It was the fantastic Dave who put me onto a moist recipe for chocolate cake last week, it used beetroot and I just had to try it! I reduced the sugar a fair bit and adapted it to my use my Thermomix. This Dairy Free Chocolate Beetroot Cake is delicious and easy peasy….
I had just been making the softest Japanese Cotton Cheesecake with the Thermomix when a similar-looking recipe popped up on my Instagram feed, this time using an ingredient I had never used: quark cheese but not the Thermomix. I had to try it. I had to try to convert it to Thermie. In fact, I once made both the Cotton Cheesecake and the Quark Cacke in one day and gave them out to try to friends, the winner was the Quark Cake and the reason I was given: the extra lemony taste. Made in the Thermomix, it’s easy peasy….
There has been a lot of talk about Thermomix Japanese Cotton Cheesecake in my Thermomix Owners UK Facebook group ever since Patricia posted a photo of hers (which she got from the Webos Fritos blog).
I absolutely adore this cake, it is not a cheesecake per se, the cotton part refers to its amazing soft touch and texture. It is very hit and miss with people though, the little Tapita (now 4 and a half, yikes!) and my husband didn’t like it but a couple of the school run mums loved it.…
I come from a lovely part of Spain called Galicia, full of sandy beaches and good food. Bica (pronounced bee-ka) is typical of this area and delicious dipped in coffee, which is why many coffee shops will bring you a bite (free!) if you order a coffee in the afternoon.
Yes, you read right, free!
Call it sweet tapas….
Those of you who are baking experts, look away now as you will be absolutely appalled by this
marble cake recipe. This must have been the first cake that needs an oven that I ever tried making, in fact I don’t think I have tried any others ever since, I just stick to this one. This is perfect for clumsy inexperienced bakers like me, it’s so easy.
I lie, I tried muffins, it was a disaster, anyone got a fail-proof recipe?
I digress, I can actually make one other chocolate cake, my no-bake biscuit cake. That’s it. I don’t think I was born to bake but I was clearly born to eat cake, above all chocolate cake so, every once in a while the need to bake rises (so do my toddler’s requests for cake).
29-11-2014 *I have changed the top photo and a couple of the instructions but not the wording, I have (since writing this post) learnt to bake a bit more, only a bit mind.
Once you know how to make marble cake, it becomes so easy, you can make it really quickly. My daughter loves helping with this one and is in fact geting so good at it that she even tells me off when I get it wrong*
Really Easy Marble Cake Recipe
- 225 g unsalted butter
- 225 g self-raising flour
- 225 g caster sugar (I’ve been trying to get the sugar down, 200 g perfectly, even 180 g)
- 4 eggs
- 3 tbsp whole milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder and a bit more for luck
2 mixing bowls, a whisk, 2 spoons, a frying pan/saucepan, 20 cm cake tin, parchment paper
1. Preheat the oven to 180º C. Now, every oven is different but this is what works on our fan oven and in our previous non-fan it was more like 200º.
2. Start melting the butter in a sauce pan or frying pan.
3. In the meantime place all the other ingredients (I start with the dry ingredients) except the cocoa in a large mixing bowl. When the butter has pretty much all melted, add it to the bowl and whisk all the ingredients at a good speed* for about a minute until it’s all mixed and it has a good consistency, thick but runny.
4. Grab the other bowl and pour half of the mix into it. Add the cocoa to one of the bowls and mix well.
5. Line the cake tin with the parchment paper, ensuring you have at least a couple of edges overhanging to pull it out easily later, and alternate spoonfuls (or splodges, whatever you prefer) from each bowl, making sure you don’t mix the spoons (use one spoon per mix). Once it’s done, lift it up and tap it against the table to make sure the mix spreads well, then draw a couple of swirls with a skewer.
6. Place in the oven for 45-50 minutes. You can check that it is ready by inserting a skewer. When the skewer comes out clean, the cake is ready to come out of the oven. I like it with a lovely crust so I tend to increase the oven temperature in the last 5-10 minutes (when I remember). Get it out and let it cool down (it’s better if you do but we have had it warm before and it’s not bad!).
There you go, baking goddess I am not but, if I can make this marble cake, so can you!
*I broke the whisk the last time I made marble cake, see?
It has been a busy few months (I’m embarrassed to say that it has been months) since I last updated my blog. I started which such enthusiasm and then illness knocked me out in such a way that it took two seven-day courses of antibiotics to get me sorted out and then a lot of time to get back to normal.
Illness meant that I had to miss the Secluded Tea party, after looking forward to it for a few weeks, I was rather disappointed but the lovely Miss Sue Flay sent me a care pack through my friend Mrs S, which was much appreciated and very much enjoyed. I was too ill to take any photos but the lovely MSF packed everything neatly. Ahhh those truffles were truly and chocolately delicious, even with the most blocked-up of noses I managed to taste all that chocolate. I am not a fan of cakes with dried fruit in them but her scones were rather good too. The tea party turned out to be a lot more secluded than I thought, me and my cakes in the living room after asking Mr Tapas to give me half an hour to enjoy it all on my own. MSF was kind enough to even check her notes from the previous tea party and send me the tea I had had then, I felt like a child having a tea party on her own. Follow this link to read about The Secluded Book Club Tea Party I missed, she has plenty more tea parties coming up.
Of course this all happened just as I needed my strength levels to be at the highest ever: it was time to get back to work after months of mummy time. So I am now Feisty Tapas, translating mummy extraordinaire. I may add the adjective “extraordinaire” myself but in between, working, meals, cleaning and looking after baby I have turned into a superjuggler. Not even I can believe the amount of juggling that mums can do, that is why mums are superwomen. I would swear that mums develop a whole set of invisible arms and that there is an area of their brain that lights up a few weeks after birth, (I would say straight away but I think that would be lying) to allow them to keep on top of all their family’s needs.
So here is to all of you superb jugglers!