Feeling inspired after last night?
A staple at birthdays and weddings, cakes are a well-known symbol of celebration – but why should we wait for opportunities that come once a year, or once a lifetime, to indulge in some top-notch sponge?
If you’re feeling inspired by last night’s cakey triumphs to get in the kitchen and create your own showstopper, or perhaps (our preferred option), just indulging in eating some truly delicious desserts, we’ve found five ways you can easily incorporate more cake into your life.
Whether you’re a budding Bake Off contestant eager to strap on an apron, or looking for a fabulous café to enjoy a slice of mouth-watering Madeira, we’ve got ideas for you.
TRY YOUR HAND AT MAKING An Angel cake slice with feathered icing
For week one, Paul and Prue didn’t hold back from making the technical challenge, well, technical. They gave Mr Kipling a run for his money and asked bakers to make the childhood classic: angel cake slices.
Angel cake slices, not to be confused with the American angel cake, are typically a three-layered sponge cake in multi-coloured stripes (yellow, pink and white) sandwiched together with buttercream.
The bakers had to make six identical angel cake slices from Genoise sponge (a sponge leavened naturally with eggs by gently warming and foaming the mixture) and Italian meringue buttercream. They also had to be three separate flavours – raspberry, lemon and vanilla – and topped with icing. The Great British Bake Off website has a slightly more detailed recipe than the one the bakers used last night but if you want a simpler version to make yourself at home, look no further than this one here.
VISIT Camerino bAKERY
If there was ever a place to treat yourself to a slice of a very special cake, Camerino Bakery is it. This modern bakery is a busy spot and with good reason. A decadent brownie selection, widely regarded as the best in town, are rich and fudgy and come in flavours like chocolate raspberry cheesecake, chocolate orange and peanut butter. There’s an enchanting display of cakes, all made with the best ingredients, meaning they taste as good as they look - and they all look pretty impressive, dripping with icing or piled with fresh fruit. If you’re not near their OG Capel Street store or their newly opened spot on Merrion Square, don’t fret; you’ll find Camerino’s dreamy bakes on counters all around Dublin as they do an impressive wholesale business too.
Eat cake on a sightseeing tour of Dublin
Take your 'cakesperience' to the next level, you should make a real day of it. And what goes better together than cake and a sightseeing tour of Dublin on a vintage bus?
Take a step back in time with Vintage Tea Tours and experience Dublin in a unique way. Enjoy our renowned Afternoon Tea delicacies, good conversation and tap along to some fabulous 1950’s jazz. This is Afternoon Tea with a difference. This is an experience.
Vintage Tea Tours clearly thought the same thing, which is why they’ve created an afternoon tea experience with a difference - inside a moving vintage bus. Over the course of an hour, you’ll see sights like the Guinness storehouse, the Phoenix Park and the Georgian buildings around Merrion Square, while nibbling on treats such as a vanilla pana cotta with berry coulis, a blueberry almond and lemon drizzle cake, a Guinness chocolate brownie and a red velvet cake pop dipped in white chocolate. Tickets are €47.50 per person and departures run daily at 11 am, 1:15 pm & 3:30 pm depending on the pick-up location.
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ATTEND A BAKING CLASS WITH Bosch
At the Bosch showroom in Ballymount, Co Dublin, free cookery demonstrations and workshops are offered, in a bright, purpose-built space that will entice even the most nervous of chefs to break out the blender.
Groups of up to 16 individuals can take part in regular, hands-on workshops, with a wide variety of one-off themed classes on offer; including Vegan meals, Italian cooking, Tray Bakes, One-pot Wonders and Gluten-Free baking, to name but a few – the list is endless.
But more importantly, attendees are shown how to use and get the best out of their kitchen equipment. They see first-hand how some of the add-ons can make the cook’s life significantly easier. Many appliances have a number of functions that owners are often slow to engage with, mostly out of fear of the unknown. These classes should dispel some of those fears, while also teaching attendees some easily prepared and executed meals. For a full list of Bosch classes and demos, click here.
IF ALL ELSE FAILS, BAKE FAIRY CAKES
Would you be laughed out of the tent for presenting fairy cakes to the judges? Probably but whether you're a master at genoise sponge or can make edible fairy cakes - cake is cake.
Fairy cakes are not, as their name might imply, themed cakes designed and decorated to the liking of fantasy and sci-fi fans. They are, simply stated, smaller versions of cupcakes. They're widely popular in the UK and Ireland and tend not to pile on the icing, in the same way, you do with cupcakes.
The history of the fairy cake is akin to the history of the cupcake, which first showed up in literature at the end of the 1700s, in "American Cookery," described as "a cake to be baked in small cups." Muffin tins weren't always an available product, so bakers instead baked cupcakes in ramekins or individual pottery cups. Of course, the petite fairy cakes are named as such because of their size - small enough to be served to the tiny mythical creatures. Check out a quick, easy and delicious recipe here.