Great Bloggers Bake Off Week One: Cake

Monday 10 August 2015 by

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It’s back! Great British Bake Off is back, which means twelve weeks of baking joy on our screens, and the return of the Great Bloggers Bake Off – hosted by the wonderful Jenny. This week is week one: cake week. We had a choice of three bakes: madeira, walnut, or black forest. I had to try black forest – I’ve never been a huge fan of the other two. But I wanted to do a twist, and so aimed for cognac black forest cakes (cognac is a good alternative for those who don’t like kirsch)… which, as you will see, are less cakes, and more brownies. So, without further ado, I introduce: cognac black forest cake!

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Cognac Black Forest Brownies

You will need:

  • Glass bowl
  • Electric whisk
  • Cupcake baking tray
  • Pan
  • Large metal spoon
  • Chopping board and knife

Ingredients:

  • 25g butter, melted and cooled
  • 5 eggs
  • 140g caster sugar
  • 25g cocoa powder
  • 100g self-raising flour (use Dove’s Farm gluten free!)
  • Handful of cherries
  • 4 tbsp cognac
  • Double cream to serve

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How to make it:

Heat oven to 170°C. Line the tin with butter.

Chop some of the cherries as small as you can and set aside

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Whisk together the eggs and sugar until thick and pale and leaves a trail – this should take about 5 minutes.

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Sift in the cocoa powder and flour over the mixture, then fold in using the metal spoon. Drizzle over the butter, add the cognac, and then fold in. Lastly, fold in the chopped cherries.

Pour the mixture into the tin. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until cooked through.

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Leave to cool, then serve with fresh cherries and a drizzle of cream.

They began as cakes, but their density gave them the consistency of brownies, and actually, they were delicious when still warm, so I’m definitely going with brownies in this scenario. I loved the variation of black forest flavours I’ve been seeing so far, and this proved hugely popular in the household.

Week One: Success

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Next week is biscuit week. Which could be fun…

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6 Comments

  1. mmmm they sound lovely with the cognac and cherries, and a brownie consistency is always good in my baking book 🙂
    thank you for linking up x

  2. These sounds wonderful, I like that they are a brownie consistency rather than cake

  3. I do love individual size cakes and these look so yummy x

  4. Oh not a fan of cognac but I’d love to bake these they look delicious!

  5. I love the sound of cognac brownies so these are a hit for me!

  6. These look great and I love the individual cakes, great for on the move too!

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