Cake, Sweet

Bread maker Madeira Cake

Have you ever tried to use your bread maker to bake a cake in? I have!

Ever since I had my bread maker for Christmas, I had been curious to try out the recipe that came in the book for a Madeira Cake.  Madeira cake is a pretty heavy sponge recipe anyway but I have to say I wasn’t really too impressed with the results.

The bread maker obviously doesn’t have eyes or fingers to poke the cake with to see if it is ready so the cake was far too over cooked around the edges.  It was so dry that I filled it with lots of buttercream and jam just to try and give it some moisture.  Luckily the birds seemed very happy to be receiving the end pieces to eat – though I’m surprised they weren’t too heavy to fly afterwards.

The other reason I would advise against making a cake in your bread maker (unless something terrible has happened to your oven and you just have to have cake and you can’t get to a shop to buy one) is that the bread maker only does the baking part.  All the ingredients you have to weight out and mix by hand and then you put it into the bread maker just to bake it for you.
And if you’ve ever baked a single cake you know that it is no hard feat just to put it in the oven, that’s the easy part.

So, my review of my bread maker cake… Don’t do it unless you want a heavy, dry, crumbly cake which is only good for birds.

Food Ramblings

My Food and Drink Christmas pressies

Santa was very kind to me this year by bringing me lots of lovely things to eat or bake, I felt very lucky indeed.

I am learning to make my bread by hand and bake it in the oven but there is also a good use for a breadmaker to, so I asked my parents for one for Christmas.
They’ve bought me a really good Morphy Richards one so now we can easily bake our own bread in 3 hours, no matter how little time we have.

Attica Tea
TeaI had this present from my sister and brother in law and its fab. I’ve never seen a tea cafetier before but I don’t know why as it makes the nicest tasting tea, and makes me feel very posh.
My brother in law worked in a tea room for a while so they allowed them to buy one for me.
Everyone knows that I am a huge tea monster and my favourite is Earl Grey with milk. Unfortunately, since I’ve been pregnant and because I’m feeding my daughter I can only have one or two cups of tea with caffeine in, so if I’m going to have one then its got to be a good one.

They also bought me a HUGE jar of Baci Di Dama cookies from Carluccio’s. Yummy.


Cupcake cups


Following on from my ‘i love tea’ theme, I was bought these fab silicon cupcake cups from my other brother in law. I decided to bake some cupcakes for new year and everyone was quite excited by the look of these as they were so cute.