#2: Poker cake – how to do it.

Possibly the most ambitious cake I’ve ever made! This was for my fella’s 30th birthday – as a poker player and avid cake lover, it was the perfect cake.

It’s a chocolate cake with lemon buttercream and fondant icing. If you have tins and basic equipment you can make this without buying loads of fancy stuff (I used a wine bottle top to cut out the chips and a cassette tape box to measure the cards!)

I did a lot of research for ideas, sketched my design, did a lot of bad maths for dimensions then just went for it!

Here’s how I did it.

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Making a meal out of procrastination

Hello. Sorry for the delay.

Putting it off

This blog became a bit of a source of shame due to the lack of updates – the more I thought about it, the more embarrassed I was about not updating it so kept putting it off.

No good reason really, except I did sort of move jobs (same company, different hours – no longer getting up at 5am on weekends so started going out till 5am instead! Hooray, socialising).

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#2: Clementine cake

Ever put 5 whole clementines in a blender?

It sounds insane. But it tastes delicious.

Clementine cake with vanilla ice cream

Here’s my attempt at clementine cake, which does indeed call for whole clementines. I think it’s originally a Nigella Lawson recipe, but I used a simplified version of this one from Celebrity Masterchef. Takes a while but totally worth it, as it’s light, zesty and flour- and (almost) butter-free so a second slice is totally acceptable! Continue reading

2011: A summary in numbers

Since my last post (not including the one today) I actually managed to make some headway into some of the things on my 30×30 list:

#2: Make or taste 30 new things.
I’ve made Candied Citrus Peel and Panforte from the excellent Gifts From The Kitchen book (here is my rather posh-looking wrapped panforte).

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#3: Cook or try 30 new things: Plumble

Ah, autumn. You bring misty mornings and slick auburn leaves underfoot.

And the chance to eat lots of stodge. Like plumble. I referred to two recipes for this as I had some apples that needed eating and some very unripe plums that I wasn’t convinced would cook properly. This one from Anthony Worrall-Thompson and one from Nigel Slater’s Real Cooking. Here’s my recipe: Continue reading