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Carrot, Walnut and Chia Cake

Ever since we bought some walnuts from the Farmers Market, I have wanted to make a cake with them. A couple of months ago I started to join in with Fabulous Foodie Friday over at CreateBakeMake. Last Friday Lauren posted a cake recipe that included walnuts in it. Yay! I found a recipe to use the walnuts. Let’s get in that kitchen and bake a Carrot, Walnut and Chia Cake.walnutchiacake

Carrot, Walnut and Chia Cake
 
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Recipe type: Cake
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups self raising flour, sifted
  • 1¼ cups brown sugar
  • ¾ cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • 2 cups grated carrot
  • ½ cup desiccated coconut
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • ½ cup sultanas
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 150°C fan forced/ 170°C.
  2. Line a 20cm round cake tin with baking paper.
  3. Add sugar and vegetable oil to a bowl and beat for 2 - 3 minutes until combined.
  4. Add the eggs one at a time and beat well before adding the next egg.
  5. Add the sifted flour, nutmeg and cinnamon and then add the grated carrot, coconut, walnuts, sultanas and chia seeds.
  6. Mix ingredients together until they have just combined.
  7. Pour mixture into cake tin and bake for 40 minutes, or until cooked when a skewer is inserted in the middle.
  8. Remove from oven and allow to cool in the tin for 10 minutes before carefully removing and transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
Notes
This recipe was adapted from CreateBakeMake.

walnutcake Add vegetable oil and brown sugar, beat together.walnutcake1walnutcake2Add eggs one at a time and mix until combined. walnutcake4 Sift flour, cinnamon and ground ginger.walnutcake5 Chop up some walnuts.walnutcake3Grate some carrots.walnutcake6 Add chopped walnuts, grated carrot, sultanas, coconut and chia seeds.walnutcake7 Mix gently until combined.walnutcake8The cake turned out great. It smelt really good and I could have cut a slice while it was still warm.walnutchiacake I ended up putting some vanilla icing on the cake. I was going to leave the cake plain, but I thought it would entice the kids to eat the cake if it had some icing on top. I am starting to enjoy baking cakes with different ingredients in them. I just can’t tell the kids what’s in it!walnutchiacake4I used white chia seeds instead of the black chia seeds, otherwise my kids would be asking me what are the black things in the cake!
walnutchiacake1 walnutchiacake2See, you can’t see the white chia seeds.walnutchiacake3 Sliced and wrapped, ready for the kid’s lunch boxes. I look forward to hearing what they say when I pick them up from school today.

Do you like trying different recipes? Do you hide ingredients in the goodies you bake?

Happy baking!

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Chocolate Birthday Cake

On Sunday was a combined birthday celebration for my two boys. The boys were turning 9 and 11. Their birthdays are a day and two years apart. Don’t ask me how we did that, I wish I could tell you but it just happened. Maybe someone could tell me how that happens, anyone!!

For each year, instead of making it two separate parties we combine it for our family. We get together for lunch at our house and make it a special day. This year I set up the table with Lego colours and made up some Lego lolly bags. boysbirthday boysbirthday1 boysbirthday2boysbirthdays2Now sometimes I make them a birthday cake each but this year I asked them if they wouldn’t mind if they share a cake. They didn’t mind so I made them one BIG chocolate cake!boysbirthday3It was huge. I made two chocolate cakes and joined them together with icing. The chocolate cake recipe I used was lovely and moist. I baked the cake in a 26cm/10inch springform tin. I didn’t want alot of height in the cake as I was joining them together so this recipe was perfect.

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Chocolate Birthday Cake
 
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Recipe type: Cake
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups self raising flour
  • 1½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¾ cup cocoa
  • 2 eggs
  • 1½ cups milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 125 gms melted butter
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 150°C fan forced/ 170°C
  2. Line a cake tin with baking paper (I used a 26 cm/10 inch springform tin)
  3. In a mixing bowl, sift together flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt.
  4. Add the sugar and mix.
  5. Add eggs, vanilla essence and milk. Mix until combined.
  6. Then add the melted butter and mix well.
  7. Pour the cake batter into the tin.
  8. Place in oven and bake for 40 mins. Test with cake skewer if needed.
  9. Once cooked, take out and cool for 5 mins in tin.
  10. Transfer cake onto cake rack to cool completely.

boysbirthday4I didn’t have two of the same size tins so I made the cake twice. It didn’t take long and I was happy with the end result.boysbirthday5I decorated their cake with Lego chocolates and some other delicious treats. I bought some Lego moulds off Ebay and made the chocolates myself. It was fun and the kids really liked them.boysbirthdaysboysbirthdays1We all had a great day. The kids enjoyed their birthday celebrations and thanked everyone for their cards and pressies.

Today was a bit of a slow start for us all. I think after yesterday we needed a stay home day.

What was your weekend like? Did you have any family celebrations?

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Chocolate Cake topped with Oreos

Now normally I make a cake from scratch. On some occasions though I do use a packet mix. I have had a packet cake mix in the cupboard just sitting there for awhile now. It was left over from a family gathering we had ages ago. When I bake a cake for family get togethers, I like to make a big cake. I also like to decorate it and I find that the packet cake mixes hold well when I cut shapes out and then slap all that icing on.

So, my master 10 asked if we could use that cake mix. I said sure. I saw a cake on Pinterest a few weeks back that had oreos on top. Yes, I have been waiting that long to make a cake with oreos. Every weekend has passed and the oreo cake has been pushed to the end of the to do list. Well finally there was a window of time where my boy and I could whip together the chocolate cake mix and get those oreos out of their packet!sebcake1sebcake2 sebcake3sebcake4sebcake5The licking of the beaters! That is the best bit of cake making in our house.
sebcake7The cake turned out really well. I baked it in a smaller cake tin so it had a good height. I had to leave the cake in the oven a bit longer but I kept checking on it. The oven temperature was 150°C fan forced so there wasn’t enough heat to burn the top of the cake.sebcake8 sebcake9The perfect companions for a piece of chocolate cake, coffee and cream.
sebcake10We had four slices left for the kids lunchboxes. I like it when a cake doesn’t last long in our house. That’s when I know that everyone has enjoyed it.

What have you been baking lately? Do your kids like helping out in the kitchen?

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Lemon and Blueberry Yoghurt Cake

A couple of weeks ago when we were travelling to a pub to have lunch with family, we drove past a stand at the side of the road selling lemons and limes. I love seeing this sort of thing. I got hubby to pull over and buy my a bag of each. They smelt so good. I couldn’t wait to use them in some baking.

I started to look for a recipe so I could try out these lemons. I didn’t have any butter so this recipe I found was perfect.lemonbcake

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Lemon and Blueberry Yoghurt Cake
 
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Recipe type: Cake
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups plain flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup plain yoghurt *
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest (approximately 2 lemons)
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla essence
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 1½ cups blueberries, fresh or frozen, thawed and rinsed
  • Icing
  • Icing sugar
  • 2 tlbs Lemon juice
  • *I didn't have plain yoghurt. I used a berry yoghurt.
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 150°C fan forced/180°C.
  2. Line a cake pan with baking paper.
  3. In a mixing bowl, beat together the yoghurt, sugar, eggs, lemon zest, vanilla and oil.
  4. Sift into the bowl flour, baking powder, and salt. Gently mix until combined.
  5. Gently mix in the blueberries into the cake batter.
  6. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 40-50 minutes, or until a cake tester placed in the centre of the loaf comes out clean.
  7. When the cake is done, allow it to cool in the pan for 10 minutes before taking it out and placing onto a cooling rack.
  8. Icing
  9. I just mix together some icing sugar and lemon juice until it makes a nice thick pour-able consistency that you can drizzle on top of the cake.
  10. Enjoy!
Notes
This recipe was adapted from Smitten Kitchen

lemonbcakes1Add in a mixing bowl, yoghurt, sugar, eggs, lemon zest, vanilla essence and oil. lemonbcakes2Beat together.lemonbcakes3Sift flour, baking powder and salt.lemonbcakes4Mix until combined.lemonbcakes5Gently mix in the blueberries.lemonbcakesJust out of the oven, smells amazing!lemonbcake1The cake was delicious. It smelt so good and tasted even better. The texture was light. The flavour of the blueberries were wonderful. There wasn’t alot of lemon flavour in the cake but with the lemon icing it didn’t matter. You could probably add some lemon juice into the cake batter if you wanted it to be more lemony.
lemonbcake3We all loved it. The kids kept eating it and there is nothing left.
lemonbcake4 I also used a new plate that I found on a vintage find. I thought I would debut it with the delicious cake.plateladyplatelady1It’s so lovely and delicate. I love the picture of the lady in the corner. She is enjoying a cup of tea in the garden.

Happy baking!

What did you get up to on the weekend? Did you try out a new recipe?

 

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Cinnamon Tea Cake

Hello, everyone! My day started with dropping the kids off at school, and then it was busy with driving around town running errands. What I wanted to do was come home and share with you this delicious Cinnamon Tea Cake.

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Flourless Apple Ripple Cake

applecake2I found this lovely cake recipe over at bear loves dove. I was waiting for a time to get into the kitchen and make it. I like trying out different cake recipes that don’t require plain or self raising flour as part of their ingredients. This flourless apple ripple cake is made out of almond meal and rice flour. I always say, don’t be afraid of trying different ingredients as you can be quite surprised as to how it turns and what it tastes like.

Flourless Apple Ripple Cake
 
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Recipe type: Cake
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 150 gms butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • ⅔ cup caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup almond meal
  • ½ cup rice flour
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • 1 apple (I used Pink Lady)
  • Demerara sugar or raw sugar (this is for sprinkling on the top)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan-forced)
  2. Line a loaf pan with baking paper.
  3. Beat the butter and sugar until a pale colour.
  4. Add the eggs and beat until combined.
  5. Add nutmeg and vanilla essence and mix.
  6. Then add the almond meal and rice flour (I sifted the almond meal and flour to make the cake batter more light) Now carefully mix until just combined. Don't over mix as it will make the cake heavy.
  7. Pour your batter into the lined loaf tin.
  8. Slice your apple into thin little slices and arrange on top of the cake.
  9. Sprinkle with as much or little demerara sugar as you like.
  10. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes or until cooked. Test with a cake tester.
  11. Once cooked take out of the oven and you can serve it straight away while it's nice and warm.
  12. Enjoy!
Notes
This recipe was adapted from bear loves dove

applecake3applecakeapplecake4The cake was a success! Everyone enjoyed it and it’s all gone! The taste: nice flavour, not too sweet, yummy nutmeg taste throughout. The texture: light, not dense, lovely topping. I will definitely be making this again. Loved it!

Thank you bear loves dove for sharing this recipe.

Happy baking!

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Lemon Pound Cake Recipe

Since we had some special visitors coming yesterday, I got up early and jumped on the ipad and opened the pinterest app. I wanted to make something nice and try out a new recipe. My hubby’s brother and his lovely wife with their two little kidlets were coming for lunch and afternoon tea. We always enjoy seeing them all and love having a chat. The kids toys come out and get spread all over the lounge room floor. They spend the time playing, chasing each other and going from room to room checking everything out. And then when it comes time for them to leave, we are already planning our next get together. Every time the kids have a ball playing with each other.

For our lovely afternoon tea, I chose to make a Lemon Pound Cake. I had some lemons that I needed to use and I haven’t made a lemon cake for awhile.lemoncake

Lemon Pound Cake Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Cake
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups plain flour
  • ½ tlbs baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 160 gms unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 large eggs
  • ½ cup milk
  • 3 tlbs lemon juice
  • 1 lemon, zested
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 160°C fan forced/180°C
  2. Line cake tin with baking paper.
  3. Using an electric mixer, cream together butter and sugar. Add eggs one at a time, beating until well blended after each one.
  4. Add flour, baking powder and salt and then mix while slowly adding the milk until combined.
  5. Then add lemon juice and lemon zest, mix in gently.
  6. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  7. Bake cake until tester inserted into centre comes out clean, about 45 - 55 minutes. Depending on your ovens cooking time. Cool cake in pan for 15 minutes.
  8. Turn cake out onto cake rack and cool completely.
Notes
This recipe was adapted from Plain Chicken

Once the cake had cooled down, I made up some lemon icing using icing sugar, soft butter, juice from 1 lemon and some milk. I cut the cake in half and spread some icing in the middle. I put the cake top back on and then used up the rest of the lemon icing for the top. I decided the cake needed something else to put on top of the icing so I looked in the cupboard and found some shredded coconut. I sprinkled some on top, perfect! The cake was ready for afternoon tea.lemoncake1After lunch was over and some chatting was done, the kettle was put on. The cake was sliced and served up, time to dig in. Well, the cake was a hit and everyone loved it. It was lemony and moist. The amount of lemon in it was just right. It was a refreshing moist lemony pound cake! It wasn’t heavy. There was some room for a second slice but it was nice to just enjoy the one. I will definitely make this again. There was alot of mmm’s, yuumm’s and so nice. I have pinned it on my baked goods board in pinterest. YUM!

Happy baking!

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