Christmas is here – let’s bake some christmas cake!

Christmas cake gift wrapped audreysjl

Christmas cake gift wrapped audreysjl

Hi folks, been awhile. Today I’d like to share with you my go to christmas cake. Now, this is not a traditional fruit cake. It is not dense, it does not take 3 hours to cook, it does not have all fruit and no cake. But, what you will get is something equally yummy – if not better! I can say this as I used to hate christmas cake. I didn’t eat any of the dried fruit which meant I had to pick around it to eat the sponge. As you know, traditional christmas cakes are probably 90% fruit so that was slightly problematic..

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This cake is like all my other cakes – moist, full of flavour and of course uncomplicated. Give it a try, you won’t regret it. The above picture shows one I’ve wrapped and sent to some rellies in London to enjoy. I’ve made the box from a standard manila folder. It uses no glue and no staples – just the folder itself. It fits the cake perfectly. Might post on that someday if I get time!

The Untraditional Christmas Cake Recipe 170°C / 55m

  1. Soak 250g dried fruit (of any kind) in 60ml of rum (or any kind of liquor). If you don’t like alcohol you can soak in some syrup/water instead. Now, how long do you need to soak for? Well, basically until the fruit is slightly rehydrated.
  2. Combine 120g soft butter, 100g sugar, 2 eggs and 40ml water in a bowl. Mix until smooth. Literally, just mix it, you can’t over do it here.
  3. Dump in 150g self raising flour and stir until its combined.
  4. Bake and eat!
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French toast in the arvo | Mushed strawberries & frozen bananas

Just before, I decided to walk to the markets to fetch a pail of water get some avocados and happened across a stall selling strawberries. “1 for $5, 2 for $8, oh hell! I can do 3 for $10!” the man said. Well.. how could I resist? I mean I don’t even eat strawberries and I only intended to get some for my sister.. so I told the guy, “I’ll take 3, thanks.”

Strawberries

So in an attempt to eat strawberries, I thought I’d add a bit to my french toast in the least strawberry-y way I could think of – mushing the hell out of them. I also added some frozen bananas, vanilla ice-cream, golden syrup and voila! Not too bad actually. You may be thinking why I’d go to a market and buy fresh fruit only to come home and use frozen bananas. My answer is, if you have to ask you’ve obviously never tried frozen bananas before. They’re great.

French Toast

Oh, also, why did I take pictures half way through eating? Well I wasn’t going to write anything about it but then half way through I changed my mind.. soo yeah.

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Birthday Cake – Layered sponge with fresh cream, plums and mixed berry

I made this cake for my dad’s birthday today. Trying to be adventurous I attempted to make an orange flavoured buttercream for the first time but it didn’t go so well. The meringue looked alright but after adding the butter it went all grainy and horrible.. So back to my usual, fresh whipped cream! Luckily I had a few plums in the fridge so I chopped those up finely and mixed it through. I then scattered a few on top along with a few berries. In fact, I think it looks better than it would’ve otherwise!

Unfortunately I made the cake the night before and the fresh fruit went a little limp but it tasted good in the end and that’s good enough for me. I’ve listed my (first!) recipe which isn’t really a recipe but more a rough account of what I did.

Dad's birthday cake audreysjl

Dad's birthday cake audreysjl

The recipe is for a basic sponge. All in cup measurements (and to be honest it doesn’t really matter too much if it’s not too precise). Makes 1 small cake.  Continue reading