I had a friend over today for a day of chat and charity shopping, perfect! A good excuse for a baking frenzy too.
I made a ginger cake, because I found bags of crystallised ginger in Poundland. I grabbed two bags as it was such a good price. I made the recipe up a while ago, basically just a sponge made with demerara instead of white sugar, some ginger essence and pieces of crystallised ginger. The quickest way to measure for a sponge cake is to weigh your eggs and then match the weight with your sugar, fat and flour. I have to do this as having my own chickens they tend not to grade their own eggs! Here is the actual recipe off my old blog *clicky*
I've also made a teeny Victoria sponge, so we aren't eating cake every day for the next week. I bought some 4.5 inch loose bottom cake tins not long ago from Poundland, (good old Poundland!) and wanted to try them out, cue the tiniest Victoria sponge I have ever made. It is so small it is sitting on a side plate!
The winner of the bake off was the Victoria sponge, we had three small slices and it is now half eaten.
I bought nothing of note from the shops but my friend came away with several pairs of shoes and two dresses, plus a vintage handbag which was just a pound. Some girls have all the luck!
Never mind, another friend is coming over tomorrow morning for a cup of tea and a slice of cake. Maybe she will try the ginger cake.