Sunday, 18 August 2013

The Great British Bake-Off is back!

In our house The Great British Bake-Off is must watch viewing, and on Tuesday evening the new series starts, filmed here in sometimes sunny and sometimes torrential Somerset.
Last Wednesday Pickle-Lily went to Millie Moon's in Frome to do a teenage skirt workshop, you can read all about it on her blog - In a Pickle. I had a lovely browse and came back with a bag of fabric, including some Riley Blake Bake Sale. So in honour of TGBBO I made some baking bunting for my kitchen, but I'm so pleased with it has pride of the place in the hall!
Bake sale bunting
As you can see, it matches the cute little one cup tea set I got from a charity shop a while back, and Pickle the penguin photo bombed my picture!
I've also been busy baking - lemon drizzle cake is cooling in the kitchen as I type and I also made a batch of coffee cup cakes as a holiday treat. I love coffee cake, but no-one else does .. or do they? I was very sneaky and gave one to Mr P-L and No1 son without telling them what it was, and guess what they both liked them!
So here is the recipe just for you...

To make 12 generous cup cakes, you need
175g plain flour
175g soft margarine
175g caster sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
3 eggs
2 tablespoons of milk
1 teaspoon coffee extract

To make
Mix all the ingredients together until light and fluffy.
Divide between 12 muffin cases and bake at 170 degrees (fan) for 15 minutes.
Allow to cool.
You can use this basic recipe for any flavour you like, just change the flavouring.

The icing I used for mine was coffee fudge - again very easy.
55g soft margarine
115g soft brown sugar
2 tablespoons of milk
half a teaspoon of coffee extract

Put all of these into a large saucepan and melt over a gentle heat, stirring. Then bring to the boil and boil for two minutes - keep stirring. Remove from the heat and stir in 400g of icing sugar. I know it seems a lot! Stir until smooth and thick. Then pipe over your cakes.
I'm going to join in with Handmade Monday this week - why don't you?


Anonymous said...

Great bunting - it's addictive making it as it's so easy to keep sewing!!

Simmi said...

Ohhh lovely bunting - not surprised it has place of pride! And thank you for the coffee cup cake recipe - I was looking for a new one the other day, so I'll give yours a try! Simmi x

CatkinJane said...

Love the fabric for the bunting

Natalie Jones said...

Oooooo, all that talk of cake...... could you share your lemon drizzle cake recipe?! I was only thinking today that I'd love to try and make one, and you are certainly a reliable source!

CPC Wedding Stationery said...

The bunting is lovely and your autumn cakes look gorgeous. Hope you have a good week.

Ginx Craft said...

The baking bunting looks really cute. We love the Bake Off too, and last year my daughter then organised us to all bake something and then be judged by her. Sneaky.

Penny said...

Ooh, and now I'm feeling rather hungry!

Anonymous said...

Lovely fabric. Glad to see you are passing your skills on to the next generation. I am trying to set up a blog with my son as we speak :)

Ali said...

I love the idea of kitchen bunting. The fabric looks great. I cannot wait for TGBBO. A great place to get new recipes and thanks for your recipe I think it will go down well in our house.
Ali x

Lucy Blossom said...

I'm with Natalie, please share the recipe for lemon drizzle cake - it sounds delightful. I can't wait for the great British bake off either.

Catie M said...

Pickle couldn't resist!
Bake off, Bake off!
In a Pickle

EleanorLucy Millinery said...

I am a major fan of coffee cake!! I'll definitely be giving this resipe a whirl, thanks for sharing! (I also LOVE your bunting! It's impossible not to be happy when there's bunting about!) ;)

Delia Ryder said...

Those cakes look lovely and so does your bunting adore the fabric you used, dee x

Louise Oakes said...

Love the bunting, which you can never have to much of ☆ The little teapot is lovely too, I love yhe colour. I wouldn't mind one of your coffee cup cakes either!

Anonymous said...

Lovely bunting. The cake wouldn't appeal to me I'm afraid. Coffee and me don't mix, except in ice cream. I would have to switch the coffee ingredients for chocolate alternatives :-)

Free Spirit Designs said...

Oh yay! I'm so excited the the bake off is back!

your bunting is adorable, it definitely deserves pride of place :) x

Gertie said...

The coffee cakes look very yummy.

Bake off on TV tonight. Can't wait !!! xx

Pooch said...

Love your cheery bunting--so colorful!