Sunday, 28 October 2012

Aumtumn's Cake

So I utterly failed to post every day during National Baking Week ... life got rather busy on Friday and then Saturday I was off to the land of the far South West and Cream Teas, Cornwall. I have had the most peaceful week walking the dogs around the Lanhydrock Estate, enjoying the sunshine visiting port towns and eating too many cream teas; I am avoiding standing on the scales!! Obviously the internet is slower & sketchier in Cornwall, must be the fact that it is further away from London or something like that?! My friend seems to have the same problem with her internet ... in far south west Wales; geographically roughly the same ... could be valid!!

Here is my ode to Autumn. Everything about it screams Autumn and goes perfectly with a cup of tea by a log fire ... tried, tested and verified!

Serves 10-12
Pre-heat the oven to 180°C
Bake to perfection for 22 minutes

You will need the following:

200g Butter
100g Caster Sugar
75g Light Soft Brown Sugar
50g Dark Muscavado Sugar
4 Eggs
225g Self Raising Flour
1Tbsp Baking Powder
1Tsp Nutmeg
1Tsp Cinnamon
1 Drop of  Vanilla Extract
2Tbsp Pressed Apple Juice 
(or the juice of half an Apple)

275g Icing Sugar
1Tbsp Plain Yoghurt
25g Butter
1Tsp Apple Juice

4Tbsp Hedgerow Jam

A handful of Flaked Almonds & Crushed Walnuts to scatter
x2 8" Cake Tins

Measure out your butter

Combine the sugars and butter

Till pale and fluffy, then add in the eggs one at a time

Sift in the flour, spices and vanilla extract
Fold in

Add in the apple juice 

Finally fold in the baking powder 

Grease the two tins with butter, then sift in a bit of plain flour 

Coat the tins in the flour and dust of any excess  

Fill the two tins with the mixture 

Place just below the centre of this oven
bake to perfection for 22 minutes 

Whilst baking, make the icing sugar
Mix together the butter and icing sugar 

Add in the yoghurt & apple juice 

Ice your cake 

Top with flaked almonds and crushed walnuts 

Spread the jam on the base layer and then sandwich the two layers together 

Sprinkle your cake with crushed walnuts and flaked almonds 

Enjoy ...

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