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23rd August 2011, 09:30
Me again - still trying to do Caitlin's birthday cake!! I've read yesterday that someone uses a
moister, heavier cake than sponge, more like mud
and that was it, no explanation as to what it means!! Now, I'm almost 100% certain that I'm not supposed to go digging in my little patch of garden to make a cake so does anyone have ANY idea what this woman was referring to?!?!?!?!
Caitlin's birthday party is on Sunday btw!!
23rd August 2011, 13:06
I made a chocolate cake from the good food website which was very rich and heavy . I seem to remember it involving lots of dark chocolate and cream. I think I googled best chocolate cake . It was too stodgy for my liking a bit like a cross between cake and cheesecake. This may be what they mean.
23rd August 2011, 13:52
Try getting hold of a book by Lindy Smith. She has good recipes for sponge, chocolate and fruit. She also advises about unusual cake tins. I would post the recipe but I just get it from the library when I need it.
23rd August 2011, 14:12
http://www.insanitytheory.net/kitchenwench/perfect-chocolate-mud-cake/ ere is link on recipe for choc mud cake might help you .. good luck hope birthday goes well .
23rd August 2011, 16:52
I have been trying to remember the recipe I used when I ade a Barbie cake (years ago!) using a pudding basin. I am pretty sure it was Nigella's buttermilk recipe, and it worked really well. It's p.210 of 'How to be a Domestic Goddess'
Buttermilk Birthday Cake
250g plain flour
1.5 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/4 tsp salt
200ml buttermilk (or 75g yogurt mixed with 125ml semi-skinned milk)
1.5 teaspoons of vanilla extract
125g soft unsalted butter
200g caster sugar
3 large free-range eggs
Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/gas 4.
Sift the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate and salt together and set aside.
Pour the buttermilk (or yogurt mixture) into a measuring jug and stir in the vanilla.
Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy then beat in the eggs one at a time.
Gradually add the flour alternating with the buttermilk mix, one after the other, blending well after each addition until thoroughly mixed.
Pour into the tin and bake for about 30 minutes or until well risen and pale golden brown.
She doubles the quantities for the Barbie tin/ pyrex bowl and bakes for an hour and it'll probably leave you with a bit left over - you can fill cases to make fairy cakes.
23rd August 2011, 20:50
Have you tried the betty crocker website use their mix approx £1.50 at the mo and then stick in thev freezer for 1/2 hr before decorating as gives firmer texture to work with and less crumbs to deal with too. Good luck
23rd August 2011, 22:04
I usually use maderia cake for novelty cakes as it is a firmer cake and does not crumble when cutting it to shape.
24th August 2011, 12:54
Have decided to do a madeira cake - have taken the afternoon off and am on my way home now to do it - I've got to decorate it on Friday as the party is on Sunday :eek::help::eek:
24th August 2011, 20:15
How's the cake turned out ... hopefully not swimming with the fishes this time ... fingers crossed
24th August 2011, 20:58
Cake number 2 (of today, fourth since the beginning!) is in the oven! I decided to do another one as the first one this afternoon looked (and tasted!) brill but I hadn't filled it to the top of the tin so Barbie's skirt would have been too short!! I don't think that it will be going out to sea though, doubt it that it will last a day or two!!
I found out where I was going wrong - or rather where Mr McDougall and his band of merry men have gone wrong. When I started on the first one last week I finished the (red) bag of Tesco self-raising flour that I had and grabbed the red bag of McDougall's. Now why can't these companies get together and just put the same bally product in the same coloured packaging - yep, McDougall's red bag of flour is PLAIN flour, not my fault at all, I refuse to take any of the blame whatsoever as I've already wasted a fortune on eggs, sugar and butter - I'm between two minds whether to make a claim against Mr McDougall - what do you think are my chances?!?!!
Can you tell I'm tired - I need to go to bed and my back and legs are killing me!!
30th August 2011, 06:47
Hia Siaron, how was the 'final' cake? Was it a success and did all your hard work come good in the end?
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