Week 9. Bake 9.
This weeks bake is for my father, he is #*@ (old) and this Saturday was his birthday. Now, sadly as a grumpy man he does not like icing. I know, whats wrong with him? Anyway so as it was his birthday I made him his favorite cake, at the expense of the rest of us - it was a date cake - yuck.
Anyway, so this is a date/fruit cake but because it is a birthday cake and therefore is special. Therefore I decided to paint one of his pictures (he is a brilliant photographer) onto a piece of royal icing. He can take the icing off the cake, but I wanted to give the cake a bit of birthday magic. So here is the picture, I will try and paint (I am terrible at painting, I mean really bad...)
So here is my family's fruit/date cake recipe:
- 400g of self raising flour
- 200g of butter (salted)
- 200g of caster sugar
- 300g of dried fruit e.g. dates, currants, raisins
- 4 eggs
- 4 tablespoons of milk
- Royal icing and food colouring for the picture
- Grease a tin and pre-heat the oven to 180c.
- Sieve the flour and add in the sugar and cubed butter into a large mixing bowl.
- Rub the flour, sugar and butter together with your fingers until it becomes like breadcrumbs.
- Now add the dried fruit, if using dates, chop them into half or thirds.
- In a jug, beat the eggs and milk together, then add it to the mixing bowl.
- Now combine all the ingredients together using a metal spoon.
- Place the cake mixture into a lined tin (I used one with a pop-out bottom).
- Cover the top of the tin with kitchen foil, so the top won't burn and cut out a small hole in it to allow steam out. (Otherwise you will have a steamed cake).
- Cook for 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours. Check to see if it is cooked by checking it using by sticking a metal skewer (or a knife) in to it and if it comes out clean, it is done.
- Now cool on a wire cooling rack.
- Meanwhile, cut out a circle of royal icing. Now draw out your design using a food colouring pen.
- The thing to remember is that when you transfer it to the cake, try to make sure the surface is as level as possible otherwise it will crack.
- Using food colouring as paints, paint your design. If you have too much colour on your brush, use kitchen towel to remove it or water it down with water.