What an amazing leaving present from my friends at work: ‘The Great British Bake Off’ Cookbook. Each chapter is devoted to a different type of baking: cakes; biscuits; breads; tarts etc. And each chapter contains a ‘Showstopping Challenge’ with three alternative recipes: ‘easy’; ‘takes a little time’; and ‘needs a little skill’. These are then followed by more recipes, some from the Bake Off contestants and some from Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood.
I decided to start with the first recipe in the book, Mocha Marbled Cake, a Showstopping Challenge-Easy recipe. The recipe was indeed easy to follow and the cake didn’t take very long to make. It involved making two sponge mixtures-chocolate and coffee- and then marbling them together. The cake tasted lovely, but not too different from a normal chocolate cake. I’d add more coffee next time to achieve a stronger coffee flavour. The marbled effect also didn’t turn out quite as well as expected and certainly didn’t look as good as the picture in book. Maybe I got carried away with the swirling of the two sponge flavours and ended up just mixing them together.