Death by cake
If you are not aware of Outsider Tart in Chiswick then you need to be. It is the most incredible cake shop in all the land. No joke. They also have a cook book. I had made a few of their recipes to great success and thought it was time to up my game for the beau's sister's birthday. And thus we discovered how to make a heart attack in a cake. I made, with the help of said beau, the coke layers with a chocolate fudge icing and it was big.
So big that it weighed close to 15lbs. That's almost two human babies. It was 6 layers of coke cake, about 1kg of chocolate fudge icing and three bags of M&Ms. Transporting it 5 minutes down the road was an exercise in weight lifting and balance but it tasted so good. So very good. Just don't eat more than a sliver or you will die. Fact.
It may not look like it but this cake took over a week to make. I've been dying to try the Chicago Fudge Cake in the new Hummingbird cook book, Home Sweet Home, since I bought it - it looked so yummy! Turns out this cake and me were not meant to be.
Attempt 1 to make fudge: it turned into toffee.
Attempt 2 to make fudge: it turned into fudgey toffee.
Attempt 3 to make fudge: the end product was as similar to fudge as I am to Kate Moss.
Fudge abandoned we set about making the cake. A ridiculously complicated recipe that didn't rise, leaving us with two paper thin sponges that fell apart as soon as you looked at them. Not ones to be defeated, we made two normal sponges (which also didn't rise) and eventually managed to piece it all together.
The final result tastes great, despite a slightly wonky finish, but there is no way I would ever recommend the recipe. Far too complicated to bother with for a result I probably could have got just playing around with a standard cake mix.
On the plus side the icing is amazing! Think Lindor balls center filling. Melt in the mouth goodness. Even if the recipe did mean we made about three times too much (well two times too much after we had attacked it with a spoon...)
Anyway, enough of my cake induced break down, enjoy these deceptive photos of an innocent cake with a dangerous background.
Fancied trying something new so, armed with a cookbook or two and some mangoes I besieged the kitchen with healthiness. The result? This:
mango and prawn curry
spicy prawn and herby chicken mango salad
Got up, it was sunny, we had pancakes. These are Susie's Pancakes with added apple, cinnamon and vanilla topped with lashings of blueberries and apples cooked in maple syrup. They were yum. Wish every breakfast could be this indulgent.