Baking Competition

This weeks bake was all about baking for the 4th Great Abergavenny Bake off.  A competition held in aid of Cancer Research and Sarcoma UK.  There were some amazing cakes in the competition and I got lots of ideas for me to try out at home.

I entered two bakes.  Rosie Rhubarb Fairy Cakes in the Cupcake Cake section and an Orange & Almond Cake in the Traditional Bake section.

For some reason my baking was all over the place this weekend and I kept burning my cakes and couldn’t get my cupcakes to taste right.  After burning two Orange & Almond cakes I managed on my third cake to get it right and I came third in the competition.  Unfortunately my fairy cakes didn’t win.IMG_3114

The nice thing about the competition is that people are able to bid for the cakes which raises more money for the cancer charities.

The Orange & Almond cake is a gluten and dairy free cake and requires oranges to boiled for over two hours this makes the cake very moist.  I then covered the cake in an icing sugar and cream mix which is then topped off with toasted flaked almonds and a bit of orange zest to add colour.

The fairy cakes were a version of my Rosie Rhubarb cake but instead of making my normal rhubarb jam I made a rhubarb compote which I think wasn’t the best of ideas.

Perhaps not the cheapest of bakes because of the problems but I had fun and it all helped raise money for charity.

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Lots and lots of cakes

This week has been a very busy week. I made 120 cupcakes for my Granny’s wedding and with the help of my cousins we iced them and decorated them all with top hats, bow ties and head dresses with veils.  Then on Sunday I baked a cake for The Great Abergavenny Bake Off Competition.

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I made a summer celebration cake that was a five tiered cake filled with strawberries and a strawberry cream and then covered all over with a rose topping.  For the decoration I made another cake but this time I coloured the cake mixture with red food colouring and then when the cake had cooled down I crumbled the sponge so I could sprinkle it around the top of my celebration cake.

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This time there were no accidents on the way to the competition.  My cake was judged by Simon @1861restaurant and Danielle from @lovetheangel and I came second winning a wooden spoon to go with my chris Evans Rolling pin that I won in the Cake V’s Pies Competition and also a lovely certificate that I am going to frame.

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I use baking powder in my cake mix.

Did you know that:-  Baking powder is a mix of baking soda, cream of tartar and cornstarch.  It works a bit like yeast but is more quicker and starts to work when it touches water.  The baking powder forms a gas that makes the cake mixture light.