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:
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
  • 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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A little Note About Positive Reviews on Raisie Bay

A little Note About Positive Reviews on Raisie Bay

Some people only write reviews when things go wrong with products, which is good because it lets people know that there could be potential problems. I’ve also seen negative feedback with say things like, I had to return this item because the colour did not suit me…is this useful?

I write reviews on most items I buy because I like to give genuine feedback. If I have a genuine problem with a product I will write my review in the appropriate place.

I write reviews on my blog too, but they are mostly positive. Why? Because I only write reviews for the things I’ve loved. If I don’t love them I let the person who sent me them know with details why and then let them decided if they would rather me write a negative review or not write one at all. It’s always the latter.

This is my blog, my place and I’ll let you know about the things I love. If you want to find out what other people have hated about the product then you will need to look elsewhere.

My reviews may all be positive, but they are still genuine.