Happy Sunday everyone! I don’t know about you but I can’t say no to a piece of cake. Whether it’s a birthday, celebration or just any occasion cake is always a good idea. And while I’m confident in being able to bake a cupcake or brownies. Biggers cakes seem to scare me a little. But seeing as I love a challenge. And cake. I couldn’t say no when I was invited down to the Cookery School in London for a blogger’s bake off. I mean baking is as easy as a #PieceOfCake right?
The event was run by L & C mortgages whose new tag line is all about making mortgages as easy as a piece of cake. And to celebrate their new TV advert. They bought together a number of us bloggers down to London to do a little bake off challenge. Make, bake and decorate a cake to look like a house.
Sounds easy right? It was actually really tough! I honestly felt like I was on the bake off and fully expected Mary Berry herself to come walking round the corner to ask me about my cake. But while that didn’t happen. I did have a pretty fab day getting to meet some lovely bloggers. And of course getting to make a house shaped cake!
We were paired together on the day and each team had to make their own house shaped cake. We were all then going to be judged on the finished product. So no pressure really! My partner was the lovely Sarah from Extraordinary Chaos who seemed to be just as nervous as me about the whole thing. But I think we worked really well together. While some of the others went ahead with pens and pencils to sketch their designs. Sarah and I concentrated on getting the cakes in the oven as soon as possible.
Once they were baking we decided to start decorating. And having decided on a hobbit/toadstool themed house. There was a lot of decorating and sugar paste work to get started on. I have to say the two hours just seemed to fly by and before we knew it the competition was over. Sarah and I didn’t win, but we had a great time getting to make the cake. Which is probably the most challenging cake I’ve ever made! The winners did the most amazing pink castle cake which was just beautiful and thoroughly deserved to win.
If you want to see what I got up to on the day, then I did do a vlog to go with it. I know a vlog! It was my first time vlogging. I still need to work on the camera angels but I loved vlogging. You may see more vlogs going forward. And thank you to Sarah for the beautiful pictures of the cake!
If this has put you in the mood for baking, then why not try and make these scones? They were made on the day and tasted amazing!
- 300g/2 cups flour – use organic white or a mixture of white and brown flour if preferred
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- pinch salt
- 1 egg beaten with sufficient milk to make up about ¾ cup liquid
- 3 tablespoons rapeseed oil or butter (If butter is used then it must be rubbed into the dry ingredients – this is traditional way of making scones)
- Place the dry ingredients in a bowl.
- Add the milk to the beaten egg mixture and then add the oil. Mix well.
- Using a fork, gently mix the milk mixture into the dry ingredients until they are just blended together.
- Topple the contents of the bowl onto a dry, floured surface and knead a very little until the mixture just holds together.
- Pat the dough out and then fold in half and pat the two halves together (this gives the traditional two tier look to the scones).
- Cut scones with a floured cutter or glass and place on baking sheet and glaze with remaining egg mixture.
- Bake in oven 450ºF (250ºC) for 10 -12 minutes or until golden brown.
- Serve hot with jam and cream.