Sunday, 10 August 2014

Frosted Citrus Bundt Cake and A Peach Fresh Cream Swiss Roll

 After months of waiting, Great British Bake Off is finally here! I love watching this show with a mug of coffee and a slice of cake, as the twelve contestants battle it out to be crowned the 2014 Great British Bake Off best amateur home baker.

 This week was Cake week and can we just discuss Iains hilarious attempt at scoring the Swiss Roll every few inches under the steely gaze of Paul Hollywood and the  'Oh please don't carry on doing this just look at me YOU'RE DOING IT WRONG' look on Mary Berry's face.

Another contestant I love to watch is 17 Year old Martha - she seems so cool calm and collected and I think has a pretty good chance of winning this year! Hopefully anyway.

Now on to the contestant that left - Claire. After watching GBBO Extra Slice when she made her showstopper how it was meant to turn out, I can imagine it was pretty gutting for her because her chocolate cherry cakes seemed to explode when she took them out of the oven in the tent. Hmm.. Maybe she should've renamed them 'Chocolate Cherry Volcanoes' because you know "that's how they were meant to be"

So, for the weeks that Great British Bake Off is on, I'll attempt to bake something similar to what they've been baking in the tent and post them here on the blog for you to read.

For the 'Technical Challenge', the bakers had to bake a cherry cake in a Bundt cake tin so seeing as I had mini Bundt tins (4 for £4.99 from TKMaxx) I attempted a Citrus cake which went down extremely well with my family and barely touched the plate! The sponge was moist yet light and super tasty



Lime, Lemon and Orange with a sprig of Mint


Ingredients -
  • 175g Butter
  • 175g Caster Sugar
  • 175g Supreme sponge flour
  • Rind of one Lemon
  • 3 large eggs
  • 75g Lemon and Lime Marmalade
  • An orange

Frosting- 
  • 100g icing sugar
  • 2 Tbsp melted Lemon and Lime marmalade and a little Lemon juice

Method -

  1. Preheat oven to gas 4 and beat the sugar and butter until pale and fluffy
  2. Finely grate the rind of a Lemon
  3. Brake the eggs into a bowl and beat lightly with a fork. Slowly incorporate the eggs into the mixture
  4. Beat in the Marmalade and Lemon zest
  5. Slowly incorporate the flour with a metal spoon into the mixture just until the flour can no longer be seen. Then add the juice of half an Orange
  6. Spoon the mixture into the desired cake tin and bake until golden brown
  7. Once removed, mix the icing sugar with the melted marmalade and you may need a few drops of Lemon juice to slightly thin the icing out but the icing should still be quite thick and opaque
  8. Drizzle once the cake has cooled and enjoy


For the 'Signature Bake', the contestants had to attempt a Swiss Roll and here's my attempt (The roll is not up to Mary Berry's standards but hey not too bad for a first attempt!) The recipe I used is here


Fresh Cream and Jam with Peach
I hope you enjoyed this post and give these a go yourself. Also, why not let me know your favourites for GBBO 2014 in the comment section below




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