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Time to get spicy with this Pumpkin Cake recipe

Pumpkin cake recipe

So go on then. How many times have you carved a pumpkin and don’t even bother to scoop out the insides? We’ve all done it but this year – like last, I scooped out enough to feed a small army and that was with just one daughterling. The other one didn’t even get her’s carved! Teenagers! So we have a whopper of a pumpkin to use and it’s the second week in November. So, I did what every good cake blogger does. I baked!

Pumpkin cake

Every year I give my mum the pumpkin flesh as she makes killer chutney with it but this year I made a cake and still had plenty left over to share. This pumpkin cake is really moist and quite heavy. It’s a slow bake cake and is the kind you could use to stack for a tiered cake. Perfect for an October wedding cake maybe? Think of it as a carrot cake made with pumpkin. It’s topped with a cream cheese frosting – the recipe for which I got from Jane Curran, the food editor on Woman&Home. It’s the only cream cheese frosting recipe I use. It can’t be beaten. It also lasts a long time. Once decorated we were still eating this cake a week later and it was fine.

 

Pumpkin Cake recipe

Pumpkin Cake recipe

  • 30ml rum
  • 50ml water
  • 200g sultanas
  • 350g plain flour
  • 3 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 300g unsalted butter
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 150g dark brown sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 medium eggs
  • juice and zest of 1 ½ oranges
  • 350g shredded pumpkin
    Sugar syrup
  • Juice from ½ orange
  • 30ml water
  • 60g caster sugar
    Cream Cheese frosting
  • full fat cream cheese
  • icing sugar
  1. Place the rum and water and sultanas in a sealable container and leave for at least an hour - overnight is best.
  2. Line and grease an 8" cake tin and pre-heat the oven to 160ºC(140ºC fan)
  3. Melt the butter over a low heat and add to the sugars. Mix well. Add the lightly beaten eggs.
  4. In a separate bowl sieve and combine all the dry ingredients. Fold into the wet ingredients.
  5. Add half the orange juice and all of the zest, vanilla extract, pumpkin and soaked sultanas with their flavouring to the mixture and combine.
  6. Spoon into the cake tin
  7. Bake for 2 hours or until a skewer comes out of the cake clean.
    To make the sugar syrup
  1. Heat the water and sugar in a saucepan over a medium heat till it is all dissolved.
  2. Add the orange juice then simmer for 3-4 minutes.
  3. Set aside to cool then brush over the whole cake as soon as it leaves the oven. Leave the cake to cool completely.
    To make the frosting
  1. Place the cream cheese and icing sugar together and mix well.
  2. Use a pallette knife to spread the frosting over the completely cooled cake. You can do just the top or all around the sides too.
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Pumpkin cake recipe

So whether you bake this now or save the recipe for next halloween (you can print it off – just see the link above the recipe ingredients) it’s a keeper that’s for sure!

What do you do with your pumpkins? I’d love to know. Leave a comment below and feel free to share your recipe with the CakesBakesAndCookies crowd!

EmmaMT x

p.s. Happy Birthday Bot. xxxx

The yummiest, zestiest Lemon Victoria Sponge cake you’ll ever bake

Yummy Lemon Victoria Sponge cake

If I get asked for one recipe (other than Madeira cake) over and over again it’s lemon cake. You guys seem to really love it. I haven’t made a ton of lemon cakes so I needed to find an opportunity to make one just so I could share it with you. Now, my ever expanding hips don’t want me to just make a cake and have it sitting looking at me every time I walk into the kitchen so I needed to have an opportunity to take it out of our house. I can’t for the life of me remember where I took this Lemon Victoria Sponge cake. I know there were kids involved and I know I had to apologize for having cut a slice to take photos and I then put it back again to take it with us. I don’t think any of my friends mind that one little bit!

The opportunity to make this Lemon Victoria Sponge Cake was also well timed as I needing to find a recipe that I could use the brand spanking new baking tools from JosephJoseph on – you know the ones I was talking about last week in the lemon curd recipe? Well the two newest products are the Fin bowl scraper and the Glaze – fillable pastry brush. That is why this regular lemon Victoria Sponge cake became a whopper of a beast. Cake +lemon curd + creme fraiche + lemon syrup glaze!

Yummy Lemon Victoria Sponge cake

The Fin is very easy to hold and manoeuvre around the inside of a bowl. As you can see from the photos above it leaves next to no cake mix once it’s been scraped around. This is one of those really handy bits of baking kit and in true JosephJoseph style it’s ergonomic and has a wide base so it will stand up on it’s own and not leave smears of cake mix all over your kitchen. zeboThe Glaze is going to be a very handy piece of kit for me. I add sugar syrup to all my Madeira cakes so this will make it a much cleaner and easier job. Glaze comes with two lids – one with lots of holes which is perfect for adding glazes and the other with one central hole which will make light work of egg washing pastry. The pastry brush simply fits over whichever lid you choose. The bottle is soft silicone so you can squeeze it to allow the contents to flow out to your desired speed.  The bottle is really tactile as it’s so soft. You just want to squidge it.

As you can see from the shots above I used it to glaze the top of the cake and then not content with the amount of sugar already in this cake I proceeded to dribble even more lemon glaze over the sides! To say this was a sweet and tangy cake would be an understatement.

I’ve been using this fab tool to glaze my cakes and I simply pour the warm glaze into the bottle and then leave it to cool down before adding the lid and brush. It’s so much easier than using a pastry brush and bowl as you don’t get those sticky, sugary drips all over the place. The last point to make about the Fin is that the whole unit is dishwasher safe. No brainer really.

Lemon Victoria Sponge Cake Recipe Lemon Victoria sponge cake recipe

? Print this cake recipe here 
lemon-curd

? Print this Lemon curd recipe here 

So, I hope you enjoy this zesty, lemony, tangy cake of deliciousness. I know we did!

EmmaMT x

Disclaimer: Thanks to JosephJoseph for providing me with the fab baking products in this post. They’re great. All thoughts, opinions and ramblings in this post are entirely my own

The only choc chip cookie recipe you’ll ever need!

The only choc chip cookie recipe you’ll ever need!

The ultimate choc chip cookie recipe

Do you ever have one of those days when only a choc chip cookie will do? I love them but Beau simply adores them. Whenever I’m baking that’s what she wants – Freezer cookies. So, when I went to make her a quick batch I discovered that I actually didn’t have all the ingredients I needed so in true EmmaMT style I just made up teh recipe as I went along and used similar alternatives. What I discovered was a batch of the most moreish, soft, gooey chocolateyness I have ever tasted. I had to hide them just so I wouldn’t eat them all before I had shot them. In fact I am alone in my house right now as I type this and I know that there are still five more calling me from downstairs

“Emma! Come and eat us. We’re all soft and warm and bursting with waaaayyyy too much chocolate to resist us!” 
The ultimate choc chip cookie recipe

But resist them I must. I promised Tim that I wouldn’t eat them all and that there would be some when the girls get home too! Pfew! My waistline thanks him for that!

Alternatives that work

The thing about these cookies that took me by surprise it how good they taste when made with margarine instead of butter. I knew that the brown and granulated sugar would work instead of soft brown sugar but I expected them to be a bit soggy not perfectly gooey. They were just right. Another benefit is that you can use margarine straight from the fridge as it’s soft to begin with. I used Flora’s Buttery as I have a post I’m writing for them in April and had it in the fridge already. It’s goooood!

The ultimate choc chip cookie recipe

The trick to getting the perfect soft cookie

… is to not over bake them. This is something that has taken me years to perfect. They only need 9-10 minutes in the oven. The edges will start to turn golden brown but not brown-brown- if you know what I mean? They’ll be light and puffy and they’ll look under baked. They’re not. Just take them out of the oven and place the tray on a cooling rack and leave them for 20 minutes before removing them. I know, I know. Warm cookies from the oven are too good to resist so just do your best!  As they cool they wrinkle and look like the ones above. Chocolate heaven. The ultimate choc chip cookie recipe

Even after nearly forty minutes the chocolate was still all warm and melted. See? It’s hard to resist! Hence there are now only five left from the batch – which makes 18. (just so you know I’m not completely greedy I did bake these yesterday. I haven’t eaten them all by myself in one go!

The ultimate choc chip cookie recipe

Print this recipe off here

 

I hope these become a staple in your recipe repertoire as they have mine! Let me know how you get on and if you manage to resist/share them.

EmmaMT

x

Love yourself this Valentines with nutritious and delicious recipes

Love yourself this Valentines with nutritious and delicious recipesAmazon Superfoods

It’s time to love yourself this Valentines on CakesBakesAndCookies and we are forgetting all about chocolates and sticky gooey sugary stuff – there’s time for that next month. For the next three days we’re going to treat our insides to some delicious and nutritious yumminess.

Why go healthyAmazon super foods

The reason I decided to do these up and coming posts is because not only do I have some good friends on the Bullet diet who talk about these amazing dishes they make using pure, natural and delicious ingredients but because good old Amazon is now selling them…. in their droves! You want Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil for less than the high street prices? You got it! You want nuts and Organic Chia Seeds and pulses. You can have that too. Queen Bee Manuka Honey– Oh yes please.

So without further ado heres the first of our delicious and nutritious recipes

Banana and Chia seed muffin

Makes 12

Banana and Chia seed muffin

  • 120g sunflower oil - you can use unsalted butter if you prefer
  • 2 medium eggs - mixed up
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 320g Self raising flour
  • 2 tbsp Chia Seeds
  • 170g Manuka honey
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 ripe bananas mushed up
  1. Line a muffin tin with 12 paper cases and pre-heat your oven to 170
  2. Mix the oil and eggs together then add the vanilla extract
  3. In a separate bowl sieve and combine the dry ingredients then add them to the egg and oil.
  4. Add the banana and chia seeds and mix.
  5. Spoon the mixture into the cases so they are just over half way full.
  6. Bake for 20-25minutes. They will look pale. Touch the top and if it bounces back even slightly it’s done. These muffins can over bake quickly so don’t be tempted to give them another five minutes.
  7. Once out of the oven leave for a minute or two before turning out of the pan to cool completely.
  8. These muffins taste great with a dollop of jam as they have a very banana bread taste about them.
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Enjoy you healthy bunnies you!

EmmaMT x

Disclaimer: Thanks to Amazon for sending me the Super foods. All thoughts and ramblings are my own

How cute is this recipe storage tin?

How cute is this recipe storage tin?

Easy way to store recipes

I thought I would share with you how I plan the recipes on CakesBakesAndCookies and how I’ve got just that little bit more organised with this cute recipe storage tin.

Recipe testing

When I bake a recipe I write down on a piece of paper the ingredients I use, the temperature and how long it’s baked for. I then take that scrappy piece and type it up and for some reason I can’t throw it away! I mean I have it saved on my blog so I have it forever. I don’t need to keep it.

Normally I’m a real clutter buster. I don’t keep much. I like a clean surface and to be able to find things easily – my kitchen drawers are all organised. I don’t have one of ‘those drawers’ but these scrappy recipes just never seem to go. I’ve done over 150 recipes on here now but here they are still clipped together.

Easy way to store recipesAt Christmas I was given a recipe tin by DotComGiftShop.com as a little thank you and boy has it sorted my life out. At first I was a bit hesitant – not wanting change and all that but then I unclipped the current messy storage system – a.k.a. a couple of clips that sit on my window ledge and et voila! Organised.

The tin’s design is really sweet – or should that be tweet! Sorry, couldn’t resist. I have the Blue tit design but there’s also a poppy, rose and apple design

It comes with these really cute recipe cards – so I won’t need to write on scraps anymore! There’s also a set of dividers for all kinds of recipes. To be honest I’m just glad I now have a place to keep everything together now and in the kitchen too!
Easy way to store recipes I have a large cardboard box in another cupboard in the kitchen which is affectionately known as the ‘somewhere safe box’ as in “Where did I put my book/my favourite pen/the letter for school.”  Oh I put it somewhere safe, and this has become that for recipes – my somewhere safe for recipes tin and I love it.
Easy way to store recipes

So, what do you do with all your recipes? Do you have a system for the ones you tear out of magazines? I’d love to know

EmmaMT x

Disclaimer: Thank you to Dotcomgiftshop for sending me this Blue tit recipe tin, I love it and to Mr A S – PR extraordinaire for always making me smile. No-one else calls me Morton-Turnip!  All thoughts, opinions and ramblings are entirely my own.

Easy peasy White Chocolate cheesecake

Easy peasy White Chocolate cheesecakeWHITE CHOCOLATE CHEESECAKE

Last Saturday I was out all day. I came home to an ill and bedridden Tim and Beau and a Darcey who was taking over the whole kitchen. If you’ve ever wondered how many bowls and utensils it takes to make a cheesecake when you’re nine years old I can tell you. ALL of them!

You have to give it to her though. She was bored and wanted to do something with her weekend. It wasn’t TV and it wasn’t games on the iPad so I was pretty happy, but I did get back in the nick of time. The recipes (yes plural recipes for one cake!) weren’t exactly what we had to hand. We didn’t have enough chocolate or cream cheese. We also had the wrong biscuits. Ever ingenious Darcey was going to make it work. She bashed up the snack biscuits we have for packed lunches – the individually wrapped chocolate covered bars. She didn’t turn them into fine breadcrumbs as you normally would with a cheesecake base. There were plenty of chocolatey lumps which meant the base of the cake tin wasn’t exactly covered. I switched off my perfectionism and let it go. It was after all Darcey’s cake.

cheesecake
As I got home she was just about to heat up the milk (which I had to reduce a little- like by half!) and add the chocolate. This is the kind of baking I do- make it up as you go along and take notes so you know what works and what doesn’t, but I don’t think she would ever know that. She just wanted to make a cake. By the time we had mashed the recipes together with what we had I suggested that we bake this ‘no bake’ cheesecake as it was a bit too runny and I doubt it would ever have set.

chocolate cheesecake
Once the cake was out of the oven and completely cooled Darcey covered it with chocolate which she had grated with our Cusipro grater that has this handy cover. When you turn the cover over it to the bottom it collects all the gratings. She grated milk and white chocolate and that was sprinkled over the whole cake. She didn’t stop there adding random dollops of chocolate sauce – the kind usually saved for ice-cream on top of the sprinkles. This unfortunately meant that Tim gave it the nick name of Darcey’s litter tray cheesecake. Luckily Darcey didn’t hear that and it didn’t stop him from tucking into a healthy slice of it.

The verdict?

Totally delicious! In fact it’s such a success I’ve asked Darcey to make it for our New Year’s Eve dinner. She’ll need to make it again anyway. She got really upset when it was all gone and everyone had eaten it up. I don’t thinks she quite gets that that is the desired outcome of any bake. It will come to her I’m sure. Until then I will continue to let my little one bake to her hearts content – no matter how many mash ups and books she need all at once. 

Darcey’s White Chocolate cheese cake

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