It started last week when my countdown was at 7 days. First to be baked was Lemon Drizzle which was a first. Little did I know Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood were about to set the same challenge. Not content with my first attempt at Lemon Drizzle I baked it again, this time making the drizzle a thicker consistency, achieving this by using smaller lemons which of course gave less juice and giving me a great crunchy zesty topping.
Then I spotted the #GBBOTwitterBakeAlong run by The Baking Nana and Robert Allen and that just got me inspired further. The first challenge was a Victoria Sponge – a cake I had not baked since 2009; so I was a little bit rusty. The timing for this was great, as Linda my colleague had baked a recipe that I had been threatening to copy it for weeks. I dusted off (well not literally) my cake tins and warmed up the oven.
The cakes went in and I waited impatiently starring into my oven waiting for that moment they looked that beautiful golden colour.
The baking part was easy but the icing was tougher. It was a white chocolate icing which despite following the recipe to the gram was too runny.
I added more icing sugar and reached a consistency I was happy with and hey presto. This cake was sold at work slice-by-slice to raise money for MacMillan’s Coffee Morning which I plan to bake for every week until the 30th.
So what next, well I had white chocolate icing left so on Monday evening I decided to make some Fairy Cakes and top these off with the leftover icing.
My only regret is that I didn’t cut out and insert some strawberry jam. These little cakes went down well at work and helped top up the funds.
Fairy cakes – bargain at 50 pence
Wednesday came and it was GBBO day I thought enough baking I will just enjoy watching but its difficult when you’ve come home to find some less than pert bananas.
Oven on, Kenwood out and banana’s mashed I added some Coconut Flour to my usual recipe.
I loved this new combination and will definitely be experimenting further with coconut and try and make a gluten free cake at some point.
To really push myself I am going to try and make a drizzle loafs as a tribute to a Bounty Bar if you see the standard on #GBBOTwitterBakeAlong you understand why I need to start pushing myself harder.
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