Cake Club: Cheesecake Battles!

Cake Club: Cheesecake Battles!

Okay so I’m a week late, but it doesn’t change what a delightful Cake Club it was…

Cake Club - Louise (2)

Once again the spread was plentiful and appetising. Everyone made an effort to bring something different and decadent to the table. This time I decided to opt for a cheesecake! So I thought a Chocolate and Baileys cheesecake (far right) would be well received by the ladies – recipe to follow in another post! It was one of the easiest cheesecakes to make and was very tasty – a definite crowd pleaser. However I wasn’t the only person to bring a cheesecake along – novice baker Tracy (her words not mine!) also delivered an Oreo Cookie cheesecake – which got just a lot of Mmmm’s.

Cake Club - Louise

There was also Carrot Cake, Banana Cake, Cherry and Almond cake, Lemon and Strawberry cake, Pineapple Cake and Banoffee tarts – the choice was again overwhelming, even for me! However the supreme winner this time was Tracy and her Oreo Cheesecake. I also kept my promise and delivered the last winner’s (Julie) chosen Malteaser cake. This time the prize for Tracy is that we’ll be treating her to a cake at our next “Restaurant” Cake Club. Well done Tracy – can’t wait to taste your next creation! 😉

Hello Spring…Goodbye Winter’s Treasures (Cakes)!

Hello Spring…Goodbye Winter’s Treasures (Cakes)!

Despite the cold days and dark nights, winter brought many pleasures in the cake / dessert form…

Autumn Cake Collage

As I am never one to miss out on a good dessert, this has still been one of the niceties that I have enjoyed during the winter months. And as well as baking A LOT more in recent months, I have enjoyed my fair share of sweet cuisine made by others. Here’s a few of the favourites which have included cupcakes from Buttercup Cake Shop, cookie dough cake from Bella Italia Restaurant, Levi Roots’ ginger and pecan brownies, salted caramel and chocolate torte and chilli chocolate brownies from The Manor House.

You can probably see there’s a theme of chocolate in a lot of the tasty treats that I’ve had, and I would say that chocolate is definitely an attraction for me, but then I expect a lot from that dessert because of it! Now that we’re having warmer days and nights, my sweet palate will only get intensify – it will now be that time of year when cheesecakes and eton messes will make a grand appearance – hooray!! 🙂   

Cake Club: Sunny Skies & Cakes Galore!

Cake Club: Sunny Skies & Cakes Galore!

It was that time again, when  we don’t need an excuse to enjoy cake…

Cake Club - Familia Cafe

The plan was to visit Forest Gate local – Coffee 7 this time. However on a stroll in the sunny climes before meeting the Cake Clubbers, I came across this secluded and very inviting cafe across the road –Familia Cafe! So the club made the decision to take advantage of this little place, where they promised we could lounge in the garden, while we sampled their sweet homemade treats!

Cake Club - Familia Cafe - 2

The cafe did deliver as promised a tempting and well presented spread of cakes, brownies and muffins. The small garden provided the perfect escape from the generic hustle of the main road, and the staff were very friendly and accommodating. I chose the carrot cake and red velvet cake, and others opted for the cheesecake and meringues. Although there wasn’t resounding cheers for everything chosen, I was very happy with my choices and even got treats to go!

It was a lovely find for a sunny day, and everyone was pleased with the location – definitely somewhere I would go again!

CAKE CLUB RATING: 3/5

Easter Mini Eggs Cake

Easter Mini Eggs Cake

Easter feels like weeks ago…

Easter Cake - unwrapped

As we were invited to a friend’s for dinner over the Easter period, I debated on whether we should take the usual bottle or some flowers etc. Then I thought why not bake a cake (in keeping with my home-baking theme!) And since it’s Easter – let the mini eggs roll!! I decided to make a golden syrup sponge with vanilla frosting. It turned out to be a favourite with the kiddies and was lovely with a cuppa! 🙂

Easter Cake - wrapped

Easter Mini Egg Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 150g butter
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 150g plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 200g golden syrup
  • vanilla frosting
  • 3 bags of mini eggs
  • 1 malteaser bunny

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 170 C / Gas 3. Grease a 6″ cake tin
  2. In a large bowl, mix the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Add the eggs and vanilla extract to the butter mixture.
  4. Add the flour and baking powder and fold together gently.
  5. Add 150g of the golden syrup.
  6. Pour into the prepared cake tin and swirl in the remaining syrup.
  7. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool before icing and decorating with mini eggs etc.

It was a lovely Easter and this cake was a winner!!

Cake News: Tenants Contracts Landlord To Give Them Birthday Cakes

Cake News: Tenants Contracts Landlord To Give Them Birthday Cakes

This is a very amusing news story  and it relates to cake…

Birthday Cake Image

The Mail Online reported this week that some imaginative tenants were sent a rental agreement contract to sign by their landlord – but instead of a locked PDF, the property-owner sent an editable Word document. In turn the opportunistic pair added an extra clause to the contract – the provision of birthday cakes on both of their respective birthdays – which the landlord then unwittingly signed.

The tenants even stipulated that the birthday cakes must not be vanilla flavour – haha!

See a copy of the contract here that has spread like wild-fire online.

It’s a reminder to us all that we should read anything before we sign it. Let’s hope that the landlord knows a good baker!

Mother’s Day Special: Milk Tray Cake

Mother’s Day Special: Milk Tray Cake

Who doesn’t love the idea curling up with some yummy chocolates…

Milk Tray Cake

As Mother’s Day was approaching I wanted to create a “wow” cake for my lovely Mum. My first thoughts were chocolates and but I didn’t want it to be just any ordinary chocolate cake. After some thought and research I decided that this indulgent cake should have as many chocolates as I could possibly fit on it!

Milk Tray Cake Boxed

I opted for a nutella sponge which gave the cake a slight hazelnut flavour and the chocolate buttons supported my mission of “chocolate overload”.  

She was surprised and delighted by the Milk Tray chocolate cake!

Cake Club: 1 Year On…

Cake Club: 1 Year On…

It was the first Cake Club of the year and the 1st Anniversary of Cake Club’s existence…

Cake Club - Mums

In celebration mode we changed the Cake Club concept slightly for the occassion and met at home with each person baking up a delight. Each Cake Clubber were tasked with bringing a homemade offering or buying a very nice cake! 😉 As you can see we were overrun with cake offerings. I decided to try out a pina colada cake (which was very well received!) There was also rum cake, blackforest cupcakes, victoria sandwich, banoffee cake, coffee and walnut cake and much more…

I had also promised that someone would be named baker of the day and it proved a very hard decision, despite us all voting!

Julie - Cake Club Winner

My Sister In-Law was crowned the winner, and so she gets the lucky prize of having me bake her a cake! It was her chocolate marble cake that had everyone talking…

Plate of Cake

Our plates were over-brimming from all of the choice, and we had so much leftovers a doggy bag was guaranteed for all. We had such a nice afternoon that it the group agreed, we will do more Cake Clubs at home this year, and we might throw in a sneaky book to read!