Baking

Baking with the girls!

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Hot cocoa x

Sometimes the best things in life are the simple things: having a long “chin-wag” with your girlfriends, delectable nibbles and snacks and a nice hot cup of coco (and whipped cream lol)!!!! So in the spirit of things a couple of us decided to bake a cake which turned out light, fluffy and oh so delicious 🙂 

This is a simple sponge cake recipe which would be very ideal for multiple-layered cakes or if you are feeling lazy, something to accompany your tea!

Here’s what we did:

As always it is more ideal to keep wet and dry ingredients separate until you are ready.
First preheat the oven to 160 degrees Celsius. Make sure that all the ingredients are at room temperature particularly the eggs and butter which should be soft but not greasy. 

175g Plain flour, 1 teaspoon of baking powder and a sprinkle of salt should be sifted into a clean, dry bowl. After they should be mixed with a metal spoon for a few seconds.
Within a separate bowl, 175g of softened butter and 175g of sifted castor sugar should be combined until creamy. Bare in mind that more sugar can be added to taste if desired.
3 eggs must then be beaten and poured into the buttercream mixture adding a little bit at a time. This should be followed by a teaspoon of pure vanilla extract. The mixture may still look “creddled” despite this but will change consistency when the flour is added.


The dry ingredients can now be combined with the wet ingredients in a “figure-8” motion. This prevents the cake batter from becoming too tough. A couple of spoons of milk can be added if the batter looks to viscous but this has to be judged by eye. You should end up with a batter that falls into a pre-buttered baking tin easily but is also not too thin. 


Finally the baking tin should be placed in the middle of the oven for 30 mins and checked using a cocktail stick. 

We ate ours with melted white chocolate and strawberries but this cake would suit anything including jam with cream especially if you want to evoke that “tea-party” feel. If you have more time (and energy) you could even make some extra layers with a citrus cream cheese frosting.

 

Its all up to you!!!

p.s Unfortunately I was not able to get  a picture of the cake at the time but I promise you that it was tasty lol

Costanza xxx

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