Feijoa Cake

Well feijoa season is well and truly upon us here in New Zealand and the two trees in my parents’ back garden has pretty much exploded with fruit. No-one there really eats them (or, at least, they don’t eat THAT many), but Michael loves them so we raided their lawn. Personally, I’m not a fan of feijoas so I came up with the idea of (what else?) making a cake out of them.

The cake looked and tasted pretty great and the feijoa flavour wasn’t overpowering so it got two thumbs up from me.

Ingredients:

75g butter, softened

1 cup sugar

1 cup mashed feijoas

1/2 cup milk

1 tsp baking soda

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla (I used vanilla bean paste but essence, flavouring, whatever would be fine)

2 cups plain flour

1 tsp baking powder

Method:

1. Cream the butter and sugar together in a large mixing bowl.

2. Mix in the mashed feijoas.

3. Add the milk, eggs and vanilla.

4. Sift the flour baking powder and baking soda together and add to the wet ingredients.

5. Mix it all up and pour into a baking paper lined (or greased) cake tin. I used a regular sized loaf tin.

6. Bake at 180C for 40 mins. I found that the cake was browning too rapidly so I covered it with tin foil after 25 mins.

Happy Baking! πŸ˜€

May 3, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , . Baking, Cake. 1 comment.

Cluster Map Cake

To celebrate his class’s blog getting 20, 000 page views, my Dad asked me to make a cake for him to share with his class, so here it is:

20, 000 Cake

900g of butter, 900g of sugar, 900g of self raising flour, 18 eggs and 2.5kgs of fondant icing. πŸ™‚

November 21, 2008. Tags: , , , , , . Baking, Cake. 1 comment.

Pineapple Upside Down Cake – Mmmm. Retro.

Well our end of year exams for university have arrived and instead of revising for them I’ve been listening to the Kings of Leon, dyeing my hair and making Pineapple Upside Down Cakes (I’ve made three of them in the past week). Is there any better way to procrastinate? πŸ™‚

Anyway, the cake was delicious although I would recommend reducing the baking time by about five minutes because the first time I made it it was a little dry but after reducing the time for the next ones they came out perfect.

Recipe:

Ingredients:

* 90g (3 oz) unsalted butter, melted

* 1/2 cup (95g/3 0z) soft brown sugar

* 440g (14oz) can of pineapple rings in natural juice

* 6 red glacΓ© cherries

* 125g (4 oz) unsalted butter, extra, softened

* 3/4 cup (185g/6 oz) of caster sugar

* 2 eggs, lightly beaten

* 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence

* 1 1/2 cups (185g/ 6 oz) self-raising flour

* 1/2 cup (60g/ 2 oz) of plain flour

* 1/3 cup (30g/ 1 oz) of dessicated coconut

What To Do:

1. Preheat the oven to 180C (350F).

2. Pour the melted butter into a 20 cm (8 inch) round tin, brushing some of it up the sides but leaving most of it on the base.

3. Sprinkle the brown sugar over the base.

4. Drain the pineapple rings and save 1/2 cup of the juice.

5. Arrange the pineapple rings over the base of the tins (five on the outside and one in the centre) and put a cherry in the centre of each ring.

6. Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the egg gradually, beating thoroughly after each addition. Add the vanilla essence and beat until combined.

7. Transfer to a large bowl and fold in the sifted flours, then add the coconut and pineapple juice. Stir until the mixture is just combined and smooth. The mixture will be quite thick.

8. Spoon the mixture into the tin over the pineapple rings and smooth the surface. indent the centre slightly with the back of a spoon so the cake will have a flat base to sit on.

9. Bake for 50 – 60 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean when inserted into the centre of the cake.

10. Leave the cake in the tin for 10 minutes before turning out onto a plate or rack to cool.

The recipe came from ‘The Essential Baking Cookbook‘.

Happy Baking! πŸ™‚

October 17, 2008. Tags: , , . Baking, Cake, Pineapple Upside Down Cake. 2 comments.

Birthday Cake 2: Taste the Rainbow

Michael\'s 21st Birthday CakeFriday was Michael’s 21st birthday and naturally I decided to make him a cake to celebrate. Woo! AS you can see from the photo I iced it in grey buttercream (oh, and that thing is meant to be a heart although it turned out a bit blobby). I know what you’re thinking, a grey cake? Who would want that? But wait! There’s more to this cake than meets the eye. You may think it’s just a boring, drab, grey cake but really, it’s not.

Behold! The colouful psychedelic inside of the cake! Marvel at the bright colours and how awesome it looks!

Isn’t it great? You know you want one. Anyway, this was actually super easy to do although it was a bit time consuming having to split the batter into seven separate bowls and colouring each lot individually, then spreading them one of top of the other in the cake tins. It was well worth it though. πŸ™‚

Here’s a picture of a slice: Psychedelic Slice

June 21, 2008. Tags: , , , . Baking, Birthday, Cake. 3 comments.

Birthday Cake

Aw yeah!Do you know what time it is? It’s time to ROCK OUT! With this cake that I made for my brother’s 13th birthday on Saturday. It took me six hours and I am so proud of it although I was sick of looking at it by the time it was finished.

It’s made up of three cakes (two rectangle ones and a round one which was cut to be the neck of the guitar) and I made the marshmallow fondant myself. I know that the red isn’t as red as it should be and the black isn’t quite as black but I’m not that fussed because it was my first time messing around with fondant and I’d already used half a bottle of red food colouring. And my wrists and arms were killing me from all the kneading that was involved. In fact, I think making the fondant was the most time consuming part of the process. Anyway, it even has a whammy bar (Is that what it’s called?) which Dad made out of a metal chopstick (he bent it and cut it down to size) and then I stuck a lump of icing on the end of it. Yay!

What an awesome cake. It even got some comments from the other thirteen year old boys that were in the house such as: ‘WOW!’ and ‘That’s the best cake I’ve ever seen!’. Which was nice but, you know, he was thirteen so how many cakes can he have seen in his short life? Anyway, I like the cake so much and I am so proud of it that you’re going to be subjected to several more pictures of it. πŸ™‚

Ok. I’ll stop now. πŸ™‚

June 17, 2008. Tags: , , , , , . Baking, Birthday, Cake, Uncategorized. 4 comments.