Chocolate Guinness Cake

And the second variety of cake for the last ‘Concert at Cratfield’ is Chocolate Guinness Cake which is based on Delia Smith’s Chocolate Beer Cake in her Book of Cakes. I covered the cake with a chocolate glaze of melted chocolate, beer, and cream. The taste is very good, with coffee, mixed spice, and cinnamon  adding complexity to the…

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.…

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…

The Mucky Duck Chocolate Cake

This weekend is the third Concert at Cratfield in the 2013 season and I am baking – starting with a Chocolate Beer Cake, based on Delia Smith’s recipe. I am adding spices, and I am experimenting with quantities because my tin is so big! The beer is Mucky Duck, made by Buffy’s Brewery and recommended by Roger, who owns The Poacher next…

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,…