Honey Tea Cakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting and Flaked Almonds

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What happens when you have 10kg of honey that’s too grainy and bitter to use for smoothies?
You try to use it up…. in as many ways as possible. Hence, honey tea cake time 🙂 I gave them cute little crowns of flaked almonds because, well… it’s cute. And delicious!

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This is a melt and mix style of recipe, which makes six pretty large individual cakes. They didn’t even last until the next day, so I’m not sure if they are just as delicious the next day, but keep them in an airtight container and they should be fine 🙂

Honey Tea Cakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting and Flaked Almonds
Ingredients:
Cakes:
150g butter
370g honey
3 eggs
245g flour
2 tsp baking powder
Frosting:
30g butter, softened
60g cream cheese
100g icing sugar
2 tsp cinnamon

Instructions:
Melt the butter and honey over very low heat until the butter is melted. Leave to cool for 20 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 160 degrees Celsius. Grease a 6-hole Texas-muffin pan.

Beat the eggs lightly and mix into the butter and honey mixture, followed by the flour and baking powder. Mix until combined and pour into the tray. Bake for 35 minutes, until the tops spring back when lightly touched. Cool in the tins for a bit and then unmold and cool completely.

To frost, beat the frosting ingredients together until light and fluffy. Spread on top of the cakes and arrange the the flaked almonds around the edges.

Makes 6.

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Banana-Blueberry Cakes with Avocado Frosting

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Avocado is a superfood. Blueberries are a superfood. Banana and apple have always been drilled into us as part of a healthy diet. The result? Not so guilty pleasure! And it looks pretty too 🙂

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If you haven’t made many mini cakes, I would recommend you try it! It’s quite easy to get hooked, I already made some carrot and boysenberry ones previously. All you need to so is bake one sheet cake and cut afterwards. You end up with some off cuts but they never seem to go to waste 😉

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For once I went to town on the picture-taking. I hope they give a good idea of how I piped the frosting etc.

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Some of you may have worked with stevia before and be quite familiar with it. If you haven’t, and don’t have any in your wonderful kitchen haven, then you can use some honey and/or icing sugar to sweeten the avocado frosting.

 

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Aren’t edible flowers amazing, may I add……? Thumbs up nature. I also made some smaller ones without the flowers:

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They were just as delicious but they just have another look.

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Now that I have spammed you, I shall get onto the recipe!

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Blueberry-Banana Mini Cakes with Avocado Frosting
Ingredients:
Banana-Apple Cake:
3/4 cup white flour
3/4 cup wheat flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 egg
1 small banana, mashed
1 apple, grated finely
3 Tbsp vegetable oil
1/2 cup water
Avocado frosting:
1 avocado
Dash lemon juice
1 tsp stevia (ground leaf), or to taste
To decorate:
1 small punnet blueberries (only a handful really)
Edible flowers
Desiccated coconut

Instructions:
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius and line a 20cm square cake tin.

In a large bowl, mix together the flours, sugar, baking soda and baking powder. In another bowl, mix the egg, banana, apple and vegetable oil. Fold the wet ingredients into the dry and add the water a bit at a time until you have a thick but pourable batter. Pour into the tin and bake for about 20 minutes, until a skewer comes out pretty much clean when inserted into the middle. Leave the cake to cool.

Take out of the tin and cut into the desired shapes you have in mind. As you can see, I make three larger cakes (about 10cm diameter and four little ones (about 4cm diameter).

Make the frosting; either use a little blender to blend the avocado, lemon juice and stevia or pass the avocado through a sieve until there are no lumps, and then add the lemon juice and stevia. Mix until combined. Spoon the frosting into a piping bag or plastic bag and snip the corner (Note: I found it best to have all the pieces of cake arranged on a tray and to ice each one, then decorate and decide which to put as the top/bottom after).

Now arrange the blueberries as the filling (on the larger cakes) and on top, followed by the edible flowers and sprinkle with the coconut. Place the top layers on the bottom layers and plate up if you are serving to a group. Or maybe you just want to impress yourself, go ahead!

Enjoy. Please. The frosting isn’t as good the next day, but the cake lasts amazingly, it’s just as good on the 3rd day as the 1st. I blame the fruity goodness.


H
ave a good week everyone 🙂

 

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Fresh Strawberry Loaf

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If only strawberries were in season all year….

Thankfully there is room and time for cake no matter what time of the year it is.

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This is the final result of a punnet of almost-mushy strawberries. Enjoyed with Greek yogurt and peach compote!
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Plus this was all done in a mini-blender. Only measuring involved, no manual mixing!


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Enjoy everyone 🙂

Strawberry Loaf Cake
Ingredients:
1/2 cup strawberries, chopped
2 eggs
2 Tbsp sugar
2 Tbsp oil
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup white flour
1/2 cup wheat flour

Instructions:
Grease a 10x20cm loaf tin. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.

In a mini blender, whizz up the strawberries to a pulp. Then add the rest of the ingredients and pulse until JUST combined. Pour into the tin and bake for 30 minutes until a skewer comes out clean when inserted. Cool for about 10 minutes then take out of the tin and enjoy warm or cold. Or even toasted!

Lemon Zucchini Bread

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This delicious and quick snack bread is sweetened with powdered stevia, and will 100% satisfy your afternoon tea cravings 🙂

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If you don’t have any powdered stevia, you could add more sugar and sweeten to taste. I can’t tell you if it’s as good toasted the next day because it didn’t last more than 24 hours before being eaten… one of those recipes 😀

You could omit the glaze and serve with sweetened yogurt or cream.

Lemon Zucchini Bread 
Ingredients:
Bread:
2 eggs
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup oil
Zest and juice of one lemon
1 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/3 tsp powdered stevia leaf
3/4 cup grated zucchini
Maybe a dash of water
Glaze:
3 Tbsp icing sugar
1 tsp butter, melted
Lemon juice
To decorate:
Lemon zest

Instructions:
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius and grease a 10cm by 20cm loaf tin (this is quite a weeny loaf 🙂 ).

In a bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar, oil and lemon juice and zest until combined. In another bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and stevia. Gently fold half of the dry ingredients and half of the zucchini into the wet ingredients, followed by the rest of the dry ingredients and the rest of the zucchini. The aim is not to over mix; the batter will be quite thick, but add a dash of water if you think the dry ingredients aren’t mixing in well enough.

Pour into the tin and bake for 25 minutes, until a skewer comes out clean when inserted. Cool for 10 minutes in the tin, then un-mold and leave to cool slightly.

When the cake is cooled, mix together the glaze ingredients and pour over the top of the cake. Top with some lemon zest if desired. Enjoy while it’s still warm and the glaze is runny or when cooled completely. Lasts well, and is just as delicious the next day if kept in an airtight container.

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Mini Carrot Cakes with Quark Frosting

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Hello and welcome to what is yet another post about mini layer cakes (more to come) featuring poor quality photos that don’t seem to want to enlarge very well 😦

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But at least there is cake. Or mini cakes at that 🙂
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I’ve been meaning to try a frosting using quark (strained yogurt) for a while now, as to avoid the delicious but typical butter and icing sugar affair. Don’t get me wrong though, buttercream is one of the most heavenly creations on this planet!
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You could easily use a raspberry jam, or even apricot would go well, just as long as you strain it for the frosting part. These cakes are quite petite, so they make a good afternoon tea treats 😀

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Mini Carrot Cakes
Cake:
3 eggs
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 tsp ground stevia leaf
7 Tbsp oil
Zest and juice of one lemon
Dash of vanilla
1/4 cup ground almonds
2 tsp baking powder
1&1/2 cups plain flour
4-5 carrots, finely grated
About 1/2 cup water
Boysenberry Quark Frosting:
2/3 cup quark (you can strain about 1 cup plain yogurt overnight)
2 tsp seedless boysenberry jam
1 tsp honey
To fill and decorate:
Boysenberry jam
Crystallised flower petals
Small patio roses
Extra jam

Instructions:
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius and line two 20x20cm cake tins with baking paper.

Beat the eggs and sugar until light, pale and fluffy. Gently mix in the stevia, oil, lemon zest and juice and vanilla. In another bowl, combine the ground almonds, baking powder and flour. Fold into the wet mixture alternatively with the carrot and water. When JUST combined, pour the golden, delicious batter into the cake tins and bake for 25 minutes until a skewer comes out clean. Cool in the tins.

Now, to assemble. Using a 4cm diameter cutter (I used a cup actually!), cut out lots of little rounds. Make the frosting by mixing the quark, jam and honey together.

Spread some frosting onto the top of each round, and on half of them, spoon a wee bit of jam. Place another layer on top and decorate with the flowers or swirled jam.

The frosting tastes best on the day it’s made, so you could bake the cakes the day before and assemble on the day. Makes 9 🙂

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Leftover-Porridge Banana Cake

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Another banana cake, but this one is different?! It’s handy to use up that porridge you didn’t eat, and those bananas that got a littttle too brown. Plus it’s perfect for breakfast or a pudding! Enjoy 🙂

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Leftover-Porridge Banana Cake
2/3-3/4 cup leftover porridge
Two mashed bananas
1 egg
Cinnamon, vanilla, chinese five spice
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup any sugar or honey (add a bit more flour if you use honey)
1 cup-ish flour (depends on how much porridge)

Instructions:
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius and line a 20x20cm tin (or just grease it!).

In a bowl, mix all the ingredients together. Yup, that easy. Pour into the tin and sprinkle with some more spice if you like. Bake 35 minutes, until only a few wee crumbs stick to the skewer when inserted. Cool slightly and enjoy!

Apple-Oat Dessert Cake (Vegan!)

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Just a quick wee recipe to get you through the week! If it is fall/autumn in your area of the world, then these apples will be a hit, I’m sure 🙂 Plus it’s all one bowl! In half an hour, you can have morning or afternoon tea on the table. I had mine with some leftover caramel sauce (use coconut cream instead of cream if you are making vegan caramel sauce).

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Have a good week everyone! 😀
Vegan Apple Dessert Cake
Ingredients:
250g wheat flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp ginger
100g brown sugar
210g apple, chopped
1 Tbsp white vinegar
1/4 cup oil
1 cup water
1 Tbsp oats to top

Instructions:
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius and line a 20cm square baking tin.

In a large bowl, mix in the flour, baking powder and baking soda, ginger and sugar, followed by the apples. Make a well in he middle and mix in the vinegar, oil and water until all combined. Pour into the tin and top with some oats, Bake for 20 minutes, until a skewer comes out with only a few crumbs.

Cut and enjoy!

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Chelsea’s Strawberry Genoise Cake

 

 

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Another cake! This one was a birthday cake for one of my friends, a sweetheart who adores anything French and speaks the language well (we have been learning it together since we were 10 years old…..!). As you can see it was strawberry season when it was made….. It’s a tad more complicated than my usual cakes and slightly more ‘francais’ so if all the components seem a little over the top altogether, then just adapt and take what you will from it 🙂

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It looks pretty anyway! Although I have to admit I used food colouring for the pink icing, something which I am not usually fond of doing…..

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Anyway, here is the recipe!

Chelsea’s Strawberry Genoise Cake
Genoise:
3 eggs
125g sugar
40g flour
30 g cornflour
35g butter, melted
Crème Mousseline:
1 yolk
2 Tbsp sugar
15g flour
100mls milk
30g seedless jam (raspberry)
35g butter
Italian Meringue:
1 egg white
50mls water
50g sugar
Pinch of cream of tartar
Extras:
Some plain icing on top if you want.
(I used ½ cup icing sugar with some hot water and pink food colouring)
Jam to fill
Strawberries to decorate
Edible leaves to decorate

Instructions:
Begin with the genoise. Place a large metal or glass bowl over a pot of boiling water, and preheat the oven to 160 degrees Celsius. Grease a 20cm diameter cake tin) if it has a removable bottom then don’t forget to line it too!). Don’t forget to melt the butter.

Place the eggs and sugar in the large bowl and whisk, whisk, whisk! Keep whisking until the batter is thick and pale. You should be able to drizzle the batter into a figure of eight before it sinks in. Remove it from the heat. Sift the flour onto the batter and fold in. Do the same for the corn flour. Lastly, pour in the melted butter and fold until just combined. Pour the batter into the tin and bake for 30 minutes until the cake springs back when lightly touched. Cool in the tin.

Meanwhile, start on the crème mousseline. In a small bowl, whisk the egg yolk, sugar and flour until pale. Heat the milk until boiling/steaming, and pour it a bit at a time into the yolk mixture and whisk well. Pour the egg and milk back into the saucepan and heat on LOW heat. With a spatula or wooden spoon, mix until the crème is thick and like custard. Keep mixing because there is not a lot of crème in the pan and it will glug up fast if you aren’t careful! When done, transfer to a bowl or cup and chill.

Now to assemble; cut the sponge in half horizontally. On the top of the bottom layer, spread on the jam of your choice, then top with the crème mousseline. Place the top layer on top. Spread on the plain icing.

Now to make the Italian meringue! Place the egg white and cream of tartar in a clean mixing bowl; beat until frothy. Separately, heat the sugar and water together until the mixture reaches, soft ball stage, or 110 degrees Celsius. Working quickly, turn up the speed of the mixture (or get your arm working harder!) and pour in the syrup in a thin stream. Beat continuously until the meringue is thick and fluffy, Dollop or pipe the meringue around the edge of the top of the cake, into a big whispy tiara. Arrange mint leaves and sliced strawberries on top. Done!
NOTE: you can sprinkle the cake with some simple syrup or liqueur before assembling.

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Cinnamon and Orange plus White Chocolate ‘Piggy’ Birthday Cakes {100th Post!}

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Here are my birthday cakes! My uncle celebrates his birthday on the same day as me, hence my ‘excuse’ for not being able to choose between two flavours 🙂 Do you share a birthday with a family member? So many people tell me that they share their birthdays with uncles!
He said that the decoration I put on the piped butter cream looks like little piggy faces, here is a close up:

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And here is the gorgeous crown of nut brittle on the cinnamon cake. I have a thing of giving cakes crowns because I think they look glorious. I’ve done it on my carrot cake, my blackberry-banana cake, my (square) banana-chocolate-caramel cake, also on my sunburst tarts!

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And this brittle is super easy to make, you just pour caramel onto the nuts and within minutes it is set and ready to go! It was a very last minute idea……

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These cute wee beauty was a white chocolate mud cake, with raspberry coulis filling and white chocolate buttercream.

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And then there is the older sister, slightly more down to earth and less superficial, and who probably has a couple of kids and is raising them in a house just outside the city, so that they can play on a swing in the summer and go swimming at the beach.
Oh, it’s a cinnamon orange cake with cream cheese frosting and filling and nut brittle.

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I have to admit that I didn’t BAKE them myself as I was on my way back from Wellington to Christchurch, I just iced and decorated them 🙂 I’m getting the recipes that my friends used so I will update them soon!

To make the White Chocolate ‘Piggy’ Cake:
Double this cake recipe to make two layers:

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Then fill the two cakes with any red/pink jam you choose.

Top with your favourite buttercream. Pipe some blobs around the edge, and decorate with candy ‘snouts’ and ‘eye’s 😉

To make a Nut Brittle Crown:
In a saucepan, gently heat 1 cup sugar in a saucepan.

On a greaseproof mat, sprinkle out some mixed nuts.

Keep heating the sugar, not stirring but swirling occasionally, until it turns to an amber coloured caramel. Pour over the nuts and leave to set.

Break up into shards and stick into the frosting on the edge of your cake!

 

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Enjoy everyone 🙂

 

Pistachio, Blueberry and Pansy Pavlova ({Gluten Free} Birthday Cake Alternative)

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(Don’t know what happened to the quality of that picture, sorry! ^)

Today I get to ice my birthday cake 🙂 That makes many people happy, constructing a big cake and making it look all pretty, then sharing it with everyone?

Anyway I wanted to show that you don’t have to have a cake to have a glorious creation to showcase at your birthday. A stack of meringues can do just the trick! Plus they can be simpler!

(here is a smaller version….. v)

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Anyway, I hope you enjoy; I catch a plane soon so I thought I would post while I get the time. When is your next break? Do you have any baking planned? Do comment 🙂

 

 

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Pistachio, Blueberry and Pansy Pavlova 
Ingredients:
Pavlova:
8 egg whites (at room temperature)
400g caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 Tbsp cornflour
Blueberry Coulis:
1 cup frozen or fresh blueberries
To Assemble:
Handful of pistachios
Crystallized pansies
300ml cream, whipped to soft peaks

 Instructions:
Preheat the oven to about 120 degrees Celsius. Line two baking trays with greaseproof paper. If you like, you can trace three plates/cups are gradient-sizing as guidelines for later on.

Whip the egg whites in a large bowl until they are light and frothy. Increase the speed and start adding the sugar a bit at a time. Continuing whipping for about 10 minutes until the sugar has dissolved (you shouldn’t be able to feel it when you rub some between your fingers). Mix in the vanilla and cornflour.

Spread the meringue onto the trays, so you have three big circles, getting smaller. Bake these babies for about an hour, or until they are slightly crunchy on the outside and cooked through. Cool on the trays.

Meanwhile, make the coulis! Cook the blueberries over low heat until thickened. Cool.

When you are ready to assemble, carefully transfer the biggest circle to your serving plate (doesn’t matter if it breaks) and layer on some cream and a bit of coulis. Place the next layer on top and then repeat. Finally, arrange on your top layer and spoon the coulis over the whole thing. Sprinkle on the pistachios and arrange on the pansies. Done!

Serves a good 10+ people. You can make the pavs a day before if you like.

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Have fun everyone!