Saturday, August 20


The Great British Bake Off series is back!

Now I must say right now I am not a baker - in fact we don't eat much "baked" stuff! Yes I had a bread maker at one point but when there are just the 2 of us there is only so much bread we can eat in one day. Jon always has toast with his breakfast - and an occasional sandwich for lunch and that will be it! Say 3 slices in one day! I may have 1 slice with poached eggs around 11 but no more bread that day. So...the bread maker was not a good idea for us - as it encouraged us to have vast amounts of fresh bread in one day. Oh and the thickness issue was another - when I made my own bread - courtesy of a bread maker - the bread was cut like doorsteps - so well in the region of 4 slices per portion!
So I buy bread from our local baker - in fact the bakery itself is next to Jon's workshop. One small sliced loaf lasts us a few days. All fresh, local and the slices are appropriate!

BUT........the thing is with cooking programmes they entice you into the web of "I can try that!" which is what happened this week.
During the programme the contestants had to perform 3 tasks - cupcakes, batten burg and 2 tier cake.
Now I have made all these in shape or form - no we didn't have cupcakes - but we did have butterfly cakes  but what the programme brought back to me was the memories of my cake icing successes in my O level domestic science course.

When we are out and about on our biking adventures Jon occasionally has a slice of cake with a cup of tea - but cake is something I don't really "do".............not being a sweet person! As a result of watch ing the programme I decided to make some cakes - Jon said he does like chocolate fudge cake - so the next day I set to and made 2 cakes and 12 cupcakes - they tasted delicious I am told, in fact Jon said "They taste just like the real thing!"

I googled the recipe and this is the one I found which had so many good comments and positive feedback.


175g Self raising flour

2 Tbsp Cocoa Powder

1 Tsp Bicarbonate soda

150g Caster sugar

2 Eggs Beaten

150 ml (1/4 pint) Sunflower oil

150 ml (1/4 pint) Semi skimmed milk

2 Tbsp Golden syrup

For the Coating and filling

75g Unsalted butter

175g Icing Sugar

3 Tbsp Cocoa Powder

Drop of Milk

1. Pre-heat oven to 180ºC/350F/Gas Mark 4. Grease and line two 18cm (7 inch) sandwich tins.

2. Sieve the flour, cocoa and Bicarbonate of Soda into a bowl. Add the sugar and mix well.

3. Make a well in the centre and add the syrup, eggs, oil and milk. Beat well with electric whisk until smooth.

4. Spoon the mixture into the two tins and bake for 25 - 30 minutes until risen and firm to the touch. Remove from oven, leave to cool before turning out onto a cooling rack.

5. To make your butter icing, place the butter in a bowl and beat until soft. Gradually sift and beat in the icing sugar and cocoa powder then add enough milk to make the icing fluffy and spreadable.

6. If the cake has risen a little too high then use a serrated knife to even off the top, now sandwich the two cakes together with the butter icing and cover the sides and the top of the cake with more butter icing.

I have made another one today (Saturday) as we have friends coming for supper.....
watch this space!


  1. If the cake tastes as good as it looks your friends are in for a treat!

  2. Cake is one of the four food groups!
    Jane x

  3. oohh scrummy! But one question, did you get covered in icing powder when making the butter icing? I made some yesterday and looked like a ghost by the time i was finished!

  4. My goodness that does look good!
    Maggie X

    Nuts in May

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  6. I had to delete my comment 'cuz I was so gob-smacked that you didn't even taste the baking, I made spelling mistakes! LOL Anyway, you have "weight" more willpower than I have! They look fantastic!

  7. Let them eat cake :) That cake does look exceedingly good, I have to say. Well done!

  8. Goodness, those pictures are gorgeous. You've almost got me wanting to bake again. However, I'm excused since, for health reasons, cakes are banned in my house.

  9. I used to bake every Friday when the boys were at home - I made bakewell tart, flapjacks, fudge and scones. I don't bake now as I am diabetic and can't eat sweet stuff. I have a breadmaker and make a small granary loaf every day for our lunchtime sandwich, it's delicious, and twice a week I take some to my Dad who loves it.

  10. I agree about the bread maker Denise - a friend gave me hers when she no longer wanted it, but I found it a chore and we were eating doorsteps of bread with thick butter (my weakness), so out it went.

    Imay well try that recipe because I intend to have an afternoon tea party before long so that I can use the lovely antique tablecloth I bought!

    Hope you will soon pay us another visit.


Thank you for your comments, always nice to know somebody has taken the time to let me know what they think.