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13/02/2013 at 12:19
My Grandad is 90 next month there is nothing he wants, he doesn't need clothes or gagets and hates being took out, but the one thing he does like is cake, so i thought i would bake him a cake, but i haven't a clue where to start!
has anybody got any ideas/recepies?
it needs to be sponge, any flovour.
would you do icing or frosting?
13/02/2013 at 13:08
Basic sponge recipe is;
125g/4oz butter or margarine, softened, 125g/4oz caster sugar, 2 medium eggs, 125g/4oz self raising flour and I add a teaspoon of baking powder for a good rise.
Cream the marg and sugar, until pale and fluffy. Add the agges and mix, mix in the flour and baking powder a bit at a time until all mixed in.
Put in a tin, I use a round 8 inch one and into the oven, (180 C) for approx 25 mins. When you think it's ready use a sharp knive and stick it in the middle, if it comes out clean the cake is done, if it has mix on it the cake needs longer.
I like butter cream as a filling - icing sugar and butter/marg creamed together. But you could use jam or fresh cream too. I ten to use water icing (icing sugar and water) as my icing, but you could also sprinkle on icing sugar or cocoa powder.
Easy to add flavout to the sponge - think lemon/ornage juice and zest, dried fruit, cocoa powder for chocolate, coffee, vanilla essence for a subtle flavour.
13/02/2013 at 15:25
Mary Berry does a great basic cake mix recipe. 8oz of self-raising flour, butter, caster sugar and 4 eggs. Beat together. Add two tsp baking powder. Pour into two greased and lined cake tins. Bake for 25 minutes.
13/02/2013 at 17:56
Thank you both.
raincloud - how long does butter cream last? i will have to make the cake a couple of days before then travel up to birmngham with it.
i'm now thinking buns maybe easier to tranport? so does any one know any bun recepies?
13/02/2013 at 18:35
Sponge lasts for ages, but you could always do the buttercream just before you leave - it takes about 3 mins to make and spread on the cake!
Dont know any bun recipes.
What about bread pudding or scones?
I have an amazing cookie recipe but not sure if thats his thing.
Or shortbread? Tiffin? Flapjacks?
13/02/2013 at 20:25
it has to be something soft, and no oats they get stukunder his false teeth!!
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