An early Christmas present arrived in a form of a tree Bundt tin. In preparation for the festive season I had a go at baking a suitable cake. Even though the tin is non-stick I didn’t quite believe it so I buttered it inside really well. Luckily the cake came out smoothly in a perfect shape. There wasn’t enough batter for the cake to rise right to the top so my cake is missing the train running at the bottom. It will be a long process to figure out the right amount of cake mixture.
I decided to bake Katie Quinn’s chocolate and Guinness cake which was delicious, not too sweet and not too malty.
I didn’t make the cream cheese icing but just covered the peaks with a bit of icing sugar. I also used a very good Dutch cocoa from Algerian Coffee Store in Soho. I went for Van Houten instead of the more classic Droste because of the tin.
I am looking for more Bundt cake recipes to try so if you know any throw them my way please!
I have a few vintage finds to share. The first comes from a charity shop – a pretty Poole Pottery milk jug. Unfortunately charity shops are charging crazy prices nowadays, the only decent one is Oxfam. I think Mary Portas is to blame for some of it, the days of great finds are long gone. I understand that they are trying to make money for good causes but charging nearly shop prices for second hand items is just cheeky, instead of spending some money I leave empty-handed most of the time. The end of rant.
I have also started to collect small plates and saucers for cake parties. These cost anything between 10p and £2.25. The cheapest came from car boot sale and the charity shops had prices from 99p up.
This mid century toast rack came form a boot fair and, I can assure you, did not cost a fortune. I love the colour and shape.
It came from my mother in law together with a couple of pillow cases. This fabric is Lucienne Day’s Calyx which I love.
I also did some real shopping in real shops! I am so used to buying things online that I never ever go inside shops anymore. All my shopping was done at Whistles and I could have bought the whole collection if I had the means. I got a pair of trousers, a couple of tops and a Kindle cover. It really is a make up bag but my Kindle sits in it perfectly and it is so stylish, way better than those purpose made dull covers. I really wonder why the choice of iPad covers is so vast and the poor Kindle is treated like a second class citizen?