Sunday, 9 October 2011
Sometimes you have a craving for a cake and nothing else will do . . . it has to be a cake, and that's . . . that!
I baked us a tasty Walnut Cake the other day because I wanted cake, cake . . . cake. I love walnuts. I'm like my dad in that way. He loves walnuts too.
His favourite ice cream has always been Maple Walnut . . . so is mine, but alas . . . the only way we be getting that over here is iffin we makes it ourselves! Not a problem!
We'll make some of that another day . . . today we wants cake, and what we wants, we gets!
Oh my but this is tasty . . . chock full of lovely walnuts and iced with a creamy buttercream icing. DO toast the walnuts first for even more flavour.
The Canuck in me was just itching to add some maple flavour . . . but the purist in me held her back.
Enjoy! I did.
*Iced Walnut Cake*
Makes one 8 inch cake
The perfect teatime cake.
225g of butter, softened (1 cup)
225g of self raising flour (2 cups), sifted
1 tsp baking powder
225g soft light brown sugar (1 cup packed
75g of finely chopped toasted walnuts (3/4 cup)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 TBS treacle (molasses)
4 large free range eggs
For the buttercream:
75g softened butter (6 TBS)
1 tsp vanilla
175g sifted icing sugar (1 1/2 cups)
Toasted walnut pieces to decorate
Preheat the oven to 1600*C/325*F/ gas mark 3. Butter and line two 9 inch round shallow cake tins with baking paper. Set aside.
Place all of the cake ingredients into a large bowl. Beat vigorously for 2 minutes with an electric whisk until smooth. Divide the batter equally amongst the prepared tins, smoothing out the top.
Bake for 25 minutes until golden brown and the top springs back when lightly touched.
Allow to cool in the pans for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
To make the buttercream, beat all the ingredients together with an electric whisk until smooth and fluffy. Place one cake layer on a plate. Spread with half of the buttercream. Top with the other cake layer and spread the remainder of the butter cream over top. Sprinkle with toasted walnut pieces.
There's a delicious Pizza baking in The Cottage today, where I'm sharing my special recipes for a lovely crust and my own special secret pizza sauce! (A secret no more!)