Thursday, 1 September 2011

The Great British Bake Off

I'm just glued to The Great British Bakeoff. Mary Berry is one of my very favourite cookery writers and my Mum and I have been using her recipes for donkeys' years. Last year the programme sent me into a Victoria Sandwich Overdrive, and when I saw the Battenberg technical challenge on week one of this series, the metaphorical gauntlet was thrown. I found Mary's Coffee and Walnut version online and set about recreating it. 

 I have one of those cake tins that you can divide in about a million different ways but set it up to do two 2 x 12 inch rectangles that I could cut in half. I had an enormous bag of pecans so substituted these for the walnuts. I have to say that I felt they improved the taste. The coffee sponge, as you can see, was very dark and flavoured with a very strong espresso. The cakes are sandwiched together with espresso buttercream. The marzipan is Regalmarz, I find this rolls out so much more smoothly and evenly than the own-brand stuff you buy in the supermarket for very little extra cost. The cake is finished off with crimpers and a marzipan rose. All in all I am very pleased with how the cake turned out, apart from a slight mishap with one of the coffee sponges where a bit came off the side when removing it from the tin. 

You can find Mary's recipe here. Warning ! Once you have one slice, you won't be able to stop !!! 


Kathryn said...

This is much prettier than any of the ones on GBBO!

Where did you get your cake tin from? I did try to make one after the programme but it went a little (ahem!!!) bit wrong ( a catastrophe is more like it).

Fiona said...

Hi Kathryn,
I have a big 12" square tin with several inserts so I used it as 4 long rectangles. I find it absolutely invaluable. And thankyou for your kind comment :)