#9 - cake chat

Saturday, November 09, 2013

Today I'm going to talk cake - because who doesn't like a good slice whether it be chocolate, lemon or carrot?

I really enjoy baking when I have the time and find it strangely therapeutic - but only when I have people to share the goods with. There's no point in baking a cake just for yourself.

Luckily I've had some good events to bake for over the last two weekends - a friends birthday, and my nieces birthday. So here's what I made...

Plum, Orange, Pistachio & Cardamom Cake (recipe courtesy of The Simple Things magazine)

  • 150g light brown sugar
  • 250ml sunflower oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1Tbsp orange juice
  • seeds from 12 cardamom pods, crushed
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger (I used fresh grated ginger)
  • 300g self-rising flour
  • 350g plums - diced (note the original recipe uses rhubarb, but I prefer plum)
  • 80g pistachios, chopped
This is a really simple recipe - and it tasted delicious. First beat together the sugar, oil and eggs. Next stir in the orange juice, cardamom and ginger, and fold in the flour. Lastly stir in the remaining ingredients. Bake at 180 degrees for about 1 1/4 hours, or until lovely and brown on top.

Let the cake cool, and then ice with a cream-cheese icing. I added a bit of lemon juice and rind for zest and decorated with chopped pistachios.

Ta daaaa.....

Plum, Orange, Pistachio & Cardamom Cake, from The Simple Things magazine

Sweetheart Victoria Sponge

Victoria Sponge is one of the easiest cakes to make in my opinion - and it's always enjoyed by all. I used my regular recipe, which you can find here - Claire's Sweetheart Victoria Sponge.

The cake went down especially well with all the adults at my nieces birthday party.

Sweetheart Victoria Sponge

Hope you're all having a lovely, cake-filled weekend.

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