Baking (cakes and stuff)

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Re: Baking (cakes and stuff)

Post by Miss Spangle » Thu Jul 24, 2008 11:50

A quick question. Is confectioners sugar the same thing as icing sugar? I am making a nice chocolate birthday cake for my boyfriend Neil as I am at home today and I have never heard it be referred to as that. (I am not worried about him reading this as he is away from his office)

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Re: Baking (cakes and stuff)

Post by crystalball » Thu Jul 24, 2008 12:32

Yes, it's the same thing. I think American recipes refer to it as confectioner's sugar.

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Re: Baking (cakes and stuff)

Post by Miss Spangle » Thu Jul 24, 2008 15:47

Thanks just icing it now!


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Re: Baking (cakes and stuff)

Post by roobee » Fri Aug 01, 2008 14:03

i made a stupidly lovely raisin and cinnamon tea loaf cakey thing this morning which is virtually fat free* and tastes ace. i may never make anything else ever again.


*if you don't include the inch of butter every slice has had slapped on it so far.

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Re: Baking (cakes and stuff)

Post by dear rose » Tue Aug 05, 2008 14:45

mmm that sounds delicious. would you mind sharing the recipe? I love tea loaf :)

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Re: Baking (cakes and stuff)

Post by soft revolution » Tue Aug 05, 2008 15:02

After making some lovely banana and hazelnut muffins (if you like muffins with way too much hazelnut), I think I'm going to take up baking a bit more. I used to be a dab hand with gingery flapjacks so I'll experiment with that :)

I swear that one of my friends had a cake recipie that they made with mayonnaise instead of eggs, which sounds weird but makes sense if you think about it. Has anyone come across this before?
And by me, I mean, Flexo.

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Re: Baking (cakes and stuff)

Post by round bits of plastic » Tue Aug 05, 2008 15:54

soft revolution wrote: I swear that one of my friends had a cake recipie that they made with mayonnaise instead of eggs, which sounds weird but makes sense if you think about it. Has anyone come across this before?
i suppose that makes sense. vinegar helps cakes rise too, and that's all mayonnaise is sin't it, eggs and vinegar?

when i worked in a cafe one of the girls used to make a cake with ginger and TOMATOES.

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Re: Baking (cakes and stuff)

Post by roobee » Thu Aug 07, 2008 11:55

dear rose wrote:mmm that sounds delicious. would you mind sharing the recipe? I love tea loaf :)
350gm mixed fruit (I used sultanas and raisins)
200gm soft brown sugar
270gm self-raising flour
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp mixed spice
425ml freshly made strong tea
2 eggs, beaten
pinch of salt

(2lb bread tin greased and lined)

make tea then pour over fruit and sugar and leave to soak overnight.
next day, add eggs to the soaked fruit and sugar, then sift in the flour, salt and spices - mix till combined.
bake at 180C for approx 1 1/2 hours - cover top of cakey bread with tinfoil if it starts getting too dark.
the fruit might sink a little but that's okay as i haven't figured out how to avoid that yet and it still tastes good.

Cool on a rack and serve sliced with gallons of butter.

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Re: Baking (cakes and stuff)

Post by Sylvie » Thu Aug 14, 2008 19:20

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Re: Baking (cakes and stuff)

Post by crystalball » Sun Aug 31, 2008 20:37

Is it wrong to drool over two-week old cookies?

I made star-shaped Erddig apple scones today and they are lovely with my cup of tea. Here they are, they say hello.
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Re: Baking (cakes and stuff)

Post by a layer of chips » Sun Aug 31, 2008 20:38

Look at the state of your floor. Mucky pup.

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Re: Baking (cakes and stuff)

Post by roobee » Mon Sep 08, 2008 20:40

Filthy!

I'm going to eat this while watching the tennis.
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Post by frogblast » Sat Sep 13, 2008 20:58

Sylvie wrote:The crunchy top lemon cake, fruit cake, treacle spice traybake recipes were from Mary Berry's book, which I can't recommend enough.
oooh. i made that treacle traybake the other week. that book is good isn't it? the banana and honey loaf is the best thing you will ever taste in your life

i've been trying to work up the motivation to start baking cakes at my flat, but it was always very irritating to have to go out and buy the required utensils/tins since this flat had nothing like that when we moved in. i think i've got most of the basic stuff now. though there are still things that i'd like to make that i don't have the equipment/people to eat it all for - like steamed puddings. i came across a Delia recipe for Old English Apple Hat last month - something i'd never heard of before, and it was absolutely amazing.

hmm. i think i'll have to go make a quick sponge cake or something. (gah, means i have to go to tesco though, and i bets i it's crawling with freshers buying alcohol. please do pray for my safe return)
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Re: Baking (cakes and stuff)

Post by christine » Sat Sep 13, 2008 23:17

Safe return! Baking and alcohol mix quite nicely, actually.

I've made a devastating discovery. Everything seemed to be taking forever in the oven so I bought an oven thermometer. I wanted to make a vegan "decadent almond cake" last night. I preheated the oven to 350 and when it beeped to say it was ready, the thermometer read 110 degrees! AGH!! My oven is broken!

This was after I had made the batter for the cake! So I cooked 2 separate round pans in my toaster oven. Luckily it worked and the cake was yummy. :)

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Re: Baking (cakes and stuff)

Post by squirrelboutique » Sat Sep 13, 2008 23:19

I bake everything in my toaster/convection oven because my gas oven is 1,000 years old and scary. It works perfectly

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Re: Baking (cakes and stuff)

Post by nanski » Sun Sep 14, 2008 09:39

my microwave doubles as a convection oven, which is handy since it's the only oven i have. japan is weird.
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Re: Baking (cakes and stuff)

Post by mae » Sun Sep 14, 2008 10:00

nanski wrote:my microwave doubles as a convection oven, which is handy since it's the only oven i have. japan is weird.
ooo, funny you should say that. i just went out and got myself a toaster oven! it was only 2900yen, i don't know why i didn't buy one before. i hate not having an oven.

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Re: Baking (cakes and stuff)

Post by Louise » Sun Sep 14, 2008 22:52

I asked my mom to pick up ingredients for cheesecake and she said IF THEY'RE ON SALE, so I am waiting here to see if she bring them home.

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Re: Baking (cakes and stuff)

Post by Sootyzilla » Sun Sep 14, 2008 23:10

is wheat starch for practical purposes the same as corn starch? can you substitute one for the other?

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