Coffee Cakes

Today is the last ‘Concert at Cratfield’ in the 2013-14 season and I think I have achieved a good-tasting Coffee Cake, although I am still not happy with the icing and filling. The recipe is the Double Espresso Brazil Nut Cake from Dan Lepard‘s Short & Sweet. I am still not happy with the filling and icing.…

Sticky Lemon & Poppy Seed Cake – Dan Lepard

I wasn’t happy with yesterday’s Lemon Cake, probably because I altered Delia Smith’s recipe from Cakes. So today I baked a Sticky Lemon & Poppy Seed Cake from Dan Lepard’s Short & Sweet. (There is also a recipe on the internet, where the quantities are different.) I followed the recipe in the book with the small alteration of separating the eggs and folding in the stiffly beaten…

Lemon Drizzle Cake Dilemma!

For the fifth Concert at Cratfield I planned a new Carrot Cake recipe, only the concert goers were not keen on my moist Carrot Cake, bursting with carrots, raisins and walnuts, the lemon glaze cutting through the sweetness of the cake … So, I need to try something else. Lemon Drizzle Cake is often mentioned so I consulted…

Shapes of Cakes

I am working on The Cake Book and thinking about the shapes of cakes, and my cakes tins. The Three Ginger Cake is ready, recipe and shape, and I am going to include an adapted version of Dan Lepard’s Orange Cake. Both use the same cake tin in different ways – the ‘tins’ are silicone moulds and are easy to use.…

Dan Lepard’s Coffee Cake

Last weekend I tried Dan Lepard’s Double Espresso Brazil Nut Cake from his fabulous book Short and Sweet. I used Delia Smith’s Coffee Mousseline Icing from Delia Smith’s Book of Cakes as a filling and a coffee water icing (with a splash of lemon) over the top. The cake froze well and tastes very good – not too strong,…