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baking in a summer heatwave…

July 13, 2013

Woodland's-cakeToday Arlo had a birthday party at Woodlands – the beloved took him and three friends in the sweltering heat  – it reached 29C according to our thermometer – so that they could run around like lunatics.

I stayed at home and cooked cakes. It was hotter in the kitchen than it was outside, but I had help from Katrine and Rella was also sharing in the kitchen sauna.

Because they went to Woodlands, I made a Woodlands cake – well I covered a chocolate cake with green icing and made a ball pool and a couple of water slides. There was some discussion as to which water slide I’d recreated and whether my representation was accurate enough! Cheeky lot.

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The cake recipe is loosely based on Julia’s Chocolate Cake from the Gaia Cookbook, but I didn’t have enough golden syrup so used condensed milk instead. Worked OK.

Here’s my  recipe – scaled down from the one I used because my tin was a bit large.

Put 3oz very soft butter in a bowl and add 4 oz brown sugar and 2 generous tablespoons of condensed milk and beat well. Add two large eggs, yolks first then add the whites when the yolks are  mixed in, and beat well.

Fold in 5oz self raising flour, a scant 2oz cocoa powder and 5fl oz milk.

Bake in 2 x7″ round, greased and floured tins at about 160c for 35 minutes or until risen and the cakes are pulling away from the sides of the tin. Leave to cool and then ice with cream cheese icing  (put a dollop of cream cheese into a bowl and then add as much icing sugar as you need to make icing of the right consistency) into which you’ve added some green food colouring. Good cake.

Then when it’s dark you can watch Shrek  – because that’s what the colour of the icing reminds you of.

Just a thought.watching-shrek

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