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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Update!

So, it would appear I never did get back on the bandwagon.  Things were kind of insanely busy for the rest of the summer.  I did do some baking though.  I just didn't take the time to document it in any meaningful way. 

I made these squares- so yummy, I didn't have time to take a picture before they were all eaten!  Plus, they were the perfect treat after my 16K race near the end of the summer.

I also made this cake for Wilhelm (my roomie's BF) on his birthday.  He's a big sports fan and I really owed him a cake for ages.  I would have liked to do something fancier but oh well, it still tasted delicious.  I did a vanilla cake with a brownie/chocolate buttercream middle and vanilla buttercream on the outside.



And last but not least, I made these - but no pictures from me.  I was too busy saying goodbye to my friends in Ottawa before I went home for a week.  And after that...I moved to England.

BUT, before I left I celebrated the marriage of one of my very best friends, Margot.  I was the maid of honour for her wedding and I also did their wedding cake.


This is the most ambitious cake I have ever done.  It was my first wedding cake and I have to say, I was quite proud - even when the cake got moist and one part of the icing was bleeding!  oh no!  Lesson learned - don't put cake in a big commercial fridge.

I got lots of compliments on the flavours which were pumpkin with cream cheese frosting, apple with caramel buttercream and the chocolate cupcakes (not shown here).  I even promised one guest that I would put the pumpkin cake recipe up, but before I get to that - I have a bit of an update on the direction this blog is going.

My friend Heather has decided to take on baking as her hobby this year and is babysitting a ton of my tools and supplies for me.  So, she is going to document her adventures on here.  Everyone, welcome her and give her lots of comments and tips!   As for me, I will be blogging a bit from the UK, mostly reviews of local bakeries and cafes, and maybe a bit of baking myself, we'll see!  Hopefully this will mean tons of regular updates.

I hope to be back on here sooner rather than later, but I won't make any promises just yet.  Talk soon, friends!

Pumpkin Cake
adapted from Annie's Eats

Ingredients
3 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree
1 cup buttermilk
2 sticks (1/2 pound, 1 cup) unsalted butter
1 cup tightly packed light brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
4 large eggs
1tsp vanilla extract

Directions
1. Prepare two 9-inch round cake pans by greasing and lining with parchment paper.  Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
2.  Combine dry ingredients in a medium bowl and set aside.  In a small bowl, combine pumpkin and buttermilk until smooth, set aside.
3.  In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar beating until smooth.  Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well and scraping down the sides of the bowl between additions.  Add the vanilla extract.
4.  Alternate mixing in the dry ingredients and the pumpkin mixture.  Mix until just combined, do not over mix.  Turn batter into pans and bake for 40 to 45 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.
5.  For dense cake - cover cake with a tea towel when it is out of the oven and press down to even out the surface.
6. Let cool, frost with cream cheese frosting and serve!  (Note: you could also add nuts to this recipe)