My Botanical Toffee Apple and Pecan Cake – GBBO week 6

So it’s week six in the Bake Off Tent and the contestants are faced with a Botanical week. When I was thinking of what I could bake that fitted in with the theme botanical I thought, well, it could be anything really, so long as it contains something that grows.

The three components of this weeks challenges were: Citrus Meringue Pie for the signature challenge, Fougasse for the technical challenge and Floral Cake for the Show Stopper.

I so wanted to make a meringue pie just to show off how well, and peaky, I can make meringue. Unfortunately on baking day I was faced with the nightmare of ‘not enough eggs!’ arrgh!

I didn’t want to make Fougasse because of all the eurrgh! comments from my family members. Shame really because I quite like it and I’ve never made it before so quite a challenge.

The Showstopper was a Floral Cake. I’ve made quite  a few of these and really didn’t feel like I was in a floral mood, whatever a floral mood feels like.

The contestants didn’t do too badly this week, we had some flat meringues, undercooked Fugasse and show stoppers that I wouldn’t drool over. Over all it was Tom who won Star Baker and we said goodbye to Rav.

So what do I do for this weeks challenge? I decided that a botanical Cake would suffice, or is that cheating?

Toffee Apple and Pecan Cake.

toffee apple pecan cake
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Looks scrummy doesn’t it? It really was delicious but I had a little trouble with the filling.
I found the recipe in my BBC Good Food Magazine and just knew I had to make it. You can find the recipe online here.

The filling I found a bit too runny, it dribbled out of the cake. Which was a shame because it was nice. I didn’t put the filling on while the cake was warm, so I know that was not the problem. If I made it again, and I probably will, I would change the recipe for the filling to this:

25g Butter
100g icing sugar
1 tbs of carnation caramel.

That should make it a little thicker while still having the caramel flavour.
Here is a photo showing my dribbled filling.

toffee apple pecan cake with dribbled filling

Just to try and keep to the Great British Bake Off theme I did make a flower on the top of the cake with my apple slices and pecans.

toffee apple pecan cake without topping

You can just about see it I hope. Of course it looked completely different once I dribbled over the lovely caramel topping.

toffee apple pecan cake
I wanted to take a nice photo of a slice of the cake, maybe dressed up a bit with some flowers and my pretty flower tea cup. I had it all planned out. What I didn’t plan was that my family couldn’t wait to get stuck in and I was soon left with nothing but a few crumbs! 
I guess it goes to show how tasty the cake was though, it even smelled delicious.

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  1. jacdotbee
    October 3, 2016 / 2:11 pm

    It does look rather yummy. Does it really need the filling I wonder iy looks darn delicious from the top with the caramel drizzle.

  2. jennypaulin
    October 3, 2016 / 7:48 pm

    that looks delicious! all that toffee sauce – i would have been like your family and wanting to tuck in before you had a chance to add any props! Thank you for linking up x

  3. LUcy
    October 3, 2016 / 9:40 pm

    Mmm those flavours are delicious

  4. October 4, 2016 / 4:03 am

    Wow that looks yummy! Some of my favourite flavours here, no wonder it didn't last long. #GBBOBloggers2016

  5. October 4, 2016 / 8:41 am

    The flavours are great, it must be delicious!
    I think you should make a Fougasse, even if the others aren't that into it. I baked 2 and after a couple of days I baked another 2, they are so good. x

  6. October 9, 2016 / 4:56 pm

    oh yes this does look rather scrummy.. no surprise it didn't last long!

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