Bake Along with GBBO: Cherry Cake

So once again this year I'm going to bake along with The Great British Bake Off.

Hopefully this year I'll be a bit better at documenting it on this blog, however as I'm already 3 weeks behind thanks to being in America, I'm not off to the best of starts.

I'm also going to apologise as I have lost/someone stole my SLR so all photos are off my phone.

Anyway, enough excuses and more cake.

I used Mary Berry's Cherry Cake recipe from the BBC Food website.


For the decoration

Preparation method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Grease a 23cm/9in bundt tin or savarin mould with butter.
  2. Cut the cherries into quarters. Set aside five of the quartered cherries for the decoration later. Put the rest of the quartered cherries in a sieve and rinse under running water. Drain well then dry thoroughly on kitchen paper and toss in two tablespoons of the flour.

  3. Measure all the remaining ingredients into a large bowl and beat well for two minutes to mix thoroughly. Lightly fold in the cherries. Turn into the prepared tin.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 35-40 minutes until well risen, golden-brown and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes then turn out and cool on a wire rack.
  5. For the icing, mix the icing sugar together with the lemon juice to a thick paste. Drizzle over the cooled cake using the back of a spoon, sprinkle over the toasted almonds and reserved cherries.

    Next up is biscuit week!

My Disney ICP 2014

There's not really a better way of spending 10 weeks of your summer than working at Walt Disney World, Florida.

This summer was my second college program and initially I was wary of returning, purely as I was worried it wouldn't live up to my experience last time. Thank god I realised I was being silly. 

This time round I was in Dinoland at Animal Kingdom, a stark contrast to my Magic Kingdom experience back in 2012.  I miss my luminous green dino print shorts already. 
My evenings were spent exploring the parks, watching Wishes and hanging out with friends.
I ate a lot of very yummy Disney food.
Along with food from around the world on our 'Cultural Wednesday' nights.
Occasionally, we ventured to 'The Other Park'…

Explored pretty towns.
And finally got to experience Warped Tour!
I made amazing friends and had the summer of a lifetime. I can feel the Disney depression looming already.

If you live in the UK and want to work at Walt Disney World next summer, head over to Yummy Jobs to complete the application process.

Bittersweet Returns

So after 12 weeks in America, I'm finally back on UK soil.

I have honestly had the best summer of my life. I've met amazing people, seen amazing places and loved every single second of it.

I'm going to do a few posts of my summer adventures, especially my Trek America trip which was just incredible! 

Now to try and kick this jet lag into touch...