Tag Archives: cake

Rum and raisin Christmas spirit cake

18 Dec

christmas-spirit-rum-raisin-cake

I am not a fan of fruit cake. There, I said it. I know it is a tradition, especially at Christmas time, but I find fruit cake heavy and cloying and overbearing. I once made a Christmas cake from scratch, spending the GDP of a small nation on pricey dried and glace fruit. It went pretty much untouched on Christmas Day, and after storing in the pantry for a month or so I ended up throwing it out.

Never again. Continue reading

Donna Hay cheat’s lamingtons

15 Sep

donna-hay-cheats-lamingtons

Lamingtons have always called to me with their siren song of sponge cake, chocolate and coconut. Despite being an obsessive baker, I find making lamingtons to be fiddly and messy – and my poor bench is always worse for wear.

Behold – the cheat’s lamington from scratch! My goddess idol Donna Hay created this recipe and I was just about dancing in the streets when I stumbled across this easy, mess-free way to make my fav cake. Continue reading

Strawberry, lemon curd and coconut loaf cake

29 Aug

strawberry, lemon curd and coconut loaf cake

I love baking loaf cakes. There is something so homely and humble about this style of cake, which lends itself to countless flavours. Continue reading

Lemon poppyseed cake recipe

18 Aug

lemon poppyseed loaf cake

After a yet another raid on my mother-in-law’s lemon trees I knew a citrus cake would be in order. These lemons she grows are unlike anything I’ve ever bought: juice, plump and plenty of gorgeous flesh just begging to be grated into a sweet treat.

We have planted several citrus trees but they didn’t get the memo that they are actually meant to produce fruit. Instead they are barren, spindly looking things that need to have a long, hard look at themselves

This lemon poppyseed cake is always a hit, wherever it goes. I’ve made it many, many times and even non-cake eaters always want a slice.

I was inspired by the recipe in my beloved but now MIA cookbook Australian Women’s Weekly’s Quick Mix Cakes. Without this book I am bereft. I vaguely recall lending it to someone but I can’t recall who. If it was you, please boomerang it back J

I dust my cake with icing sugar but feel free to top with cream cheese icing – get the recipe here: https://thehungrymum.com/2015/05/14/donna-hay-carrot-cake-with-cream-cheese-frosting/ – or your favourite citrus-scented frosting.

 GATHER:

185g diced butter at room temperature

Grated rind of one large or two smaller lemons

3 eggs

2 cups self-raising flour

¾ cup of milk

20g poppy seeds

¾ cup caster sugar

 lemon poppyseed cake - The Hungry Mum

LET’S GET TO IT:

Preheat oven to 170C. Line a large loaf pan with non-stick baking paper.

Place all ingredients, except the seeds, into the bowl of an electric mixer and blend on low speed until all combined. Increase speed until mixture is smooth. Stir in seeds with a spoon.

Scrape into pan and gently smooth the surface with a palette knife.

Bake for 45 minutes/until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.

Cool in tin for 10 minutes, then remove from tin and cool cake completely on wire rack.

Dust with icing sugar before serving.

lemon poppyseed cake

Red velvet chocolate mousse cake with ganache

12 Aug

red velvet cake with mousse and ganache

I’m late! I’m late! For a very important date! I am the most punctual person I know – apart from my mum – so I offer my infinite apologies. The date I am late for is the Nestle Baker’s Choice Bake It Yours competition. Continue reading

Vegan lavender and vanilla cake

22 Jul

Lavender and vanilla vegan cake

I am not vegan but the ongoing free-range eggs situation in Sydney is forcing me to come up with egg-free baking recipes. When you bake as often as I do – at least once a day – you go through a heap of eggs. And to paraphrase PETA, I’d rather go bake-free than buy battery hen eggs. Continue reading

Lemon poppyseed cupcakes with lemon curd

10 Jun

lemon poppyseed cupcakes with lemon curd.

I love lemon! And it just so happens that the Hungry Dad conducted a raid on my mother-in-law’s lemon tree recently, meaning our lemon bowl doth overflow. We will be taking Beyonce’s advice and making lemonade and I have already turned these luscious citrus fruits into a swoon-worthy pudding, and these beautiful lemon poppyseed cupcakes.

I had some lemon curd in the fridge so I decided to add a creamy, lemony filling to each cake to really make these cupcakes pack a lemon punch.

I have a feeling I will be making these again very soon – this batch vanished in the blink of an eye when I shared them with my work colleagues in exchange for a donation to MSF.

They are fast and simple to make, and you can freeze the un-filled cakes for a few weeks if you need to.

GATHER:

185 grams diced butter at room temperature

Grated rind of one large or two smaller lemons

3 eggs

2 cups self-raising flour

¾ cup of milk

20g poppy seeds

¾ cup caster sugar

170 grams lemon curd

Lemon and poppyseed cupcakes. The Hungry Mum

LET’S GET TO IT:

Preheat oven to 170C. Line a 12-hole cupcake pan with wrappers..

Place all ingredients, except the seeds and curd, into the bowl of an electric mixer and blend on low speed until combined.

Increase speed of mixer and mix until mixture is smooth.

Stir in seeds with a spoon.

Pour into cupcake wrappers

Bake for 26-ish minutes/until a skewer comes out clean.

Set aside to cool completely, then use a small sharp knife to cut a circle out of the middle of each cake. Do not cut down to the bottom. Set piece aside, add a tablespoon of curd then gently replace cake core.

Lemon poppyseed cupcakes - with lemon curd