
For the frosting:
350ml/12 fl oz Double Cream
100g/4oz Dark Chocolate – I used Elizabeth Shaw Dark Chocolate Crunch Bar
200g/7oz Chocolate Crispearls or one box of Elizabeth ShawSharing Crisp Assortment
Optional – Edible glitter – I used gold holographic as it toned with my colour theme.
Suitable length of ribbon to tie around your cake
Method: Preheat the oven to 165C/150C fan.
Grease an 8 inch round cake tin with butter. Line the base with baking parchment cut to size. Add 1tbsp of flour to the cake tin and turning the tin on it’s side, over the sink, rotate the tin, tapping as you do, so that the flour coats the sides of the tin. Tip any excess flour out into the sink.
Place the sugar and butter into a large bowl.
Whisk for 5 minutes until creamy and smooth.
Add the vanilla bean paste/extract and almond extract.
Sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt into a separate bowl – dry ingredients.
Add 1/3 of your dry ingredients and 3 eggs to the creamed butter/sugar mixture.
Mix slowly until the ingredients are combined.
Repeat the last 2 steps.
Add the milk and the last 1/3 of the dry ingredients to the bowl.
Mix slowly until nearly combined.
Switch to a metal spoon or a spatula and mix the cake batter by hand until thoroughly combined.
Place the cake tin into the centre of the oven.
Bake for 50 minutes – 1 hour.
The cake is baked when an inserted skewer comes out clean.
Remove the cake from the oven once it is fully baked.
Allow the cake to cool completely in the tin.
Don’t worry if the top has a small crack.
Once cooled turn the cake out onto a cake board or stand, so that the bottom of the cake is now the top.
Peel away the baking parchment carefully.
To Decorate The Cake
Break up the chocolate bar and place in a heatproof, microwaveable bowl.
Zap for 20 second bursts, in the microwave, stirring in between each zap, until the chocolate has melted. Set to one side to cool a little.
Pour the double cream into a large bowl and whisk until the cream just starts to thicken and hold it’s shape.
Add the Amaretto liquer, or almond extract and mix until you have chocolate cream.
Add more of the chocolate cream, smoothing using the offset palette knife, until you have an even cover of cream over the cake.
Hold the clean palette knife flat against the side of the cake and rotate the stand/cake board.
This last step ensures the covered sides of the cake are flat and even, ready for sticking the flutes to!
Gently wipe around the base of the cake with kitchen roll to remove any chocolate cream that may have fallen from the cake during the last step.
Open the packages of flutes and tip the flutes out onto a plate.
You will notice that one side of the flute is flat. Press this flat side against the side of the cake, so that it is straight.
Repeat the last step, placing each flute as close as possible to the next, until the cake is completely surrounded with chocolate flutes.
Trust me you will have enough flutes – I had 4 left over!
Using both hand gently press around the sides of the cake to ensure each flute is evenly adhered, by the cream, to the Chocolate Amaretto Cake.
Tie the ribbon, midway up the cake (not the flutes) – I found I needed help from someone, putting their finger on the knot as I tied the bow.
Next add your topping. I used Chocolate Crispearls with added holographic, gold, edible glitter! However the Elizabeth Shawsharing crisp assortment would have looked beautiful, especially left unwrapped, as the colours would have worked beautifully with the ribbon I used.
Once you have filled the top of your cake, place in the fridge to firm up for at least an hour.
I was absolutely thrilled with how well this Chocolate Amaretto Cake turned out.
The only real skill needed to create a cake that looks this stunning is patience. I really believe anyone can make this cake. Yes young children may need some supervision and if they are going to be eating the cake I would definitely recommend using almond extract in the whipped cream, not alcohol!
Is there someone you know, who has a special occasion coming up and would be blown away if given a cake like this?
If you do make this cake please send me a picture via Twitter/Instagram?
I hope, given the step by step instructions (and cheat if needed!) that you try making this cake. Elegant and professional are two words I use for this cake. You too can create a cake that is both elegant and professional looking.
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