Hen Pecked Cake

The Great British Bake Off is over for another year. I’ll admit I had a tear in my eye during the final episode and I was pleased that Nadiya won even though I really liked Ian and Tamal too. The girl’s watched it with me and got excited when Nadiya proclaimed “I can and I will” which is their school pledge. Everyone needs a little self-confidence in their lives.

So with the bake off over and no more challenges I was feeling a little bereft…then a new challenge popped through my letterbox. Can I make a hen inspired cake? Of course I had to give it a go, with the help of the kids in the kitchen of course.
The Little Man helped me make the cake, which was a basic sponge. I even let him use my new apple mixing bowl which I won from Silver Mushroom for my Mokatines challenge. (I can and I will)
Here’s my recipe for an 8 inch square sponge:
Ingredients:
225g self-raising flour
225g caster sugar
225g butter
4 Happy Eggs
1tsp vanilla extract
for the butter  cream;
100g soft butter
200g seived icing sugar
Method:
  • mix the butter with caster sugar until smooth and creamy
  • add the eggs one at a time beating each one in
  • add the vanilla extract
  • add the flour and fold in gently
  • pour into tin and bake for around 40 mins at 180C 
  • cake will be springy when ready and you should check with a skewer, make sure it comes out clean.
when the cake had cooled I cut it into a smaller square and used the left over pieces to make a roof. This was to make my barn. 
The hens and flowers I made from fondant icing and Boo helped me to make them.

So, now I’m waiting for my next challenge 🙂

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