Thou shall not bake with eggs

My experience with eggless cake hasn’t been a rip roaring success, something always goes wrong;

  • The cake doesn’t rise
  • There is the bitter aftertaste of the bicarbonate that some of the recipes use
  • Just tastes awful, no accompaniment of icing, ice cream can save it

I’ve tried this eggless vanilla cake recipe from Sharmis Passions with some success, I remember it wasn’t very tall but looked like a sponge cake, needed a bit more sugar if you didn’t add any icing.

I’ve have tried this teen tiny eggless chocolate cake recipe from Cake Merchant before and the first time I made it the cake turned out perfect, it used to be my go to recipe.

Lately I’ve not been having much success with it.

It either comes out with the bicarbonate aftertaste or the cake is stodgy that it glues itself to your mouth. Am I using too much liquid, not mixing enough? Answers on a post card.

Why you are asking am I going to all this trouble to find a successful eggless cake recipe when I can knock up a decent cake with eggs? These days not everyone eats eggs due to allergies, religion become a vegan. Some of you know I have a regular biscuit stall at Kingswood Primary school fete, to be on the safe side I avoid baking anything that contains nuts and have a mixture of biscuits that both contain egg and are eggless. No parents have ever asked my if the biscuits contain egg but I just like to have a mixture just in case.

Back to my perfect eggless cake recipe quest

Eggless CakeI had some ripe banana’s and no eggs, found this vegan banana cake recipe from the Viveka Gardens which was adapted from a BBC Good Food recipe, I was pleasantly surprised.  Even people who don’t usually like banana cake liked this one.
This recipe gave me hope that I could produce something that not only is eggless but also edible!

 

Eggless Chocolate CakeFollowing my success with this the banana cake I had renewed faith that I was getting closer to finding a go to recipe. I have discovered this chocolate cake recipe from BBC Good Food. I forgot to add the 3 tablespoon of water to the glaze and it was a disaster. I then made a normal thin chocolate icing and that worked out fine. I made some holes in the cake so the icing drizzled through. This recipe was more like a brownie cake, and tasted nice with ice cream. My only criticism would be that it needed more sugar. With some tweaking this could become my go to eggless chocolate recipe.

Below is the recipe if you want to have a go, let me know what you thought of it.

Ingredients

  • 85g Butter, plus extra for greasing
  • 2 tbsp Golden Syrup
  • 1 tbsp Vanilla Extract
  • 300g Self Raising Flour
  • 100g Caster Sugar
  • 25g Cocoa Powder
  • 1 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda

Chocolate glaze

  • 100g Dark Chocolate, broken into pieces
  • 3 tbsp Golden Syrup

Method

  1. Heat oven to 160C/ fan 140C/ gas 3 and grease a 20cm round cake tin
  2. Tip the butter, syrup and vanilla into a heatproof jug, add 300 ml boiling water and briefly whisk with a fork to combine
  3. Sift the flour, sugar, cocoa and bicarbonate of soda into a large bowl, then in tip in the butter mixture. Stir until you have a smooth batter, then scrape into prepared tin. bake for 50 – 55 mins until the cake is well risen and springy to touch. Cool in tin for around 15 mins before turning out to cool on a wire rack.
  4. To make glaze, put chocolate and syrup into a small glass bowl with 3 tbsp of water, and microwave for 30secs on high until melted and smooth. leave to cool, then pour over the cake before serving.

Little by little.

I finally have a name for my Facebook business page; ‘Just Have Cake’. I’m currently working on tidying up some of the cupcake and cake pictures using the free photo editing tool, GIMP. This is essentially does the same thing as Photoshop and Fireworks but is free. I’ve used Photoshop and Fireworks many moons ago so have been re-learning how to tidy up backgrounds which is taking longer than my patience allow. I haven’t invited anyone on my personal Facebook page to ‘like’ my business page, but think it’s OK to share the link with you all 😉

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Just-Have-Cake/609582885722068?ref=hl

Ideas / suggestions are welcomed 🙂

Putting the Facebook page together is taking longer than I had hoped, slowly but surely I’ll get there.

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Adding to my collection of bakes I found this excellent milk chocolate fudge cake  recipe from a fellow blogger; Homemade with Mess. If you there is only one chocolate cake you have a go at making I recommend this one. The recipe is easy to follow and is definitely one cake that will have you going back for seconds, thirds, fourths….

This was my attempt. Not too bad for my first attempt, need to work on smoothing out the icing skills.

I made it to the gym last night, first time this year. I can honestly say it felt like I was being punished. Today, joints, muscles, just everything is suffering. Along with diabetes, heart disease, kidney problems, I can also add arthritis to the list of ailments that have been passed through my family! Fortunately I’m diabetes and heart disease clear and have healthy kidneys though I do fear the possibility of developing arthritis so am doing all I can to prevent it.

I will be going back to the gym on a more regular basis as last nights experience has shown though petite in stature I am unfit.

I have to do something especially if I am going to continue eating the way that I do. I am not yet ready to start waddling like a penguin just because my legs, bum and tum decided to take on an enlarging life of their own!