TEN OF THE MOST POPULAR BRITISH CAKES……

1. Welsh cake – A traditional Welsh snack which is made from flour, sultanas, raisins and currants.


2. French Fancy – A very British iced sponge cake topped with buttercream and fondant icing.


3. Fat Rascal – A rough domed-shaped type of cake, similar to a scone, made with currants and candied peel.


4. The Victoria sponge – this was named after Queen Victoria who favoured a slice of sponge cake with her afternoon tea.


5. Lemon Drizzle – A classic sponge cake made in many parts of England for Easter Sunday.


6. Bakewell tart – Bakewell pudding (a puff pastry and almond paste delicacy) is thought to be made as a mistake by the cook of Derbyshire landlady Mrs. Greaves who misunderstood her instructions.


7. Battenburg – it has a distinctive check-patterned marzipan-covered cake is alternately coloured pink and yellow.


8. Eccles cake – A small, round cake filled with currants and made from flaky pastry with butter and can sometimes be topped with demerara sugar named after the English town of Eccles in Manchester. (My Dad’s favourite) ūüôā


9. Jaffa Cake  РAn orange-flavoured snack which is either a cake or a biscuit.


10. Chelsea bun – Made of a rich dough flavoured with lemon and cinnamon and rolled into a square spiral shape, which was first created in the ’18th Century’, at a Bun House in London.

What’s your favourite British Cake?

 

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#NATIONAL CAKE WEEK – 2nd – 8th OCTOBER…

It’s National Cake Week this week in the UK so get out your scales and pop on that Pinney to make your special cake this week.

A movable feast that is always celebrated in the first full week of October. National Cake Week was founded by Lynn Hill in 2011, with the sole purpose of celebrating and sharing a whole cake together with family and friends. You will find a cake at the heart of almost every formal and informal gathering, whether in the office, a family birthday party, or a wedding and who doesn’t love a slice or two?

Cakes come in all shape sharing sizes, round, square and rectangular. Semi-naked, the cake of course, not the baker, with a feather-light sponge, filled and topped with fresh fruit, or a chocoholic overload that is sure to send you into a sugar rush high.

Whatever the occasion, National Cake Week is the time to celebrate the humble cake in all its glory. Share your creation on social media using the hashtag #nationalcakeweek

Also, share in here for us all to admire.

 

8 TIPS ON HOW TO MAKE THE BEST CAKE TEXTURE…

We all try to make our cakes taste delicious but at the same time it’s important to have the right texture to your cake. Some tips I have found to help you make the best cake texture are –

  1. Add 2 tablespoons of salad oil to your cake mixture, as this can keep the mixture moist and less crumbly.

2. Try using buttermilk instead of milk as it gives a better texture to your        cake. For every 250ml of buttermilk used add half a teaspoon of baking soda.

3. If you weigh four whole eggs in their shells, then whatever the weight is, ¬†that’s how much each of flour, sugar and butter you should add. This will ¬†ensure an delicious cake every time.

4. Measure all your ingredients accurately.

 5. Avoid over mixing as it can cause a heavy texture, beat the mixture until it  is just smooth.

6. Bake your cake immediately once mixed as the baking powder begins to  act as soon as its combined with liquid.

7. Leave scones for a minute before you pop them into the oven as resting  them allow the baking powder to become active.

8. Never open the oven for at least the first half of the baking time as the cold  air will interfere with the rising of the cake.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE SANDWICH FILLING?…

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The British love their butties, we’ve been enjoying sandwiches since it became popularised by the aristocracy back in the 18th century.

Now, afternoon teas, street parties, buffets and lots more occasions are enjoyed with a plate of sandwiches. But the question is which is the most popular?

From cheese, egg, fish, meat, salad, vegetarian, curry and tea recipes using bread, wraps, pininis, bagels and rolls, you name it we eat it.

One of my personal favourites is a club sandwich which can vary depending on what country I’m in.

Crazy for Tea , have a selection of English tea sandwich recipes as well as lots more available on the internet.

According to the Daily Mail the Nations favourite sandwich fillings are –

1. Egg mayonnaise – 24%
2. Cheese – 21%
3. Ham – 17%
4. Chicken – 13%
5. Tuna – 7%
6. Bacon, lettuce, tomato – 7%
7. Prawn mayonnaise – 5%
8. Jam – 3%
9. Crisp – 2%
10. Peanut butter – 1%

Post from the Daily Mail:

They say that the British sandwich market where you buy on the go is worth around £2.8 billion.

TOP TEN TIPS ON BAKING A CAKE…

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  • When using two fillings (jam and cream), spread each one on a different half of the cake and then sandwich together.
  • .If you haven’t got time to decorate your cake then wrap it with cling film and leave in the fridge overnight before you decorate it.
  • Incorporate dry ingredients together with a whisk before adding them to wet ingredients.
  • Always start and end with dry ingredients when alternating with wet ones.
  • .Ingredients for cakes should always be at room temperature.
  • Put a tablespoon of tapioca into your apple pie, it will absorb excess water while baking.
  • .Store flour in an airtight container as it keeps better that way.
  • .To keep cartons of double cream fresher for longer, turn the carton upside down in the fridge.
  • If your custard goes lumpy then quickly pop the base of the pan into some cold water and keep whisking until it is smooth again.
  • For firmer whipped cream, beat with honey rather than sugar.
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TOP SIX#VALENTINES GIFT OFFERS FOR UNDER ¬£10…

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Valentines Day will soon be with us and the promotions and gifts are in every high street store. I will kick off my top six with this beautiful heart shaped box of cupcake chocolates from Chocolate by Cocoapod Chocolate for £9.

My second choice is this Date Night Selector from UK Party Games, where you spin the arrow to decide one of 16 fun dates for £3.99

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Another very reasonable one from Squiggly Sweets is this ‘Mini Love Box’, which contains¬†6 x Mini Solid Belgian Milk Chocolate Hearts 4 x Love Heart Rolls 6 x Haribo Heart Throbs Great for sharing with your lover on Valentines or as a romantic gift. Another great price at only ¬£5.99

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Of course Valentines Day wouldn’t be the same without some exclusive chocolates included in the list and this Personalised Affection Art Love Chocolate Bar¬†by CPM for ¬£5.83 should definitely be on the list.

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Or this lovely ‘Love You’ Heart filled box with¬†the finest Belgian Milk Chocolate from Barry Callebaut containing 33.6% Cocoa solids.These sealed food-safe clear Heart boxes are filled to the brim with scrummy Belgian Milk Chocolate Buttons and are each decorated with a grosgrain ribbon and swing tag. Made by Sweets & Chocolates Stores for only ¬£5.95

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Of course it’s also a great day for proposing and what better way that to hand your loved one this Red Rose Flower Velvet Jewellery Display Box, she/he would have no idea there was something very special inside it. Made by Houseweety for a mere ¬£2.99.

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