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Cardamom cake

White Chocolate, Orange and Cardamom Cake

Hello bakers! I’m back with a blog for you all! After a busy couple of months I haven’t posted since this mega Coconut and Lime Meringue Cake in February but I have still been very busy baking and have some lovely new recipes to share with you! Today’s recipe is a White Chocolate, Orange and Cardamom Bundt Cake. It is light, sweet and zesty and the addition of cardamom gives it a subtle spicy grown up flavour. I made it in a bundt tin as the cake itself is simple and using a bundt tin makes it still look special and is very effective. I glazed the cake with a white chocolate ganache and topped with pistachios and orange zest.

Cardamom cake

 

To make this cake you will need:

250g white chocolate (melted)
250g butter
260g caster sugar
zest and juice of 1 orange
15 cardamom pods (or 1tsp ground cardamom)
300g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
4 large eggs
160ml natural yogurt

Start by preheating the oven to 160C and grease and flour a bundt tin.  Cream the butter and sugar together and then beat in the eggs one at a time and mix in the orange zest. Crush the cardamom pods open and use a pestle and mortar to crush the seeds inside so that you have approx 1tsp ground cardamom. Add the flour, cardamom and baking powder and fold into the batter. Now add the juice of an orange and the yogurt and fold in.

Cake mix

Finally add the melted white chocolate and fold into the batter. Pour the mixture into the greased cake tin and bake for approx 50 minutes or until a skew inserted into the cake comes out clean.

Bundt cake

 

Leave the cake to cool in the pan for 10 minutes before turning out onto a rack to cool completely. While the cake is cooling in the pan make an orange syrup to flavour the cake. You will need 100ml orange juice and 2tbsp sugar. Heat the orange juice and sugar in a pan until the sugar has dissolved. Use a skewer to make holes in the top of the cake and spoon the syrup over the cake.

Leave the cake to cool

 

Now to make the white chocolate ganache glaze. You will need 100ml double cream and 100g white chocolate, as well as pistachios and orange zest to finish.

Heat the cream gently in a pan, once almost boiling take off the heat and stir in the white chocolate until completely melted. Spoon the ganache over the top of  the cake and leave to drip over the sides. Sprinkle with pistachios and orange zest.

White chocolate orange and cardamom cake

Sliced cake

 

Enjoy and happy baking!

Lottie xx

Slices of cake

White Chocolate, Blueberry and Lemon Layer Cake

With exams over it is time to bake! This is my end-of-exams-celebratory-baking cake and is inspired by Peggy Porschen’s absolutely lovely layer cakes. I recently took a trip to the Peggy Porschen Parlour (you can read about it here) and loved the cakes so much that I bought her Boutique Baking book. It is full of such pretty cakes in lovely pastel colours, perfect for spring/summer. I particularly like the stencil effect she uses on a lot of her layer cakes so it was this book that inspired this cake. I also based the sponge recipe on a recipe from the book, the original recipe is for a gorgeous White Chocolate Passion Cake, I added some lemon and changed the quantities (as sadly I don’t have any 6 inch tins so had to make enough to make a 3 layered 8 inch cake – time to invest in some more cake tins I think!) to make the sponge for this White Chocolate, Blueberry and Lemon cake.

Blueberry, white chocolate and lemon cake

 

Slices of cake

These are 3 of my absolute favourite flavours and I think they work really well together, I used them before for these lovely chewy cookies. This cake is a white chocolate and lemon sponge, filled with a blueberry and lemon curd (homemade!), coated in a whipped white chocolate and blueberry buttercream and decorated with fresh blueberries and a dusting of icing sugar. I used a stencil from this pack, I love the effect cake stencils give, so simple yet so impressive and this bird one is my favourite in the set.

Cake stencil

The cake itself is lovely, moist and chocolatey, it is almost like a blondie. To make the white chocolate and lemon sponge (based on Peggy Porschen’s White Chocolate Passion Cake from Boutique Baking):

This will make a 3 layer 8 inch cake.

180g white chocolate
250ml milk
90g soft light brown sugar
330g golden caster sugar
3 large eggs
320g plain flour
1.5 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
zest of 1 lemon

Layer cake

Preheat the oven to 160C and grease and line 3 sandwich tins (you could also make it in 1 tin and divide into 3 once cooled). Put the chocolate in a saucepan with the milk, brown sugar and 130g of the caster sugar. Heat the mixture and stir so that all the chocolate is melted and bring the mixture to the boil. Take off the heat. In a bowl cream together the butter and the rest of the caster sugar. Add the eggs one at a time and beat well. Add the flour, baking powder, lemon zest and salt and mix in with a spatula. Now add the chocolate mixture to the cake mix (the hot chocolate mixture tastes delicious – try it before you mix it in!) a splash at a time, mixing in well until it is all well combined. Divide the cake mix between the tins and bake at 160C, if you are using individual sandwich tins this will take about 30 minutes. Once cooked the cake should be golden and coming away from the side of the tin. Leave them to cool in the tins before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely. Do not try to ice a still warm cake, it just goes wrong and with these cakes they will firm up if you leave them for a while, making them easier to trim and ice.

Blueberry and Lemon

The Blueberry and Lemon Curd is best made first or even better would be to make it the day before so it has time to firm up. The addition of blueberries to lemon curd gives it a fantastic purple colour that I love. You will need:

200g frozen blueberries
2 unwaxed lemons
200g caster sugar
100g unsalted butter
3 eggs and 1 egg yolk

Start with the blueberries, put them in a pan and gently heat them, breaking them up as you stir them. You want them to release there juices and to break up, once this is done then pour the blueberries through a sieve, pushing as much through as you can. You should get a gorgeous deep purple juice/puree. Discard what remains in the sieve. Use a fine grater to zest the lemons and put the blueberry puree, lemon zest and the juice of the lemons in a heatproof bowl with the butter and sugar. Put the bowl over a pan of simmering water, as though you were melting chocolate. Stir and heat until the butter has melted. Whisk the eggs together and then add them to the mixture, whisking well until it has all combined. This now needs about 10 minutes to cook, but keep stirring every now and then. The mixture should be creamy and thick after 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and leave to cool. Keep in the fridge until you need this.

Icing the cake

The White Chocolate and Blueberry frosting is make using blueberries to give the lovely colour, you will need:

200g frozen blueberries
250g unsalted butter (softened)
250g icing sugar
50g melted white chocolate

Start with the blueberries by making a blueberry puree like you did for the curd. Heat the blueberries in a pan so that they break up and release their juice and then push them through a sieve. In another bowl beat together the butter and sieved icing sugar, whipping it until it is nice and light. Add the chocolate and mix well. Now add the blueberry juice a bit at a time until you get the colour that you want.

Sliced cake

You can now assemble the cake.

Stack the 3 layers on top of each other with a layer of blueberry and lemon curd in between each of them. Use a palette knife to spread the frosting over the cake. The best way to do this is to first spread a very thin layer over the cake to catch the crumbs and give you a neat shape to work with. Leave this in the fridge to firm up before using the rest of the icing to completely cover the cake. Use a cake scraper to get a neat finish on the side of the cake. Decorate with fresh blueberries and a dusting of icing sugar.

Enjoy!

Lottie xx

I am also now entering this into June’s Tea Time Treats hosted by What Kate Baked and Lavender and Lovage. The theme is layer cakes!

I am entering this into the Simple and in Season Food Blog Challenge for May.

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I am also entering this into Calender Cakes hosted by Lauralovescake and Dolly Bakes. This month’s theme is all about World Baking Day.world baking day

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Blueberry, Lemon and White Chocolate Cookies

The London to Brighton Bike ride is just 1 week away now so today I did an exhausting 37 mile bike ride to prepare. We cycled through Wimbledon Common to Richmond Park, around the park, along the Thames for a bit and back home. Hopefully it was good preparation for next week. I am very ready for my bed right now but I have to stay up to watch the final episode of Desperate Housewives! So I’m using this time before it begins to write a blog post. I have posted lots of cake recently and nearly decided to blog the angel cake that I made this week but I thought that perhaps it was time for a brief break from cake to blog about cookies! Because everyone loves cookies! My Mum actually makes the best cookies, she gave me some today, I will have to get the recipe soon to blog about them! These cookies are blueberry and white chocolate and are based on this recipe from the Nestle Carnation site. I saw the recipe a while ago and wanted to try it as I have never used condensed milk in cookies and thought they looked good. I had lots of frozen blueberries so switched the raspberries for blueberries and also added lemon zest. They worked out really well. They give cookies that are big, flat and slightly chewy, a bit like the ones you get in the packets in supermarkets. Though be warned, this recipe creates a lot of cookies, about 25, so you might want to halve it!

You will need:
225g softened unsalted butter
225g caster sugar
350g self raising flour
150g white chocolate, chopped or broken into small pieces
150g blueberries
zest of one lemon

Start by creaming together the butter, sugar and condensed milk until well combined. Mix the flour, chocolate and lemon into this mixture to form a dough.

Line a baking tray with baking parchment. Take a small handful of the dough, roll into a ball and flatten. Put a few blueberries in the centre and fold them into the cookie. Flatten again and place on the baking tray. Leave large gaps between cookies as they spread a lot during baking.

Bake the cookies in a preheated oven at 180C for about 15 minutes until they start to turn golden. Leave them to cool slightly on the baking sheet so that they harden a bit, before transferring to a wire cooling rack. They are ready to enjoy! Nice and easy!

 

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Happy Baking!

Lottie xx

I am entering these cookies into Tea Time Treats hosted by What Kate Baked and Lavender and Lovage. The theme this month is summer fruits!