Zesty Madeira Cake & the Great British Bake Off
Happy Monday! It’s dark and rainy here in Nashville and I had a rather terrible time dragging myself from my bed this morning. To make matters worse, there’s rain in the forecast ALL week. I’m going to need lots of coffee.
And, with that, let’s have a slice of cake, shall we?
Remember back when I first started my blog and baking really scared me?? I’ve gotten over that initial fear and now feel ready to take on the world of baking! And by that I mean that I’m going to join in with a few fellow bloggers who are baking along with the Great British Bake Off (GBBO) show. For those of you who have never heard of it: GBBO is a competition baking show in the UK that’s very popular. Every week there’s a different theme (cakes, biscuits,etc) and the contestants bake 3 different things with various challenges along the way. At the end of each episode, a star baker is chosen and, sadly, someone is sent home.
Last year I followed along as Amanda from Rhyme & Ribbons baked along with the show all season. And this year when she invited others to join her, I jumped on the challenge.
SO, this Madeira cake is a recipe from the winner of the first episode of this season’s Great British Bake Off. [SPOILER ALERT] This same baker, from my understanding (because I haven’t seen the second episode yet) was actually kicked off the show in the next episode!
It was rather easy to make minus the fact that I had to convert all the numbers and figure out what the heck temperature my oven was supposed to be set on. For those of you that measure with cups and set your oven to degrees in Fahrenheit, I have all the conversions for you :) Also, I ended up making quite a few little adjustments to the recipe so I’ve noted those as well.
Have you ever made a madeira cake before? Great British bake Off: are you a fan??
Next week: biscuits (the British kind of biscuits. Not the fluffy, buttery ones that I keep thinking of (which they call scones?)).
An important thing to note: on the cake episode, they made a BIG deal out of cake cracks. A proper madeira cake is supposed to have a big crack down the middle. Somehow, I failed on the crack. Sad.
Recipe adapted from BBC Food.