Baking MuffinsI did not want to leave you without a post again so I thought I would show you the results of my baking. For those of you that follow me on social media, you will know that I made the muffin’s from Zoella’s Christmas YouTube Video last Sunday. It was something of a last-minute thing that I did not have time to write about as I felt lousy for most of the day. As for the verdict on the muffins (without the buttercream topping) they were nice once cooled. We could not resist trying one while they were still warm as many muffins are even nicer at this point, we both felt that the Black Treacle taste was too obvious though and was slightly disappointed with them. Thankfully once cooled this resolved into a tasty Gingerbread flavour. As Zoe put a buttercream topping on she would naturally have eaten them cooled and may not have tried them warm.
Baking a cake
This time I wanted to put the Kenwood MultiOne (Which is still on offer at Amazon) through its paces even more by baking a cake and whipping cream to go inside it. There is something about stand mixers that always makes me want to beat cream. I think it is all the childhood memories of being able to lick the whisk clean afterwards. Of course, the Kenwood has one large whisk instead of two small ones, so this will be a more significant task!
This cake is the first I have baked in the mini oven. I have done muffins before, but if I have baken cupcakes I have used the separate Cupcake Maker, mine was a present a little while back, but it is the same as this one from Amazon except mine doesn’ have the cute cupcake design on top:
Not quite the shape I was expecting
The first thing I have to say was when the cake came out of the oven it was not quite the shape I expected, and I feel sure the cracks are not supposed to be there. I am sure any of you who are experienced bakers will know for sure what the problem is, I went to the oracle and looked on Mary Berry’s website, and it seemed either the oven was too hot, or the cake was placed too high in it. Well, this is tricky, I used the same temperature as was recommended in the recipe book (and usually we need to turn things up a bit…) and I placed the shelf in the bottom rungs of the oven, so it is a mystery. Here is the evidence: