Thursday 25 October 2012

Saved By Cake Challenge - October

I have decided to challenge myself to bake a different cake/biscuit from Marian Keyes' book, Saved By Cake, each month, between March and December. I am a beginner at baking and use the same recipes over and over again so it'll be nice to try something new. I will take photos and post them on here each month - the good, the bad and the ugly.
Chocolate Cheesecake Cupcakes
I had a bit of trouble with this month's Saved By Cake Challenge. Originally, I was going to make Amaretti Cheesecake but my little Asda didn't have any ameretti flavouring or the alternative almond. So I changed it to the Chocolate Cheesecake Cupcakes. Unfortunately, the trouble didn't end there. This month I was met by disaster after disaster.
Disaster 1 (not including having to change the cake):
I lined my tray with cake cases... except I was short. A quick dash to the shop sorted that out. Phew!
Disaster 2:
The cakes have to baked in a ban marie, which I'd never done before but I decided to be brave and get on with it. Except I couldn't get on with it. I'd forgotten we only have small roasting tins and the baking tray wouldn't fit in.
But wait! I have a giant ceramic roasting tray. It's so huge I can barely lift it. Phew! Except the baking tray wouldn't even fit in that. Bugger.
But wait... I have two muffin trays and they just about fit in my small roasting tins. Phew!
Disaster 3:
I'd already poured the mixture into the cake cases. The mixture is extremely liquidy. The cases weren't coming out of the tray with the mix intact.
The only way to do it was to pour the mixture back into the bowl and redistribute it into new cases in the muffin tins. Which is what I did.
Thankfully there weren't any more disasters. I didn't scald myself when I pulled them out of the oven and they were cooked through. But there's always next time...
If I had checked I had the correct equpiment (and that all fit together) first, the cakes would have been easy to make and the only difficult part would be stopping myself from eating them before they are ready. You have to leave them to cool and then put them in the fridge overnight - torture! But, I'm pleased to say, they were worth it. They were unlike any cake I'd had before, literally the top part of a cheesecake, and delicious yet quite light. The cupcake size was perfect too. The recipe used dark chcolate but I'm not a fan so I used milk chocolate instead, which is why they are a lot lighter than in the book but it seemed to work.

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  1. They look good! I made lemon cheesecake cupcakes a while back - they were amazing! :D

  2. I admire your patience - I think I would have screamed and thrown them in the bin which would have been a shame because they look yum!

    1. I think I would have thrown them in the bin too if I hadn't promised myself to post all my efforts - even the disastrous ones - on here! I have no patience under normal circumstances.

    2. You get an extra big pat on the back then!


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