Thursday, 16 August 2012

Pecan Toffee tray bake and Shrek Birthday Cake

So a while back you may remember that I had a German friendship cake that just kept on going. I tried a few variations on the recipe and one of the favourites was Pecan fudge. After all the sourdough mix had finally gone from cluttering up my small work top and been given out I decided to adapt the pecan fudge cake to a normal tray bake square cake so that I could use up the leftover pecans and fudge, ok ok, I admit, I had to go and buy more fudge in the end because I ate the rest.

This was really just a basic cake but the flavours marry really well together and it came out soft and light. I even had to make another one a few days later as boyfriends brother liked it so much he wanted one to himself.

Any way, not the best pictures but here are some slices, right before they were scoffed.

And here's how it's made 

80g Caster Sugar
100g Light brown soft sugar
170g Butter
3 eggs
170g Plain Flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1  - 2 handfulls of pecans (broken up into chunks and left a few whole)
1 large handfull of all butter fudge cut into smaller chunks

Pre heat the oven to 180 deg C and grease and flour a square cake tin or deep tray.
Cream together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy, then add the eggs one at a time whisking as you go.

Then sift the flour and baking powder into the mixture and fold in until all the ingredients are combined. 
Toss the pecans and fudge in a little flour and then stir into the mixture until evenly dispersed.

Bake in the pre heated oven for approx 20 minutes or until cooked through and a skewer inserted comes out clean. Slice into squares, decorating with more fudge or pecans if desired.

I found the flour did stop the pecans from sinking to the bottom of the cake but most of the fudge still sank and melted a little as it was heavier but it still tasted great.

I've also had a couple of big birthday cakes to make recently which I'll be posting here and here's the first, done a few weeks back. A Shrek themed cake for a 3rd Birthday: 

Inside was a vanilla sponge with ogre green icing. I'm cant really make models so I improvised with the 3 with Shrek ears and because I couldn't find any Shrek figure toys I attempted his face.

Any way that's all for today

Keep Baking

Cupcake Kris xxx