Friday, 5 February 2016

'My Milkshake' Bundt Cake

My Milkshake Bundt Cake
You're singing it too, aren't you...?

Oh hardshakes, how I love thee so... I adore a good milkshake, so imagine the joy I expressed when those clever little cocktail chemists at All Star Lanes started putting booze in theirs? They do this amazing concoction called a Honey Whiskey Hardshake; a wonderful mix of thick ice cream, Jack Daniels Honey, and their home made ginger syrup. I can drink one in around five minutes, the only thing hindering my speed being brain-freeze. 

I wanted to make my friend Tasha a bundt for being an all round superstar, and this was the first thing that came to mind. Ginger and bourbon go so bloody well together. I'm just pleased that I gave this cake away, otherwise I'd have scoffed the lot with perhaps three cups of tea. It's doable, believe me.

Cake:
My Milkshake Bundt Cake
Tasha with her bundt!
  • 225g butter
  • 450g golden caster sugar
  • 4 medium eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 350g plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 6 tsp ginger
  • 250ml vanilla yoghurt 
  • 50ml Jack Daniels 
  • 2 tbsp runny honey 

Topping:
  • 500g icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp runny honey
  • 2 tbsp Jack Daniels
  • Milk Bottle sweets to decorate

Method:
  1. Preheat the oven to gas 3/160 c
  2. Prepare a regular sized bundt tin - 2.4l, 10 cup, 10 inch with melted butter and dust with flour.
  3. Cream the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy.
  4. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. 
  5. Add the vanilla extract.
  6. In a separate bowl, measure out the flour, bicarbonate of soda, salt and ginger.
  7. Pour the yoghurt into a jug, and add the Jack Daniels.
  8. Sift in a third of the flour mix followed by half the yoghurt. Repeat this until everything is combined. 
  9. Give everything a quick mix on a low speed for about 10 seconds.
  10. Pour the mix into your prepared tin. 
  11. Bake in the centre of the oven for about 1 hour 15 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. 
  12. Leave the cake to cool for ten minutes before removing from the tin.
  13. When completely cool, mix the icing sugar with the remaining Jack Daniels and honey. Add a little water to make your icing of pouring consistency. 
  14. Tip it over your cake.
  15. I sprinkled mine with a little gold glitter and filled it with Milk Bottle sweets sprayed gold. Bling-a-ding-ding...
Bloggers: Please respect the fact I am sharing my own ideas and basic recipe. Blood, sweat and many tears have gone into getting this right, so you may enjoy a perfect bundt. If you wish to re-blog a recipe from these variations, please credit my blog and link to this original post rather than pasting the recipe on your own page.

Monday, 11 January 2016

Williamson Tea Review

That little tea drinking tinker Lee, has been brewing a little guest post for me. Just before Christmas I was sent some wonderful tea from Williamson Tea, and I knew just the girl to put it through its paces. She's fond of a cuppa, and quite frankly has expensive taste. This is what she thought. 

I am a firm believer that there isn't much that a cup of tea can't fix, so when Rachel asked if I fancied reviewing some Williamson Tea I popped the kettle on and got to it!

The first thing I must say is that the festive themed caddy that the tea bags arrived in is absolutely beautiful. All the caddies have elephants on them and are different patterns depending on the tea inside. This is a nod to the fact that The Williamson Tea Foundation supports the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, with £1 from the sale of each caddy donated to help protect elephants in the wild.

I also loved that the tea comes with details of where it was grown and how its journey has brought it here to me in sunny North Manchester.
Williamson Tea
Now, onto the tea itself. The caddy I received was the Snowflake caddy, packed to the brim with Kenyan Earth loose leaf bags. These are Williamson Tea's take on the classic English breakfast. I take my tea without milk and can happily report that these strong and full bodied bags make a cracking brew, which was perfect on its own, but equally with a splash of lemon juice. My boyfriend does take milk in his tea and confirmed it was equally delicious served this way. I have now pointed him back to his own tea bags; I don't share my posh tea!

Williamson Tea
A lovely brew made by a lovely company who pride themselves on being environmentally responsible whilst providing excellent products. Cheers Williamson... now which caddy shall I order next...?

Friday, 8 January 2016

Dinosaur Bundt Cake

Dinosaur Bundt Cake
I just needed an excuse to make it...

I adore dinosaurs. When my brother and I were kids, we loved going to the shop at Bolton Museum to collect figurines of our favourites. We were obsessed with the original Japanese Godzilla films too, which were so badly dubbed, it was genuinely funny! No other bugger watched them, so they stuck them on channel four at about 3am. We had quite a 'recorded from the telly' VHS collection.

Ages ago, I bought a little bag of plastic dinosaurs, knowing full well that they would make it onto a cake. I had no idea when or indeed why, but I knew it had to happen. Cue Sam. Sam is my mate Emma's son. He's a pretty cool kid, and bloody loves a massive lizard, just like me! Em and I decided that a dinosaur cake was required, and she trusted my mental imagination to come up with the goods (don't worry, she's met me before...).

I was genuinely really excited at the prospect of making this, yet equally terrified as I wasn't totally convinced that the idea in my head would translate into something edible. I also had a second idea for another dinosaur cake whilst making this one...

Diplodocus
Big question though - nothing to do with the cake... Diplodocus. When did Dip-lo-do-cus become Dip-lod-er-cus? Then there are some bozos throwing Dip-lo-dock-us into the mix. Huh? Terrible.

Anyway, this is just a rich chocolate bundt with crackers decorations, so you could just make it sans dinosaurs... if you want... fool. Anyway, here's how to make one!

 Ingredients:
  • 225g butter
  • 450g golden caster sugar
  • 4 medium eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 350g plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 200ml plain yoghurt
  • 75ml chocolate milk
  • 150g chocolate chips 
  • 1 heaped tbsp chocolate spread
  • 1 jar of chocolate spread (minus the above mentioned spoonful)
  • Cookies to decorate

Method:
  1. Preheat the oven to gas 3/160 c
  2. Prepare a regular sized bundt tin - 2.4l, 10 cup, 10 inch with Cake Release spray/melted butter and dust with flour with a little cocoa mixed in.
  3. Cream the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy.
  4. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. 
  5. Add the vanilla extract.
  6. In a separate bowl, measure out the flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt.
  7. Pour the yoghurt and chocolate milk into a jug.
  8. Sift in a third of the flour mix followed by half the yoghurt mix. Repeat this until everything is combined.
  9. Stir in the chocolate chips and chocolate spread.
  10. Give everything a quick mix on a low speed for about 10 seconds.
  11. Pour the mix into your prepared tin. 
  12. Bake in the centre of the oven for about 1 hour 15 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. 
  13. Leave the cake to cool for ten minutes before removing from the tin.
  14. When the cake is fully cool, pop the chocolate spread into a jug and heat in the microwave to loosen it. Tip over your cake and decorate with bits of cookie!
  15. I decorated mine with green sugar paste cut into footprints, chocolate eggs, and of course, plastic dinosaurs!
Dinosaur Bundt Cake
Bloggers: Please respect the fact I am sharing my own ideas and basic recipe. Blood, sweat and many tears have gone into getting this right, so you may enjoy a perfect bundt. If you wish to re-blog a recipe from these variations, please credit my blog and link to this original post rather than pasting the recipe on your own page.

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