Baseball Cake

At least, I was given enough notice: since the “football cake”, I had been told what was expected of me….

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For the base, I used my recipe of “Custard cake”, without the rhubarb

https://farandoleofcakes.com/2014/09/15/custard-cake-with-roasted-rhubarb/

Two of, sandwich together with some plain vanilla icing, also used for the top. For the sandy texture of the playing field, I just coloured some sugar

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As for the ball, I used the same method as for my football

https://farandoleofcakes.com/2015/03/31/football-cake/

in order to have something “chocolatey” too…

 

Not perfect but the Birthday Boy was happy!

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Chocolate Fudge Cake

Today is Chocolate Cake Day! As if I needed another reason to bake…. Tuesdays are busy days for me so I didn’t have much time to do it in: but no need to worry, this recipe is so quick and easy!

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Preheat: oven to 180°C/ 160°fan/ Gas 4 and prepare a baking pan: either use an muffin tin, it will make 16 to 18, or an 8″/20cm round tin. Today I opted for my kugelhopf tin

In a large bowl: sift together and set aside

  • 350g plain flour
  • 175g sugar (I mixed white and brown just because I ran out of the white)
  • ¼tsp salt

In a small bowl: mix together and set aside

  • 125ml buttermilk ( last minute so milk + 1tsp white vinegar left for 5mn)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp coffee extract (or 1 tbsp good instant espresso powder)
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate soda

In a small pan:

  • melt 230g butter
  • add 4 generous tbsp cocoa powder
  • pour 250ml boiling water, stirring well and once brought back to the boil, remove from heat

All together:

  • Pour the chocolate liquid over the dry ingredients, mixing gently, allowing for the liquid to cool down: you should get something that looks like a dough

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  • Add the wet ingredients over it and mix together with a wooden spoon. Pour into your prepared pan

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Bake for 35mn as a cake or 18 to 20mn as muffins.

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Leave to cool for 10mn before turning onto a wire rack. I used melted milk chocolate and sprinkles for finishing touches!

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That easy! Now enjoy as my boys did!

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Oreo Chocolate Fudge Brownies

Another day, another Brownie recipe….This one has been tried and tested numerous times now, I am playing catch up with my blog today…a definite winner, I have adapted it from Lorraine Pascale, after watching “baking made easy”, one night…. Crispy on the outside and just melt in the mouth. Simply Amazing!

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Ingredients:

  • 165g melted butter
  • 200g grated plain, dark chocolate
  • 3 eggs + 2 yolks
  • 130g to 150g caster sugar ( I have done it with as little and as much!), 10g of which vanilla sugar
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 150g oreo biscuits, broken up roughly

Preparation:

  • Preheat oven to 180°C/ 160°fan/ Gas 4 and prepare a baking pan 30×20/ 12″x8″
  • Melt the butter and pour over the grated chocolate. Gently mix together until it makes a glossy cream and set aside
  • Using a stand mixer (highly recommended for this stage as it takes a while), whip up all the eggs together until they have trebled in size and thickened like a mousse (I just left it for 5mn)
  • Add half the sugar and mix , then the rest and mix again until thick and glossy
  • Take the bowl off as the rest is done by hand
  • On the side round the bowl, put the flour, cocoa, salt and melted chocolate.
  • Fold in gently but thoroughly, beware pockets of flour hidden.
  • Mix in 2/3 of the biscuits and pour into prepared pan
  • Bake in the oven for 25mn. Depending on your oven it might need a couple more minutes: slight wobble in the middle (don’t wait until it’s firm!), some cracks at the top and sides coming away from the pan
  • Leave to cool completely in the pan

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016 and this one with chopped up smarties, leftovers from a Birthday cake, just perfect for a Xmas offering!

 

17/01/2015:

Today I decide to experiment on the recipe and replaced the melted chocolate with mashed bananas and cocoa powder with vanilla powder.

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Didn’t rise as much and I was a little skeptical when I took them out of the oven but it actually works! Rather yummy!