Our Baking Blog – More Cakes for Mother’s Day

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I thought that this week I would think about what cake to bake for Mother’s Day next weekend. I was searching online about the nation’s favourite cakes when I came across a survey that had been carried out in September 2018. It gave a definitive list of the top 20 cakes, recently voted for by the great British public. I was very surprised to see that top 5 was as follows: -

  1. Lemon Drizzle Cake
  2. Chocolate Fudge Cake
  3. Carrot Cake
  4. Chocolate Brownies
  5. Victoria Sponge

Now, I love a slice of Lemon Drizzle Cake but I was really disappointed to see that our favourite and probably most well-known cake around the world, the Victoria Sponge Cake, had dropped to 5th! As a homage to this and also to Coffee & Walnut Cake (which incidentally was down at number 8), I have found two brilliant recipes to share with you this week.

The first is an indulgent version of the Victoria Sponge Cake, recipe thanks to Jamie Oliver (please click to go to the link for the recipe) which involves using vanilla infused double cream and a punnet of fresh strawberries to make this perfect tea time treat!

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In this version, Jamie suggests that we cream the butter and sugar before slowly adding the rest of the ingredients to make the light fluffy sponge cakes. Once cooled, scrape the seeds from a vanilla pod and combine with the double cream and a touch of icing sugar before piping the flavoured cream onto the base sponge. Then layer up the cake with strawberries to make a gorgeous homemade dessert to share with your family next weekend!

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Now, the coffee cake is a special favourite of mine as this recipe was passed down to us by my husband’s grandmother, who was renowned for her Coffee and Walnut cake!

I have faithfully copied the recipe below for you. It is a simple all in one sponge, using a little coffee to flavour both the sponge and the icing. I add the walnuts to the top and voila – it is ready to be enjoyed!

Nan's Coffee Cake

4 large eggs

225g self-raising flour

225g caster sugar

225g unsalted butter – room temperature

1 tablespoon of instant coffee mixed with a drop of boiling water

Buttercream icing

75g unsalted butter – room temperature

150g icing sugar ( plus extra for dusting on the top)

1 tablespoon of instant coffee mixed with a drop of boiling water

Method

  1. Combine all the ingredients together until well mixed and add the coffee mixture.
  2. Split the mixture evenly between 2 7inch round tins and bake for 20-25 mins @180C, gas mark 5.
  3. Allow the two cakes to cool completely
  4. Mix together the butter, icing sugar and coffee mixture and ice the middle of the cake. Decorate the top with walnuts and a dusting of icing sugar and serve – delicious!

So, do let us know which cake you would make to celebrate Mother’s Day, or in fact any special occasion – we would love to hear from you. Equally if you do make any of our suggested recipes please send us a photo – we would love to see it and post it on our website!

Have a lovely week and happy baking!

Sam xx