Baking on the edge ….

July 7, 2010

So English Mum, that shining star of gorgeousness, has thrown down her oven glove gauntlet and challenged us all – yes, all of us, including you – to bake something fabulous.

The prize for our efforts – and I am typing this in hushed tones – is a Green & Black’s hamper.

Now I am completely abandoning the hushed tones and shrieking a bit, as I want to win that badly. Yes, I know it’s a bit sad, and I am not normally a competitive person – I refer you to the comment from my exasperated PE teacher on my school report after a crucial netball match long ago, ‘DD needs to move more’ – but this hamper, I feel, has my name on it. In very big letters. Actually, I have no idea what is inside it at all, apart from, I presume, large quantities of chocolate. But I do have a secret little fantasy, that the hamper itself is made from chocolate! That way, I could just chomp my way through the whole thing ….

Ooops, getting carried away, back to the baking. I think you’ll agree that this is a devilishly cunning cake, which has partly come about due to our current obsession with baking fairy cakes. During the school fair bakathon, a couple of weekends ago, we had several batches of batter on the go at the same time. This got me thinking. I love coffee and walnut cake. Child One loves coffee and walnut cake. Child Two, by contrast, hates coffee and walnut. She likes lemon. Which Child One cannot abide. You could carry this on for ever, and never find a single cake which is going to make both girls happy at the same time. Soooooo, I present …..the Having Your Cake and Eating It cake:


One side is coffee and walnut, the other side is lemon. And everyone is happy. I don’t know if English Mum wants us to give recipes, but this is the easiest possible all-in-one sponge, featuring 8oz butter and 8oz caster sugar, creamed, four eggs, added one at a time, 8oz self raising flour, sieved and a few drops of vanilla essence. Divide the basic mixture into two bowls, add the juice and zest of a lemon to one, and a tablespoon of strong coffee (instant is good) and 4oz crushed walntus to the other. Splosh into two identical baking tins. 


Cook for about 30 mins at gas mark 3. For the icing, take a basic buttercream (3oz butter, 6oz icing sugar) and add the juice and zest of another lemon to one half, and another tablespoon of strong coffee to the other half. When the two cakes have cooled, cut each in half and layer them up with either the lemon or coffee icing. Then swirl away on the top to your heart’s content. Voila. Everyone’s happy.


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  • Metropolitan Mum July 7, 2010 at 6:05 am

    WHere do you live again? Quick, I need directions. Before this cake is finished…

    • Dulwich Divorcee July 7, 2010 at 8:06 am

      Come on over, I’ll save a slice specially for you!

  • English Mum July 7, 2010 at 7:41 am

    I LOVE it! As host of the competition, I get to eat a slice, right? RIGHT? x

    • Dulwich Divorcee July 7, 2010 at 8:07 am

      There’s one on its way to you right now! *crosses fingers behind back* xx

  • Crystal Jigsaw July 7, 2010 at 7:43 am

    I say cor blimey because it looks delish and very well presented. But I wouldn’t eat it. I’m honest!! I don’t like coffee or walnuts and cake gives me heartburn!

    CJ xx

    • Dulwich Divorcee July 7, 2010 at 8:08 am

      Oh CJ, I feel quite crestfallen! Not even a little tiny morsel ….? xx

  • mummyinahurry July 7, 2010 at 7:49 am

    What a fabulous idea. I will have to give that a try. Can you tell me what you use to get the professional swirly effect? I have bought an icing gun, but I am really not getting on with it!

    • Dulwich Divorcee July 7, 2010 at 8:09 am

      Hi MINAH, yes, we got the disposable icing bags and a set of nozzles from Lakeland. Great fun playing! It took us ages to get the hang of icing until English Mum suggested adding some milk to the buttercream – she is such a pro

  • Green & Black's July 7, 2010 at 7:53 am

    Should we be preparing the monogrammed stencil for the front of hamper already?

    • Dulwich Divorcee July 7, 2010 at 8:10 am

      Gasp! Welcome, your Chocolatinesses! Yes please, if you could just have DD monogrammed on there that would be perfect! *curtsies deeply and then faints*

  • nuttycow July 7, 2010 at 8:13 am

    What a great cake! Mine’s never going to live up to that 🙁

    Will you share out the prize when you win it *widens eyes and flutters lashes*

    • Dulwich Divorcee July 7, 2010 at 8:18 am

      I’m looking forward to seeing yours 🙂 I’ll do my best to share, of course, but chocolate is highly perishable you know *blushes*

  • exmoorjane July 7, 2010 at 8:18 am

    Damnit, not even going to try….*sob* even though would probably murder my puppies for a G&B hamper. I’m Team Coffee and Walnut btw….

    • Dulwich Divorcee July 7, 2010 at 8:25 am

      Ah, the best team! There is significantly more lemon cake left now …mysterious, that. You’ve got to give it a go, Jane, for the puppies’ sake xx

  • Jennifer@alphamummy July 7, 2010 at 10:06 am

    OMG this looks amazing. If I can get my head together I might have to take up this challenge. I love good baking.

  • EmmaK July 7, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    omg what a sexy sexy cake …total food porn
    i am going to bake this tonight wearing only a red teddy

  • Chic Mama July 10, 2010 at 1:46 am

    My mouth is watering….I now have a desire to bake a cake at 8.45 in the morning! ;0)

  • Amy July 10, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    Mmmm, that is one seriously yummy looking cake! 🙂