Jammy Dodger Funfetti Sprinkles Cake #BakeoftheWeek

Jammy Dodger Funfetti Sprinkles Cake #BakeoftheWeek

I actually made this cake back in July for a friend’s husband, but what with the holidays and the my #GBBOBloggers2016 bake along I have a few bakes that I have not yet posted, which is why I will be featuring them over the next few weeks!

I totally made this Jammy Dodger Funfetti Sprinkles cake design on a whim. My friend said that her husband liked a Victoria sponge with jam and buttercream, which was a relatively easy cake to make. BUT this is me and I don’t like to just offer someone a Victoria Sponge for a commissioned birthday cake – oh no! No, I like to add my own spin on it and when I was delving into my cupboard, I found some unopened packets of jammy dodgers, that I had bought a few weeks earlier for the boys as they were on a deal at Poundland (3 for £1 – what a bargain! Except, it was not a bargain as the boys did not like them!), and some sprinkles. I figured, and hoped, that being a fan of jam cake the recipient would also be a fan of jammy biscuits and everyone likes sprinkles don’t they?

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Golden Sparkle Celebration Cake #GBBOBloggers2016 (week 1)

Golden Sparkle Celebration Cake #GBBOBloggers2016 (week 1)

A gorgeous Golden Sparkle Celebration Cake which is very simple to make, and would be a wonderful cake to present to anyone celebrating 50 years of marriage, or maybe even just a birthday or some other special occasion.
Golden Sparkle Celebration Cake

The Great British Bake Off is back!!!! Yaaaay *does a happy dance* ! Of course this means that it also sees the return of the Great Bloggers Bake Off (#GBBOBloggers2016) *does another happy dance*. No doubt by now we will all have seen the first episode, and met the new contestants and seen some scrummy cakes in the process (I love cake week – my favourite!). 

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Strawberries & Fresh Cream Cake

Strawberries & Fresh Cream Cake

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Strawberries are such a staple summer fruit in this country aren’t they? They symbolise all that is good about this country I think. Our happy summer days (even if they are not as sunny and warm as we would like), Wimbledon which always brings our country together, picnics , and, of course desserts!!!!

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Ginger Cake with a Rhubarb & Custard Jam Filling

Ginger Cake with a Rhubarb & Custard Jam Filling

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Mothering Sunday is fast approaching and I have no idea what I will be doing. It is funny really, because even though I am now a Mum, and am entitled to celebrate Mothers Day myself, I still think of it as a day to treat my Mum just as I did in the years before I became one! Last year Jenson had his birthday on Mothering Sunday and I was busy thinking about him, and organising and holding a party for him, so no ‘special’ day for me!! I am not complaining in the slightest, but it is just weird how I  do not associate myself with mothers day!!

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Launching The Great Bloggers Bake Off and a Victoria Sponge

To anyone who knows me this will come as no surprise, but I have a confession.

I LOVE CAKE

I love making them. I love thinking up new recipes and taste combinations. I love eating them. Yes, I LOVE cake!

So, I am rather excited that tomorrow night sees the return of BBC 2’s Great British Bake Off! I so enjoy this show and if I were a bit more talented I would enter. However, instead I use my blog as a reason to practise my show stoppers and bakes and cakes as it is a hobby I am very passionate about (and because I like to eat cake!).

For a bit of fun and to create some blogger cake making community spirit, myself and my fellow cake twin, Helen from The Crazy Kitchen will be hosting the Great Bloggers Bake Off. The idea is very simple:

**the Wednesday morning following each episode of the GBBO a linky will open on mine and Helen’s blogs, and you need to bake a recipe inspired by one which was featured in the show the night before. It can be an exact copy, one you have created yourself or a mix! As long as it can be connected to the themes used in that episode it can be linked up.

**the linky will remain open until Sunday night which gives Helen Hollywood and myself, Jenny Berry, time to look at all the entries and pick a Star Baker for that week. The blogger who receives this coverted accolade will win an exclusive blog badge to wear with pride.

**the next linky will open the following Wednesday as before but obviously with a new theme based on Tuesday’s episode.

This is not a serious linky at all (unless you make it so of course!).  It is just for fun and any blogger is welcome to enter whatever their baking skills are and don’t be afraid to link up any diasters –  credit will be given for effort too! I mean, I have never made my own bread before so that challenge could be majorly embarrassing for me!

Word on the internet is that in tomorrow nights episode the themes will be sandwich sponge, angel food cake and the showstopper will be associated with chocolate. I base most of my sponge cake recipes on the sandwich sponge recipe and just made minor adjustments eg. adding cocoa powder or lemon zest etc…

In honour of the start of the GGBO on TV and the launch of the GBBO in blogging land I thought I would share a Victoria Sponge that I made a few weeks ago for a picnic. It is such an easy recipe and as I said one I use a lot with my own adaptations of course! You can use fresh cream, buttercream or even cheat and use a tub of Betty Crocker’s finest !

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Ingredients:

200g self raising flour
200g unsalted butter
200g caster sugar
4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla essence
Strawberry or raspberry  jam
Tub of ready made vanilla buttercream
Method:
Pre heat oven to 180oC / 16o c (fan)
Grease and line 2 x 8 inch cake tins
Cream the butter and sugar together until pale and soft
Add the eggs and vanilla essence and beat well
Fold in the flour
Divide between the cake tins
Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden and cooked right through
Once cool sandwich the two sponges with the buttercream and jam
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( Check out Helen’s much more refined version of this recipe – here ! )