Those of you who follow A Baked Thesis on Twitter/Facebook/Instagram will no doubt have seen the plethora of cake that has accompanied the past few weeks. It feels like every week has seen another social event requiring the presence of an array of baked goods. Big family gathering over the weekend? Cake required. Friend’s birthday? Cake required. Two-year old girl’s tea party? Cake required. Family dinner on Sunday? Cake required. The list goes on.
|For the two-year old's birthday - strawberries and cream.|
Chez Roff doesn’t see a huge amount of family gatherings but every year or so my aunt (though rather, my mother’s aunt) makes the trip down from Broughty Ferry, near Dundee, to come and stay for a few days. Her son, daughter-in-law and two children make the trip for a day or so too, and my aunt (my actual aunt) and cousins swing by (still with me?).
This year these family events stretched out over a few days. My aunt (or great-aunt) arrived, followed the next day by my aunt and cousins, with the rest of the gang arriving the day after for a BBQ and fun times. Cue, the need for immense amount of cake to cover multiple afternoon teas and desserts.
Chuck into the mix that I was not actually going to be around on the day of the BBQ, heading off to see two of my longest serving friends get married. Oh and that said bride’s birthday was the day before the wedding, which also required some kind of baked good gift.
Major organisation was required. Luckily, and what my friends and family often tease me for; I am a planner, a super planner.
Thursday afternoon tea (for five): three-tier carrot cake, lemon drizzle, half a batch of brownies
Birthday gift for the bride: half a batch of brownies
Friday afternoon tea (for nine): leftover carrot cake, leftover lemon drizzle, spiced ginger and treacle Bundt (which I made on Monday and froze, un-iced)
Saturday dessert (for seven): strawberry and raspberry pavlova
|Pavlova. Base thereof.|
The recipe for the brownies came from Sophie (The CakeHunter). I have made these a few times now (with small variations, i.e. this time I added walnuts) and it is the best recipe I have used (sorry Nigel I have to retract the statement I made back in 2012 that yours was the best). The carrot cake was adapted from Nigella’s recipe in How to be a Domestic Goddess and I have to say, while visually it was great, taste-wise I wouldn’t make it again, it wasn't bad per se, just didn't wow me.
|Brownies. Containing butterflies.|
The spiced ginger and treacle Bundt was adapted from the various traybakes and cakes I have been making with these flavours, the recipe, and its various adaptations will be up by the end of the week.
|Spiced ginger and treacle Bundt.|
|And a gratuitous Elizabeth shot.|