passionfruit curd, I was keen to make a cake using it. After my disaster with the apple & lemon curd cake, I was slightly concerned, but hoped all would be well if I took a bit more care when turning out the cakes. Thus my Passionfruit Curd Cake was born.
This is what I did:
- Creamed 225g unsalted butter with 225g cardamom sugar until pale and fluffy.
- Beat in two large tbsp of passionfruit curd.
- Beat in 1 goose egg.
- Folded in 225 sifted flour (100g wholemeal, 100g white, 25g coconut) with a heaped tsp of baking powder.
- Stirred in 3 tbsp milk.
- Spooned mixture into two 21 cm cake moulds and baked at 180C for 25 minutes.
- Left to cool for a few minutes then turned out onto wire racks.
- Melted 50g white chocolate in a bowl over hot water.
- Creamed 75g unsalted butter with 125g icing sugar until very pale.
- Beat in the cooled chocolate.
- Beat in 2 tbsp passionfruit curd and a couple of teaspoons of orange juice.
- Used this to sandwich the two cakes together.
- Mixed 75g icing sugar with enough juice from a mandarin orange to make a slightly runny icing.
- Spooned this onto the cake and spread it a little to the sides so that some of the icing dripped down the cake in what I like to think is a decorative fashion.
- Decorated the top with the little sugar daffodils and the citrus sprinkles I won recently.
Thankfully, the cakes both turned out of their moulds with no mishaps whatsoever - a huge sigh of relief was heaved at this point. All I had to worry about was getting it to the meeting in one piece. This was achieved successfully. The cake cut well, was eaten by many and was, I'm pleased to say, delicious with a pronounced passionfruit flavour.
And what of the CCC? Goodness, what an array of amazing looking cakes there were. I didn't manage to get a picture of the whole spread as more kept arriving throughout the morning. Sadly, there was no way I could try all of them, even CT couldn't manage that. But I really enjoyed each and every one I did try and it was very hard to decide which was my favourite. Luckily, we got to take cake home with us too, a nice plateful in fact - yum, what an excellent idea.
Everyone was very friendly and it was interesting to put a few twitter names to faces and meet the organiser Ellie Michell. A pleasing amount of time was spent talking cake. As it happened The Cow Lady, who we know from a previous incarnation and lives near Liskeard turned up as well, what a surprise to find she was into cake baking too.
Ellie has organised some fantastic venues for the Cornwall CCC meetings and this one was no exception. Baker Tom's cafe was really interesting, it was brand spanking new with enough room to set out our wares on wooden table tops. The bakery itself was in full view behind the counter. Despite being a real fan of Baker Tom's pain aux raisins - (I've not yet had better), I'd never met the man behind the bakes before. He was lovely and made us all very welcome. I got to have a tour of his bakery and a look at his rye sourdough which I was particularly interested in to see how it compared to mine. He also allowed us all to have a go at shaping some Fougasse which we then got to take home with us - an unexpected pleasure.