Summer Mixed Berry Sponge Cake

I adore the variety and abundance of fresh fruit available during the warmer months of the year. If I can restrain myself from simply eating them as they are I love to use them in recipes. Here in my Summer Mixed Berry Sponge Cake they are given centre stage. Freshly made raspberry and blueberry jam sandwiched between the two sponges with fresh raspberry whipped cream covering the entire cake. Finally topped with more fresh blueberries and strawberries this cake is a celebration of summer fruit.

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Summer Mixed Berry Sponge Cake

Because not everyone here at Feasting headquarters is a fan of sweet frosting, I decided to use something different to cover this cake. Fresh raspberries added to whipped cream are utterly delicious. While the raspberries are tart, when whipped into the cream they lend a sweetness and very light raspberry flavour. Since the cream is used between the sponges and to cover the cake it also adds a very pretty pink colour to the finished creation.

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Summer Mixed Berry Sponge Cake

Finally the cake it topped with a tumble of seasonal strawberries and blueberries. Feel free to switch up and swap around the fruits according to what is abundant and available. Since I have blackberry, raspberry, tayberry, redcurrant, blackcurrant, strawberries AND a cherry tree in our garden I will have different choices as the season progresses. Also I am sure that strings of redcurrants dripping over the side of this cake will look really pretty.

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Summer Mixed Berry Sponge Cake

My guide for changing up the fruit is to keep at least one ‘sweet’ fruit for the top. Also I would be careful about adding strawberries to the whipped cream. Since they can be quite watery and may cause it to split. If in doubt, scoop a spoonful of whipped cream on to a plate and mash in a small amount whichever fruit you want to use. The fruit should mix into the cream. Yet if the mixture splits try a different fruit.

Recipe: Summer Mixed Berry Sponge Cake serves 8-10

For the sponge cakes:

275g/10oz Unsalted Butter at room temperature – plus a little extra to grease the cake tins

275g/10oz Caster Sugar

1 tsp Vanilla Extract – I use Nielsen-Massey 

1/4 tsp Sea Salt Flakes – halve if using free flowing

5 Large Free Range Eggs

275g/10oz Plain White Flour

3 tsp Baking Powder

1 Large Lemon – scrubbed and finely zested

To fill and cover:

225g/8oz Fresh Fruit Jam – to make fresh raspberry jam please see the recipe on Victoria Sponge Cake substitute half of the raspberries for blueberries for the jam I used here

450ml/1 pint Double Cream (heavy cream)

100g/4oz Fresh Raspberries

25g/1oz Caster Sugar

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

To decorate:

150g/5oz Fresh Blueberries – alternatively use blackberries

225g/8oz Fresh Strawberries – alternatively use raspberries

Optional – 1 tsp Icing Sugar to dust

Method: Preheat oven to 160C/140C fan, 325F, gas mark 3.

You will need two 20cm/8in sandwich tins, buttered and lined on the base with baking parchment.

  • First of all, into a large mixing bowl add the butter, sugar and salt. Whisk everything together until pale and creamy.
  • Now add 2 eggs, vanilla extract and half of the flour. Whisk until just combined.
  • Finally add the remaining flour and baking powder, 3 eggs and the lemon zest. Whisk together until everything is just combined. Over mixing will cause the cake to be dense.
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Making the sponge cake batter
  • Divide the cake batter evenly between the sandwich tins.
  • Place into the centre of the oven and bake for 35-40 minutes.
  • The sponge cakes are baked when golden in colour and firm to a light touch. Also an inserted skewer will come out clean.
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Filling the cake tins, baking and cooling the cakes
  • As soon as the cakes are baked remove from the oven and place the tins on to a cooling rack.
  • Leave the cakes to cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then turn the cake out carefully removing the baking parchment.
  • Leave the cakes to fully cool on the rack.
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Making the raspberry whipped cream
  • As soon as the cakes have cooled make the raspberry whipped cream.
  • Place the fresh raspberries on to a plate and mash with a fork.
  • Pour the cream, vanilla extract and sugar into a bowl and whisk until thickened but still floppy, not stiff.
  • Add the mashed raspberries to the cream and continue to whisk until the cream has thickened and holds it’s shape.
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Filling and covering the cake
  • Place the first sponge, flat side up on to a plate or board.
  • Spoon jam on to the sponge and spread to almost the edge. Leave a small gap around the rim of the sponge.
  • Now spoon some of the raspberry cream on top of the jam. Spread the cream to the edge of the cake.
  • Place the other sponge, flat side down, on top of the bottom sponge.
  • Spoon plenty of raspberry cream on to the top of the cake. Using a palette knife push the cream on to the side of the cake. See photos above.
  • Once all of the cake is covered with raspberry cream smooth the top and sides using a palette knife.
  • Finally, with a clean piece of kitchen towel, wipe around the base of the cake, removing any excess cream.
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Arranging the fruit on top of the Summer Mixed Berry Sponge Cake
  • To finish the cake add fruit to the top. Aim for a little height in the centre.
  • Finally dust the top of the cake with icing sugar if desired.
  • Place the finished cake into the fridge to chill for one hour.
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Summer Mixed Berry Sponge Cake

As soon as the cake is chilled it can be sliced and served. A useful tip is to wipe the cutting knife with kitchen paper after each cut. This will keep the cake slices clean.

The sponges can be made one day ahead and stored in an airtight container. Ideally this cake is best eaten the day it is assembled. Store leftover cake in an airtight container in the fridge and eat within 3 days.

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Raspberry Vanilla Naked Celebration Cake

Sharing this cake with friends and family gives me a real buzz. Because I do not sell anything that is made for this blog it also helps to keep our family healthy. I can see how people may think we eat cake all of the time. We don’t! As a family cakes are treats for us too.

Whatever you are making, baking and creating in your kitchens, I hope you have fun preparing and sharing your feast.

Sammie xx

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White Chocolate Drizzle Strawberry Cream Cake

In my last post Chocolate Honeycomb Sponge Cake, I confessed my love for cream cakes. So, I decided to make another one! A delicious White Chocolate Drizzle Strawberry Cream Cake. Golden sponge sandwiched together with cream and strawberry daiquiri jam, topped with more cream, fresh strawberries a white chocolate drizzle and finally a sprinkling of honeycomb. One bite of this cake and you too will be smitten.

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White Chocolate Drizzle Strawberry Cream Cake

Since the very earliest of our Kent strawberries are becoming available I simply couldn’t resist buying some. Together with fresh cream they make the perfect combination. However, when used to decorate this cake, with white chocolate and crushed honeycomb, these strawberries are elevated to true celebration feasting status. And the first strawberries of the season should, most definitely, be celebrated.

Using a heart shaped tin to bake this cake creates an elegant shape. Also it reflects the romantic side of my personality. If you do not have a heart cake tin then a round tin will be perfectly suitable. While removing the Strawberry husks I cut either side to create a ‘V’ shape. Resulting in sliced strawberries that look like love hearts.

FF White Chocolate Drizzle Strawberry Cream Cake
White Chocolate Drizzle Strawberry Cream Cake

Finally, using a good quality strawberry jam really adds to the finished flavour of the cake. I used a strawberry daiquiri jam with its subtle hint of white rum and lime juice. It definitely adds to the luxurious finish of this cake. Alternatively mix in a couple of teaspoons of raspberry jam. Doing so will add a hint of tartness and elevate the flavour from good to great!

Recipe: White Chocolate Drizzle Strawberry Cream Cake serves 10

275g/10oz Unsalted Butter at room temperature plus a Extra for greasing the tin

275g/10oz Caster Sugar

1/2 tsp Sea Salt – I use Maldon halve quantity if using free flowing salt

1 tbsp Vanilla Bean Paste/Vanilla Extract – I use Nielsen-Massey

6 Large Free Range Eggs

275g/10oz Plain White Flour

2 tsp Baking Powder

450ml/1 pint Double Cream (heavy cream)

1 tsp Vanilla Bean Extract/Vanilla Extract

350g-400g/12-14oz Fresh Strawberries

275g/10oz Jar Strawberry Jam – I used Strawberry Daiquiri Jam available from Hawkshead Relish

100g/4oz White Chocolate

Optional – Honeycomb – I use Art of Mallow

Method: preheat oven to 160C/140C fan, 325F, gas mark 3

Note – you will need a 22.5cm x 22.5cm/9” x 9” (approximately) heart tin that is at least 7.5cm/3” deep. I use a springform tin which allows for easy release of the cake. The tin I have is from Steamer Trading. Alternatively use a deep 22.5cm/9 inch round tin, or slightly shallower 20cm/8 inch round tin.

  • First of all grease the tin with butter and line the base with baking parchment.
  • Add the butter, sugar and salt to a large bowl. Whisk until pale and creamy.
  • While whisking add the vanilla.
  • Next add 2 eggs and one third of the flour. Whisk until just combined.
  • Repeat the last step.
  • Add the last 2 eggs, the remaining flour and baking powder. Whisk until fully combined, taking care not to over mix as this can cause the baked cake to become tough.
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Making the cake batter.
  • Spoon the cake batter into the prepared tin. Smith the surface of the batter.
  • Place the cake tin into the centre of the oven and bake for 1 hour 20 minutes – 1 hour 40 minutes. My cake took exactly 1 hour 30 minutes, however as ovens differ start checking at the earlier time.
  • The cake is baked when it is golden brown, springs back from a light touch and an inserted skewer comes out clean.
  • As soon as the cake is baked remove from the oven and place the tin on a cooling rack.
  • Allow the cake to fully cool in the tin.
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Filling a heart shaped cake tin and baking the cake.
  • When the cake is fully cooled release from the tin.
  • Use a long, serrated knife to cut through the middle of the cake, creating two layers.
  • Place the top layer of the cake face down on to a plate or board.
  • Spoon the jam on to the sponge and spread out so that it covers almost to the edges.
  • Pour the cream and vanilla into a bowl and whisk until it just holds it’s shape.
  • Spoon three large dollops of cream on top of the jam. Spread the cream out to cover the jam.
  • Place the bottom half of the cake, cut side down, on to the jam and cream covered sponge.
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Splitting in two and filling the cake.
  • Fill a piping bag, without a piping tip fitted, with the remaining whipped cream.
  • If using a disposable piping bag cut the tip off to leave a 1cm opening.
  • Pipe approximately half of the cream on to the sponge.
  • Spread the cream to cover using a palette knife.
  • Pipe swirls around the outside edge of the cake.
  • Top the whipped cream swirls with a fresh strawberry.
  • Remove the green part (hull) of the remaining strawberries by cutting diagonally down either side creating a ‘V’ shape.
  • Slice each strawberry into 4-5 mini red hearts.
  • Place the strawberry hearts in the centre of the cake.
  • Break/chop up the white chocolate and place in a heatproof, microwaveable bowl. Zap for 20 seconds at a time until the chocolate just starts to melt. Remove the bowl from the microwave and stir continuously until all of the chocolate has melted.
  • Pour the melted white chocolate into a small, disposable, piping bag. Cut the very end of the tip off, leaving a small opening.
  • Pipe white chocolate over the strawberries and then over the entire cake, encouraging some chocolate to drip from the cake.
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Decorating the White Chocolate Drizzle Strawberry Cream Cake
  • Finally sprinkle over some broken up, golden honeycomb.
  • Refrigerate the cake for 30 minutes, or longer, until the white chocolate has set.
White Chocolate Drizzle Strawberry Cream Cake

To serve, cut the cake in half from top to bottom, this makes it easier to portion slices.

FF White Chocolate Drizzle Strawberry Cream Cake
White Chocolate Drizzle Strawberry Cream Cake

Enjoy with friends, family and loved ones. For a special occasion serve with a glass of chilled champagne.

This cake is best enjoyed the day it is decorated. The sponge can be made up to 2 days ahead. Wrap the uncut cake in cling film and store in an airtight container.

Store the finished cake in the fridge and eat within 2 days.

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Raspberry Lemon Celebration Layer Cake

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Raspberry Lemon Celebration Layer Cake

 

When strawberries are in season, warmed by the sun and picked straight from the plant they need nothing else to celebrate their sweet, juicy flavour. Yet adding them to desserts such as Pavlovas, Cream Cakes and other delights, showcases their versatility and beauty. I get very excited about the start of the strawberry season, poly tunnels and super greenhouses making local, British fruit available earlier in the year and extending the season. While they might be available in the supermarkets all year long, which does have its benefits, nothing beats homegrown or farm fresh berries.

Whatever you are making, baking and creating in your kitchens, have fun preparing and sharing your feast.

Sammie xx

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Fresh Raspberry Frosted Lemon Cupcakes

Spring has finally arrived! After what has seemed a very long, very cold and very dark Winter, daffodils are now lighting up the landscape with their cheery yellow faces.  Bird song is abundant, especially as long shut windows have now been flung open. In celebration of this beautiful season I have created a fruit packed cupcake that will bring sunshine to your day even when the rain clouds descend. Enjoy these Fresh Raspberry Frosted Lemon Cupcakes at anytime of the year.

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Fresh Raspberry Frosted Lemon Cupcakes

Light, lemon flavoured cupcakes topped with a fresh (frozen out of season), vibrant pink raspberry buttercream. Since both fruits used in this recipe can be tart to the palette, the combination is very refreshing. Also using fresh raspberries, as opposed to raspberry jam, results in the frosting having an almost sherbet like flavour. A subtle, yet delicious change from a regular, sweet cupcake.

FF Fresh Raspberry Frosted Lemon Cupcakes
Fresh Raspberry Frosted Lemon Cupcakes

Simply looking at these cupcakes reminds me of sunshine. Something that has been in scant supply these past few months. When the clouds gather, you simply have to bake the sunshine into your day. While you are making these, why not double up and make some to share among neighbours, friends or work colleagues? They are certain to cheer anyone’s day and food always tastes better when shared.

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Fresh Raspberry Lemon Frosted Cupcakes

Note – when making the frosting don’t worry if it looks like it has curdled. It hasn’t! It is the addition of fresh raspberries that give it a slightly mottled appearance.

Recipe: Fresh Raspberry Frosted Lemon Cupcakes – makes 12

For the cupcakes:

100g/4oz Unsalted Butter at room temperature

100g/4oz Caster Sugar

1/8 tsp Sea Salt – I use Maldon

2 Large Free Range Eggs

1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract – I use Nielsen-Massey

100g/4oz Plain White Flour

1 tsp Baking Powder

Finely Grated Zest of 1 Large Lemon – approximately 1 tsp

For the frosting:

100g/4oz Raspberries – if using frozen include defrosting juice in weight

150g/5.2oz Unsalted Butter at room temperature

300g/10.5oz White Icing Sugar (confectioners sugar)

To decorate: 3 slices of fresh lemon

Method: preheat oven to 160C/140C fan, 325F, gas mark 3

  • First of all line a muffin tin with 12 pretty cupcake cases.
  • Into a bowl add the butter, sugar, salt and vanilla extract. Whisk together until pale and creamy.
  • Next add the two eggs and then sift in the flour and baking powder. Finely add the finely grated zest of a lemon.
  • Whisk all the ingredients together until they are combined. Avoid over mixing as this can lead to a tough cake when baked.
  • Divide the mixture equally between the 12 cupcake cases .
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Making the lemon cupcake batter.
  • Place the cupcakes in the centre of the oven and bake for 30 minutes.
  • Note – baking at a low temperature for a longer time results in well risen, flat topped cupcakes.
  • The cupcakes are baked when risen, golden and spring back from a light touch.
  • As soon as the cupcakes are baked remove from the oven.
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Baked cupcakes.
  • Leave to cool in the tin for 5 minutes then remove and place the cupcakes on a cooling rack to completely cool.
  • While the cupcakes cool make the fresh raspberry frosting.
  • Place the raspberries into a bowl and mash using a fork.
  • Add the butter and icing sugar to the mashed raspberries and whisk together – approximately 5 minutes. The frosting should be shocking pink in colour and have a light airy texture.
  • Decant the frosting into a piping bag that has not been fitted with a piping nozzle. If using a disposable bag cut the end to leave a 1cm opening.
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Preparing the pink fresh raspberry frosting.
  • Before piping on to the cupcakes cut 3 slices of lemon. Cut each slice into 4 portions. Each will decorate the top of the frosted cupcakes.
  • To pipe the swirls on to the cupcakes: start at the outside edge of the cupcake, keep an even pressure on the bag and pipe a double swirl.
  • Top each frosted cupcake with a lemon segment.
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Fresh Raspberry Frosted Lemon Cupcakes

Vibrant, fresh raspberry frosting topped with a luminous lemon segment.

FF Fresh Raspberry Frosted Lemon Cupcakes
Fresh Raspberry Frosted Lemon Cupcakes

Serve with lemon tea or freshly made lemonade. Preferably sitting outside in the garden listening to the birdsong.

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Baking and sharing are at the very heart of Feasting is Fun. While I thoroughly enjoy creating new recipes to share with you my readers, encouraging you to share what you have made is as important. Especially as there are many lonely people in this world. A simple gift of a cake, or meal such as Chicken and Four Cheese Lasagne, given with a smile can lift an entire day for a stay at home mum with young children. Just one example of how you can help.

Whatever you are making, baking and creating, have fun preparing and sharing your feast.

Sammie xx

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Raspberry Lemon Celebration Layer Cake

Today is Mothering Sunday, also known as Mother’s Day. A day set aside to give thanks and show love to those who have born and birthed us. Yet with surrogacy, adoption, step mothers, fostering and many other types of parenting, for me this day represents so much more. First of all, for me personally, the title of Mum, Mam, Mother or Mom, does not come with any accolade simply because a woman has carried and given birth to a child. It is a title earned through endless, sleep deprived nights, countless cuddles and reassurance. Most importantly though it is earned through the act of selfless love, loving so hard and still letting go. Today those are the women I celebrate and am celebrated with. So raise your glass and enjoy a slice of my Raspberry Lemon Celebration Layer Cake.

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Raspberry Lemon Celebration Layer Cake

While I am sitting here, enjoying a delicious slice of this Raspberry Lemon Celebration Layer Cake, I am also taking a moment to be thankful for being a Mum. Thankful for the laughter and fun that comes alongside the hard work and at times pain. The knowledge that I am part of a family unit, that starts with my husband and I and reaches out through our children, our siblings and what is to come. Most importantly knowing that I am unconditionally loved and accepted by my Heavenly Father, who is both mother and father to me.

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Raspberry Lemon Celebration Layer Cake

Since we are celebrating, what better occasion than to make a cake. Light lemon sponge layered with the very best lemon curd and lemon buttercream. Surrounded with swirled white chocolate pencils and topped with fresh, deep red, raspberries. The sum of this Raspberry Lemon Celebration Layer Cake is so much more that the total of it’s separate parts.

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Raspberry Lemon Celebration Layer Cake

While magnificent to look at, do not be daunted at the prospect of making this cake. Inspired by Lorraine Pascal and a baking programme I watched, trust me when I state that if I can make this cake, you can too. Also, the very lovely Maria Whitehead who runs Hawkshead Relish with her husband and daughter, remarked that my recipes are approachable and ‘un-cheffy’! Which, I took as a compliment and also used as influence when designing this cake.

Recipe: Raspberry Lemon Celebration Layer Cake serves 12

For the cake sponges:

225g/8oz + 115g/4oz Unsalted Butter at room temperature – plus a little extra for greasing the tins

225g/8oz+ 115g/4oz Caster Sugar

1/2tsp + 1/4tsp Sea Salt (halve for free flowing) – I use Maldon

1tsp + 0.5tsp Vanilla Extract – I use Nielsen-Massey

4 + 2 Large Free Range Eggs

225g/8oz + 115g/4oz Plain Flour

2tsp + 1tsp Baking Powder

Zest of 2 Fresh Lemons

For the buttercream:

250g/9oz Unsalted Butter at room temperature

500g/1lb 2oz Icing Sugar (confectioner’s sugar)

1/4tsp Sea Salt

7tsp Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice (approximately the juice from 1 medium lemon)

Also needed:

6-7 tbsp Good Quality Lemon Curd – I use Hawkshead Relish

1 Box White Chocolate Pencils – I use Callebaut

600g/1lb 5oz Fresh Raspberries

Method: Preheat oven to 160C/140C fan, 325F, gas mark 3

Note: The cake is baked in three separate layers. Since a 20cm (8in) sandwich tin is required for each sponge the recipe is split. The first amount given is sufficient for two layers. While the second amount is for a single layer. If you have three equal sized tins, combine the first and second amounts, dividing equally between three tins. Baking times may need to be adjusted.

Making and baking the cake layers.

  • First of all grease and line the base of each sandwich tin with baking parchment.
  • Into a large bowl add the first amount given for butter, sugar and salt. Whisk the ingredients together until pale and creamy.
  • Next add 4 eggs and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Sift the flour and baking powder on top and then add the zest of one and one third of lemon.
  • Whisk the ingredients together until just combined, yet free of lumps.
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Making the lemon sponge cake batter.
  • Divide the cake batter evenly between the two prepared sandwich tins, smoothing the top.
  • Place both tins in the centre and lower parts of the oven and bake for 40-50 minutes.
  • The cake sponge is fully baked when golden, springs back from a light touch and an inserted skewer comes out clean.
  • As soon as the cakes are baked remove from the oven. Leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes and then turn out, removing the baking parchment from the base of each sponge.
  • Leave to cool on a cooling rack.
  • Wash up a sandwich tin, grease and line as before. Make the batter for one sponge following the method given, using the second quantity given in the recipe. Fill the tin and bake as before.
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Preparing and baking the cake sponges.
  • While the last sponge is cooling make the lemon buttercream.
  • Into a large bowl add butter, icing sugar, salt and lemon juice.
  • Stating on a low speed whisk the ingredients together, increasing the speed until the buttercream is light and creamy.
  • Spoon the buttercream into a large piping bag without a nozzle fitted. If using a disposable bag cut a 1cm opening at the bag’s tip.

Filling and covering the cake:

  • Pipe one tablespoon of buttercream on to the plate/board used for the cake.
  • Place one cake sponge, flat side facing up, on top of the buttercream.
  • Spoon 3 tablespoons of lemon curd on to the cake and spread to cover evenly.
  • Pipe 3-4 tablespoons of buttercream on to the top of the next sponge. Spread to cover the sponge evenly.
  • Flip the sponge and place on top of the lemon curd covered sponge.
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Stacking the cake layers.
  • Spoon 3 tablespoons of lemon curd on the top of the sponge, spread to cover evenly as before.
  • Pipe 3-4 tablespoons of buttercream on to the flat side of the third sponge. Again, spread to cover evenly.
  • Flip the sponge and place, flat side down, on to the second, lemon curd covered sponge.
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Layering the cake with lemon curd and buttercream.
  • Place the cake plate/board on to a cake decorating turntable if you have one.
  • Pipe buttercream between each layer and on the top of the cake.
  • Use an offset palette knife to spread the buttercream evenly around and on top of the cake. Since the cake is to be covered the finish of the buttercream does NOT have to be perfect. Aim for a neat, smooth finish.
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Covering the layered cake with buttercream.

Decorating the cake:

  • First of all take a full size pencil, measure it against the height of the cake. 10cm or 4 inches is the desired height of excess pencil from the top of the cake.
  • Trim a pencil to the length needed and measure against the cake to double check.
  • Make any adjustments and keep the pencil as a guide for cutting the remaining pencils.
  • Cut a few pencils at a time. Carefully take the first one placing vertically against the side of the cake. Gently push it into the buttercream.
  • Continue with the next pencil, placing as close as possible next to the first pencil.
  • Work around the outside of the cake, adding pencils until the entire cake is surrounded.
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Decorating the cake using white chocolate pencils.
  • Turn the cake, check from each angle, ensuring the pencils are uniform.
  • Starting at the outside rim, place raspberries as close together as possible.
  • Work in circles towards the cake’s centre, until the first layer of raspberries is complete.
  • Place the remaining raspberries on top, in a circular fashion, finishing at the cake’s centre.
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Raspberry Lemon Celebration Layer Cake – topping with fresh raspberries
  • Finally, measure a length of ribbon around the base of the, so that it just overlaps.
  • Cut and fix the ribbon in place with a pin. Ensure the join is at the back.
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Raspberry Lemon Celebration Layer Cake adding the finishing touches.
FF Raspberry Lemon Celebration Layer Cake
Raspberry Lemon Celebration Layer Cake

Chill the cake for one hour before serving. Doing so Ewell ensure the cake is easy to slice.

Remove the ribbon before cutting.

Store any remaining cake in an airtight container, ideally in the fridge. Eat within 5 days of making.

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To be a Mother is to be part of a family. That really is the best part for me. Loving and being loved back. That is what fills me with joy. Laughing and having people to laugh with. Feasting and sharing with those who love and enjoy life. Finally, if you too would like to be part of a family see Important Stuff.

Whatever you are making, baking and creating in your kitchens, have fun preparing and sharing your feast!

Sammie xx

Hawkshead Relish supplied the lemon curd for this recipe. All content and opinions are those of the writer. No payment has been received for this post. No part of this post may reproduced or duplicated without the written permission of the owner. Please see the Disclosure Policy.

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Pomegranate Lemon Drizzle Bundt Cake

Welcome to a New Year and a whole host of recipes and product reviews to come here on Feasting is Fun. Easing into 2018 with a simple, yet stunning and delicious bake, is this Pomegranate Lemon Drizzle Bundt Cake. While making the most of seasonal pomegranates which are readily available in most larger shops at this time of year. Also added is a healthy dose of lemon, helping our bodies fight off any nasty bugs. We are almost making a health food here!

 

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Pomegranate Lemon Drizzle Bundt Cake

Since this cake has such a light texture the additional crunch from the pomegranate seeds provides added texture and flavour. Inside the cake their juices release, complimenting the lemon zest. While the garnet nuggets used for decoration provide an unexpected fresh burst of juice. Meanwhile the lemon drizzle lends an intense, lemon tang on the tongue.

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Pomegranate Lemon Drizzle Bundt Cake

Each bundt pan is different. Yet some share similar moulding, creating a range of pans. Lemon Lime Gin Heart Bundt Cake uses the elegant heart pan which has the same deep grooves as the elegant party Bundt used here. Deep, regular grooves define the entire shape of the baked cake. Indeed a light dusting of icing sugar would enhance, in a much simpler way, the outline of this bundt cake. A useful tip should the drizzle icing be a step too far!

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Pomegranate Lemon Drizzle Bundt Cake

Recipe: Pomegranate Lemon Drizzle Bundt Cake serves 10-12

Cake:

225g/8oz Unsalted Butter – softened to room temperature

225g/8oz Caster Sugar

1/4tsp Sea Salt – I use Maldon

4 Large Free Range Eggs

3tbsp Sour Cream

1tsp Vanilla Extract – I use Nielsen-Massey

225g/8oz Plain White Flour

2tsp Baking Powder

2 Whole Lemons – finely zested

125g/4.5oz Pomegranate Seeds – *I bought 2 packs 125g each from Waitrose

Glaze and decoration:

200g/7oz Icing Sugar – sifted

Juice of 1 Lemon

Pomegranate Seeds please see * above

Method: Preheat the oven to 160C/140C fan, gas mark 3, 325F

Note: you will need a 10 cup Bundt Pan (tin) for this recipe. If using a smaller tin ensure that it is not filled more than 2/3 full. Also for guaranteed release of the cake once baked I highly recommend using Wilton cake release. Spray or brush on to the inside of the bundt pan, taking care to cover every part.

  • First of all prepare the Bundt pan as detailed above.
  • Place the butter, sugar and salt into a large bowl. Whisk together until pale and creamy.
  • Next add all 4 eggs, sour cream and vanilla extract. Sift the flour and baking powder on top of the wet ingredients. Finally add the finely grated zest of two lemons and 125g of pomegranate seeds.
  • Carefully fold the ingredients together until fully combined.
  • Spoon the cake batter into the prepared Bundt pan. Smooth the top for an even finish.
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Making the cake batter.
  • Place the cake into the centre of a preheated oven and bake for 1 hour 15 minutes – 1 hour 30 minutes.
  • The cake is baked when it is golden in colour, shrinking away from the sides of the tin and an inserted skewer comes out clean.
  • Once baked remove the cake from the oven and allow to cool in the tin for 10 minutes.
  • After the initial cooling time has passed turn out the cake on to a cooling rack.
  • Leave to cool completely before decorating.
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Baking and turning out the bundt cake.
  • While the cake is finishing cooling prepare the lemon drizzle.
  • Into a bowl containing the sifted icing sugar add the juice of one lemon. Stir until thoroughly combined and free from any lumps.
  • As soon as the cake is cool it can be decorated.
  • Place the cake on to a plate or board.
  • To decorate, use a teaspoon to pour approximately 1/2 a tsp of lemon drizzle on to each groove of the cake. Start at the top of the cake and work around until each groove has icing reaching the base both on the inside and outside.
  • Top each indent on the cake with a pomegranate seed, adding an additional two seeds, or more, to each groove.
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A slice of Pomegranate Lemon Drizzle Bundt Cake

Serve the cake sliced with a complimentary drink (lemon tea goes well) and a smile.

Store the cake covered securely in cling film, or alternatively in an airtight container and eat within 5 days. During warmer weather it is advisible to refridgerate this cake.

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Maple Syrup Iced Coffee Bundt Cake

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Lemon Blueberry Bundt Cake

Bundt Cakes are a real favourite of mine. While the pans may be on the pricey side, look on eBay for special offers, theyproduce outstandingly beautiful cakes with very little effort required from the baker. No further decoration is ever actually needed for a Bundt cake. Yet it is fun to play around with icing and additional decorations, as seen in the examples above. When baking a Bundt cake you can be sure to produce a show stopper every time.

Whatever you are making, baking and creating in your kitchen, have fun preparing your feast.

Sammie xx

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Double Strawberry Almond Muffins

As you may have noticed from recent posts, I am having a full blown love affair with strawberries this Summer.  Whether it’s eating them warmed by the sun, just as they are, or, creating new recipes such as Strawberry Rose Ice Cream, I cannot seem to get enough of them. While looking for inspiring ingredients on Amazon U.K., I found some baked strawberries for sale. Imagining a more intense strawberry flavour with a chewy texture. Sourcing locally, finally resulted in the creation of Double Strawberry Almond Muffins.

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Double Strawberry Almond Muffins perfect for breakfast.

Since the name ‘baked’ strawberries seems, a little misleading, they will be referred to as dried strawberries. Not freeze dried strawberries, which are an entirely different product altogether.  Similar to dried apricots in texture, dried strawberries are chewy, rather like gummy bears, with a more intense, strawberry flavour. While also free from other added ingredients. Resulting in a perfect snack size strawberry, untainted by additives.

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Double Strawberry Almond Muffins delicious with a cup of tea.

While the muffins bake the fresh strawberries become absorbed into the batter.  Yet dried strawberries absorb moisture from the cake batter. During the baking process they lose their chewy texture. Resulting in gooey, jam like pools of delicious strawberry within each muffin.

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Double Strawberry Almond Muffins dark pieces of dried strawberry within the muffin.

A light open texture of each muffin is visible in the photo above. Having checked a few muffins, the strawberries are dispersed evenly throughout. Since previously having difficulty including fresh strawberries into a bake, I didn’t want to weigh the batter down with their water content. That said, extra chopped, dried strawberries could be added to the top, with the flaked almonds, prior to baking.

Recipe: Makes 12 Double Strawberry Almond Muffins

200g/7oz Unsalted Butter at room temperature

200g/7oz Caster Sugar

1tsp Vanilla Extract – for all extracts I use Nielsen-Massey

1/2tsp Almond Extract

4 Large Free Range Eggs

1/4tsp Sea Salt – I use Maldon

100g/4oz Ground Almonds

150g/5oz Plain White Flour

1.5tsp Baking Powder

100g/4oz Fresh Strawberries hulled and diced

50g/2oz Dried or Baked Strawberries roughly chopped – I use Urban Fruit

50g/2oz Flaked Almonds

Method: Preheat the oven to 160C/140C fan, gas mark 3

Note: Tulip wrappers must be used in a deep muffin, or cupcake tin. When using regular cupcake cases, fill two thirds full and expect to make 18 muffins from this recipe. The length of time baking will also need to be adjusted, please see guidelines in the method.

  • Line a deep muffin tin with 12 tulip wrappers.
  • Whisk together the butter, sugar and salt in a large bowl, until pale and creamy.
  • Add the eggs, vanilla and almond extract and the chopped fresh strawberries to the bowl. Whisk together.
  • Next add the ground almonds, flour, baking powder and chopped dried strawberries. Tossing the strawberries in the flour will help stop them from sinking to the bottom of the muffin.
  • Mix all of the ingredients together so that they are fully combined. Over mixing will cause the muffins to become tough.
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Making the muffin batter.
  • Using a large, 5cm/2″ ice cream scoop, add one scoop of batter to each tulip case. Divide any remaining batte evenly between the 12 cases.
  • Sprinkle some flaked almonds on top of each unbaked muffin. Again dividing the almond flakes, so each muffin has an equal amount.
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Adding flaked almonds to the top of each muffin before baking.
  • Place the muffin tin into the centre of the oven and bake for 40-45 minutes.
  • The muffins are baked when they turn golden brown and are firm to a light touch. Over cooked muffins will be dry so start checking at 35 minutes.
  • Note: if baking using smaller cases, the baking time will need to be reduced.
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Double Strawberry Almond Muffins baked fresh from the oven.
  • When using tulip cases leave the muffins to cool completely in the tin. For muffin/cupcake cases, leave to cool for 10 minutes in the tin and then transfer to a cooling rack.
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Double Strawberry Almond Muffins topped with flaked almonds.

Double Strawberry Almond Muffins are best served slightly warm, or cold. Also a cup of tea, or fresh fruit juice served alongside is a great idea.

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Double Strawberry Almond Muffins perfectly portable.

Muffins are great for breakfast, packed lunches and beating late afternoon hunger pangs.

Muffins containing fresh fruit are best eaten within 3 days of making. Store in an airtight container, placed in the fridge during hot weather.

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Cherry Bakewell Cookies

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Cherry Bakewell Cookies

Taking under ten minutes to make, muffins really are a delicious breakfast treat. Knowing that, whilst at school, college or work, my family has good, wholesome food is important to me.

Dried strawberries are widely available from supermarkets, including Ocado, Waitrose and Amazon U.K.

Whatever you are making, baking and creating in your kitchens have fun preparing your feast.

Sammie xx

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Strawberry Rose Ice Cream

Strawberry Rose Ice Cream, sumptuous strawberry and light floral flavours combine in this silky, elegant dessert.

Strawberries are simply THE taste of Summer. Most people would wholeheartedly agree. While usually eaten with a sprinkle of sugar and splash of cream, this Strawberry Rose Ice Cream dares to be unique. In a good way. Strawberry ice cream is already perfect on the tastebuds. Yet, add a drop of Rose extract and one is transformed into a bygone era, where life seemed easier, simpler. Whether that is true you can decide. Yet, whatever you do, don’t let this Summer pass without tasting the elegant bliss of this beautiful ice cream.

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Strawberry Rose Ice Cream served in a tea cup.

Since all pips are removed during the making of this dreamy dessert, it’s silky texture lingers on the tongue. While both fresh strawberry and rose flavours meld together, playing tricks on our tastebuds. This truly is a dream ice cream where the finished recipe is so much more than the addition of its component parts. Do not let sieving the strawberries put you off. This small step is vital in achieving the final texture and takes no longer that a couple of minutes.

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Strawberry Rose Ice Cream exceptionally easy to scoop.

Summing up, this ice cream seems the epitome of summer. Fresh strawberries and rose. Summer is the season when roses are celebrated at their best. Indeed all roses included in the pictures for this post, are from our own garden. While I haven’t gone as far as to make my own Rose Extract, that can safely be left in the hands of Nielsen-Massey , the professionals. Instead the roses in the photos hint at  their presence within the ice cream.

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Strawberry Rose Ice Cream delicious in a cone.

Note: Prior to starting this recipe ensure that the frozen bowl of the ice cream maker is placed in the freezer overnight for at least 8 hours. Or as per manufacturer’s instructions.

Recipe: Strawberry Rose Ice Cream makes approx. 1L

400g Punnet of Strawberries hulled and larger ones cut in half

3tbsp Sugar

4tbsp Tap Water

Scant 1/4tsp Rose Extract- I use Nielsen-Massey

20-30mls Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice

4 Large Free Range Egg Yolks

1tsp Cornflour – I use Doves Farm

5tbsp Caster Sugar

300mls Double Cream

300mls Whole Milk

1tsp Vanilla Extract

Method:

For full step by step instructions with photos on how to make the custard ice cream base, please see Very Vanilla Ice Cream

  • Start by placing the prepared strawberries into a heavy bottom, medium sized saucepan. Sprinkle over 3 tablespoons of sugar and 4 tablespoons of tap water.
  • Place the pan over a medium heat and cook the strawberries until the liquid starts bubbling.
  • Swirl the pan to ensure that the sugar is dissolved and then let the strawberries cook for a further 5 minutes.
  • While the strawberries are cooking place a sieve over a heatproof bowl.
  • Once cooked pour the strawberries and liquid on to the sieve.
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Cooking and sieving the strawberries.
  • Using the back of a dessert spoon gently press the strawberries into the sieve. Their juices and flesh will pass through the sieve. Keep running the back of the spoon over the pulp until all that’s left are seeds and the remaining strawberry fibres.
  • Scrape the underneath of the sieve with a clean spoon. This will ensure all of the strawberry that’s passed through the sieve goes into the bowl underneath.
  • Discard the seeds and pulp left in the sieve.
  • Cover the bowl with cling film and chill.
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Preparing the ice cream base prior to churning.
  • To make the ice cream base, first place the cream and milk into a heavy bottom saucepan over a medium heat. Heat to scalding point, where little bubbles form around the rim prior to boiling.
  • While the cream mix is heating place the egg yolks, cornflour, sugar and vanilla extract into a large heatproof bowl. Whisk together until thickened.
  • As soon as the milk and cream have reached scalding point remove from the heat.
  • With the whisk on slow gently pour the hot liquid into the egg mix, increasing the whisk speed to medium.
  • Pour the custard base back into the saucepan over a medium heat. Stir until the custard is thickened and coats the back of a wooden spoon.
  • Once cooked pour the custard through a sieve into a heatproof bowl.
  • Place cling film directly on to the custard to stop a skin from forming.
  • Leave the custard to cool before placing in the fridge to chill.
  • Once the strawberry juice has cooled add the Rose extract. Take care not to add more than the recipe indicates, as the finished result will taste soapy. Also add the juice of a small lemon 20-30mls and stir.
  • As soon as the custard base is chilled, remove the cling film and add the strawberry mix, then stir.
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Churning and storing the Strawberry Rose Ice Cream
  • Set up the ice cream maker as per manufacturer’s instructions.
  • With the machine switched on pour in the flavoured custard base and churn until softly frozen. Similar in consistency to whipped ice cream in a cone.
  • When the right consistency has been reached switch off the ice cream maker, dismantle, then the ice cream can be removed.
  • Spoon the churned ice cream into a freezer proof container with an airtight lid. I used a clean loaf tin to store the ice cream. This was purely for the photos, having seen similar images on Pinterest! The tin was then double wrapped in freezer proof cling film.
  • Place the container into the freezer and leave overnight, or for at least 12 hours, to allow the ice cream to fully freeze.
  • To serve, remove the ice cream from the freezer 10-20 minutes prior. As there are no artificial, only natural selection ingredients, this allows the ice cream to soften, so that it can be easily scooped.
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Strawberry Rose Ice Cream easy to scoop.
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Strawberry Rose Ice Cream served as dessert in a tea cup.

Serve in tea cups for dessert or afternoon tea. Likewise, scoop into cones for a delicious fun treat. Also, by using a certified gluten free cornflour, the ice cream is naturally gluten free.

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Triple Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream

Creating ice cream at home is a fun and rewarding experience. Combining flavours, changing textures, the possibilities are as endless as your imagination. By controlling the use of certain ingredients, homemade ice cream can easily be made gluten free. Personally, I would not be without an ice cream maker now, having made countless different flavours.

Whatever you are making, baking and creating in your kitchens, have fun!

Sammie xx

Please note that no part of this post may be reproduced or replicated without the specific, written permission of the owner. Please see my Disclosure Policy.

Note: The Ice Cream Maker used is from Andrew James it is now over one year since I received it and is as good as the day it was first used.

 

 

 

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Strawberry Topped Chocolate Heart Pavlova

Strawberry Topped Chocolate Heart Pavlova a delicious crisp outer shell, with a deep, brownie-like inner, topped with whipped cream and chocolate dipped strawberries. The perfect dessert to share with those you love.

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Strawberry Topped Chocolate Heart Pavlova perfect for sharing.

I adore pavlova. Both making and eating it! This chocolate heart pavlova is so pretty and also easy to make. Simply follow the recipe and instructions and you too can bake this beautiful dessert.

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Strawberry Topped Chocolate Heart Pavlova ideal for Afternoon Tea.

Last week Valentine’s Day was celebrated, I wanted to create something that would be perfect to share with those I love. That said, everything posted on Feasting is Fun, is designed to be shared! Since, hearts, strawberries, chocolates and flowers are all associated with February 14th, I wanted to incorporate as many of these as possible. Resulting in a beautiful and tasty dessert that should not be confined to one day of the year, in my opinion!

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Strawberry Topped Chocolate Heart Pavlova with added chopped strawberries for extra decoration and flavour.

For this pavlova the heart is piped, with swirls around the outside, defining the heart shape. It is not difficult to do and creates a different, yet pretty finish, once baked. Also, this heart pavlova contains only cocoa, not chunks of chocolate, making it possible to pipe. The resulting meringue mixture resembles a light, airy mousse. Which, once baked keeps its shape perfectly.

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Strawberry Topped Chocolate Heart Pavlova each layer distinct.

Lightly whipped double cream tops the chocolate pavlova, rather like a down duvet covers a bed. Moulding and fitting to the contours. Creating a soft, velvety contrast to the crisp and fudgey pavlova. Chocolate dipped strawberries add the final touch of decadence, crowning this dessert with their contrasting colours.

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Strawberry Topped Chocolate Heart Pavlova served on heart embellished china.

One mouthful of this delightful dessert and you are lost to the complimenting flavours and contrasting textures. Fortunately, one serving provides plenty of time to fully appreciate this beautiful pavlova. However, I wont tell if you go back for seconds!

Recipe: Strawberry Topped Chocolate Heart Pavlova serves 6-8

4 Large Free Range Egg Whites

200g/7oz Caster Sugar

1tsp Balsamic Vinegar

50g/2oz Cocoa – I use Callebaut

1tsp Corn Flour – I use Doves Farm

300mls/ 1/2 pint Double Cream

400g Fresh Strawberries

100g/4oz Milk Chocolate

50g White Chocolate

Method: Preheat the oven to 200/180C fan, gas mark 6

Prior to starting ensure the bowl used to mix the meringue is scrupulously clean. Wipe around the inside of the bowl with half a lemon to ensure no fat is present. The presence of fat, or oil will stop the egg whites from whipping up and incorporating air.

Also line a large baking tray with baking parchment. Draw a large heart on the reverse of the parchment with pencil, approximately 25cm wide by 27.5cm high, 10″w x 11″h.

  • Pour the egg whites into the large clean, prepared bowl.
  • Whisk until the egg whites hold a stiff peak.
  • Continue whisking on high, adding the sugar one tablespoon at a time until it is all incorporated. The meringue should be white and glossy, holding a stiff peak. Rub a little of the meringue between your finger and thumb, it should feel smooth. If at all gritty, continue whisking, as not all of the sugar is dissolved into the egg white. Continue until the mixture is smooth.
  • While the egg whites are whisking fit a large piping ba with a large, open star nozzle, I use Wilton  #1M.
  • Once the meringue has been whisked sift in the corn flour and cocoa. Then add the balsamic vinegar.
  • Using a large, clean, metal spoon fold all of the ingredients together carefully. Taking care not to knock out the air that has been whisked into the egg whites.
  • Place four dots of meringue in the corners of the baking tray, then place the baking parchment on top. This will hold the baking parchment in place.
  • Place a large spoonful of chocolate meringue into the centre of the heart. Spread the meringue with a palette knife, so that it fills the heart outline. There is no need to be too precise as it will be piped over.
  • Fill the piping bag with the remaining chocolate meringue.
  • Pipe swirls around the outline of the heart, leaving the bottom point and the top dip until last. Pipe a swirl at the bottom of the heart and then the top dip. Next pipe stars, inside the heart, on the base.
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Making and creating the chocolate heart pavlova.
  • Place the pavlova into the centre of the oven and immediately reduce the heat to 160C/140C gas mark 3. Do not open the oven door whilst baking!
  • Bake for 1 hour exactly. After the baking time has elapsed turn the oven off and open the oven door a fraction, so that the pavlova cools slowly. I place a wooden spoon between the door and the oven.
  • While the pavlova is cooling the strawberries can be prepared. Into separate, small heatproof, microwaveable bowls, break up and add the milk and white chocolate, separately. Heat for 20 seconds at a time, stirring in between, until the chocolate has melted. Spoon the melted white chocolate into a small piping bag.
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Preparing and decorating the strawberries.
  • Select 10 of the biggest strawberries and leave their tops on. Dip 5 of the large strawberries into the milk chocolate, using a teaspoons to help fully cover them. Place the dipped strawberries on to some baking parchment. Tip – if the strawberries are kept in the fridge until needed they will be chilled. This will help the chocolate set quickly.
  • Next pipe lines across the 5 chocolate covered strawberries and also the 5 un-dipped ones, this gluten free recipe also uses chocolate strawberries. Leave to set on the baking parchment. In warm weather place in the fridge for a couple of minutes.
  • When the pavlova has completely cooled it can be removed from the oven.
  • Pour the cream into a bowl and whisk until it has thickened but is not stiff.
  • Gently run a palette knife under the pavlova to loosen it from the baking parchment. Place the pavlova on to a flat plate, or stand from which it is to be served.
  • Spoon the cream inside the shell of the pavlova.
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Preparing the cream and filling the pavlova.
  • Arrange the chocolate dipped strawberries on the top of the cream, removing the tops if necessary.
  • If liked, chop the remaining strawberries into fairly small pieces and sprinkle around the whole strawberries.
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Strawberry Topped Chocolate Heart Pavlova ready to be served.

Now all that is needed is someone to share this stunning dessert with!

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Strawberry Topped Chocolate Heart Pavlova served with a hot cup of tea.

Serve sliced, ensuring each portion has a chocolate strawberry.

This Strawberry Topped Chocolate Heart Pavlova is at its best eaten on the day assembled. The pavlova can be made the day before and left to cool, overnight in the oven. The strawberries can be prepared 4 hours ahead and left in a cool place. Likewise the cream can be prepared at the same time as the strawberries and left in the fridge, it may need a quick whisk to bring it back to the consistency required.

The Pavlova will last, covered in foil, in the fridge for 2 days after assembly.

If you have enjoyed this recipe for Strawberry Topped Chocolate Heart Pavlova you may also like these:

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Lemony Strawberry Pavlova

Raspberry Chocolate Pavlova

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Raspberry Chocolate Pavlova

All of the pavlova recipes on this blog are gluten free. Making them a suitable dessert for more people. Ensure that the corn flour used in each recipe is certified gluten free.

Since it is in my nature to be as inclusive as possible, serving a naturally gluten free dessert to friends and family ensures that everyone feels special. Likewise, no one can feel that they have been ‘too much bother’ due to any dietary limitations they may have. Resulting in a relaxed, enjoyable meal and atmosphere.

Have fun creating, making, cooking and baking in your kitchens.

Sammie xx

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Blueberry Lemon Shortbread Cake Bars

In an ideal world, all food consumed by myself and our family would be homemade. Reality dictates that is not feasible. Yet certain products, made with natural ingredients make that dream, a step closer. For example the lemon curd used in my Blueberry Lemon Shortbread Cake Bars, tastes as good, if not better than that made at home. Resulting in a delicious recipe, made one stage easier by a product already available.

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Blueberry Lemon Shortbread Cake Bars simply delicious.

Creating a bake that is sturdy enough to withstand transport in a school backpack or briefcase can have its challenges. Yet, a sturdy, buttery, shortbread base ensures these bars remain intact during transit. Since hubby does not always have time for a set lunch break, knowing he has something he can munch with a coffee makes me happy. Of course, he functions better when his energy is topped up too.

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Blueberry Lemon Shortbread Cake Bars a tasty, not too sweet, treat.

There are a variety of traybakes here, on Feasting is Fun, including Lemon Drizzle Cake Bars and Macadamia Apricot Flapjacks. Some considered more ‘healthy’ than others. With respect, anything cooked at home, using good quality ingredients and made with love, is, in my opinion far better than a mass produced product with a shelf life of months!

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Blueberry Lemon Shortbread Cake Bars with theee clearly defined layers.

Biting into a bar really is a taste and texture sensation for your tongue and tastebuds. Each blueberry, when baked, turns into its own little pod of jam. Yet without the added sweetness of preserves. The cake layer, moist and light contrasts beautifully with the tang of lemon and defined shortbread base. Resulting in a complete mouthful of joy with each bite.

Recipe: Blueberry Lemon Shortbread Cake Bars makes 12

Shortbread Base

225g/8oz Unsalted Butter softened

150g/5oz Caster Sugar

1/4tsp Salt I use Maldon

1 Large Free Range Egg Yolk

1tsp Vanilla Extract I use Nielsen-Massey

275g/10z Plain White Flour

For the Sponge Topping

4-5 tbsp Lemon Curd I use Hawkshead Relish

100g/4oz Unsalted Butter softened

100g/4oz Caster Sugar

2 Large Free Range Eggs

100g/4oz Plain White Flour

1tsp Baking Powder

200g/7oz Fresh Blueberries

Finely Grated Zest of 1 Lemon

Method: Preheat the oven to 160C/140C fan, gas mark 3

Line a 20cm x 28cm x 5cm (8″ x 11″ x 2″) tin with baking parchment, ensuring the parchment is higher than the sides of the tin. The tin does not need to be greased first.

  • Making the Shortbread Base:
  • Place the softened butter, salt and sugar into a large bowl. Whisk or beat until the mixture is pale and creamy.
  • Next, add the egg yolk and vanilla extract. Continue to beat until all ingredients are completely incorporated.
  • Now sift the flour into the bowl and then, using a spoon gently mix all the ingredients until they just come together.
  • Spoon the shortbread mixture into the lined tin and then press into an even layer using your fingers. Use a fork to prick holes, known as docking, into the shortbread. This allows any steam to escape and create a golden base.
  • Place the tin into the centre of a preheated oven and bake for 25 minutes. Until the top is just turning golden.
  • While the shortbread is baking make the sponge topping – see below for instructions.
  • Once baked remove the shortbread from the oven. It is important to note that the shortbread is not fully cooked at this point.
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Making and baking the buttery shortbread base.
  • Making the Sponge Topping
  • While the shortbread is baking the cake batter can be made.
  • Into a large bowl, as before, add the butter and sugar. Whisk/beat until pale and creamy.
  • Next add the two eggs and continue whisking until the mixture is completely combined.
  • Now sift the flour and baking powder into the same bowl. Then add the blueberries and the lemon zest.
  • Using a metal spoon, fold the ingredients together gently, to minimise breaking up the blueberries. Set to one side.
  • Assembling the Blueberry Lemon Shortbread Cake Bars
  • Once the shortbread base is baked allow to cool for 5 minutes. Then spoon over the lemon curd, spreading so that it covers the base, yet doesn’t quite reach the edges.
  • Spoon over the cake batter. Dolloping it fairly evenly across the base. Finally, gently spread the batter so that it covers the base. Pay particular attention to the edges. Aiming to seal in the lemon curd, by ensuring the cake batter is in contact with the shortbread around the entire edge.
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Building the different layers of the Blueberry Lemon Shortbread Cake Bars.
  • Place the tin back into the centre of the oven and bake for 40-50 minutes. The lower and longer baking results in an even bake with a flat surface.
  • The Blueberry Lemon Shortbread Cake Bars are baked when the top is golden in colour and is firm to touch. Once baked remove the tin from the oven and set to one side to allow to cool completely.
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The finished bake cooling.
  • When completely cooled, remove the entire traybake from the tin. A fish slice or large palette knife is useful. Ease the knife under the bake, using it to lift and support as you move the traybake to a flat surface.
  • Using a sharp knife cut halfway through the width of the bake. Wipe the knife between each cut, this avoids spoiling the bake.
  • Following this first cut, now cut downwards, dividing the bake into four equal quarters.
  • Finally, cut each quarter into three equal sized bars.
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Blueberry Lemon Shortbread Cake Bars perfect for packed lunches.

The lemon curd is perfect in these bars.

Serve the Blueberry Lemon Shortbread Cake Bars with a cup of tea, on some cheerful china, with a smile.

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Blueberry Lemon Shortbread Cake Bars taste better when shared!

Store in an airtight container. They will keep for 4 days. During warm weather, storing in the fridge is advised.

If you have enjoyed this recipe for Blueberry Lemon Shortbread Cake Bars you may also like these:

Cranberry Walnut Flapjacks

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Cranberry Walnut Flapjacks

Double Cherry Drizzle Oat Bars

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Double Cherry Drizzle Oat Bars

Bakewell Shortbread Bars

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Bakewell Shortbread Bars

 

Baking and cooking good, wholesome food for my family is very important to me. It truly is one of the ways that I show them my love. Knowing in the middle of a busy day that my hubby has something made with love, by me, to help him through. Well, it doesn’t get better than that when we are apart from each other. The oohs and aahs as each family member returns at the days end, to the comforting kitchen aromas, ensures they know that they are truly home.

Love, inquisitiveness and creating are the main motivational factors behind all of my cooking. What are yours?

Sammie xxx

Hawkshead Relish provided me with the lemon curd used in this recipe. All content, opinions, views and photography are my own. Please see my Disclosure Policy.

 

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Baked Lemon Drizzle Doughnuts

Winter is here and with it, all the coughs, colds and horrible bugs, that have been waiting for an opportunity to attack our immune systems. Perhaps that is a bit of an over statement. Still, with half the household coughing and sneezing, it gave me an idea of what to bake. Rich in Vitamin C, these Baked Lemon Drizzle Doughnuts are saturated in fresh, immune fighting, lemon juice. Don’t ever let people tell you that ‘cake’ can’t be good for you!

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Baked Lemon Drizzle Doughnuts so tempting.

Tangy and light, these doughnuts provide goodness in a fun way. Even our son, whose tastebuds had given up on being reliable, tasted the tart lemon juice present in the lemon drizzle icing. While the crumb of the doughnut was tender enough not to aggravate his very sore throat. All in all a complete hit, that produced a much longed for smile.

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Baked Lemon Drizzle Doughnuts such a cheerful colour.

Since I had been re-introduced to the foggy, sleep deprived world, caused by administering medicine and love, throughout the night to a child. Something I thought was well in my past! Being re-aquatinted with the hunger surge that comes, for me, from broken nights, meant, these delicious doughnuts provided the perfect pick-me-up, mid afternoon, as the slump set in!

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Baked Lemon Drizzle Doughnuts so easy to eat.

Much as I hope that you can enjoy these Baked Lemon Drizzle Doughnuts for the delicious delights that they are, it is also nice to know that they are a good for you treat!

A quick note about the recipe – do not over fill the doughnut pan with batter. It should ideally fill the rings to two thirds of their depth. Also, ensure that you grease the doughnut pan well. I use Wilton cake release. Because, the pans were not greased for the first attempt, even though they are non stick, the doughnuts stuck firm. There were two reasons for this, they were overfilled and the buttermilk in the recipe caused the doughnuts to stick.

The pan I used is a Wilton 6 hole doughnut pan. In fact I have 2 as they are so good.

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Wilton 6 hole non stick doughnut pan.

Recipe: Baked Lemon Drizzle Doughnuts makes approximately 15-18

175g/6oz Unsalted Butter softened

175g/6oz Caster Sugar

1/4tsp Salt- I use Maldon

3 Large Free Range Eggs

1.5tsp Lemon Extract or finely grated zest of 1 Whole Lemon – I use Nielsen-Massey  lemon extract

75g/3.5tbsp Buttermilk

200g/7oz Plain White Flour

2tsp Baking Powder

For the Drizzle:

200g/7oz Icing Sugar – sifted

Juice of 1 Whole Lemon

Yellow/White sprinkles for decoration

Method: Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan, gas mark 4

  • First of all prepare the doughnut pans. Ensure they are thoroughly brushed with cake release, or melted butter and then dusted with flour.
  • Next, into a large bowl add the butter, sugar and salt. Whisk the ingredients together until they are pale and creamy.
  • Now add the eggs, lemon extract/zest and the buttermilk. Sift the flour and baking powder on top of these ingredients.
  • Whisk everything together until it is completely combined.
  • Finally, use a silicone spatula to stir the batter through a couple of times.
  • Fill a large piping bag, fitted with a circle piping tip if using, with the doughnut batter. Snip the end of the disposable bag off, so that it it approximately 1cm wide.
  • Carefully pipe circles into the doughnut pan, taking care not to overfill.
  • Once the pan is piped place in the centre of the preheated oven and bake for 12-15 minutes. The doughnuts are baked when they are a golden colour and firm to touch – a pressed finger should not leave any indentation.
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Preparing, piping and baking the doughnuts.
  • As soon as the doughnuts are baked remove them from the oven.
  • Tip the doughnuts out on to a cooling rack.
  • Wash up, dry and re-grease the doughnut pan and continue as before, until all of the batter has been used.
  • While the doughnuts are cooling the lemon drizzle icing can be made.
  • Into the bowl of sifted icing sugar add the juice of one lemon. Stir thoroughly to mix, ensuring there are no lumps. The icing should be fairly thick, but still be able to pour, ensuring it can be drizzled.
  • Fill a small piping bag with the icing. Snip the end of the bag off to create a very small hole. Alternatively, you may use a teaspoon to drizzle over the icing.
  • First, place the cooling rack over a baking tray to catch any drips.
  • The doughnuts should be completely cooled before icing.
  • Keeping an even pressure on the piping bag, pipe back and forth, across each doughnut, until they are all iced.
  • While the icing is still wet scatter over sprinkles.
  • Place the doughnuts to one side to allow the icing to set.
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Cooling, piping and decorating the doughnuts.

Thinking of sneaking a doughnut to ‘taste test’? I won’t tell 😉.

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Baked Lemon Drizzle Doughnuts a treat that does you good.

As these doughnuts are so yummy, don’t expect them to hang around for long. They will keep in an airtight container for up to 3 days, however, they are at their best within the first 24 hours.

A sunny, refreshing treat, that is perfect served at anytime of the year.

If you have enjoyed the recipe for these Baked Lemon Drizzle Doughnuts you may also like these:

Lemon Ripple Ice Cream

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Lemon Ripple Ice Cream

Mini Lemon Drizzle Bundt Cakes

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Mini Lemon Drizzle Bundt Cakes

Baked Pumpkin Spiced Doughnuts

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Baked Pumpkin Spiced Doughnuts

 

In addition to creating a treat that would help boost the immune system, these Baked Lemon Drizzle Doughnuts also brought big smiles to faces that had been suffering. While not advocating these as a health food, there is something to be said for the power of feeling good. Rather than simply accepting things as they are and waiting for them to pass, small presents, or treats can make the process more bearable.

Whatever you are making, baking and creating in you kitchens, I wish you a happy, healthy and fun 2017.

Sammie xx

 

 

 

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