Cake, Sweet

Good Food Magazine: Rhubarb and Orange cake

I haven’t made this recipe yet but when I finally got round to reading last months Good Food magazine I spotted a recipe that I thought would be perfect for my parents to use – Rhubarb and Orange Cake.

This year they decided to have a go at growing forced rhubarb in a pot and it has been very successful for them, so successful that it appears to be trying to break free from from its little rhubarb prison.  Usually my mom’s recipes for using rhubarb begin and end with rhubarb crumble.  I guess it is pretty good if you like rhubarb but I am not keen, especially when it is a nasty, stringy mush that tastes sour (sorry, that isn’t due to the way my mom cooks it as I am told it is really nice, it is just how my taste buds see rhubarb crumble!)  I like the crumble bit though.

So, after reading my magazine I thought this looks like a perfect recipe to give rhubarb another go and to try and help my parents use up some more of the pretty pink stuff.  I told my mom about the recipe today and she seems really keen to try it.

Hopefully this might change my opinion and I might become a rhubarb fan… because it is one thing that we can’t feed to the chickens.


Rhubarb and Orange Cake

Cupcake, Sweet

Dark Chocolate Cupcakes

I was in the kitchen the other morning with the littlest baker and as she fell asleep in her bouncy chair, I thought I’d make some cupcakes.

I decided to do chocolate as I hadn’t made chocolate ones in a really long time and I’ve been a bit of a chocoholic these last few weeks (years!).  I also had a couple of bars of dark chocolate stashed in my baking cupboard so half a bar would make my chocolate chips.

When it came to icing them I thought I’d use a splash of my Moka Varnelli as its just lovely.  It goes well with any kind of cake and dark chocolate cupcakes are no exception.

I made these cupcakes in muffin cases so they are extra large and I only got 9 out of the mix but if you used normal cupcake size then you’d get at least 12 out.


Dark chocolate cupcakes

4oz SugarDark chocolate cupcakes
4oz Margarine
5oz Self Raising Flour
1 large tbsp Cocoa Powder
2 Large Eggs
75g Dark Chocolate

Buttercream
Tbsp Margarine
5tbsp icing sugar
1tbsp cocoa powder
Dash of Moka Varnelli (or any other flavour you fancy)

Preheat the oven to Gas 4 160c

Cream together the sugar and Margarine till it has changed to a pale white colour.

Add an egg and a tablespoon of flour, mix together then do the same with the other egg and flour. This helps the mix not to look like its splitting.

Separate into the cake cases and bake in the oven for at least 20 minutes or until the cake springs back when you gently press on it.

Once cooled whip up the buttercream ingredients together till the mixture is light and fluffy then use to top the cakes.

Sweet, Traybake

Standby Chocolate Brownies

Chocolate brownies are fab!
I especially love the ones that are all sticky in the middle and have a slight crunch on the top, I think these are usually called American Brownies but the recipe I made at the weekend was from an Australian, and it works brilliantly.

When we went on holiday to Australia last year (oh where is the time going?!) for my birthday my Auntie and Uncle gave me a cookbook from an Australian Chef called Donna Hay. As you probably already know that I love cookbooks so I was really chuffed with it.
One day watching TV I noticed that Donna’s show was on so I watched it and she made this recipe – Standby Chocolate Brownies

It looked so easy to make so I had a go and was so impressed with the results. Strangely, these brownies don’t actually have any chocolate in at all, yet you would never tell as they taste so chocolatey (I don’t even know if that is a word).

If you ever need a simple easy recipe that is so easy to throw together, but that looks and tastes impressive then I would recommend it.