The Great Bloggers Bake Off 2014 : Week One -CAKE !

cherry

The Great British Bake Off returned to our screens again this week ! Yet again I wasn’t chosen to be a contestant … they really don’t know what they’re missing out on … what with my charm , sophistication and good looks .. seriously !!! AHEM !!  But anyway who need to be a baking star of the small screen when I can join my amazing fellow bloggers and be a part of The Great BLOGGERS bake off 2014 … pitting our baking skills against the blogging baking community and thoroughly enjoying the challenges !!

So anyway … them fame hungry lot on TV were given the challenge to bake :

1. A swiss roll

2. St Mary of Berry’s Cherry Cake

3. 36 identical little cakes

 

For my first week back on the bake off I have chosen to go with challenge 2 The Cherry cake and so I give you…

Julia’s Cherry , Lime & Coconut Ring 

  • 200g glace cherries

  • 225g self raising flour

  • 175g softened butter

  • 175g caster sugar

  • 1 lime , finely grated zest only

  • 50g ground almonds

  • 3 large eggs , free range if possible

Icing – 125g icing sugar

50g dessicated coconut

zest & juice of 1 lime

Glace cherries to decorate

 

 

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Grease your tin … I used a 9″ bundt tin.

Wash your cherries , dry them and then chop into quarters. Put  into a sandwich bag with 2 tbsp of your flour and ensure all the cherries are covered.

Now out your butter, sugar , flour , zest , almonds and eggs into a mixer and mix for around 2 mins or until you have a nice smooth batter . Now fold in your prepared cherries gently ensuring they are evenly distributed through your batter.

Pour into your tin and bake for 35 mins.

After 5 mins cooling in the tin turn it out onto a wire rack.Leave your cake to cool completely.

Look at the cherries - they're suspended not sunk ! Hurrah !

Look at the cherries – they’re suspended not sunk ! Hurrah !

Next make your icing – I was lucky enough to be given a packet of lime & coconut flavoured icing sugar to which I just added a few drops of water … you can get hold of these HERE or alternatively put the icing sugar , coconut and lime zest into a bowl  add the lime juice bit by bit until you acheive a thick but pourable consistency … pour over yor cake , decorate with chopped cherries … now pop the kettle on and RELAX !

 

You can join in with the great bloggers bake off by hopping over to see our very own Jenny Berry  and joining in xx

Advertisements

4 thoughts on “The Great Bloggers Bake Off 2014 : Week One -CAKE !

  1. ooooh their loss is my gain! i love the sound of cherry, lime and coconut and those cherries are well distributed !!
    thanks for linking up x

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s