Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Bakes for Mum #1-4



If you're a regular reader (if I even have any of those!) you might have noticed that I haven't been posting as often recently. One thing that's been keeping me busy, and away from the blogging world, is a charity fundraiser I've been undertaking. I'm not sure that I've ever mentioned it in this space, but my mum died of cancer when I was 17. That was 10 years ago last month, and I felt like I wanted to do something to mark that passage of time, celebrate my mum and raise some money for charity.

I applaud people who do athletic feats for charity but, as anyone who knows me will attest, baking is more my style. So, from the beginning of March, I've been home-making different baked goods and delivering them into the hands of friends. Random acts of cake, as it were. I'm managing a rate of about one a week, so I suspect it'll take me a few months to get around everyone. It's been great fun so far; giving people unexpected edible goodies, baked especially for them, gives me the warm and fuzzies, as has my friends' response to the fundraising idea. All in all a lovely experience.

I'm raising money for Nottinghamshire Hospice, a charity which provides free palliative care for adults with life limiting illnesses and support to their carers. Check out my Just Giving page if you'd like to know more. 

Without further ado, here are my first four bakes...

#1 Mars Bar Chunk Cookies (for Sarah H)


For this bake, I adapted this chocolate chunk cookie recipe from Averie Cooks. I used only white sugar, not white and brown, plain flour (not bread flour) and switched out the chocolate for pieces of mini Mars Bars. They were delicious and had a great chewy texture. 

#2 Coffee and Walnut Cake (for Tom)


For this bake, I used one of my own recipes from way back in 2011. This is my go-to coffee cake recipe that I can always trust to turn out tasty. This time around I made the recipe with three eggs instead of two, which made for a nice big cake. 



#3 Blueberry and White Chocolate Blondies (for Harriet)


I've never made 'blondies' before (a pale tray-cake which has a dense texture like a brownie) and I was really happy with how they came out. I adapted this recipe from The Cozy Apron, using blueberries instead of raspberries - SO GOOD! I'd really recommend making blondies if you've never baked them before.


#4 Whisky Pecan Cake (for Jack)


Another new recipe for me, and somewhat of an experiment. I didn't use an existing recipe for this one, but my improvised approach actually worked out really well! 

First I made a basic loaf cake (2 large eggs, then the same weight as the eggs (in shells) of butter, sugar and SR flour, plus 1/2 tsp baking powder and pinch salt) which included a handful of chopped toasted pecans, then created a glaze by mixing icing sugar and whisky to give a medium thick, pourable consistency. I put lots of holes in the cake with a skewer then poured over the glaze until it wouldn't soak up any more. For the topping, I made up some thicker but still pourable whisky glaze, then used this to stick on a pile of lightly toasted pecans. 




2 comments:

  1. This is a lovely idea. A friend of mine raised money for her teaching year in Cambodia in a similar way, she baked cakes and brought them into work every Monday & everyone donated, it was a highly tasty way to raise money and cheered up a Monday! xx

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  2. See - everybody loves charity cake! :)

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