Great Bookish Bake off – Lemon Cake

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!

Giving the #bakeoff a whirl. #gbbo

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Great Bookish Bakeoff – Vegan mug cake?


The cakes I bake and the books I read while baking them. 


Do you ever just think while reading, man, some cake would go great with this, well, wonder no more because I have the perfect recipe for you and you don’t even need to worry about having eggs in your house or time in which to bake something, this is eggless, can be made dairy free and can be cooked in a microwave, I present you with my first ever mug cake.

You will need:
A microwaveable mug/dish etc
4 table spoons of self raising flour
1/4 tea spoon of baking powder
3 tablespoons of the milk of your choice (I went for soya)
2 and 1/2 table spoons of sugar
1 table spoon of oil
A jiff lemon.
And a book. If you happened to be reading when the urge for cake hit.

Firstly, get your bowl/mug/ whatever. Into this you will need to add your dry ingredients and mix and then add your wet ingredients, depending on how lemony you want this depends on how much of your jiff lemon you choose to squirt in there, I went for a tablespoon. I really like lemons though I should point out.
Mix all of that together until it vaguely resembles cake mix and pop it in the microwave for 90 seconds, during which time you can prepare any sides you want to go with it – I added some fresh mango and a dollop of Swedish Glace ice cream to the top of mine. Your microwave will alert you to finished cake and as long as the top is firm, you are good to go! And you don’t even need to stop reading for all that long!