Following In My Mum’s Footsteps

07/16

Nothing can prepare you for losing a parent. Articles, magazines, websites, self-help books, they all give you tools and strategies to cope with your loss and not one of them worked for me. They tell you to focus on the good times, remember the happy moments. All of that is tremendously hard when you know you will never hear their voice again.

The day I lost her is one I’ll remember always. Being told she was gone. It hit me like a freight train. I screamed I was being lied to. Of course, I wasn’t. Who would lie about such a thing. I knew she was ill. I knew deep down it was a matter of time, but that doesn’t make it easy. I remember thinking ‘she’ll get better’, I thought she would be cured. But there is no cure for cancer. And day after day families around the world are given the heartbreaking news they will never see their loved one smile again.

This was my mum. My protector. My provider. My world.

I was 16. I was a good kid. I did my homework, I did after school activities, I performed in shows, I made my mum proud. As her only child she loved me with all her being and it was very mutual. Yes, we argued, we had our moments, I was a hormonal teenager. There was a time I used to hate myself going over every argument in the last few months she was alive, but that did me no good. I’ve let go of that now.

That morning, I calmly called my head of year at school and told them I wound’t be returning. I called my mums work and gave them the sad news. I tried to keep organised and busy, as my mum would have wanted me to be. It wasn’t until a few weeks later I broke down and that was when my life spiralled into depression. I make no secret of my battle with my mental health as I tried, and failed, to cope with the loss of my mum. I quit school, I got a job, I carried on. But there’s only so much front you can give when you haven’t properly grieved.

And so I grieved, for years and years. Not fully accepting it. Not wanting it to be true. Going through the denial, the anger, the bargaining and all of the other steps they tell you about on a photocopied leaflet in a fluorescent lit waiting room.

My tale of depression and baking my way out of it is another story. What follows now is something different. This one is for her.

Brought up by my mum who was a single parent, having no siblings and having lost my grandparents as well, there wasn’t many people in my life who I saw every day who knew my mum. Memories and reminiscent conversations were scarce. Photos over the years had been lost and damaged and in the end, I wasn’t left with much.

Last August, on what would have been my mum’s 62nd birthday, I found a picture. One I didn’t remember seeing before. It was of my mum standing outside what looked to be a Tudor building. It intrigued me.  I had no idea when it was taken, where it was or who was with her.  After a quick search of the name on the building, I discovered it was only half an hour down the road from me!

Armed with my camera and a sat nav, Tim and I drove down and found the exact building. I got out of the car and was awash with so many emotions. I stood where she stood, saw what she saw and we recreated the shot.

Britt & Marie

The building looked a little worse for wear, I hear there was a fire. The garden is overgrown and the shop was shut. I have no idea how long had passed between these two photos but it hasn’t really changed that much.

 

Skip forward to this year, I was looking through photos of a family day to the beach. My mum in a bikini top and shorts, my nan in a summer dress, my grandad in short trousers and a hanky on his head and a 4 year old Britt in a polka dot swimsuit (my love of polka dots started from an early age, clearly!). I was sure this was Leysdown. A beach I have many, many happy memories of visiting in the summer holidays. Tim and I drove down there, picture in hand. I looked around and remember feeling so disappointed. This wasn’t the location. I was at a loss as I didn’t really remember us going anywhere else.

We got ice cream, played mini golf and enjoyed our day out. But I was determined to find this beach.

Turns out, I wasn’t that far off! It was Sheerness beach. On the same island and a short drive away. On our next free weekend we drove down and even though as I stepped out of the car, there wasn’t the familiarity I had in Leysdown, as I held up the picture and saw the surroundings match, tears filled my eyes.

Britt & Marie Sheerness

I sat on the plinth where my mum rested in the sun, looking over at my nan who took the picture. Tim sat where my nan did and we got this shot. You can see by my outfit compared to my mum’s the weather must have been slightly different!

 

The last photo I have to share with you is one that has been in a frame for 15 years. Wherever I have lived, wherever I have ended up, it has always come with me. It’s a photo of my mum and me that is rather special. It was taken in 2001 on my first and only foreign holiday, to Mallorca, with my mum. I remember getting sunburnt on the first day (some things never change!), my mum looking so beautiful in the sun with her Italian olive skin and long black hair. We had lost my nan earlier that year and she took us away to just be together and celebrate life. It was just a few months later she would be diagnosed with terminal cancer.

The bottom photo was taken this week. Tim and I didn’t book our holiday so close to this location on purpose, it was a happy coincidence. When I saw we would be going there, I simply had to find the location of this photo. I cried when I saw it. I felt so grateful to be there again.

Cuevas Drach Pic

In these three photos, I’m sitting or standing in my mum’s place as she now lives on in me.

My baking and blogging may have helped me out of one of the darkest times of my life, and for that I will always be thankful. Whilst I am aware my depression and mental health was sparked by the passing of my mum, I am also aware my grief is a different matter. It’s a different kind of pain. One that stays with you. One you find ways to learn to cope with.

This is my way.

Everything I do and have in my life I dedicate to my mum. I would not be the strong, confident business woman you see without her. She taught me to go after my dreams, no matter how big they are. She taught me to always believe in myself, even if I didn’t think I could do it, even if I didn’t think I was worth it. She taught me that I can do anything I put my mind to. She instilled so many values, morals and lessons in me that I will be grateful for, for the rest of my life.

I feel so lucky to have had her as my mum, to have been blessed with her presence, her humour, her smile, her laugh. Those memories are so precious to me and now, these recreated photos have a special place in my heart too.

Life is what you bake it.

Britt xo

Poké Ball Cookies

07/16

I used to love Pokémon when I was younger. I was always on my Game Boy trying to catch them. Imagine my surprise when now, as an adult, it’s cool to play with Pokémon again!!

In case you missed it, there’s a new App called Pokémon GO! Not officially released in the UK as I type this, but it has already taken the world by storm! It was released in the US and Australia last week and is already more popular than Instagram and Tinder! It combines the Pokémon universe with our own and tasks the player to go out in search of Pokémon that may be hiding in our house, by monuments, in parks, anywhere!

There was a way to get it in the UK featured on The Guardian website and I caved this morning. I’ve been catching them since! There are articles already to suggest how it can benefit mental health by getting people to go outside in search of Pokémon. I know when my depression was at an all time high, nothing could get me out of the house for love nor money!

I think it’s a great game and this is a fantastic idea and to celebrate I’ve made these Poké Ball Cookies! A tasty, no-spread sugar cookie with a cute Poké Ball sugarpaste design!

Ingredients;

  • 125g cold unsalted butter
  • 125g caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 250g plain flour

For the decoration;

  • Red, white and black sugarpaste (ready to roll icing)
  • A large circle cutter
  • Two small circle cutters
  • Pizza cutter
  • Paintbrush & edible glue (or water)
  • Piping gel (or buttercream)

Method;

  1. Cream together the butter and sugar
  2. Add in the egg
  3. Add in the flour and mix until a dough forms
  4. Wrap this dough in cling film and chill for 30 mins
  5. Roll out the dough onto a floured surface
  6. Cut out large circle cookies
  7. Place these on a baking tray and chill again for 15 mins
  8. Bake at 170C for 15-20 mins
  9. Leave to cool completely
  10. Roll out white and red sugarpaste (ready to roll icing) onto a surface dusted with cornflour
  11. Cut out a circle of each the same size as your cookie
  12. Cut both circles in half
  13. On one cookie, stick down half red and half white sugarpaste with either a little piping gel or buttercream
  14. Roll out black sugarpaste and cut a strip
  15. Stick this strip down on the red/white join with edible glue/water
  16. Cut out a small black circle and stick this in the middle
  17. Cut out a smaller white circle and stick this on top
  18. Enjoy!

If you want to turn your baking hobby into a career, check out my ebook How To Start A Cake Business From Home for everything you need to know about running a successful baking business, including pricing, marketing, insurance and much more!

Give it a try and let me know how you get on either on Facebook or Twitter or Instagram.

Happy baking!

Britt xo

Happy Birthday To Me!

06/16

Yesterday was my birthday and yes, I did indeed make my own birthday cake.

I’ve made my own birthday cake since I first started baking back in 2011 and I have loved every one of them! I love seeing how I’ve progressed and am so proud of my baking journey and how far I’ve come!

This years cake was something special. A unicorn inspired, sweet shop filled, 6 layer birthday cake extravaganza! Hope you like it as much as I do!

Unicorn Birthday Cake

Here are a few pictures while I was making it and to answer a few questions;
The cake and buttercream recipes can be found on my classic madeira cake recipe page.
The ‘funfetti’ inside are sprinkles by Scrumptious Sprinkles.
The buttercream was coloured using concentrated Sugarflair colours.
The stripy buttercream outside was made following a tutorial on Iced Jems fantastic page.
The custom topper was made by IcedRainbow.

Happy baking!

Britt xo

Making of the unicorn birthday cake

How To Bake And Ice A Number Cake

06/16

This week, I made a 70th birthday cake for my partner Tim’s wonderful mum, Pauline. Back when I was making cakes every week, I made my fair share of number cakes and I can remember when I first started doing them, what a nightmare they were! So, I took the opportunity to document what I did and how I did it in the hopes it may help you when baking and icing number cakes in the future!

The first thing you will notice with a lot of number tins, is that they are bottomless. They are basically shaped frames to bake in.

Lining The Tin

So, the first thing we need to do is create a bottom for the cakes and line them, and for that you will need a few things;

  • Number tins
  • A baking tray per number
  • Greaseproof/baking paper
  • Tin foil
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Cake release
  • Silicone pastry brush

Because I flip my cakes over and use the top as the bottom to make it nice and level, I need to make sure I flip my tin over so it bakes the wrong (right) way around, otherwise I will have a back to front 7! As per picture 1.

Draw around the inside of your numbers onto the greaseproof paper and cut them out. Put these to one side for now.

To create the ‘bottom’, place the number onto a sheet of tinfoil, then, fold up the sides of the tinfoil tightly around the number.

To properly line the tin, paint the inside with cake release. Then, gently unravel a strip of greaseproof paper along the inside, pressing it firmly against the sides to stick down (to know how to get the right size strip, check out my lining a tin step by step here). Then, do the same for the middle of the number, wrapping this in a strip of greaseproof paper also.

Then, paint the bottom of the foil ‘tin’ we have made and stick down the greaseproof number we cut out earlier. Repeat this for any other numbers you are doing.  *Note* When lining a zero, make sure to cut the inside hole a little bigger to fit over the frame.

Baking The Cake

For this cake, I am using my vanilla madeira recipe which I have adjusted. This recipe will also fit an 8″ round cake.

Ingredients

  • 300g self raising flour
  • 300g caster sugar
  • 300g Stork/butter
  • 85g plain flour
  • 5 eggs
  • Teaspoon vanilla

Method

  1. Cream together the caster sugar and Stork/butter
  2. Pour in the eggs, mix well
  3. Add in the flour, mix well
  4. Finally, add the vanilla
  5. Mix on a high speed for 4-6 minutes

I find the best way to get cake mix into awkwardly shaped tins is by using an ice cream scoop. You have more control over it and you’re less likely to get it all over your greaseproof paper and sides.

Bake this at 140C for 1 hour 30 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.

Now that the cake is baked, you can see there was a slight bit of leakage when it was baking in the corner of the 7 and the hole of the 0 but a little bit is absolutely fine, it means we get a little snack! Normally I would say to turn the cakes upside down and leave them to cool on greaseproof but I don’t use this method for number cakes as they can be very fragile. Instead, I let them cool like this in the tin for a few hours with a tea towel over the top just to make sure nothing can get into it. I’ll turn them upside down later.

Once cool, carefully slip them out of the tin and wrap in clingfilm and leave overnight. Because these can be so delicate, giving it time to firm up will really help us when we come to split and fill it.

Splitting & Filling

Firstly, level the cake by cutting off and excess rise using a cake leveller. I highly recommend using one of these over a knife for precision. Then very gently flip the cake over. I put a silver cake board on top if it and then used the green one below it to flip it over carefully.

I will be filling my cake with a dense vanilla buttercream for stability. I have used 500g unsalted butter to 1kg icing sugar and two teaspoons of good vanilla and this was enough for both numbers. If you’re only doing one number you can halve this recipe.

Using a cake leveller, cut into your cake. I always split mine twice so I can even out the filling and it looks pretty when you cut into it too! So I make the first cut 1/3 of the way up the cake, and another halfway between the first cut and the top of the cake.

Use another thin cake board to slip between the layers and lift up the rest of the cake, otherwise you may risk breaking the sponge as it will be thin around the edge. Spread over your buttercream filling and jam if you’re using it and by using the thin cake board, you can slide the top section of the cake back onto the filled section. Repeat for the second layer.

Pop this into the fridge to firm up for 15 minutes while you do the same for the second number.

Once your cake has chilled you can ‘crumb coat’ it. This is when you spread a layer of buttercream on the outside of the cake to keep the crumbs in, help keep the cake fresh and to act as an adhesive for the sugarpaste/icing. Once you have done one layer, pop it back in the fridge briefly for about 5 minutes then do a second layer. This ensures a nice and smooth finish under the suparpaste/icing.

Icing The Cake

I am going to be covering my number cakes in a layer of sugarpaste, also known as icing. For this, I am using 1KG of icing per number. Roll out your icing onto a surface dusted with cornflour between spacers or to ¼” thick.

Using your rolling pin, gently lift up the icing and place gently over your cake. Start to smooth it with your hands in a ‘scooping up’ movement so as not to tear the edges. Then, carefully cut away the excess icing.

For the hole in the middle, make a small cut using a sharp knife in the middle of the hole and smooth down the icing into the hole as far as it will go. Don’t try and make it touch the bottom as there won’t be enough and you risk ripping and tearing the inner edge. Instead, cut a strip of sugarpaste and place it in the middle of the hole like the middle picture. Using your hands, gently push this onto the cake, smoothing down as you go. There will be a small trace of a line, but nothing noticeable. Complete this with a smoother as per picture three and smooth the rest of the cake too.

For the 7, the place you will have difficulty is the inner corner as you can see in picture 1 above. To cover this, cut a shape loosely like the gap and push this into place. Smooth it down with your fingers at first in circular motions to stick down, then use a smoother to finish. If you’re going to “crimp” the outline of your cake as I have done, do this now.

Leave these cakes to set overnight before trying to move them or decorate them. It’s much easier to work with harder, set icing than soft icing where you risk damaging it.

Now is when I recommend icing the board too. I’ve gone for a marbled purple style but the choice is yours! I’ve used a 20″ x 14″ cake board to fit both numbers. A single number would only need an 18″ x 14″ board. To find out more about how and why to cover boards, check out my article here.

Assembling The Cake

It’s now the following day and it’s time to assemble the cake. The best way to stick down a cake to an iced board is by using royal icing, the cement of the cake decorating world. Having measured roughly where I wanted to place my cake onto the board, I have painted an 0 with royal icing as you can see in the picture one above. I’m then using two large palette knives to carefully lift the number into place. Be careful when pulling the palette knives out. Pull them out straight and not angles otherwise you risk damaging your sugarpaste/icing.

Then, leave the cake to set on the board before decorating as desired! I have used edible flowers and petals on the cake, small sugar blossoms on the board and a 25mm purple ribbon around the border of the cakes, stuck down with a dab of royal icing. I have also given the board a ribbon edge using 15mm satin ribbon and thin 3mm double sided sticky tape.

And there you have it! How to bake and ice a number cake start to finish! This madeira cake recipe will last up to two weeks from the day you bake it, about a week once split and filled and 3-4 days once you’ve cut into it.

You can watch me bake a madeira cake in real time on my Facebook page here; PART 1PART 2.

Give it a go and let me know how you get on, either on Facebook or Twitter or Instagram.

If you want to turn your baking hobby into a career, check out my ebook How To Start A Cake Business From Home for everything you need to know about running a successful baking business, including pricing, marketing, insurance and much more!

Happy baking!

Britt xo

The Drinks Cellar Food & Drink Blogger Awards 2016

06/16

Oh wow! I have fantastic news!

I’ve been informed this morning that She Who Bakes has been lets everyone know you’ve been shortlisted for The Drinks Cellar Food & Drink Blogger Awards 2016!

BUT! I need your help to win! The awards go to the public vote on July 4th 2016 and I would really appreciate your support!

Visit http://www.thedrinkscellar.com/blog-awards-2016 from 9am on July 4th to vote for me!

I started this blog in 2013 as a way of documenting my baking journey and how baking helped my mental health and battle with depression. Three years on and clear of any and all anti-depressants and with a fantastic blogging community, I am so proud of all I have achieved. So, if you have baked my recipes, read my articles and if any of my advice has helped you, please vote for me!

Happy baking!

Britt xo

Raspberry & White Chocolate Cake by She Who Bakes for Stork

06/16

I’ve teamed up with Stork to celebrate the Queen’s 90th Birthday and the Patron’s Lunch to create some fun and delicious recipes for you to bake at home!

This Raspberry & White Chocolate Cake is the perfect showstopper to add to your event table this summer. You can find this recipe here.

Give it a try and let me know how you get on either on Facebook or Twitter and Instagram. Also, come follow @bakewithstork on social media for more wonderful recipe ideas!

Happy baking!

Britt xo

 

Sunday Roast Pasties by She Who Bakes for Stork

06/16

I’ve teamed up with Stork to celebrate the Queen’s 90th Birthday and the Patron’s Lunch to create some fun and delicious recipes for you to bake at home!

These Sunday Roast Pasties are my take on a classic British staple meal combined with buttery pastry. You can find this recipe here.

Give it a try and let me know how you get on either on Facebook or Twitter and Instagram. Also, come follow @bakewithstork on social media for more wonderful recipe ideas!

Happy baking!

Britt xo

 

 

 

 

AEG SteamBake Oven – A Review by She Who Bakes

06/16

I’ve had an AEG oven since I had my new kitchen built a few years ago and have loved it! As some of you may know, I bake ‘low and slow’ when it comes to my cakes and bakes opting to bake for longer at a lower temperature. I find this makes for a better, more even bake and reduces the risk of raw middle mix as well as providing a nice flat top for cakes! Check out my article here to read more about that.

Back in March I was asked if I would be interested in replacing my current AEG oven with a new SteamBake oven, courtesy of AEG, to test out bake with and review. I, of course, said yes! I was provided with some delicious looking promo shots, like the one below to demonstrate how much SteamBake can improve bakes, how could I refuse? I was very excited. Within the fortnight, a lovely chap from AEG came to take out my old oven and install my new one. He was friendly, polite and efficient! He had replaced it before I’d even finished my cup of tea! I was very impressed.

The Oven

The outer controls looked similar to my old oven with a few differences. The settings and temperature were on dials to the right and left and there are five buttons in the centre. The main difference was the SteamBake setting located on the right. All of the functions are really easy to use and I was happy to see one my my favourite functions, the internal thermometer to tell you the exact temperature inside the oven, was still available. As a baker, this is so important!

Pre-heating the oven took just a few minutes and when it’s ready it beeps at you (If you watch my Live Bake-A-Long on Facebook you can see just how quick this is from when I turn it on to when you can hear the beep a few minutes later!) I LOVE how quick it is. I’ve been known in the past to completely forget to turn the oven on, get baking and… oh. Now I’ve got to wait and my cake mix is spoiling! I once had an oven that took nearly 20 minutes to pre-heat. This is so fast!

It produces a nice, even temperature which is key for baking. Having baked a few times in a gas one and also a conventional oven, I cannot recommend a fan assisted oven highly enough. The even heat produces an even rise and a great bake.

SteamBake

After watching the oven in action at the Good Housekeeping Institute with an event by AEG I attended back in March, I was really excited to see just for myself how it could be used and what the end results would be! After a quick read of the manual which was very detailed but easy enough to understand, I decided to give it a go.

I’ve worked with AEG to create three recipes using the SteamBake function, a Sun-Dried Tomato & Parmesan Loaf (Also known as Pizza Bread!), Lemon & White Chocolate Muffins and a Baked Raspberry & Vanilla Cheesecake. All three need a nice moist bake with a lovely crust, something I was assured the SteamBake function could offer me.

It was so easy to use, simply fill the well in the bottom of the oven with 100ml water, select your temperature, press the SteamBake button and wait for it to beep! In less than 5 minutes it was ready for my bakes. One thing I will say, when it’s pre-heated and you put your bakes in, open the oven door and step away just slightly. It’s very hot in there and I got steam all over my camera when I was trying to snap a picture of the inside! Haha! Try to be quick with putting in your bake as well otherwise you will lose all that key moisture from the steam.

In fact, I have found if you are using the SteamBake function, to turn the temperature down by 10 degrees or so from what your recipe dictates, unless it has been specifically written in using a SteamBake oven, like my three listed above, as it is hotter than even a fan oven.

Also, cleaning up afterwards is very easy too. You will see a ‘dried on’ patch at the bottom of the oven where you poured the water and if you’re like me you will dread getting out the rubber gloves (I hate cleaning!) but I was pleasantly surprised that with a wet sponge, it just wipes away! No mess. The oven also has a Pyrolytic Cleaning function, which literally burns the dirt off! I’ve not had it long enough to need that yet but I’m looking forward to trying that out!

Verdict

So what do I think? Well, having been an AEG oven user for a while now, and having loved my old oven, I did wonder if the addition of the SteamBake function would make that much difference and in all honesty, I really think it does. Whilst I baked great loaves of bread in my old oven, this one gave it a better rise and a crispier crust. It gave my muffins a moister bake and a delightful crunchy outside and my baked cheesecake was perfect.

I think it’s a great bit of kit and the perfect oven for if you’re looking to take your bakes further. A professional oven in a domestic setting. I highly recommend it. To find out more about the AEG SteamBake oven range, click here.

Happy baking!

Britt xo

Recipes

Baked Raspberry & Vanilla Cheesecake by She Who Bakes
Sun-Dried Tomato & Parmesan Loaf

Lemon & White Chocolate Muffins Recipe by She Who Bakes

N.B Oven provided for free by AEG to test and review, but my views are my own, impartial and honest.

 

Classic Madeira Birthday Cake Recipe

06/16

A classic birthday cake will have a few elements to it. A soft vanilla sponge, tart seedless raspberry jam, smooth vanilla buttercream and a layer of sugarpaste (ready to roll icing).

Contrary to popular belief, most birthday cakes aren’t a ‘Victoria sponge’. A Victoria sponge is a soft light sponge, baked in two sandwich tins then put together with jam and fresh cream. Lovely for an afternoon tea, but doesn’t lend itself well to be covered in sugarpaste (ready to roll icing). For this, you are better off using a madeira recipe. It’s close textured and firm, whilst still being light and soft to eat. The inclusion of plain flour makes it stronger and better for decorating.

It’s also perfect for carving cakes too, although if you are carving, I recommend popping the cake in the freezer for about 15-20 minutes before starting work. This will reduce crumbs and make your life a lot easier! For more about freezing cakes, click here.

Below is my 7″ round (my most popular size of birthday cake ordered) vanilla madeira recipe and vanilla buttercream recipe. It also is perfect to make 12 cupcakes, for more on cupcakes click here. Make sure all of your ingredients are room temperature as this will help make a better bake! I also recommend lining your tins. I bake one deep cake and use a cake leveller to cut my cake into there sections (see lemon cake below) as opposed to using individual tins, however, this recipe can be used in sandwich tins, just lower the baking time to 35-40 minutes. I use PME tins that are seamless tins made from professional quality anodised aluminium.

Should you wish to scale the recipe up or down, a number of helpful charts to work this out are easy to find with a quick google. The convertor on CakeBaker is great and they also have a handy app.  I also like this one found on The Pink Whisk or you can use the water trick I explain here.

To make the cute owl toppers in the above picture, check out my tutorial here.

For more information on how to decorate your cake and go from home bake to showstopper, check out my list of latest online cake decorating courses here.

Madeira cakes

Vanilla Madeira Cake Recipe

  • 200g self raising flour
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 200g Stork/butter
  • 50g plain flour
  • 4 medium eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  1. Cream together the Stork and caster sugar.
  2. Add in your eggs.
  3. Add in your flour.
  4. Add the vanilla.
  5. Mix for 4-6 minutes on a high speed.
  6. Pour mixture into a greaseproof paper lined, 7″ cake tin. 
  7. Bake at 140C (fan assisted) for 1 hour 30 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. (Check after 1 hour)
  8. Once baked, after 5 minutes on the side, turn out onto a sheet of greaseproof paper and leave upside down to cool. This ensures a nice flat top.
  9. Once cooled, wrap in clingfilm overnight to ‘settle’.
  10. Once split, filled and iced, this cake will last 7-10 days and will freeze well for 3 months.

NOTE: This recipe is for a 7″ round tin. It is not enough mixture for bigger tin sizes. For this, you will need to convert the recipe here.

For a chocolate madeira;

Follow the recipe above and replace the plain flour for cocoa powder and add 100g melted dark chocolate. For chocolate buttercream, follow the recipe below and add two tablespoons cocoa powder and 50g melted dark chocolate.

For a lemon madeira;

Follow the recipe above and add the zest and juice of two lemons. Alternatively add two teaspoons of lemon extract. For lemon buttercream, follow the recipe below and add two teaspoons of lemon extract and the zest of one lemon.

Vanilla Buttercream Recipe

  • 250g unsalted butter
  • 500g icing sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  1. Cream the butter on it’s own for a few minutes.
  2. Add icing sugar.
  3. Add vanilla.

You can watch me bake this cake in real time on my Facebook page here; PART 1. PART 2.

Give it a go and let me know how you get on, either on Facebook or Twitter or Instagram.

If you want to turn your baking hobby into a career, check out my ebook How To Start A Cake Business From Home for everything you need to know about running a successful baking business, including pricing, marketing, insurance and much more!

For more information on how to decorate your cake and go from home bake to showstopper, check out my list of latest online cake decorating courses here.

Happy baking!

Britt xo

Lemon Madeira by She Who Bakes

Topped with Scrumptious Sprinkles Lemon Crunch & Lemon Jelly Squares! I LOVE them!! xo

Facebook Live Bake-A-Long!

06/16

Out of all of my recipes on my website, the one I get asked the most about is my Classic Madeira Birthday Cake.

It’s a perfect staple recipe for all occasions. It’s easy to customise, great to ice and decorate and lends itself to freezing too, oh and it’s delicious!

This Saturday 4th June at 11am GMT I will be baking this recipe live on my Facebook page!

You can come and watch me, ask lots of questions, see how I work in my kitchen and the best part is, you can bake a long at home! I will be making a 7″ round vanilla madeira cake over the course of the day.

The first live video will be me baking the cake and then I will go back on live an hour and a half later when it’s baked so you can see the steps I take next to ensure a flat top and how to keep it moist and fresh for when you want to decorate it!

The ingredients you will need to do it with me at home are;

  • 200g self raising flour
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 200g Stork/butter
  • 50g plain flour
  • 4 medium eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla

You’ll also need;

  • Cake ingredients
  • 7″ round tin
  • Greaseproof paper & cling film
  • Scissors & pencil
  • Cake release (spray, tub, tube, whatever you’ve got!)
  • Silicone pastry brush
  • Big spoon/spatula
  • An oven!

I also recommend using a stand mixer for this as I will be, but a hand mixer is also good!

I look forward to seeing you there!

Britt xo

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