With The Great British Bake Off returning to our screens, it’s no surprise that the topic of conversation in the office has turned to, you guessed it, cake! You could say that the weekly Signature, Technical and Showstopper Challenges, have left us feeling a bit inspired! And while the cakes may be calorific, that’s not to say that we can’t enjoy the odd slice with a cup of tea. So without further ado and in no particular order, we present to you our list of the office’s favourite cakes…why not see if yours makes the cut?
10 Cakes You Won’t Be Able To Resist
There’s something about the moistness of a carrot cake combined with the cream cheese icing and topped with pecans that just makes our mouth water! We think a sprinkling of cinnamon added to the cream cheese perfectly complements the sponge. Add in some sultanas and raisins to the mix with a few walnuts for a variety of textures. We want it. Now.
We were surprised to learn that red velvet cake isn’t, in fact, made by tiny fairies dressed in velvet sent from above, and instead, is the addition of a few drops of red food colouring. Who knew! A serving of cocoa powder adds that extra layer of decadency and topped with (our favourite) cream cheese frosting meant that it had to make the cut!
There’s nothing more classic than a Victoria sponge, is there? Named after Queen V herself, it’s simple yet super! A dusting of icing sugar and a layer of jam and cream makes for a lip-smacking tea time treat. Mix it until the batter is really pale to ensure sweet fluffy sponge bliss!
A perfect cake for summer evenings, dining al fresco with family and friends! The key is to use fresh lime zest and juice for the filling and topping for a cake that cleanses the palette and is a taste of the Caribbean!
We’ve heard that the secret to a good banana loaf is to use overripe bananas! The addition of the fruit makes for a lovely, moist sponge that can be enjoyed as an afternoon delight. We also recommend toasting it with butter for a breakfast treat!
Another strong contender in our cake conversation! The mere mention of the sugary drizzle topic has us salivating! The light, fluffy lemon soaked sponge is the ideal companion for your mid-afternoon pick me up!
If the word decadence was immortalised in the form of a cake, it would be chocolate fudge cake, wouldn’t it? The mere sight of one in a restaurant has us hurrying along the main course so we can get our hands on a slice of the action! Serve it warm with a drizzle of cream… we think there’ll be clean plates all round!
The Yorkshire classic that’s enjoyed on Bonfire Night and the stuff that sticks to your bones! Made with lashings of golden syrup and treacle, it’s definitely a winter warmer and will take you on a trip down memory lane.
Packed full of juicy raisins and sultanas, soaked in tea and finished with a sprinkling of cinnamon, it’s great with a cup of tea and a spread of butter! You can even use a tea mug to measure out the ingredients.
With the crunch of the walnuts contrasted by the smooth espresso buttercream icing, the addition of coffee to the sponge makes for a great afternoon snack when you’ve hit a bit of a lull. And it tastes delicious, too!