Strawberries & Basil Cake

Strawberries & Basil Cake

With the last of the summer holidays on the horizon, I wanted to  add the recipe for the Strawberries and Basil cake that I made for the recent Cake Club. Everyone was taken by the flavour combination and pretty colours!

Strawberries & Basil Cake

Strawberries & Basil Cake Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 200g butter
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 200g plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 50g olive oil
  • 25g fresh basil
  • green colour paste (optional)
  • 100g strawberry jam
  • 150g vanilla frosting
  • fondant icing (to cover) or you could use vanilla frosting

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 170 C / Gas 3. Grease a 6″ cake tin.Strawberries & Basil Cake - batter
  2. Blend the basil leaves with the olive oil until you  have a paste consistency.
  3. In a large bowl, mix the butter and sugar until light and fluffy
  4. Add the eggs one at a time and vanilla extract to the butter mixture.
  5. Add the flour, baking powder and basil paste – fold together gently.
  6. If you would like the cake to have a stronger “green” colour then add the paste at this stage and mix thoroughly into the batter.
  7. Pour into the prepared cake tin.
  8. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool before icing.
  9. Divide your cake into 2 or 3, layer and stack with vanilla frosting and jam then cover with fondant icing or vanilla frosting.

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Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days Of Summer

Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days Of Summer

I can’t believe it’s been nearly 2 months since I last posted anything on here…

Amsterdam pics

With trips away and the sunny days getting me slightly excited, the days and weeks have felt like a hazy blur!

Having my first mini-break away in 4 years to Amsterdam was a major highlight (see above). Among the many great moments of the trip, I sampled some of the best fish I have EVER tasted, and took a trip to the infamous Ice Bar (yes it was extremely cold!) Although I wasn’t wowed by any desserts on the trip, I have had my fair share of sweet offerings this summer…

Amsterdam Cakes Pic

My other big trip this summer was a family and friends stay-cation to an beautiful cottage. Once again I wasn’t short of treats, and I even baked everyone a Salted Caramel cake (recipe to follow later). Although we had some very wet (and dreary) days over the last few weeks, we also had some amazing sunny days too – where the only right thing to do was to get the BBQ out and enjoy the rays! Happy days!!! 🙂

Cottage Pic