Baking Bonanza!

Last Saturday, I had a baking bonanza spending three hours in the kitchen making three different cakes. I did not do this just for fun, even though I do love baking when the mood takes me. My Mom, Elaine is trekking the Grand Canyon for Scope (the charity for people with Cerebral Palsy) in November and on last Saturday night, she ran a skittles night with Fish and Chip supper, with all the proceeds going to Scope. I decided to make some cakes that I could sell to people for pudding after the fish and chips. I also baked a cake which we auctioned off. By the way, my cakes will never win any awards for presentation, but they always seem to taste good!

I asked the people of Twitter for ideas for a chocolate tray bake. @BigSpud (link to his blog here), @Mapperz (link to his blog here) and @Wazzat (link to her blog here) made suggestions. I decided to go with @Wazzat’s recipe as it quite simple, easy to make and did not contain any nuts. I was slightly concerned about the possibility of people having allergies. The recipe is below and top chocolate cake picture is the finished result.

Choccy Tray Bake

Ingredients for the Cake
250g unsalted butter (I used President Butter)
300g caster sugar
1tsp vanilla
3 eggs
200g self-raising flour
50g cocoa
100g milk chocolate drops/chips

Ingredients for the Topping
85g butter
85g caster sugar
200g light condensed milk
50g milk chocolate drops/chips + a bit

Butter and line tray bake (about 20×30 cm).
Heat oven to 180C/Gas 4.
Melt the butter, cool for 5-6 min and then add the sugar, vanilla,eggs – beating until smooth.
Stir in the flour, cocoa and chocolate drops/chips.
Pour into the tray and bake for 35-45 minutes until a skewer comes out clean or nearly.
For the topping, Heat the butter and cater sugar together until melted.
Stir in the condensed milk and bring to the boil.
Cool for 5 minutes then stir in the 50g chocolate drops/chips to melt.
Leave to stand for 3-4 minutes and then spread over the COLD cake and scatter with the left over chocolate drops/chips

I also decided to make a Lemon Drizzle Tray Bake for those people who did not like chocolate or who wanted something to refresh their palates after fish and chips. I got the recipe from here. However, I decided to adapt the recipe slightly and add a whole lemon in to make it nice and sharp. (The lemon Drizzle tray bake is bottom of the four pictures) Both the tray bakes were a great success and everyone really liked them.

While baking in the afternoon, I decided that I would make another cake that could be auctioned off. I chose to make a chocolate chocolate cake recipe from Rachel Allen (in her ‘Bake’ book) that I have made a couple of time before. It is quite a light cake, as it has bicarbonate of soda and baking powder in it. You can get the recipe here from the Good Food Channel.(It is the third picture above) In total, my cake’s raised £10 for Scope. Stuart and I also did a ‘How Many Skittles in the Jar’ (see top picture) which raised another £10 for Scope. Every little bit helps, as the saying goes!

Good Luck to Mark Webber in the Hungarian F1 Grand Prix this weekend. Lets hope for another win after the German Grand Prix! I may not be posting anything next week, as I have come down with Swine Flu, that seems to be sweeping the nation at the moment. I am alright but not up much cooking. Normal service should resume shortly.

Happy Cooking!

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  1. kadeeae says

    Have never done lemon drizzle as a traybake, will have to give it a try! :-)

    Hope you and your other half are feeling a bit better, take it easy.

  2. Jo Dyson says

    Thank you for your comments. Glad you both liked post. Thanks again for your help and get well wishes.

    Jo :-)

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