Now I don't you about you, but I am soooo excited for the new series of GBBO! And what better way to prepare for it than by baking a cake? Something I have learned from the previous series is that you simply must have a slice of cake beside you as you watch! Obviously you could buy some cake (I've done that before), but as the show is sort of supposed to encourage the nation to try out some new baking ideas, I think you really ought to have a homemade slice of something yummy. Or at least get someone in your house to make something!
My cake of choice this week was a flourless almond and coconut cake- 100% gluten free, which is a bonus when I'm cooking for friends at uni. I came across this cake when my granny made one last Christmas, and because I was collecting gluten free recipes, she gave me a copy. I've made it once before when hosting a dinner party at home, and though I'm not quite as proficient at it as granny just yet, I'm getting there!
Having said all that, as I was making this cake, I honestly thought it was going to be a total failure. I spent the whole time it was in the oven trying to come up with a witty title for a baking disaster post. I even considered running a whole series on the subject (believe me, with my cooking skills- I still probably could.) I was getting quite excited at the thought, showing the world that it's ok to be useless in the kitchen. That it's ok if your cakes leak out the tin. That it's ok to have to cut the burnt bits off until you're left with nothing. That soggy bottoms are just a part of life. But er, as it turns out, that wasn't needed. I actually had a baking success! (Alright, if my sister's reading this- I know I cut it into slices straight out the tin because it was crumbly. But whatever.)
Anyway, enough rambling... here is how you can produce such a marvellous cake for yourself:
You will need
200g ground almonds
70g desiccated coconut
250g caster sugar
4 medium eggs
A few drops of vanilla extract
Some flaked almonds to decorate
Oven temp. 180°c for 30-40 minutes
Begin by melting and cooling the butter. (I might have forgotten to cool it. It's ok, nothing went wrong. I just don't suggest risking it haha.) Add the butter to the four eggs, put in a couple of drops of vanilla extract, and whisk.
In a separate bowl, combine the sugar, coconut and ground almonds.
Pour the egg and butter mixture into the dry ingredients and mix well. It stays quite a runny consistency, but that's fine. Once everything is mixed together, pour the whole lot into a greased and lined cake tin. You can add some flaked almonds to the top at this point, then pop in the oven at 180°c for about half an hour to forty minutes.
Once out of the oven, leave to cool before serving. I ate mine with just some strawberries. The original recipe said dust with icing sugar and serve with berries. Last time I made it, I served with cream and blueberries. The possibilities are endless! (Although experimentation tells us that this does not go well with lashings of passion fruit coulis. Funny that.)
So, over to you to give this a try! Altogether now- get set, BAKE!
Hope that's whet your appetite for the start of the Bake Off. Will you be tuning in? What's your treat of choice while watching?