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An Easy to Make Valentines Cake

Four years ago my Little Girl made a lovely Valentines Cake. She did it mostly by herself after receiving some cake decorations in the post. She was nine years old at the time and I think she did a really good job.

Valentines Cake

Easy Valentines Cake.

Valentines Cake Recipe

INGREDIENTS:

8oz self-raising flour
8oz unsalted butter
8oz caster sugar
4 eggs
1tbs cocoa powder

METHOD:

  • Preheat oven to 180C/gas mark 4
  • Put the butter and caster sugar in a bowl and mix until creamy
  • Add the eggs on at a time and beat into the mixture
  • Sift in the flour and cocoa powder and mix
  • Pour into an 8″ round tin which has been greased and lined with baking paper
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean
  • Leave to cool and then decorate.

Decorating the Cake

INGREDIENTS:

4oz of soft unsalted butter
8oz icing sugar
1tsp vanilla extract

A selection of decorations,
we used sugar sprinkles, icing roses and white flowers from Cake Angels

METHOD:

  • Put the unsalted butter in a bowl
  • Sift in the icing sugar
  • add the vanilla extract and mix
  • cover the top and side of the cake with the buttercream
  • decorate as you wish

Videos of Valentines Cake

Here are a couple of videos we made of my girl both making the cake and then decorating it. She was at the age when she wanted to be a You Tuber, the career of choice of so many youngsters these days. She has grown out of that now and as a teen she shies away from the camera. Which I think is a shame as I feel she had a talent she could have developed. Not that most parents wish for a You Tube career for their youngsters!

This is part of my new cake series on this blog. You can find some of my other cakes here:

Peppa Pig Car Cake

Christmas Cake

My Little Pony Cake

A Place to Eat, cake

Banana, Honey and Walnut Tea Loaf Recipe

You know when you get some over ripe bananas left in your fruit bowl and you don’t want them to go to waste? They would be perfect for this recipe, the riper the bananas the better. here is how I make my Banana, Honey and Walnut Tea Loaf.

banana honey and walnut tea loaf

You know when you get some over ripe bananas left in your fruit bowl and you don’t want them to go to waste? They would be perfect for this recipe, the riper the bananas the better.

I love a nice tea loaf that is packed with flavour, but the added chopped walnuts also add nice crunch to this loaf, giving it that little bit extra.

Enjoy it on a Sunday evening with a nice cup of tea!

Banana, Honey and Walnut Tea Loaf

Ingredients:

115g butter, softened
115g soft brown sugar
115g thick set honey
2 eggs, beaten
225g self-raising flour
2 large bananas
squeeze of lemon juice
60g crushed walnuts

Method:

Preheat oven to 180C/gas mark 4
Grease and line a 900g loaf tin
In a large bowl place the butter, sugar and honey and beat together until light and fluffy
Gradually beat in the eggs
fold in the flour
mash the bananas with the lemon juice
fold them into the batter along with the crushed walnuts
spoon mixture into tin and level the surface
Bake the loaf for 1 hour until risen, golden brown and firm to the touch.
Serve warm or cold.

banana loaf

You can see more of my cakes here.