Cakes and bakes

Chocolate fudge cakeFor some reason I was in a baking mood yesterday….a very rare occurrence in this household. Above was meant to be a Chocolate Fudge Cake (minus the fudge) because I didn’t condensed milk…so we googled how to make fudge sauce without it….it failed. The brown part of the cake is with chocolate fudge topping but it really was awful (we used milk, cane sugar and butter…it took about 2 hours to thicken and tasted like shite!!) Anyway here’s the cake recipe if you want it (the white part is topped cream and was much nicer). I just threw it all in the blender and bunged it in the oven for 25 minutes at 180C (gas mark 4)

  • 150 g butter
  • 150 g light muscovado sugar (I didn’t have any so I used cane sugar)
  • 150 g self-raising flour
  • 40 g cocoa
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 3 tblsp golden syrup

Tea BrackNow onto the Tea Brack which in my opinion was much nicer, even though I cheated a bit….and burnt it a bit…but we won’t mention that 😉 Here’s the recipe:

225g / 8oz  Self Raising Flour
375g packet of Fruit Mix (I used raisins and sultanas because I don’t like dried peel)
300ml / 1/2 pint cold Tea (I used hot black tea)
125g / 4oz Caster Sugar
1 Egg (beaten)
Good pinch Mixed Spice (I didn’t have any so I just used cinnamon)

Place fruit and tea in bowl and you are meant to leave it over night but I only decided to make the brack that day so I left it for 2 hours. Again I just through the flour, sugar and spice into the blender and added a beaten egg. I did throw half the fruit/tea mixture in but the fruit was getting blitzed so I thought I’d better just stir the rest of it in. Bake in a pre-heated oven 170°C/325°F/Gas 3 for approx. one hour or until risen and firm to the touch.

So there you go that’s my baking done for another while until the urge takes me again.


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  1. I really like your style of baking, Val! Just shows that “sometimes” it doesn’t have to be too precise, as long as it works and tastes nice, that’s what matters 🙂

  2. They both look yummy, but I’m more of a chocolate fan than tea brack- I love baked goods of all kinds, though, so I’ve have asked for a slice of both, please and thanks very much. I love baking. but I don’t get as much time as I’d like to bake these days, sadly. Thanks for the recipes…although I couldn’t stop giggling when I read your comment about the chocolate fudge topping tasting like shite 🙂

  3. Tea brack is a lovely light afternoon treat with … tea (of course). Not too decadent or rich or calorie-laden (or so I keep telling myself, lol). The choccy cake is always decadent, always calorie-laden, and always enjoyed best at night, with a nice mug of coffee. That’s why I’d definitely have asked for a slice of both. They both look dee-lish to me.

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