Day 1 – Chocolate Pots

Hello I hope you’re all having a lovely Christmas so far and baking lots because trust me I am. I have decided this year I’m going to do ‘The 12 Days Of Christmas’ or for my blog ‘The 12 Bakes Of Littlebakersblog’, meaning every day from now to Christmas Eve I will be posting a bake on my blog. So to start off first day of ‘The 12 Bakes Of Littlebakersblog’ I have made spiced chocolate pots. Effectively this a chocolate ganache moose, filled with lots of Christmas spices such as orange, cinnamon and all spice. These are so delicious and such a quick pudding to whip up and is especially yummy served with a bit of whipped cream. I hope you look forward to all the more fun Christmas bakes I have lined up.
Merry Christmas
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Orange Cake

Hello I know it’s been a while since I posted.  Life has been busy, as soon as my GcSE’s  were finished I managed to come down with a horrible bug that kept me in bed for nearly a week.  When I was better it was back to school and I had to catch up on my end of year exams and in-between there has been a bit of football support for Wales.  I don’t really like football but the atmosphere here in Wales has been amazing and everybody has become a football fan.  The good news is school now over until September and  hopefully that means I have more time to do some baking.

As part of my get better plan my mam has been feeding me fresh orange juice and so I thought I would sneak a few  of them to make an orange cake.

I made  up a simple sponge adding orange zest and then when the cake came out of the oven I painted an orange sugar glaze over the warm sponge.  The heat helped the cake to soak up the glaze which makes the cake very moist.  For the icing a made a simple cream cheese and icing sugar mixture with some fresh orange juice.

The cake is lovely  and there isn’t much left.

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Madeira Cake

So for second bake I made The  first Signature Challenge of The Great British Bake Off 2015  a Madeira cake or Mandarin Cake as I have been incorrectly calling it.

This cake reminded me of the cake I entered into 4th Great Abergavenny Bake off competition as has very similar ingredients such as ground almonds and orange.  The difference between the two cakes was that the one I made earlier in the year had no flour where as this one did.  Unusually the recipe I used for the Madeira Cake contained plain flour with baking powder rather than self raising flour as you often see in cake recipes.

To make the cake it was like making up a simple cake mixture but with ground almonds and orange juice and orange zest added.  The orange juice and drizzle that is added once the cake is made makes it a very moist cake and I had a crack on the top as Mary Berry said I should.

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