Strawberry cake

Just found this post sitting in my drafts folder from a few weeks ago and thought it was about time I posted it ……oops x

I made this at the same time as I made my Lemon meringue cupcakes for the Itsgood2eatcake2 event and have some how forgotten to schedule it…..haha x

But here it is now, better late than never x ๐Ÿ™‚

Blog photos_0008_edited-1

Ingredients

  • 210g self-raising flour
  • 25g cornflour
  • 225g golden caster sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 225g unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus more for greasing tins
  • 4 large eggs
  • 225g fresh strawberries, hulled and chopped into small pieces
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 250g fresh strawberries hulled, to decorate

For the filling

  • 250g butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 600g icing sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • pink food colouring
  • 3-4 tbsp strawberry jam
  • A few fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced

Blog photos_0015_edited-1

Method

Buttercream

  1. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and vanilla. Blend in the sugar, a quarter at a time, beating well after each addition.
  2. Beat in the milk, and continue mixing until light and fluffy.
  3. Add the food colouring and mix thoroughly.
  4. Keep icing covered until ready to decorate.

Blog photos_0016_edited-1

Sponges and construction

  1. Preheat the oven to 180ยบC. Grease 2 x 20cm sandwich tins and line the base of each tin with baking paper.
  2. Sift the flour, cornflour, sugar and baking powder into the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until evenly mixed. Add the butter, eggs, strawberries and vanilla extract and process briefly until well combined, but not overly processed.
  3. Divide the mixture evenly between the 2 cake tins and smooth the tops with a spatula. Bake in the centre of the oven for 25 minutes, until a skewer inserted into the centre of one of the cakes comes out clean.
  4. Leave the cakes to cool slightly in their tins for 10 minutes and turn out on to wire racks.
  5. When the cakes are completely cool, remove the baking paper circles from their bases. Place 1 cake on a plate and spread with a thin layer of strawberry jam.
  6. Then place a thin layer of sliced strawberries on top of the jam.
  7. Hold the second cake and ice the underside of it with a 1cm thick layer of vanilla buttercream.
  8. Carefully place on top of the first cake, iced side down. Once the cakes are sandwiched together, ice the top with the remaining buttercream and top with the fresh strawberries.

This cake is best served immediately, as the fresh strawberries do have a tendency to soften and bleed their juice into the the icing quite quickly.

Blog photos_0017_edited-1

Advertisements

More cake!!!!! #ItsGood2EatCake2

After the success of the the firstย It’sGood2EatCakeย charity cake eating event, theย Edinburgh Bakersย held there second event last night for the amazing Edinburgh children’s cancer charity Itsgood2giveย run by Lynne McNicoll.

It’s only 3 weeks now until Lynne and Wilma (and 29 others) are going to be climbing Mountย Kilimanjaro to raise money for the charity, they have raised ยฃ86,000 (approx) so far and are hoping to reach their target of ยฃ100,000 by the time all the monies are in, so if you would like to help please pop over to either or both of their donations pages hereย orย hereย and give generously x Good luck when the time comes girls x

The Venue this time was the stunningย Cafe Musa on the moundย again, which is always just the perfect place to enjoy cake and good company x With Alison, Wilma, Wendy and Lou doing such a great job hosting and organising everything in the background with military precision everyone got their cake and was able to stuff their faces to their hearts content. โ™ฅ

And of course I was allowed the honour of taking photos again this time of all the wonderful cakes that everyone had lovingly created and brought along with them, before they were devoured x Special thanks to Lauryn and Nadine for helping me get through all the cakes by writing all their labels and running them to the table to be photographed, they are wee stars x I’d still be there yet without their help x

There was a raffle again this time, with lots of amazing prizes (one of which I won…………Yeah!!) , the raffle tickets were diligently handled and sold by Ross again with the help of one of his friends this time.

And the star prize was another glorious cake made by Lou atย LoulaBelle Bakesย fair hands x Totally stunning, with an actual teacup and saucer made out of fondant on the top!

Itsgood2eatcake2_0198_edited-2

All in all, it was another glorious evening with great friends, that has hopefully raised a tonne of cash for a very deserving charity x

The Pommery champagne cafe bar

@EdinburghBakers at the Pommery bar, photo courtesy of @DantoBlaBlaBlah x

This Saturday was a day of glamour and self indulgence for me with an extremely lavish trip to the pop up Champagne bar hosted in the Signet Library just off the royal mile in the centre of Edinburgh x The Pommery champagne cafe bar have created a very sophisticated and decadent little space in the Library for those looking for a bit of luxury during the Festival and I revelled in the opportunity to get dressed up and head out in to town in my finery and I felt perfectly at home in my surroundings and company.

We were there to partake in one of their Champagne afternoon teas and had been extremely well organised ย by the very busy Alison on behalf ofย The Edinburgh Bakersย to enjoy as a group during this years festival. And it was a glorious afternoon of laughter, CAKE, tea and ย of course Champers and lived up to all of my expectations.

Pommery bar

Firstly they brought us these pretty little glasses of Fizz, which tasted divine, I could certainly get used to Champagne on a regular basis I think ๐Ÿ™‚ x

Pommery bar

Then our sandwiches arrived, I think my favoured bready delight was the cucumber and mint sandwiches funnily enough, not a combination I can say that I have ever tried before, but they were closely followed by the cheese scones of yumminess x

Pommery bar

And then there was CAKE!!!!!! And they all lived up to the very high standards that we as Edinburgh Bakers have come to expect in a quality cake, the chocolate brownies were absolutely sensational!!! But my favourite by far of all these goodies was the little lemon possets………..mmmmmmmm…….It was just so creamy and…….Well……lemony!!

Pommery bar

Thought you may like to see these pretty’s a little closer, just to get you salivating!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Pommery bar

And of course the Lemon Posset too………even I’m salivating again now x

Pommery bar

So all in all a huge thumbs up from Lucy!!! The surroundings were just so pretty and ornate that it just set the scene for our enjoyable Afternoon tea and allowed us to have some great fun with all the other lovely people in our company x Thanks again for organising Edinburgh bakers, you excelled yourself again x I can’t wait for the next Event at Cafe Musaย to see you all again x

#itsgood2eatcake โ™ฅ

This gallery contains 22 photos.

Last night was my second event with the Edinburgh bakers,ย which happened to be a charity event this time in aid of the local Edinburgh based charityย It’s good 2 give!!ย run by the wonderfully dedicated Lynne McNicoll,ย who help to support young people … Continue reading