Yes, it's back! The Great British Bake Off. That wonderful series of marquees, ovens and soggy bottoms! Time for me to put my pinny on and grab my rolling pin and spring bottomed sandwich tins.
In episode one there was one cake that stood out to me. Frosted Walnut Layer Cake (the recipe and instructions are here. I am rather partial to a large slab of coffee and walnut I have to say, so the concept of no coffee intrigued me along with the boiled icing?!! So, do you want to see me attempt one? It's been a while since I have done a cookery post, but I just keep thinking of the rewards (hopefully) at the end of this post!
With all ingredients set out, the science begins. Mixing the flour, butter, sugar, walnuts until deliciously creamy.
Then separated into three sandwich tins that had been carefully greased and then put into the oven to hopefully rise!
Meanwhile, it was time for the caramel for the caramelised walnuts. Now, here things went pear shaped! I tried twice to get this to work - it didn't - enough said!
So, we will gloss over that part and pretend it never happened! Instead, it was buttercream time. Now this went much better and the wonderful flavour of vanilla shone through.
The sponges are ready! Risen and a lovely golden brown (and no soggy bottoms!).
After cooling, it was time to assemble. First sponge and first dollop of buttercream...
Then the second...
And lastly the third...
Looking good so far! Now for the boiled icing... nervous as this was my first attempt.
I thought it was too wet and would not work well when coming to ice the cake, but I was really surprised at how strong this stuff is!
There we go, not a soggy bottom in sight and delicious. I don't think this will be hanging around for long.
I wonder what will 'float my boat' in the next episode!
The cake is very sweet! Be warned, so a lovely strong cup of tea is needed to accompany this.
Have a great baking week!
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