Hello World

Welcome fellow avid bakers and cooks. I thought I would share a little bit about myself. I’m a 25-years-old and I have always enjoyed baking. I found myself at a young age enthusiastic about it where I would make a selection of cake box mixes that you get in the supermarket and try and follow the simple instructions on the box. They all didn’t end up as planned, oven too hot, in too long, not in long enough, the usual amateur mistakes I’m sure we have all made at some point. But you move on, learn and realise that although the instructions say 20-25 minutes, you check regularly and often. Ovens have a glass front for a reason. 🙂

Once I had grasped the basics I then explored finding recipes in books and online and made those. This is a self-taught hobby that I have grasped and which I thoroughly enjoyed along with anything in the kitchen. It’s a hobby that allows you to step away from the real world and focus on something which I enjoy, regardless, however, my day was and whatever is going on in the world. I know that I get enjoyment and such satisfaction from baking that I thought I would share it with you.

I completed studying part-time in 2016 towards my degree which has taken up 6 years of my life. Studying part-time has meant that evenings and weekends have been occupied with study while I worked full-time during the week. It is a route I wanted to take as I learnt more from working than I did from the course as I could apply it to real life situations and I also didn’t end up with huge amounts of debt that most people that leave university nowadays have.

My baking has helped me get through the course by treating myself to bake a treat of some sort when I hit a milestone which, depending on the size of the bake, I would either enjoy myself, with my housemate or take into work and enjoy with my colleagues. I then since got asked when my next deadline was as they knew that they would get some baked goods.

Since graduating last summer, I find myself having so much free time I don’t know what to do with and so baking came back to the rescue. Although this time I needed a project or something which was more than enjoying baking for myself, colleagues and housemate. I realised that a blog might be the answer.

I have come across various recipes online and some I have found work just right as the author has perfected them already and some didn’t and needed either adjusting or they just didn’t work. This is the case of the internet though as there are plenty of recipes out there, it’s trying to find out which recipes which work.

This is what I want to share with the world is recipes which I have tried and tested and that will always go down a treat, along with some of my own. I have these saved and have built up some favourite recipes over the last years that I want to share and this platform hopefully will all myself to share and hope that I can also inspire some future bakers and show that although having a busy lifestyle, you still find time to do the things you love.

I hope that you will enjoy my future posts and happy baking 🙂

Chocolate Oak Cakes

Now, these cakes are some of my old-time favourites. I first came to love these cakes when I moved up to high school at the break time tuck shop. They were batch baked in large trays but they still taste just as great when made in smaller batches at home. This recipe can be doubled tripled or halved to suit.

 

Serves 12

What you will need:

 

250g Margarine

125g Caster Sugar

175g Oats

175g Plain Flour

5g Baking Powder

13g Cocoa Powder

 

For the icing:

150g Icing sugar

13g Cocoa powder

Boiling water

 

Firstly, Preheat an oven at 180 C. Also grease and line a suitable baking tray. I use a 20cm by 30cm tray for this.

 

In a small pan, melt the marge. Meanwhile, put the remaining ingredients in a mixing bowl.

 

Once the margarine has melted, pour into the mixing bowl and using an electric mixer or a wooden spoon, beat until combined.

 

Spread the mixture into the greased tins and using the back of a spoon, press into the into the tray and smooth over so it’s an even thickness all over.

 

Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes. It will have risen slightly.

 

Once baked, remove from the oven and set on the side for 10 minutes. Once partially cooled, take out the tray and slice into the desired slices. It’s best to pre-slice it like this as once it’s completely cooled, the cake can become brittle. Then place back into the tray and allow to cool completely.

 

When completely cooled, pour the ingredients for the icing into a small bowl and mix with enough boiling water to be malleable. you don’t want the icing to be too runny as this will not fully set on the tray bake.

 

Spread the icing evenly over the entire bake. Allow icing to set completely.

 

Remove from the tray and slice again in the same manner as before.

 

Enjoy.