Friday, May 26, 2017

White Chocolate Cake - 10 year blogiversary

Today is this blog's 10th birthday.  I can't believe it has been 10 years, but it has.  Despite all the changes in my life over those 10 years, this blog has been a constant.

I started off as a blog lurker 2 years before I started my own blog, and gradually I decided that I could blog too!  Many of the blogs that I used to read no longer exist, and the number of blogs has skyrocketed since I started.

My plans for this blog were quite simple - to document the food that I made.  That was my plan then, and it remains the same.  This simple goal keeps blogging pleasurable.

I am combining my blogiversary with this month's Red Tractor recipe, which is for white chocolate cake.

Here is the calendar quote for the month, to tie in with Mother's Day:

First up, I made this white chocolate cake from the calendar recipe (top sliced off):

To make a half recipe (which is what I did), you will need:

100g chopped white chocolate
175g chopped butter
1 1/4 cups sugar
3/4 cup milk
1 cup plain flour
1/3 cup self raising flour
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs

Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius, and grease and line a 9" round cake tin. 

Pu the chocolate, butter, sugar and milk into a large saucepan.  Stir over low heat until smooth.  Pour the batter into a large bowl and cool for 20 minutes.  Whisk in the flours, vanilla and eggs.  Pour the mixture into the prepared cake tin and bake for around 45-50 minutes, or until cooked through.  Cool the cake in the tin.

It was not clear what kind of chocolate the Red Tractor recipe called for in the ganache recipe. For that reason, I used another recipe for white chocolate ganache, online here.

Once the ganache had started to set up, I decorated the top of the cake with wafer flowers and butterflies and pink disco glitter.

This is a peek inside the cake.  I found the cake to be quite sweet, which is not surprising considering the white chocolate.  If white chocolate is your thing, this may just be the cake for you.


Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

A big congratulations Cakelaw!! That's wonderful to hear that you've been going 10 years! I'm sure I've been reading your blog for most of those years! Yay to celebrating with cake :D

Johanna GGG said...

Congratulations - glad you are still going strong with lots of interesting baking. I am in admiration of the blog groups you join and keep up with and how much cake decorating you have grappled with and learnt over the course of your blog.

I think that quote on the calendar is what we need in this world where everything must be bigger, better and improved. Love the cake - though I think a dark chocolate ganache would suit my palate more - although then you wouldn't be able to feature the lovely decorations.

Mardi (eat. live. travel. write.) said...

Well I've only been following for about 7 of those years but it's been lovely getting to know you over that time! Bake on Gaye!!

Pam said...

Woo hoo! Congratulations Cakelaw! That's a lot of posts with great recipes from you! This cake looks delicious. White chocolate is great and too few recipes using it. Thanks for this one and celebrate!

pamela (brooklynfarmgirl) said...

Congratulations on the 10 year blogiversary!
The cake looks extremely moist and delicious :)

Cakelaw said...

Thanks Lorraine.

Cakelaw said...

Thanks Johanna. They may have intended a dark chocolate glaze but did not specify.

Cakelaw said...

Thanks Mardi!

Cakelaw said...

Thanks Pam - it's been a fun ride.

Cakelaw said...

Thanks! The cake was moist and a good recipe.

Diane Zwang said...

Congratulations on the milestone. Lovely following your blog.

Kari said...

Congratulations Cakelaw! 10 years - that is amazing. I love your recipes and am always impressed at just how many new dishes you make. Here is to the next 10!