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Classic madeira cake recipe

20 May

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Regular readers will know I love unfussy, classic baking. No fancy fondant or cumbersome techniques for me – I like a cake that I can quickly put together, pop in the oven and remove and eat a short time later.  Continue reading

Oreo brownies from scratch

20 Apr

 

IMG_0640.jpgMy weakness is home-made chocolate brownies. I can take or leave most baked goods – leave, usually – but when there’s a home-made brownie being offered I am all over it. Continue reading

Easy lemon tart recipe

2 Apr

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The older I get the more likely I am to say yes to a citrus cake or tart rather than chocolate. Back in the day I was a regular chocophiliac, as my dad would say, but now I much prefer the subtle zing of zest from any citrus fruit to chocolate. Continue reading

Easy Easter mini cupcakes

18 Mar

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I think I enjoy Easter more than Christmas. Come December 25 everyone is racing around like a headless chook, and the stress is palpable.

From a baking perspective – which is my usual perspective as I am always baking – standing in front of an oven for hours on end in 35 C heat is simply awful.

But by Easter the weather has cooled and baking is more pleasant. Continue reading

Better than a box mix white cake recipe

4 Mar

 

white Cake From Scratch

I often hear people say they don’t have time to make a cake from scratch so they use a packet mix. I am here to dump all over that argument.

This super fast and simple white cake uses stuff you already have in the pantry and takes mere moments to throw together. Don’t have an electric mixer? Beat it by hand like I did. Scared it will fail? Don’t be – it is fool-proof and requires no specialist equipment or knowledge.

Unlike a packet mix you know exactly what is going into this cake – real, actual ingredients that your great-grandmother would recognise. No fake flavours or artificial colours, just the backbone of baking recipes the world over: butter, milk, sugar, flour, eggs. You could even leave the vanilla out if you didn’t have any and the end result would still be a beautiful cake that you can dress up or down. Throw some ganache over the top, make buttercream frosting, sprinkle over icing sugar or make a simple icing sugar and boiling water paste and drizzle over.

In my local supermarket a 1kg bag of self-raising flour costs 75 cents, butter $1.30 and a bag of sugar is $1. Much cheaper than some of the packet mixes on the shelves.

Just bake this delicious white cake it and promise me you will never buy a cake mix again.

GATHER:

115 grams butter at room temperature, diced

¾ cup caster sugar

2 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups plan flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 cup milk

White cake from scratch -  The Hungry Mum

LET’S GET TO IT:

Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius and grease and line a 20cm round cake pan with non-stick baking paper.

Sift together the flour and baking powder in a small bowl and set aside.

Cream together the sugar and butter until pale and fluffy – you can do this by hand or in the bowl of an electric mixer.

Beat in the eggs, one at a time, and then add the vanilla.

Sift the flour mix over the batter and beat until combined, then add the milk and beat until all mixed together.

Pour into the pan and bake for 35 – 40 minutes / until a skewer inserted comes out clean.

Sit in pan for ten minuted before removing to wire rack to cool completely.

When cold ice or decorate however you want. I used my buttercream icing / frosting: buttercream icing / frosting:

125 grams butter, diced, at room temperature

1 cup sifted icing sugar

A few tablespoons milk

Beat butter in bowl of electric mixer on high for three minutes or until pale.

Turn beater off then sift over the icing sugar. Put beaters on low and beat to combine, then add enough milk to make a spreadable consistency. Use a palette knife to evenly spread over the top of the cake.

White cake from scratch

 

Baileys chocolate hearts tarts recipe

11 Feb

 

Baileys chocolate tart

Give me a holiday and I will find an appropriate dessert to bake for it. Christmas? Try my eggnog cookies (seriously, try them – they are amazing – https://thehungrymum.com/2015/12/20/christmas-eggnog-cookies/) Easter? How about some Easter brownie cookies decorated with mini chocolate eggs – https://thehungrymum.com/2014/04/16/easter-chocolate-brownie-biscuits-cookies/

And for Valentines Day, may I present the most amazing dessert that will melt the heart of the one you love: chocolate heart tarts with Baileys. So smooth. So rich. So delectable. So boozy. Continue reading

Easy green and gold Australia Day trifle recipe

25 Jan

 

Green & gold trifle  for Australia Day - The Hungry Mum

It’s the day before Australia day and you’ve been invited to a BBQ and asked to bring a dish. Forget the potato salad, ignore the dips and crackers: this green and gold trifle is simple to make and will turn you into a dessert champ.  Continue reading