Chocolate and Orange? Really?

Its been a busy long weekend of baking for me and I deciswd to focus on variations of chocolate cakes.

For baking Saturday I decided to do an orange flavoured chocolate cake.

Ingredients

2 cups all purpose flour (I only had self raising so ignored the baking powder but I understand all purpose flour is best)
2 cups sugar
3/4cup cocoa
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
Zest of 1 orange
1 cup milk
1/2cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water

Method
Preheat oven to 180•C
Add flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, salt to a large bowl. Stir through flour mixture until combined well.

Add milk, vegetable oil, eggs, orange zest and vanilla to flour mixture and mix then add boiling water and mix. Pour into tin and sprinkle chocolate chips on top.

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Sptinkling the chocolate chips

 Bake for 30-35 minutes. You can use tooth pick to test by inserting, if it comes out clean, its done.

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Finished product

This cake was a hit at church (if I do say so myself).

Using the same basic recipe I made a plain chocolate cake for Tea Break at a leadership seminar yesterday and have since received 3 personal orders! Phew!

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Chocolate cake

Its going to be a busy week!

Stay Blessed 🙂

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What is this ‘Bantu Knot’ you speak of?

I follow a few Natural Hair boards on Pinterest (even though my hair is treated)  and a couple of hairstyles caught my eye. Upon further investigations I came across the Bantu Knot phenomenon. 

Basically to do a bantu knot, you section your hair and twist each section into a a knot that looks sorta like a roll of tyres (according to the multiple you tube videos I watched)

Sorta like this…
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So the more sections you have the better the effect.

Apparently the knots by themselves are a hairstyle but that look is too ‘tribal’ for my taste..so next we have to learn how to do the ‘knot-out’, which is basically unrolling of the knots.  For a better result,  its best to keep your hair knotted up overnight (good luck sleeping like that though,  I struggled. ..but hey, beauty is pain..or a pain hahaha)

So you un-knot them like this…
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I wouldn’t recommend you going out like this either. ..for the finished look,  you gently (key word being gently cos I had a distaer  the night before) separate the curls and you could end up like this….
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Happy Knotting!

Stay Blessed 🙂

Baking Saturday: Strawberry Cake Dessert

This weeks recipe of the week was a Strawberry Cake dessert that can be served warm with vanilla ice cream or custard.

Cake
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/3 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg, room temperature
1 cup milk, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tin of strawberries (fresh berries are always better and you can miz it up with different or a combonation of berries)

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Ingredients

Glaze (Optional)
1-1/2 cups icing sugar
2 tablespoons milk
2 teaspoons butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Whisk together the first three ingredients; set aside. In a bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Beat in egg, milk and vanilla. Add dry ingredients.

Spread mixture in baking tin and sprinkle berries over top

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Ready to bake

Bake at 185° for approx 30-35 mins

Cool 5 minutes

For the glaze, Combine ingredients and spread over cake, leaving berries exposed. Though I opted not to make it to minimise the sweetness.

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Tada!

Helpfil Hint: do not get carried away watching TV otherwise your cake may end up too crispy like mine did..all part of the learning process.

Enjoy 🙂