Hidden star cake

The snow has been here for a couple of weeks and as hubby works outside, he’s been home everyday! It’s getting quite old now 😉 So to have some time to myself (even though I wasn’t too well yesterday) I decided to get in the kitchen and test out a new idea I’ve had. I took inspiration from Pinterest, but unfortunately, I didn’t ‘pin’ it but it’s been in my head for days. The cake I saw was a cake made in a loaf tin, with a pumpkin running through out. 

I thought with Valentines day approaching, I’d try to make one with a heart running through it. So I went to the kitchen to make a start,  went to get a heart cutter and oh! I don’t appear to have one! I could have sworn I did. Oh well, I’ll just have to buy a new one 😉

Anyway, on with the cake. Now, please note, this was a trial run just to test out how to make it and I was unwell so it’s not a totally good bake but it gives me hope to get the next one right. 

Ingredients:

For the stars: 

  • 100g (3½oz)  unsalted butter, very soft
  • 100g (3½oz) golden caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 100g (3½oz) self-raising flour
  • ½ tsp red food colouring gel

For the rest of the cake:

  • 100g (3½oz) unsalted butter, very soft
  • 100g (3½oz) golden caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 100g (3½oz) self-raising flour
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract

Method:

To make the stars-

1. Preheat oven to gas 4, 180˚C, fan 160˚C. Grease a loaf tin with butter.

2. Put the butter and sugar in a large bowl and beat until light and fluffy.

3. Beat in the eggs one by one and then beat in the flour, a pinch of salt and the red food colouring gel.

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4. Pour into the greased tin and level out. Cook in the oven for approx. 25 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.

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5. Leave to cool slightly in the tin. 

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6. Once cooled, take out of the tin and turn it upside down. 

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7. With a bread knife, cut the cake sideways into 3 slices.

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8. With a star cookie cutter, cut out as many stars as you can with the 3 slices of cake. Leave to one side.

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For the rest of the cake-

1. Clean and grease the tin again.

2. Put the butter and sugar in a large bowl and beat until light and fluffy.

3. Beat in the eggs one by one and then beat in the flour, a pinch of salt and the vanilla extract. Leave to one side.

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To assemble- 

1. In the tin, stand the stars up in a line, one after another, running down the middle of the tin. 

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2. Gently spoon the cake mixture over the stars and level out.

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3. Cook in the oven for approx. 25 minutes or until golden and a skewer comes out clean.

4. Leave to cool slightly in the tin, then once cool take it out of the tin.

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5. Carefully slice into the cake and see if it has worked!

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I know it looks rubbish but I have learnt what I need to do next time to make it better. Next time, I will make more of the vanilla cake mixture so it covers the stars totally. I’ll have to figure out how much to increase the mixture by first though. I’ll also cover the cake in either icing or chocolate buttercream or something else scrummy. I really wasn’t feeling too well so I just left it as it was. It also appears to be slightly under cooked and one side of the star isn’t sharp and pointy like it should be. But this was just a learning curve. 

I’d like to try it out with other shaped cutters, different colours, flavours and shapes of tins. I’d also like to do it in a round tin. 

Until next time,

x

 

Christmas gifts

Last year, I decided to make hampers for family. I went WAY overboard and was really stressed on Christmas eve making a whole heap of stuff. Everyone loved them though, so it was worth it and it made me happy. But this year, with me already being really busy decorating etc, I want to make things in advance. Things that can be stored in a cupboard or in the freezer. I’ve made a list of the things I’d like to make, and have just made a couple of the things on it. Summer fruit jam and mincemeat. Some of the mincemeat will be used to make mince pies and the rest will be given in hampers. 

I used this recipe for the jam: http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/711653/summer-berry-jam 

Here the jars are in all their glory-

I used this recipe for the mincemeat: http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/4829/sandham-family-mincemeat

I used brandy instead of whiskey as that’s what I had in.

More to come…