One can never have enough recipes for a good cake. Just lately this blog has had me lusting after Jane Brocket's Vintage Cakes recipe book. The bakes that hold the most appeal for me are the tried and true, good old-fashioned basic sort. Fancy recipes with lots of bother and hard-to-find ingredients don't really impress me; I just want something nice to feature alongside my cup of tea.
Thanks to Vanessa's baking skills and mouth-watering recipe reviews the marmalade cake was the first one I tried. The Parsnip cake has been deemed her favourite but selling its virtues to my family is going to take some doing. I turned out the finished product onto a cooling rack before setting out on a hike at the Royal Botanical Gardens with my husband and Deacon. Leaving the house removes any temptation to drizzle the icing before the cake has had time to cool completely.
My icing turned out to be more of a glaze but as the cake is quite sweet it's not a bad thing. My daughter asked if the cake would be disappearing as quickly as last week's pumpkin pie did. I snapped back an indignant 'NO!'...what was she implying? She snickered well into the evening as every time she came into the kitchen the cake was indeed going fast. In my defence I yelled back 'it's only a single layer!'. Then she reminded me that so was the pumpkin pie.
Another recipe in the book that caught my eye is for Parkin. Has anyone tried it?