The Great Blogger Bake Off Week 1 - Cake!


YAY! Today is my first Great Blogger Bake Off post where myself and lots of other baking bloggers will be sharing recipes to celebrate our favourite TV show, The Great British Bake Off that airs tonight! Like the show, our first recipes are all cake recipes and to kick off I've baked a Classic Marbled Vanilla Cake with homemade lemon curd filling, chocolate frosting AND vanilla sour cream frosting! Mmmmmmm.



To make my yummy, HUGE cake you'll need:

  • 6 eggs
  • 3 cups of plain flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoons of baking soda
  • 3/4 cups of butter (softened)
  • 2 2/3 cups of sugar
  • 2 teaspoons on vanilla extract
  • 2 cups of buttermilk
  • 3/4 teaspoons of salt
  • 3 food colour gels (I used pink, red and green)

1. Separate the eggs whites and allow the whites to reach room temperature. You can use the yolks however you choose, I used mine for the lemon curd filling. Line a large cake tin with grease proof paper and preheat your oven to 180c (350 degrees F.) 

2. In a medium bowl stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside. In a large mixing bowl whisk the butter on medium to high for about 30 seconds to become soft and fluffy. Add the sugar and vanilla until well combined. Add all the egg white and whisk for about 3 minutes. Slowly add the dry flour mix and buttermilk a cup at a time. 


3. To create the marbled effect divide your cake batter into 3 bowls and add your chosen coloured food gels. I used pink, red and green but I don't think I added enough! I'd defiantly add more next time so the batter is brighter than this. 


Then pour your batters into your cake tin a little at a time, pink then red then green and so on. Using a tooth pick or skewer mix the batters together like in the picture above. Bake for 45 mins to an hour or until a tooth pick inserted near the middle comes out clean. My cake seemed to take forever so don't be worried if it takes longer. It might even work better baked in 2 tins - I'm still learning!


To make the lemon curd filling I used a recipe from my Meringue Girls Cookbook (I'm a big fan.) Its called the Cheats Lemon Curd and its pretty easy to make -hence why I made it! You'll need:

  • 3 egg yolks (ones left over from the cake recipe)
  • 1 can of condensed milk
  • 1 lime 
  • 1/2 cup of lemon juice

1. Preheat oven to 150c. Whisk all the ingredients together and until frothy - about 4 minutes, pop in a baking tin and bake for 15 minutes or until firm. Leave to cool and enjoy! I think I over cooked mine but it tastes ACE! To fill the cake, use a bread knife to cut it in half, like a sandwich and spread the curd on with a spoon. Pop the top back on your cake and your ready to ice! Whoop!


For a smooth finish to your iced cake you need a smooth top. Using my bread knife I sliced the top off my cake (which I gobbled up) and was ready to ice!
To make the chocolate frosting you'll need:

  •  1/2 cup of butter (softened)
  • 170grams of cream cheese
  • 140grams of dark chocolate (melted and cooled)
  • 2 teaspoons on vanilla extract
  • 4 cups of icing sugar

1. In a large bowl beat the cream cheese and butter together till smooth. Add the cooled chocolate and vanilla and beat together - this is basically chocolate cheesecake so feel free to try! I did! Gradually add the icing sugar (this takes a lot of arm power) until smooth and irresistible looking!



If you add a little frosting and make 1 layer at a time and smoothing it as you do (and if you have more patience than me) you'll have a perfectly smooth cake.


To finish lets make some fun, super cute vanilla sour cream frosting! And it tastes soooo good! You'll need:
  •  2/3 cups of butter (softened)
  • 1/2 cup of sour cream 
  • 1/4 cup of natural greek yogurt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons on vanilla extract
  • 6 cups of icing sugar
  • Food colour gels (I used pink, green and blue together to make aqua and purple)

1. In a large mixing bowl whisk the butter, sour cream, yogurt and vanilla together. It might look like its curdled but stick with it! Gradually add the 6 cups of sugar until fluffy! This is the best tasting frosting I've EVER had! 
2. To make different colours just separate your frosting and add your chosen colours! I chose:


 Pink


 Purple


Green and blue together to make aqua. These colours turned out so adorable, the perfect pastel shades, I love them!  


For tips on how to ice a cake take a look at  Coco Cake Land as they have some easy to follow steps. I used a star and petal nozzle to decorate mine, its not perfect but I like it.


 To make writing words on your cake a little bit easier use a tooth pick to lightly write onto your frosting as a guide. Theres on way I could have been so neat otherwise!


For the writing I used a small round nozzle and gently lifted up and down as I went to get this beaded effect.


Voilà! A tasty Classic Marbled Vanilla Cake with homemade lemon curd filling, chocolate frosting AND vanilla sour cream frosting! I'd say Mary and Paul would give me an A for effort! Its not perfect but I'm pretty proud of my first bake in The Great Blogger Bake Off!

I hope you enjoy watching the first episode of TGBBO, I'll be watching, munching away on my cake. 
Don't forget you can check out more pictures on Instagram #thegreatbloggerbakeoff and you can get involved by visiting our Facebook page The Great Blogger Bake Off. 

Heres some amazing tasty cakes that my fellow participating bloggers have baked! Check them out!
Next week... biscuits! Whoop! I already have a plan and its going to be magical! 

14 comments:

  1. This looks so incredible and yummy, wow! I've never heard of the sour cream frosting but sounds kind of awesome. I will let you know when my post is up! :D xxx

    http://blog.doodleheart.co.uk

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    1. Whoop! The sour cream frosting is soooo good! I can't recommend it enough! xxx

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  2. This looks and sound absolutely divine, Laura, congratulations! I'm so excited for GBBO tonight, and can't wait to follow your hashtag along!

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    1. Yay! Don't forget you can join in to at https://www.facebook.com/thegreatbloggerbakeoff

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  3. This looks so impressive - my icing skills are terrible so I'm in awe of the perfect lettering! Thanks for the wonderful idea and I look forward to next week's post! x

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    1. Thanks! I thought your icing looked fab! xxx

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  4. This is genius Laura and very befitting of the first challenge! I've always wanted to try marbling so now I know how! Thanks so much for organising this link up, its been a blast so far and great to find some fellow baking loving bloggers! Looking forward to next week! x

    Jac
    www.bumpkinbetty.com

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    1. Thanks Hunny! Its great fun isn't! Finished off this cake today and its the best cake I've made, soooo tasty! Just planning my biscuits now :) xxx

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  5. This looks amazing cant wait to see the biscuits next week! Love the pastel frosting!

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    1. Thank you :) Buying my biscuit supplies today! Exciting! xxx

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  6. That cake is huge! and beautiful. I can't wait to see what everyone makes this week :) x

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  7. I'm a bit late to the party. But I'm so joining in with this :) What a fantastic idea.
    I've liked the FB page and gonna get baking
    x tink x allabouttink.co.uk

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    1. Yah! Looking forward to seeing what you bake and thanks for joining in! xxx

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