A Catch Up and Cake.

Well I had another blog post half written the weekend after I posted the last one…. but it was another busy weekend and it never got finished not surprisingly. So I’m here to give you a quick catch up but I’ll do it with pictures so things don’t get too wordy.

 

I have to confess to not touching my crochet hook very much at all recently. I have been struggling with tiredness after being diagnosed anaemic recently (and other bizarre symptoms… who would have thought a lack of iron would make you unable to sleep at night, even though you are exhausted??!!). I’m on the iron tablets though and I’m packing as much iron as I can into my meals and I think it’s starting to work. This week has been better.

Ok, time for the cake… There are always a couple of stalls at school for the 10k… bacon and sausage butties, tea, coffee and cake. So I made this favourite and took it over, then Big J went over with some money and bought a piece of it back again!!! I guess I should be glad he likes my cooking best!!!

Chocolate and Vanilla Marble Cake

150g/5oz butter

150g/50z sugar

175g/6oz self raising flour

3 eggs

50ml warm milk

3 level tablespoons cocoa powder

  • Mix together softened butter, sugar, flour eggs and milk in a large bowl. Whisk with an electric whisk on medium for 1 minute.
  • Divide the mixture evenly between two bowls and stir the cocoa powder into one bowl
  • You can either use the mixture for muffins or a tray bake so grease and line the appropriate tin.
  • For muffins, put a teaspoon of each mixture into each case then stir with the end of the teaspoon to create the marbling.
  • For a tray bake, dot the tray with spoons of one mixture, then fill in the gaps with spoons of the other mixture and stir to create the marbling.
  • Bake for approx 25 mins at 180c
  • Decorate with vanilla buttercream and crushed Malteasers, whole Minstrels, chocolate curls or whatever you fancy.

This recipe was originally from the Tesco Real Food website. I really wanted a photo of a cut piece so you could see the patterns inside but as it was for the 10k I couldn’t… you’ll just have to imagine it… or make it so you can see it. The boys were watching the final of Bake off this morning when I got up and decided they wanted to do some baking and have chosen this recipe, so I guess I know what we are doing this afternoon now! Happy cake-eating everyone!

Edited to add:- Quick pic of the boys making their version and finished results. It was excellent collaboration, all I had to do was read out the instructions and put them in the oven. 

Think theirs are better than mine!! What do you think???

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11 thoughts on “A Catch Up and Cake.

  1. Lovely pictures. I must say I like your fireplace! So sorry to hear about the anemia. I’ve been there before. Not fun. Glad to hear things are getting better, and I hope you completely recover quickly!

  2. I just had low iron stores a while ago and as well as getting breathless too easily, I had a few strange symptoms that I only realised were connected when I read stuff on the internet. I love cake too!

    • The symptoms are very odd. My stores are low as well as being anaemic. The nurse said I will be on the tablets for at least six months… Fortunately I don’t seem to be having any nasty side effects from them!! I reckon it’s an excellent excuse to indulge in more cake to cheer me up! 😉

  3. Hi, sorry you haven’t been feeling to well, hope the iron is working nicely! Cake looks delish!! Take care J xxx

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