Orange Marmalade Cake

We love looking through foodie magazines, Delicious, Olive, BBC Good Food, Tesco, Waitrose; you name it we’ve got them all!

When we saw this recipe in the Tesco food magazine we had to make it, it looked delicious and the perfect cake for a rainy day. We adapted the recipe slightly as we didn’t have wholemeal flour so just replaced with plain instead, and sadly didn’t make our own marmalade; however Tesco Finest marmalade tasted fantastic!

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Ingredients
200g unsalted butter
200g golden granulated sugar
3 eggs
100g wholemeal flour
100g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
150g orange marmalade
3tbsp orange juice
oranges to decorate

Method
1) Grease and line a 900g loaf tin and preheat the oven to 160c fan
2) Whisk the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy
3) Beat in the eggs one at a time until combined. Add a teaspoon of the flour if necessary to stop the mixture curdling
4) Fold in the flours, baking powder and 100g marmalade and the orange juice and then spoon into the tin
5) Bake for 50 minutes covering with foil for the last 15 minutes
6) Remove from the oven and leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes, warm the marmalade in pan
7) Put on a wire rack and brush the cake with the marmalade and then decorate with orange slices and then brush more marmalade over the cake

Enjoy!

Epic Salted Caramel Chocolate Cake

It was our friends birthday so we took the opportunity to make an epic cake and decided to make a salted caramel chocolate cake. We took inspiration from a number of recipes including this Jamie Oliver one.

The beauty about this cake is that you can make as many tiers as you would like and decorate it how you like. We decided to do 3 tiers. The recipe below makes 2 tiers, so to make a third tier we just halved the recipe. We then sandwiched the cakes with salted caramel. We then completely covered the cake with salted caramel butter icing. We had so much icing left that we added cocoa powder to the icing to turn the icing chocolately and piped this on as decoration.

Cake Ingredients 
250g unsalted butter
250g dark chocolate
150ml espresso
250 self-raising flour
2tbsp cocoa powder
250g light brown soft sugar
250g golden caster sugar
100ml buttermilk
4 free range eggs

Salted Caramel ingredients
200g golden caster sugar
50g butter
75ml double cream
½ tsp salt

Icing ingredients
150g butter
350g icing sugar
100g carnation caramel
50ml whole milk
Pinch sea salt
50g cocoa powder

Method:

1) Preheat the oven to 150c and grease and line 2 cake tins
2) Melt the chocolate and butter in a bowl over water and then add the coffee.
3) In a large mixing bowl, using a hand mixer or free standing mixer beat together the flour, sugars and cocoa.
4) Add the buttermilk to the chocolate and mix. Beat the eggs with a fork in a jug and then add to the melted chocolate. Our mixer was very lumpy so we mixed it with an electric hand mixer.
5) Pour the chocolate mixture into the dry mixture and beat until combined, then pour into the prepared tins
6) Cook for 45 minutes in the oven, or until a skewer comes out clean.
7) While the cakes a cooling make the salted caramel by placing the sugar in a large saucepan with 50ml water and gently heat over a low heat, swirling it to ensure it doesn’t stick.
8) Turn the heat up and let the mixer simmer until you have a dark caramel. Cube the butter and whisk into the caramel with the cream until you have a smooth mixture, then add the salt.
9) Build your cake putting the salted caramel in between the layers
10) To make the icing whizz all the ingredients, except the cocoa powder together, you may need to add more milk. Cover the cake with the icing, you will not use it all.
11) With the remaining icing add cocoa powder to it and whizz together and use this icing as decoration.
12) Decorate the cake however you please, the bigger the better!

This cake took us 2 days to make and was so much fun! We had such fun decided firstly what kind of cake we wanted to make and had even more fun adapting the recipe to suit our needs. We also loved licking the bowl (who doesn’t), and decorating the cake too. There are so many ideas on Pinterest for epic cakes and I am sure we will be making another one soon!

Share with us your amazing cakes, we would love to see them!

Vanilla protein pancakes with raspberry yoghurt and peanut butter

If you haven’t guessed already we basically had a pancake party on the Saturday morning before Pancake Day, except we were the only ones attending the party. It was great for us as it meant we got to eat all the pancakes until we were completely pancaked out (if that is even possible).

These vanilla protein pancakes with Peanut butter and raspberry taste absolutely incredible! They are the perfect breakfast choice and we thoroughly enjoyed them post the 8 mile run we did on Saturday morning.

Our protein of choice was the Whey Ahead vanilla sachet but you could in fact use any of their flavours using the recipe below. They have so many flavours e.g. toffee, cookie dough, banana, strawberry, chocolate orange and that is just naming a few.  We cannot wait to experiment and don’t worry they will be recipes to follow!

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Makes 10 Pancakes
Ingredients
100g oat flour or oats blended
1.5tsp baking powder
1.5tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 tsp cinnamon
1 scoop/sachet or vanilla whey powder
3 egg whites
50ml Milk we used oat milk

Toppings
Peanut butter
Fage yoghurt
Chia seed jam or any other kind of jam
Flaked almonds

Method
Blend your oats until they form a flour
Add the rest of the dry ingredients and blend.
Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until it forms a batter.
Heat your pan (medium/high heat) and melt some coconut oil.
Add a table spoon of mixture to your pan and flip once bubbles appear on the surface.
Mix the greek yoghurt in a bowl with the raspberry jam
Sandwich the pancakes together alternating the fillings each time (one raspberry yoghurt and the other peanut butter)
sprinkle falkes almonds over the top

Enjoy!

Refined sugar free banana bread

We really wanted to bake some banana bread one Sunday afternoon when we were browsing the fruit and vegetable isles in the supermarket. Most supermarkets bag up banana that are about to go out of date and sell them for about 20p bargain!

Banana bread is great because you can eat it at any time of the day! Well you can with this banana bread because it is sugar free and still tastes so delicious! The bananas are sweet enough and become even sweeter once cooked so you wont even notice the lack of sugar.

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Ingredients
3 ripe bananas
200G oat flour (we just blend oats that we already have in the cupboard)
30g chopped walnuts
1 tsp baking powder
1tsp bicarbonate of soda
100ml milk of your choice
1tbsp coconut sugar (optional)
5g Oats

Method
Pre heat your oven to 180oc
Line your loaf tin and grease with some melted coconut oil
Blend the oats until they are fine and resemble flour
Mush 2 of the bananas in a mixing bowl
Slice the remaning banana
In a separate bowl mix your oat flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and walnuts
Once combined add the mashed banana and half of the slices banana and stir
Pour in the milk and stir
Pour the mixture into the loaf tin
Place the remaining sliced on top of the mixutre
Sprinkle the handful (5g) oats and coconut sugar on top
Bake the banana loaf for 30 minutes until cooked throughout
When cooked let cool and enjoy

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Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy Pancakes

Happy Pancake Day! 

Its pancake day, so of course we have to post a recipe for pancakes. We normally make the fat pancakes, or drop scones as they can also be called. However on Pancakes Day we always have the thin pancakes, or crepes as they are known in France. You can make these pancakes super fancy, however we both adore them with lemon and sugar – nice and simple .

Pancake Day or Shrove Tuesday is the day before Lent begins, which is when Christians traditionally fasted, so they made pancakes to use up all the basic store cupboard ingredients, in particular eggs and fat before the Lenten fast. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and lasts for 40 days until Easter Day. These days Pancake Day has become a more lavish affair with people making epic pancakes, and huge pancake stacks or even pancake cakes, however we wanted to keep it simple this year. The good thing about these pancakes is that it uses only 4 ingredients and are so quick and easy to make, we should really make and eat them more often! However, the bad thing about these pancakes is that you can make and eat so many, we sure will be enjoying a fair few pancakes this evening!

Ingredients
100g plain flour
150ml milk
2 eggs
butter or oil for the pan

Method
1. Put the flour in a large mixing bowl and make a well.
2. Break the egg into the well and slowly mix together with a whisk
3. Whisk in the milk a little at a time to make a batter
4. Melt the butter in a low frying pan and then add a ladle of batter to the hot pan. Spread the mixture out and cook until the pancake is golden
5. Flip the pancake (if you are brave enough), and then cook the other side
6. Serve with toppings of your choice – we prefer lemon and sugar

Banana bread baked porridge

We absolutely love experimenting with oats, especially when we are making our porridge (also known as oatmeal in the USA). Porridge is the perfect winter warmer on a cold February morning helping us to refuel after a morning workout.

We love banana bread so we decided to make our very own banana bread baked porridge. This recipe is absolutely delicious and we would recommend making it as soon as you can. We do put nuts in this recipe but if you have an allergy then it still tastes delicious without.

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Ingredients
50g Oats
1 ripe banana
50ml milk of your choice
30ml water
3 walnuts chopped

Method
Pre heat the oven to 180oc
Mash your banana in mixing bowl
Add in the oats and walnuts and then stir until combined
Pour in the water and milk and continue to mix
Place in the oven for 25/30 minutes until the oats are cooked and the colour is golden brown.

Let us know if you decide to make the porridge and please send us photos as we love to see them!

Biscoff Cupcakes

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Biscoff biscuits are so tasty and we love them! We love spending our evening pondering over Pinterest and we came across many recipes for both Biscoff cupcake and also large Biscoff cakes too. We decided to make cupcakes this time round, but watch this space because we are sure we will making the a large one soon! Many of the recipes put the Biscoff spread in the cake mixture as well as the icing. However we decided to only put in the icing and we are glad we did as you cannot beat a light and fluffy vanilla sponge.

Cupcake Ingredients
12 cupcake cases (we used gold ones)
110g butter (softened)
110g caster sugar
2 eggs
110g self-raising flour
drop of vanilla extract
1 tsp baking powder

Icing
80g butter
250g icing sugar
30ml milk
80g smooth Biscoff spread

Method
Put 12 cupcake cases in your cupcake tin
Pre heat the oven to 180oc
Cream the butter and sugar together in a large mixing bowl until light and fluffy
Add the eggs and mix
Sieve the flour and baking powder into the mixture and mix slowly.
Spoon the mixture into the cases (don’t over fill and you want room to decorate)
Place in the oven for 12 minutes
Whilst the cupcakes are cooling whizz together in a mixer all the ingredients for the icing. The longer you whizz, the lighter and fluffier the icing. If its too stiff then add a little more milk.
Put the icing into a piping bag and pipe onto the cooled cupcakes.
In a food processor whizz 5 Biscoff biscuits until crumbs and then sprinkle on top of the icing.