Today's blog is a personal blog from our owner, Louise Vargas. She's sharing with us a bake enjoys making, inspired by Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya's bake from 2015. Fancy a go yourself?
Baking, baking, baking. I'm going mad for it. Not only have I bought myself a posh new cake stand and a croissant cutting rolling pin, I now own a bundt tin. And what do I blame? The Great British Bake Off. The fantastic TV show gripped the country yet again this year, with a well deserved winner in Sophie.
Frankly, I love the Bake Off. And so do 9 million other people
Two years ago, the (now) nation's sweetheart contestant Nadiya baked something I needed to try: the icing pattern bake (I'm calling it).
The technique Nadiya used to pattern her sponge couldn't be simpler. Draw a pattern in icing on a sheet of baking paper (the more decorative the better), and freeze it in a tray bake or roasting tin. It doesn't take long.
Don't prod it when it comes out the freezer - it'll warm up and smudge.
Now comes the bake. Pour your cake mixture into the tray (I just used a simple tray bake recipe) and bake as normal.
When the cake it taken out of the oven, carefully turn the cake out onto a cooling rack and peel off the grease proof paper. Voila, your pattern is etched onto the sponge. I was amazed how clearly is came out, no smudging and the icing didn't grow or shrink in the temperature change.
I cut the sponge into 3cm (ish) squares and made a sandwich with them using a plain sponge (same recipe) and a honey mascarpone cream filling. Delish! They really were tasty ... I felt quite sick once the bake had finished, I ate so many off-cuts and smears of icing!
See below - my 'mini Nadiya cakes' are displayed on my new cake stand with a friend's brownies. Who's hungry?!
With hindsight, the pretty little pattern I made wasn't very visible once I'd cut the sponge sandwich into small(er) bites. I should have gone for larger slices - the leaves and swirls would work better as a tablet bake.
Thanks to Nadiya for her inspiration - check out more of our Bake Off inspired blogs here - the perfect lunch time read!
Louise, 280 Bakes
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