Cake of the Month – April 2017

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Name of baker: Jenny

Name of cake: Chocolates & sweets galore! 4 layer chocolate sponge sandwiched with pink buttercream and finished with chocolate ganache topped with sweets

Ingredients:  chocolate cake: cater sugar, vegetable oil, eggs, cocoa powder, vinegar, vanilla extract, self-raising flour, bi-card buttermilk. Pink buttercream icing: butter, icing sugar, milk, vanilla extract, pink food colouring. Chocolate drizzle: chocolate, cream, butter. Decorations: pink wafers, curly wurly, fruit mentos, marshmallows and other assorted chocolates & sweets, pink white & silver sprinkles

Method:
Cake- beat sugar, eggs, vinegar, oil & vanilla with electric beaters for 5 mins until lights and airy. Fold in cocoa, flour, bi-carb until just combined. Add buttermilk and stir until all incorporated. Baked at 180c

Icing: buttercream – beat softened butter with electric beaters for a few mins until soft and creamy. Add icing sugar and vanilla extract until continue mixing until light & fluffy. Add a splash of milk if too thick. Add food colouring a few drops.
When cakes are cooked and cooled for a few hours layer cakes with buttercream. Apply a thin layer of buttercream around outside of cake and chill for 1-2 hours. After chilling apply a second layer of buttercream to the outside.
Chocolate ganache drizzle- melt chocolate, cream & butter in microwave on medium until just melted. Pour over cake as soon as ganache reaches room temperature using a teaspoon to get the drip effect down the side
A bit about yourself and how you got in to baking/ why you chose to volunteer with Free Cakes for Kids Hackney:
My mum is a great baker and she started teaching me to bake when I was little. I really enjoy baking and I came across an article in a Sainsbury’s magazine earlier this year about Free Cakes for Kids. After a little search online I found that FCFK was closest to where I live & work. Although I don’t live in Hackney, I signed up straight away.
I try to bake 1 cake each month for FCFK, it’s a few hours for each cake but my baking and icing skills are improving with each cake I do.
Growing up my Mum always made sure my siblings & I had great homemade cakes for our birthdays and I like knowing that each cake I bake goes to a child who may not have gotten one otherwise.

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