Traditional Rock Cakes

Hello everyone, I hope your day has been well. Today’s recipe is Rock Cakes. Traditionally from Ireland, UK with ingredients such as dried fruit and spices which gives it the common taste. I love keeping them in the oven for an extra 5 minutes to get a crunchy outer layer but it is still soft and very cake like in the middle. These are great to make because they have a rustic vibe and can be eaten any time of the day, not so indulgent but still tastes great. Before adding the egg it might look like there is not enough liquid but just give it a good mix until everything combines together.

Recipe: Rock Cakes (makes 14)

Ingredients

200g self-raisng flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp mixed spices

100g butter

40g granulated sugar

45g demerara sugar

50g mixed dried fruit

1 egg

2 tbsp milk (I used a milk substitute)

Method

  • Preheat the oven to gas mark 5 and line 2 trays with parchment paper.
  • Put the flour, baking powder, mixed spice and butter into a bowl and use your fingers to rub in the mixture until it resembles breadcrumbs.
  • Then add the sugars and dried fruit giving it a mix.
  • Next add the egg and milk, nixing until the mixture is smooth and well combined.
  • Spoon the mixture onto the trays and bake in the oven for 25 minutes until golden brown.
  • Leave to cool before eating

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Lemon Pound Cake

Hello everyone, I hope you’ve had a good day today. The recipe I have here is a Lemon Pound Cake, something I was trying to create and bake for a little while. I love the texture of the cake and the bright yellow colour, it also reminds me of the cake served with school dinners, fluffy and filling!! I really enjoyed making the cake because the ingredients and method were very different to a normal cake but it turned out amazing and tastes delicious. This cake would be perfect for any occasion and enjoyed by many people.

Recipe: Lemon Pound Cake (makes 1 loaf tin)

Ingredients

280g self-raising flour

2 tsp baking powder

195g caster sugar

1/4 tsp salt

Zest of 1/2 a lemon

110g butter

1 egg

235ml milk

1 tsp vanilla extract

3 tbsp lemon juice

Method

  • First thing, preheat the oven to gas mark 5 and line a loaf tine with baking paper.
  • Then add the dry ingredients (flour,, baking powder, sugar, salt and zest) to a large bowl and mix well.
  • Next, add the butter, egg, milk, vanilla extract and lemon juice.
  • Mix everything together until you get a smooth cake batter, that’s still a little thick.
  • Pour into the loaf tin and bake in the oven for 1 hour, but after the first 30 minutes turn it up to gas mark 6.
  • Dust with a little icing sugar and leave to cool down completely before serving.

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Chocolate Concrete Cake

Hello everyone, I hope your Tuesday has been well!! The weather is quite dull so here is a tasty chocolate treat to cheer you up. It was a school favourite for me and I always remember buying a slice along with my lunch. I love the crunchy bite and subtle chocolate flavour, this is kind of like a mix between a biscuit and a thin cake. It’s also a nice and quick recipe that’s perfect for many occasions.

Recipe: Chocolate Concrete Cake (makes 12 slices)

Ingredients

160g butter

170g granulated sugar

225g self-raising flour

25g cocoa powder

1 egg

Method

  • Preheat the oven to gas mark 4 and line a tray with baking paper.
  • Melt the butter and stir in the sugar.
  • Add the flour and cocoa powder mixing until it becomes a little stiff.
  • Mix the egg into the mixture and then evenly pour into the oven tray.
  • Bake in the oven for 50 minutes. Sprinkle with sugar straightaway and leave to cool before cutting.

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Recipe adapted from here

Dark Jamaican Ginger Cake

Hey guys, Jamaican ginger cake is one of my favourite cakes aside from chocolate 😋 I found this recipe online and I just had to bake it and share it with you guys. There’s a lot of sugar in the recipe from the soft dark sugar, golden syrup and treacle but it doesn’t taste overly sweet. It was also really runny so I did wonder how the gingerbread would turn out and here is the result…

Makes: 1 loaf tin

Ingredients 

175g plain flour, sifted
1 tbsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp grated nutmeg
1/2 tsp bicarbonate soda
2 tbsp milk or milk alternative
75g black treacle
75g golden syrup
75g dark brown soft sugar
75g butter
1 egg

Method

1. Preheat the oven to gas mark 4 and line a loaf tin with parchment paper.

2. In a large bowl mix, sift the flour and spices then separately mix the bicarbonate soda with milk and set aside.

3. Then, into a saucepan measure the treacle, syrup, sugar and butter with 75ml of water. Heat gently until everything is thoroughly melted. 

4. Next add the syrup mixture to the flour and stir vigorously with a wooden spoon until smooth. Beat in the egg and add the bicarbonate soda and milk. 

5. Mix well and pour into the prepared baking tin, place in the oven and bake for 1 hour. Remove from the oven and leave to cool for 10 minutes before taking out. 

VEGAN Chocolate Cake 

Hey everyone, it’s been a while since I’ve posted some baking but here is the best vegan cake recipe I’ve ever tasted. At university we’ve been working on recipes suitable for different dietary groups so here goes… 

Makes 9

Dry Ingredients 

2 1/2 cups flour 
2 1/2 cups caster sugar
1 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bicarbonate soda
1 tsp salt

Wet Ingredients

2 2/3 non dairy milk
2/3 cups oil
2 tbsp vinegar
1 tsp vanilla extract

Method
1. Preheat the oven to 180°c and prepare mini cake loafs for baking.

2. Put all of the dry ingredients into a large bowl and mix well.

3. Then whisk together the wet ingredients in a hug and slowly pour into the bowl whisking constantly.

4. Whisk until you get a smooth runny mixture, evenly pour into the mini loaf cases about 3/4 and bake in the oven for 25 minutes until risen and fully cooked.

5. I like to use a cocktail stick to check if the cake is fully cooked right through. Leave to cool down completely and enjoy 😊😊