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.

#Eggless pancake recipe

20170520_103941During the week I don’t always have the opportunity to eat a proper breakfast so I have started making my instant oats to take to work but there is only so much oats you can eat in a week.

This weekend I fancied some pancakes but didn’t have any eggs. Usually I always have a stocked cupboard with baking ingredients but it’s been a manic week so didn’t have time to do a proper shop.

I looked online for a recipe that was quick and easy but more importantly I had all the ingredients and they tasted nice. The recipes looked the same as normal pancakes just without eggs.

I made a small amount of batter and bread at the ready to make toast just in case they turned out awful. I usually work in gram measurements but for pancakes I used cups, it was just easier.

Ingrediants

1/2  cup Self raising flour
1/2 cup Milk
1 tbsp. Sugar or to taste
1 tsp Vanilla extract (I guestimated)

Method

Mix all the ingredients altogether to make a batter. If you find the batter is a bit too thick add a bit more milk.20170520_102925

Make pancakes as you normally would. Spoon some batter into the pan until bubbles start to appear then flip it over for about half a minute or until golden brown. Add your topping of choice and chomp away!

I took some to work and heated them in the microwave, maybe I heated them for too long as they did go a bit rubbery, still tasted nice.

Bank holiday weekend; baking and Disney films

It’s been one of those periods where I haven’t done anything more than I normally would but then can’t seem to think where the time has gone!

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I’ve begun experimenting with baking this time trying out an eggless recipe. It’s the first one I’ve made and for a first attempt it rose nicely. banner-blueThe texture was spongy but I thought maybe a bit on the sticky side. Not sure if it was meant to be like that. I’m going to add some fruit or chocolate chips next time and see how this recipe turns out as muffins.

One of my friends has joined a dieting club, I don’t want to sabotage her healthy eating habits so have been researching ‘skinny’ cupcakes. I found this recipe from the Hairy Bikers that could possibly still taste like an edible cupcake, will let you know how it goes.

Looks like I may also have to have a go at making a cheesecake..Another friend whose kids I use as guinea pigs for cake tasting has told me she prefers cheesecake to cakes but doesn’t mind the odd muffin. I knew she wasn’t keen on chocolate, I know as you all sit back in shock, a girl who doesn’t like chocolate but they do exist. She knows she is going to be my guinea pig for my cheesecake attempts.

I really hope I still friends by the end of all the taste testing! :-s

Tenants

After nearly a year of just me and my current tenant the time had come to find someone else to fill the spare room. The new tenant moves in soon, fortunately I have been very lucky with the previous tenants I have had even if for some reason I have ended up being an agony aunt to some of them. Turns out I can give logical advice I just have trouble following it myself! 😉

Fingers crossed this one will be ‘normal’ enough to fit in with me and my current tenant but not too ‘normal’ that she drives me round the bend! She is an engineer so no doubt she will bring a whole different level of uniqueness with her 😉

Disney films were on over the bank holiday weekend, one of my favourite films, Mulan, was on. Yeah I’m a bit of a child, I don’t care what anyone one says you are not ever too old to watch or have a favourite disney film!

I’ve been listenting to disney sound tracks whilst at work, it’s helped my days go a bit quicker 😉 All the songs from Mulan are in there along with Tarzan, can’t forget A Goofy Movie the list goes on 😀

Feel free to bring out your inner child and share you favourite Disney film / songs!