... Make a cake! I was given the task of baking a cake for the Christening of my gorgeous niece Darcey. With the Kitchen Aid finally unpacked and in our new home, I at last had the chance to use it for the first time. Too exciting! I used the whisk attachment which I think did absolute wonders for my cake as I have never had such a light, fluffy and risen cake before. It was huge!
For my cake I needed:
- 400g Butter (I use cake stork)
- 400g Caster Sugar
- Lemon Flavouring
- 6 eggs (I only had 4 and it worked just fine)
- 400g Self Raising Flour
- Splash of Milk
- Betty Crocker Lemon Icing (I know, so bad I cheated!!)
- 1 Lemon for decoration
So first of all, I whizzed up the butter to soften it and then gradually added the sugar until it turned to a light and creamy mix. Next up I added the eggs one by one so the mix doesn't curdle. Sometimes I use lemon juice straight from the lemon but this time I went for the easy option and used about 3 tea spoons of lemon flavouring. After whisking well, or letting the mixer do the hard work... slowly add the flour while the mixer is on a low speed. You don't want to over mix once the flour is in other wise your cake will loose the fluffiness and go a little heavy. No one wants that. Once the flour is all combined, I add a splash of milk, I don't know how much (sorry, not helpful) but I add enough to make the mix noticeably runnier than before. Then, divide the mix in to two buttered round cake tins and bake in the oven for 45 mins at 180'C Checking it every so often as I swear no cake is ever the same!
Once the cakes are out the oven and have completely cooled, then you can gently release them from the tins and decorate. As mentioned above I cheated and opted for Betty Crocker Lemon Icing. I haven't used it before but when I saw it on the shelf or £1.25 I thought it must be worth a try (and I highly recommend!) I added the icing to the middle of the cake and also on top, then topping with grated lemon around the edge for decoration... But I think a really nice addition would be some lemon curd in the middle too. Why didn't I think of that before!
The cake went down very well and I couldn't have been more pleased with my first kitchen aid bake! Many many more cakes to come!