A Cornish girl's food adventures

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Fairing lime creams

Fairing lime creams

Who would have thought that you could improve on a fairing? Well it turns out that you can! And all it takes is some creamy, tangy lime frosting. These will give some serious oomph to your morning tea break! If you’re not familiar with them […]

Summer berry sponge

Summer berry sponge

Happy summer solstice everyone! It’s the longest day of the year for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, which means more hours of daylight (and hopefully sunshine) and as far as I’m concerned that’s cause for celebration. One year (a really, really long time […]

Rhubarb & custard cake

Rhubarb & custard cake

The upside of baking your own birthday cake is that you get to have exactly the cake you want. The downside of baking your own birthday cake is baking your own birthday cake!
I don’t actually mind to be honest, the kitchen is my happy place, so it’s no real chore to spend an hour or so in there creating a delicious treat to share with my friends.
I’ve adapted my recipe for fresh peach buttermilk cake for this. It makes such a lovely bouncy sponge and adding some tart (homegrown) rhubarb makes me love it even more than the original. The rich, creamy custard buttercream is quite literally the icing on the cake. So good!

Ingredients
serves 16
cake
175g rhubarb
50ml of vegetable/sunflower oil
150g sugar
2 eggs
300g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
175ml buttermilk
frosting
70g sugar
2 tbsp plain flour
70g custard powder
200ml milk
200g room temperature butter, cubed

Grease and line a 9″ square cake tin and pre-heat your oven to 190°c.
Dice the rhubarb and toss it in 25g of the sugar. Roast the rhubarb in the oven as it pre-heats, until it is just tender.
Beat together the oil, sugar and salt until they are thick and pale. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. Sift together the flour and raising agents. Add one third of this to the batter and briefly beat it in. Follow this with one third of the buttermilk and beat again. Repeat this until all of the flour and buttermilk have been incorporated and you have a thick, smooth batter. Drain off the juice and fold the rhubarb through the batter. (Don’t throw the juice away – it’s delicious added to a gin and tonic) Pour the batter into the prepared tin and use a spoon to spread it out and smooth off the top.

Bake the cake for around 30 minutes, until a cake tester comes out clean and then leave it to cool in the tin for a few minutes before turning it out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
You can start to make the frosting whilst the cake bakes. Combine everything but the butter in a pan, making sure that there are no lumps. Gently heat the mixture until it turns into a very thick paste. Leave to cool.
Once the custard mixture has cooled transfer it to the bowl of a stand mixer and beat it until it starts to become a little fluffy. Add the butter, a few pieces at a time, with the mixer running, until you have a rich thick, creamy buttercream. Either spread or pipe this onto the cooled cake, depending on how fancy you’re feeling!

The best darned frosting in the world!

The best darned frosting in the world!

I’m a bit funny about frosting, I find it can be a bit hit or miss. All too often it’s too sweet and sugary or it can be grainy rather than silky smooth, or worst of all it can become crusty with a hard sugar […]

Gingerbread Viennese Whirls

Gingerbread Viennese Whirls

Oh my word these are good! I didn’t think Viennese whirls could get any more delicious but this festive twist really is good. Melt in the mouth, crumbly, buttery biscuits spiked with fiery ginger and fragrant spices, filled with gooey toffee and rich brandy buttercream? […]

Lemon and eldeflower cupcakes

Lemon and eldeflower cupcakes

I haven’t baked cupcakes in forever. I’m not sure if it’s because they went out of style a little bit or because I’m a pretty greedy person and I’d rather bake one big cake that can be cut into generous slices!
These aren’t as sweet and sickly as some cupcakes can be, thanks to the rich and creamy mascarpone frosting and the tangy lemon curd filling.

Ingredients
makes 12
sponge
90g butter, softened
200g sugar
3 eggs
375g plain flour
3 tsp baking powder
3 tbsp of elderflower cordial
4 tbsp milk
filling & frosting
2-3 tbsp lemon curd
150g butter, softened
150g icing sugar
150g mascarpone
1 tbsp elderflower cordial
lemon and lime zest to decorate

Pre-heat your oven to 190°c and line a cupcake tin with 12 wrappers.
Sift together the flour and baking powder then combine this with the sugar before beating in the butter until the mixture looks like damp sand.
In a separate bowl or jug mix together the milk and eggs. Slowly mix this into the dry ingredients a third at a time until you have a smooth, fairly liquid batter. Stir in the elderflower cordial.
Divide the batter evenly between the cupcake cases and bake for 20 minutes, give or take, until the cakes have risen and are nicely browned. Leave to cool on a wire rack.

Once the cakes are completely cool cut a small section out of the top of each one. If you have an apple corer this will do the job quickly and easily. Fill the resulting hole with a little lemon curd and replace the little sponge cap.
To make the frosting beat together the butter and icing sugar before adding in the mascarpone and the elderflower cordial. Pipe or spread the frosting on top of the cakes, being careful to cover the little sponge lids and then sprinkle each one with a little lemon and lime zest.

Raspberry creme drip cake

Raspberry creme drip cake

If a party without cake is just a meeting then serving up this really would make it a celebration! I’ve made this cake a couple of times now and it’s always very well received, it looks impressive before you’ve even cut into it. It’s got […]

Praline and cream cake

Praline and cream cake

It wasn’t until I travelled to Charleston SC that I thought of praline being anything more than the chocolate seashells that Mr Colonial Cravings receives for Christmas every year. But in Charleston we tried some very tasty crunchy little clusters of caramelised pecans. I think […]

Blueberry and lemon Viennese whirls

Blueberry and lemon Viennese whirls

blueberry and lemon Viennese whirls

Mr Colonial Cravings and myself have been back in our little Gloucestershire terraced house for just over a month now. We’re more or less unpacked and the bulk of the re-decorating is done with but we’ve been a little bit slow to sort out things like the internet and TV. The latter isn’t really important to us, we tend to watch films more than the telly, but it has left me a bit out of touch when it comes to The Great British Bake Off.
I gather from my various social media feeds though that it was recently ‘biscuit week’ and that the nations bakers went bonkers for Viennese whirls. By sheer coincidence (I promise) on the day that it was broadcast I’d decided to revamp the Viennese whirl recipe that I’ve got on here. I wanted to make them a little more fancy than the classic jam and buttercream combo.
These are utterly delicious. The biscuits are crumbly and melt in your mouth and the flavours are wonderfully fruity. They did not stick around for long!

blueberry and lemon Viennese whirls

Ingredients
makes 8 sandwich biscuits

biscuits

125g very soft butter
25g icing sugar
zest of one lemon
125g plain flour
25g corn flour

filling

50g butter
125g icing sugar
50g blueberries

blueberry and lemon Viennese whirls

Pre-heat the oven to 190°c.
Cream together the butter, lemon zest and icing sugar in a mixing bowl. Sift the corn flour and plain flour into the creamed butter and sugar. Mix all of this together until you have a very soft batter-like dough.
Fill a piping bag fitted with a very large star shaped nozzle with the dough. Pipe the biscuits into 16 swirls on a lined baking tray, just make sure you leave space between them to allow for spreading.
Bake the biscuits for 15 minutes until they are slightly golden and then place them onto a wire rack to cool.

blueberry and lemon Viennese whirls

Whilst the biscuits cool you can make the filling. Warm the blueberries a little to encourage them to release their juice and then crush them well with a fork. Let them cool a bit. Beat the butter until it’s quite soft and then mix in the icing sugar and crushed blueberries, beating until it is quite fluffy and you’ve got a fairly uniform colour. Transfer the filling to a piping bag with a plain tip and then pop it in the fridge for 15 minutes to firm up a bit.
Match up similar sized biscuits and then generously pipe the blueberry buttercream onto one half before sandwiching the other one on top. Dust the whirls with a little icing sugar before devouring.

blueberry and lemon Viennese whirls

Coconut cake with lime and soft citrus buttercream

Coconut cake with lime and soft citrus buttercream

BIRTHDAY! Birthday, birthday, birthday! Hurrah for me! I’m probably at the age where I should be dreading birthdays and worrying about entering a different age bracket on surveys, but the thing is…I REALLY like cake. Is it weird to get excited about making your own […]