The cakes I bake and the books I read while baking them.
So even though I spent most of the past year determined not to watch new bake off… Bake Off returned and I watched it. And I don’t know how I feel about it… like it feels wrong… But also… familiar and I don’t know! What does everyone one else think of it? Is it good? Is it not? I don’t know…!
Anyway, one simply doesn’t watch bake off without cake. So, I made a cake. And I cheated a bit and thought you guys might also like a cheaters recipe to cake.
You will need:
A mixing bowl
Two round cake tins
A box of cake mix (I chose Lemon cake)
Ready made icing (yes, that stuff is accidentally dairy free)
A can of Sprite.
And the book of your choice, I was reading Six of Crows which is one of my new favourite books.
This is a great cake hack if you hear the Bake Off theme and think, damn, I should have got some cake in. All you need is one of those cake mix boxes and a 320ml of lemonade, mix the two together, split the mix between the two cake tins and bake for twenty minutes. Which admitedly, doesn’t give you much time to read, especially when you’re working your way through something as exciting as Six of Crows, but there is also the cooling time, so you know.
Once they’re cooked, put them aside and let them cool and then crack into the ready made icing and assemble your cake. My packet mix came with drizzle for the top which I also stuck on because BAKE OFF.
As weird as it sounds, for some reason, adding fizzy drinks to cake mix makes a perfectly risen and moist (sorry) cake! It’s mad but true! Try it!
Also while we’re talking about Bake Off, Veronica Dearly posted this great image the other day and I can’t not!
The books I read and the cakes I bake while reading them
So, I found a thing on the internet called slutty brownies, now normally I would be against calling anyone or thing a slut, you do you, but these were downright dirty and sometimes, that’s exactly what you need. I veganised these, because ya’ll know I have an insidious agenda to push, so here we go!
There are a lot of ingredients in this so bare with me!
You will need:
A mixing bowl
A baking tray of some kind
Something to mix it with.
For the cookie dough base:
170g flour (any kind you like)
150g brown sugar
tablespoon milk (I used dairy free!)
50g chocolate chips
For the brownies
320g flour (I used self raising, but feel free to use gluten free stuff if you like!)
240g brown sugar
240g caster sugar
150g cocoa powder
225ml cold water
225ml vegetable oil
2 tea spoon vanilla extract
80g chocolate chip
The book of your choice, I was reading F Scott Fitzgerald’s new anthology (I’m still not coming to terms with that sentence!)
And some double stuffed oreos.
So, first things first. Make your cookie dough, mix your ingredients together and mould into a ball, leave to chill in the fridge for ten minutes, during which time you can wash up the mixing bowl and start working n the brownies.
When the cookie dough is adequately chilled, pat out into the base of your tray and cover with double stuff oreos, leave to the side and make your brownie mix, pour batter over the top and put in the oven for 35-40 minutes on 180 degrees. Check the brownies are fully cooked when they come out of the oven and then go to town!
There was something special about eating a multitude of deserts moulded together whilst enjoying some F Scott Fitzgerald!