Friday, 28 August 2015

Chocolate Fudge Birthday Cake

Every birthday needs a cake. It is a rule of life that I like to follow. My birthday is on the 28th of August aka today and my best friend's is two days later so being logical we had a joint birthday party. I was on cake duty and made the most amazing chocolate fudge cake which was from Ruby Tandoh's cookbook Crumb. Since I was making that cake my mum said that I had to let her make the cake on my actual birthday which was fair but slightly annoying.





The actually icing on the cake did not look that nice because the cake broke and I had to plaster it back together. I certainly learnt that my cake decorating and piping skills need a little bit of work but I kind of expected that. 

The actual cake was really moist, even when it was finished three days after it was baked. I used a chocolate buttercream recipe that I found on the internet which I will leave a link too. I took off a quarter of the sugar amount and didn't add it because we didn't want it to be overly sweet. I had to double the icing recipe so that I had enough to cover the top, sides and middle of the cake.

Recipe based on Ruby Tandoh's from her cookbook Crumb.


Ingredients:

200g dark chocolate
200g butter, cubed
4 large eggs
200ml milk
100g soft dark brown sugar
160g caster sugar
50g cocoa powder
200g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bicarb of soda
1/4 tsp salt


Method:

Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4. Grease and line two 20cm round cake tins. They work better if they are loose bottomed or spring form.

Melt the chocolate in a microwave in short bursts or in a bowl suspended over a bowl of simmering water. Take it off the heat and add in the butter, stirring until it has melted. Whisk the eggs, milk and both types of sugar together. Add the chocolate and butter mixture into the eggs, milk and sugar mixture.

In another bowl combine all of the dry ingredients. Add them into the wet ingredients and whisk until just combined.

Divide the mixture between the two tins and bake for 25-30 minutes until a knife inserted into the cake comes out clean. Let the cakes cool for about 5-10 minutes in their tins before turning them out onto a wire rack to finish cooling them. Once they are completely cool you can ice them with a buttercream or some other type of icing.


The buttercream recipe that I used: http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/chocolate_buttercream_11918







Sunday, 9 August 2015

Tahini Cupcakes with Chocolate Tahini Frosting

The kitchen is messy and I have chocolate icing on my nails (which are finally growing and looking nice) and there are some tahini chocolate cupcakes in the kitchen so life is good.


I just got back from a two week holiday in San Francisco (blogpost coming soon). This meant that we did not cook or bake anything because the food there is so good. I was really missing baking so I baked something.


These are the Tahini Cupcakes with Chocolate Tahini icing from My Name is Yeh, which is a blog by Molly Yeh. If you have never seen this blog then stop everything that you are doing and go and check it out because it is one of the best food blogs I have ever seen. Her photographs are really beautiful to look at and the recipes are different but interesting. Her cakes are also incredible.


The mixture was a little runny after the water was added and my mum and I were not sure how they would turn out however they were awesome and not too dry, wet or dense. So even if the mixture looks a little wet and runny they will turn out great.

We did not have any bicarb of soda so we looked it up on the internet (which really is a wonderful thing) and found that if you want to substitute it add two times the amount in baking powder. We did that and were a bit worried that it would taste funny but it totally didn't so we were lucky.

These cupcakes are so nice. The actual cupcake is slightly salty because of the tahini, but it goes perfectly with the sweet icing. I did not add all of the sugar in the recipe because we do not like overly sweet things but the icing was still perfect and sweet.


Go check out Molly Yeh's blog for the recipe. And check it our because it is really cool and awesome and definitely worth looking at. Trust me.

Link: Tahini Cupcakes with Chocolate Tahini Frosting


Thanks!

Millie xx





Saturday, 1 August 2015

The Crucible

As some of you may know I am in San Francisco right now. We are staying in the city but we stayed the first two nights with our close friends in Oakland.

About half an hour after arriving in their house we went to pick up their son from camp. He was doing a camp at a place called The Crucible. It is basically this huge warehouse where they doing making classes. You can make jewelry, do enamelling, make neon signs, gizmos, glassblowing, blacksmithing etc. We came on this holiday to mainly see friends but they are all working during the day and the kids are at camp. This meant that we did not have much to do during the day. There is nothing like the Crucible in Wales and so we signed up to do it.



My sister did the Gizmos course where she made robots and learned about robotics. I signed up to do a Neon class with my close friend Mila.

In my neon class I learned how to bend glass into different shapes. In the third day of the five day course we started working on a project. I decided to make a pineapple. The camp was three hours a day for one week. 

I had a great time and learned so much about glass, how you bend glass, and neon signs. If you are looking for a camp on the Bay Area and you like arts and creating things I would really recommend the Crucible.







This is my sister's flying firefly. Is it not awesome?



The next problem is talking it home without breaking. It is made of glass tubing and we have to travel with it on an aeroplane for a couple of thousand miles. Let's hope it survives...


Millie xxx