Week Five – A piece of cake?
Ah, cake. Cake is my world. However, I have not enjoyed much success when making cakes. In general my cakes have often looked like they have been dropped from a great height.
My fears are allayed slightly by the welcome re-appearance of Ben, or ‘the voice of reason’ as my husband calls him. Ben says that this recipe is a simple combination of ingredients – Ha! Simple eh? We’ll see.
I start by creaming the sugar and butter – this is very easy and the Kenwood Chef Titanium soon produces a light, creamy mixture. I start to add the eggs, along with some flour and vanilla extract and, moments later I have a smooth cake mix. Once again, I really feel the splashguard inventor should be publically acknowledged – I’d normally be wearing most of the mix by now.
I then turn my attentions to lining the tin, making the ‘cartouche’ – this seems, in theory, much simpler than the usual ‘draw round and cut out’ method I have employed in the past. However, I fail to fully grasp Ben’s folding technique and despite re-watching the clip several times, somehow I end up with a piece which is two back-to-back joined semicircles, rather than one circle. Eventually, with some pointers from my sister, I manage to get one circle.
Having recovered from that palaver, it is time to de-stone the plums. Mine aren’t that ripe so whilst Ben assures us that the stones should come away with ‘no trouble at all,’ sadly, I do not find this to be the case and end up with mauled plum pieces which look like I’ve de-stoned them by running them over. I arrange them as best as I can in the pan and dollop the cake mixture over the top, smoothing it down to make it even.
I put the cake in the oven and wait 30 minutes – it smells lovely. I’m glad that we will be shown how to tell if the cake is done – this is where I have fallen down in the past.
The cake comes out of the tin easily and it looks really ‘fancy’ - although I nearly manage to ruin it whilst transferring it into a bigger tin to drive to my parent’s house. I serve it up at lunchtime and hand it around. I’m amazed to say it was a success – everyone remarked how tasty and light it was.
I am amazed at how easy this was to make, and what a difference the Kenwood Chef Titanium makes to the quality of the mixture.
At the end of the video Ben says to remember that ‘the machine is doing all the hard work for you’ – never a truer word. I can bake! An actual cake which was nice! I’m pleased that I have some plums left over as I’m definitely making another to take to work to try and reverse my reputation. Another win for the Kenwood Chef Titanium!