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Great British Bake Off: Chocolate Cake

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The Great British Bake Off started with cakes.
The 13 contestants were asked to bake a signature sandwich cake, their skills were tested in the blind test with an Angel Food Cake and they had to wow Paul and Mary with a show stopper chocolate cake.
I took a chocolate and cherry cake into my office to wow my colleagues, and win over my bosses.
I used this recipe for a rich chocolate wedding cake but halved the recipe – I thought 50 portions was probably too much!
I thought half the cooking time would probably be about right but when I checked it after an hour it was still very wobbly so baked for about another five minutes.
I filled it with sweetened whipped cream and topped with cherries for a fuss free but impressive looking cake.
The recipe was simple to follow and the finished product was delicious – I heard yummy noises coming from around the office!

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Red Velvet Cake – Valentines Day Special

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As the majority of my university friends are single and my boyfriend lives in a land far, far away I thought it would be nice to keep us all loved up by baking a special Valentines Day cake. 

Naturally I logged into the BBC GoodFood website and saw that they were suggesting a four-tier red velvet chocolate cake, it look incredible, extravagant and just the ticket to acknowledge V-Day without feeling lonely and pathetic.

On Monday morning I popped out armed with my list of ingredients and a shopping bag, I wanted to be prepared for this one, the cake looked far too good to just wing it with whichever ingredients I had in the house.

45 minutes, a sore arm and nearly £15.00 later I was back at home with a cup of tea and the oven heating up.

I followed the recipe exactly except instead of using four sandwich tins I used two big cake tins, expecting to be able to cut the sponges in half when they had cooled.

I was surprised to see that the recipe needed beetroot but I went with it, having never been steered wrong by GoodFood yet.

The results were not as spectacular as I was hoping.

After the right amount of cooking time I took the cakes out, did the old knife in the sponge test (which came out clean) and I left them to cool, in the meantime making the cream cheese icing.

I let an hour or so pass and then removed the cakes from the tins which appeared to have sunk since taking them out of the oven.

I got a long serrated knife and began to cut the sponges in half, only to realise that the sponge was wet and stodgy, it were as if it hadn’t cooked at all. One bit of the sponge fell apart completely and the other sponges had holes, it was a mess.

After using all the broken bits to patch up what looked like a very poorly, broken cake I sandwiched the pieces together and covered the entire thing with icing, at last there was no evidence of the disaster, nobody would know it was mutton dressed as lamb.

The cake didn’t look as amazing as the one photographed with the recipe but, I have to say, it looked pretty impressive.

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So, I took the cake over to my friends house and immediately wished I hadn’t wasted the entire day baking. Now, I’m not saying the cake was disgusting, some people liked it and some people didn’t, I’d just say if a cake is going to taste so much like beetroot it should be called beetroot cake not chocolate cake. 

The sponge was really heavy, it tasted weird and it has far too many calories in it to be worthwhile. I felt sick after a small slice just knowing how much butter was in there (500g).

Next Valentines Day I’ll be sure to sit miserably alone watching action films and hating the world.

Chocolate Cake with Scrumptious Chocolate Icing

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So, being a true woman, my first baking endeavour had to be a chocolate cake. Now I’m not saying I’m chocolate crazy, I don’t have to have it everyday, in fact since my recent health kick I’ve barely touched it, but sometimes you just need it.

First off I wanted to prove that baking is simple and you don’t need fancy ingredients to make a cake, so I decided to use whatever I could find in the house. Being a baking household already we did have the basic ingredients in but there were a few missing essentials.

For the cake I mixed together 120g of caster sugar and 120g of butter until it was nice and smooth and creamy. In a separate bowl I mixed up 60g of plain flour (we didn’t have self-raising) and 60g of cocoa powder, sifted and set aside. Then, bit by bit, I mixed the flour and cocoa powder into the creamy butter mix until it was all combined. Lastly I whisked in two eggs. I smeared some butter around a cake tin and popped in the oven. After it had been in for about 10 minutes I realised I’d forgotten baking powder – to make it rise – but figured the cake would taste good whatever.

Now, my oven is very temperamental so I can’t give you a specific baking time but I just kept checking it and when it looked like it was done poked it with a knife to make sure there were no raw bits. This is what it looked like:

Just Out of the Oven

Because I’d forgotten to put in the baking powder the cake hadn’t risen but it smelt nice. While it cooled down I made the icing.

I mixed together 85g of icing sugar and 85g of cocoa powder and then beat it into 85g of butter. The beating took quite a while but I was watching celebrity masterchef at the same time so just concentrated on that rather than my achey arm! When I’d finished the icing was quite thick so I added a splash of milk, gave it a good stir and popped it in the fridge.

When the cake had finished cooling I cut the cake in half like this:

Halves

Now, I’m not sure whether it’s because the mix was so heavy, or because the cake so flat, or any other reason, but when I cut it in half it crumbled a bit. Not to worry though, I used the icing to stick it all together and make it prettier!

This is what it looked like when I was done:

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So, this wasn’t a perfect cake but it tasted and looked great! My housemate Ellie loved it and kept asking if she could have another slice! It was quick to make and really really simple!