Thursday, December 23, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Remember to eat lots of cake over the holidays.
Merry Christmas!
With love from The Caker xx

Monday, December 13, 2010

Strawberry Cloud Cake

One highlight from my weekend in Hawke's Bay was strawberry picking; my sister and I brought back 6kgs of 'em! There are many uses for over ripe strawberries including jam, compote, and of course strawberry cloud cake. It's a non cooked meringue cake on a base of crushed tea biscuits with cinnamon and coconut. The simmered berries are mixed with lemon juice and incorporated into the meringue which is then chilled for 4 hours. The result is a sweet and airy pale pink cloud. I actually won't be making these for orders because they are very fragile and need to be kept in the fridge until the last minute before eating. But I can provide my recipe if anyone would like to make one themselves, it makes the perfect Christmas dessert.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The Caker will be away...

In Hawkes Bay for the weekend! So I won't be able to take cake orders until Tuesday.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Chocolate Blueberry Cake (gluten free)

This week's 'cake o' the week' was a suggestion by my most favourite cake eater Scrap Wall. It's not a combination of ingredients I would normally think of trying, but it actually works really well. The juicy blueberries complement the flourless dark chocolate cake, which still melts in your mouth but each bite has an unexpected tang. This cake is topped with a simple sprinkling of icing sugar and a handful of fresh blueberries. 

Philanthropic Baking Day

Last week I collaborated with the amazing team at Stolen Rum to make Christmas Cakes for the homeless. We hired Maincourse Kitchen and spent the entire day making 18 big fruit cakes to be cut up into slices to make some less fortunate people's Christmas a little more fortunate. It was fun and made us all feel quite philanthropic. So thanks Jamie and Caroline and all the other great bakers who helped!