Lesson 5: If you’re baking a cake you’re going to need a cake tin!
It’s not looking good, I’ve just mixed the butter and the sugar together and realised I haven’t got any self-raising flour. I have bread flour and plain flour and my cupboards are having a bit of a flour overload. Anyhow, after my boyfriend whizzed to our local store I was then back on track. I mixed the remaining ingredients and went onto the next step, lining the cake tin, WAIT WHAT? I’m making a cake and I need a CAKE TIN?! Who would have thought?! Luckily we found one in a shop on the high street.
Back home, I thought ‘this must be it now; it’s going to come together!’ Luckily it did
I went to line the cake tin with my plums (at this point my boyfriend pointed out to me that I had purchased nectarines - are these not the same thing?!).
I then poured on the mixture and placed it in the oven for half an hour, the house started to smell amazinngggg!
When the cake first came out, after half an hour, I cut into it slightly and the mixture was still really runny and came oozing out of the top!! So, in it went again for another ten minutes, I took it out again and cut a piece out thinking it was definitely done and it still wasn't!! The bottom part of the cake was still really runny! By this time one side of the cake had got slightly burnt so I lowered the oven temperature and put it back in for another ten minutes. Third time lucky let’s hope… when it came out this time I was very impressed, I have to say, it looked brilliant (although a minor burn) and was a nice soft texture.
When we cut into the cake, the sponge was a really nice texture and the nectarines looked like they had softened a lot. I sprinkled the cake with icing sugar to cover the few minor burns. That evening, I took it to my boyfriend’s dad’s for dinner and everyone really enjoyed it! I have to say, this week was a challenge and had the most hiccups yet, however, the cake was by far the yummiest recipe I’ve made so far!!!