Cake Baking AdventureWednesday, November 27, 2013
A couple of weeks ago I took the train out to East Lothian to spend a day with two of the coolest ladies I know. I don't get to see them nearly as much as I would like, but I had the day off and LF to take care of the pups so I jumped at a chance to go gossip, drink tea and make some cake. I had thought about trying to do some kind of recipe post with these photos, but explanatory posts have never been my thing. All we did was slightly alter a basic sponge recipe by adding amaretto cherries and a little bit of almond essence. The final product was a little bit flat but absolutely delicious. Perfect for an Autumn afternoon.
Baking is not one of my natural skills so we did a bunch of research to make sure our cake didn't end up too wet due to the cherries. Naturally I didn't help and instead got in everyone's way by trying to photograph everything - I wonder how annoying it is to be friends with a blogger.
Add Amaretto to your cherries, a couple of spoonfuls should do it.....
.... Or you can just pour it all in then leave to soak for half an hour
While they soak gather all your other ingredients and make a simple sponge mix, make sure it isn't too wet as you are going to add the cherries last and they have been soaking up all that alcohol.
While it bakes have a cup of tea and gossip
And the final product! As I said it didn't rise as much as we were hoping, but it was absolutely delicious. Final step; eat and/or Instagram. Yum.