Baking, Cake, cake, cooking, Food, fun, Uncategorized

Chocolate malt cake!

Ingredients:

For the sponge:

-120g unsalted butter, softened

-300g caster sugar

-3 large eggs

-115ml buttermilk

-40ml sunflower oil

-1 tsp vanilla extract

-160g plain flour

-70g cocoa powder

-1.5 tsp baking powder

-1 tsp salt

For the frosting:

-900g icing sugar

-150g unsalted butter, softened

-300g full-fat cream cheese

-240ml double cream

-120g malt powder

How to make:

Preheat the oven at 170 degrees.

To make the sponge you must put all the ingredients in a large bowl, then mix util the ingredients are evenly incorporated and the batter is smooth. Then divide the batter evenly among the three prepared cake tins. Bake for approximately 30-35 minutes or until the sponge bounces back when lightly touched. Then allow the sponge to cool. To make the frosting ย mix together the ingredients for the frosting in a large bowl until it is all well mixed. Once the sponge layers feel cool to the touch, you can assemble;e the cake. Place the first layer on a plate and top with 3-4 tablespoons of frosting. smooth the frosting out using a palette knife, adding a little more if needed. Sprinkle a light layer of the crushed malt chocolate over the frosting. Sandwich the second layer on top, then add more frosting and malt chocolates, followed by the third layer of cake. Next frost the sides and top of the cake, covering it completely so that no sponge is showing. Finally decorate the top of the cake with a generous sprinkling of the remaining crushed malt chocolates, and decorate around the edge of the top cake with the whole malt chocolate if you like.

This is has to be my favorite cake of all time! I love it so much:D I make it for my birthday last year and it tasted so good:)

 

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Baking, Cake, Christmas, Christmascake, Cookie, Cookiecake, cooking, Food, Uncategorized

Cookies & Cream Cake๐ŸŽ‚๐Ÿช

This is one of my favourite cakes of all time and have made it for this Christmas.๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜„

Ingredients๐Ÿ˜œ:

FOR THE SPONGE:
โ€“110g UNSALTED BUTTER SOFTENED
โ€“380g CASTER SUGAR
โ€“320g PLAIN FLOUR
โ€“4 tsp BAKING POWDER
โ€“1 tsp SALT
โ€“320ml BUTTERMILK
โ€“3 LARGE EGGS
-135g FRESH COOKIES

FOR THE FROSTING:
โ€“500g ICING SUGAR, SIFTED
โ€“160g UNSALTED BUTTER, SOFTENED
โ€“250g MASCARPONE
โ€“2 or 3 FRESH COOKIES CRUMBLED

How to make๐Ÿ˜:
1) Preheat the oven to 179 degreesC and line cake tins with parchment.
2) Mix the butter, sugar and dry ingredients together.
3) In a separate large jug, mix together the buttermilk and egg.
4) Add the liquid to the butter and flour mixture and mix all together until the batter is even and smooth.
5) Crumble the cookies into rough pieces, not to big, and stir them through the batter. Divide the batter evenly among the 3 prepared tins.
6) Bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown and the sponge bounces back when lightly touched. Allow the cakes to cool completely before removing from the tins.
7) Make the frosting by gradually mixing the icing sugar and butter together until combined and there are no lumps of butter. Add the mascarpone and beat until combined and smooth.
8) Once the sponge layers feel cool to the touch, you can assemble the cake. Place the first layer on a plate or cake card and top with 3-4 tablespoons of frosting. Smooth it out using a palette knife, adding a little more if needed. Sprinkle over a handful of cookie pieces.
9) Sandwich the second layer on top, then add more frosting and cookie pieces, followed by the third layer of cake. Next frost the sides and top of the cake, covering it completely so that no sponge is showing. Finally, decorate the top of the cake with any remaining cookie pieces.

To make mine more Christmassy I added Christmas themed icing decorations.๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

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Chicken with tomatoes and garam masala.

Chicken with tomatoes and garam masala:

Ingredients:

5 tablespoons vegetable oil

3/4 teaspoons cumin seeds

2.5 (1 inch) cinnamon stick

6 cardamon pods

2 bay leaves

1/4 teaspoons peppercorns

175g (6 oz) onions, peeled and finely chopped

6-7 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped

2.5cm (1 inch) cube fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped

450g (1 lb) ย fresh tomatoes peeled and finely chopped

1.5kg (3 lb) chicken pieces, skinned

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1/8-1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/2 teaspoon garam masala

How to make: ๐Ÿ™‚

Put the oil in a large, wide pan and set overย medium-high heat. When hot, put in the cumin seeds, cinnamon, cardamom pods, bay leaves and peppercorns. Stir once and then put in the onions, garlic and ginger. Stir this mixture around until the onions pick up brown specks. Now put in the tomatoes, chicken pieces, salt and cayenne pepper. Stir to mix and bring to a boil. Cover tightly, turn heat to low and simmer for 25 minutes or until chicken is tender, stir a few times during this cooking period. Remove cover and turn up heat to medium. Sprinkle in the garam masala and cook, stirring gently, for about 5 minutes in order to reduce the liquid in the pan somewhat.

To make this even better add rice as a side ๐Ÿ™‚ Enjoy! ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

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How to make an easy cookie sponge cake

This is a 3 layer cookie Victoria sponge cake with a filling of jam and whiped cream.

The ingredients you will need:
350g self raising flour
350g caster sugar
6 eggs
350g butter (room temperature)
3 large cookies (crushed)
Filling:
1 pot of thick double cream
Jam

How to begin!
First you preheat the oven at 190 degrees. To make the sponge put the flour, sugar, eggs, and butter into a fairly large bowl and mix all the ingredients together. When those ingredients are mixed, gradually add the crushed cookies and mix it all together. Get three small and thin cake tins and cover lightly with butter. Pour in the cake mix evenly between the three cake tins and then put in the oven for 25 minutes until golden brown.
When the cakes are out of the oven leave them to cool for an hour or two, then begin with the filling. To make the wiped cream you will need an electric whisker. Put the double cream in a bowl and whisk until the cream has become whisked and has become thick but only do the for roughly 5 minutes. Get out a cake from one of the cake tin and cover the first layer of cake by covering it with jam and the whipped cream. Then put on the layer of cake and do the same thing. Then on the third layer only smear on a nice thick layer of whipped cream.

Then you’re cake is done it is ready to eat ๐Ÿ˜›

My cake didn’t turn out to look so nice and neat but it certainly did taste nice ๐Ÿ˜€

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