Hello! Things have been a bit quiet on the blog lately. It’s been a pretty busy time for me in the kitchen. I’ve been doing lots of baking for friends and family and I’ve got a lot of recipes to share with you over the next couple of weeks – so watch this space!
It was my Birthday on Sunday, which also happened to be Father’s Day in the UK. So of course I had to bake a cake for the double occasion – and I wanted it to be a showstopper!
I saw the most gorgeous looking cake on The Pink Whisk’s website – (The Pink Whisk is Ruth Clements – she came second in series one of The Great British Bake off.) The cake in question was a white chocolate mudcake. It looked so amazing, covered in chocolate drizzled strawberries and finished off with a white chocolate colllar. Having found strawberries in the Co-op at the bargain price of £2 for two large punnets and after raiding my chocolate supplies box and realising I had about six bars of Sainsburys basic white chocolate (at 30p a bar! This stuff is fantastic value for baking) it seemed like I was meant to bake this beauty of a cake.
This was the first time I had ever made a mud cake. I’ve heard about them and knew they are extremely popular in Australia. It definitely won’t be the last time I make one – they are so incredibly moist and delicious! I’m a new fan of the mud cake and it made a nice change from my usual vanilla sponge.
This was also my first time making a chocolate collar. I was worried I would end up with a disaster on my hands but I took my time and read through Ruth’s step by step instructions on her blog. I have to admit I’ve always liked the look of chocolate collars but I was always a little scared to try them! But thanks to Ruth I realised that they aren’t so difficult. You just need a little patience. And ideally a kitchen that isn’t too hot. My boys were most impressed! I have to admit I also thought it was pretty cool 😉 You can find Ruth’s step by step instructions on how to make a chocolate collar right here.
You’ll also find the recipe for this gorgeous mud cake right here – http://www.thepinkwhisk.co.uk/2013/06/white-chocolate-mud-cake.html
I’ll leave you with a few cakes and bakes I’ve done over the past week or so…see you soon x