Bake Box 4 arrived last week and as usual I was very excited to find out what was inside! If you’ve not heard of Bake Box before it’s a bi-monthly subscription service for all the baking lovers out there. Once you sign up, every two months you receive a themed box filled with bakeware items, a specialist decorative item and 6 recipe cards to inspire you.
This month’s theme was Teddy Bear’s Picnic and inside the box was:
- A teddy bear shaped cake mould
- A lattice pastry roller
- Toadstool and owl shaped and embossed cookie cutters
- 3 stencils
- 3 Cherry shaped icing cutters
- Yellow food colouring
The item I liked the most was definitely the lattice roller. I’ve seen them on TV, but always thought it was a bit of a frivalous item to buy, so getting one as part of the box was perfect! The cookie cutters were also really cute and I loved their woodland design.
The recipe cards were a gorgeous looking selection of picnic treats and stunning bakes. I decided to make the cherry traybake as I love cherries! It also looked like an easy recipe to pack up for a picnic whilst still looking really pretty.
I started by making the sponge, I creamed together butter and golden caster sugar. Then I whisked in eggs and milk. Finally I folded in self raising flour, baking powder and ground almonds.
I tossed glacé cherries in flour then added them to the mixture.
I poured the batter into a lined traybake tin and smoothed it out.
It baked on 160C Fan/ 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4 for 30 minutes.
To make the cherries I decided to use marzipan as I had it in the cupboard already and I thought the almond flavour would go well with the cherry sponge. I split the marzipan in half and kneaded green and red food colouring into each half. I then dusted my work surface with icing sugar and rolled them out into strips and connected them by rolling the edges together.
Then I used the cherry plunger from Bake Box to cut out the cherry decorations. I lay them on some baking paper to set.
When the sponge was cool I brushed it all over with 2 tbsp jam. I used strawberry as I had some in the fridge, but of course cherry would be ideal.
Then I rolled out the white ready to roll icing.
I covered the sponge with the white icing, trimmed the edges, then cut the traybake into squares – 4 by 6.
Finally I brushed water onto the back of the cherry decorations and stuck them down onto each square.
I thought the Cherry Traybake looked so pretty! The cherry design from the plunger looked so fun and colourful. The sponge was delicious too, it was really light and perfectly punctuated by the sweet cherries throughout.
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For the cake
- 225 g Butter
- 225 g Golden caster sugar
- 3 Eggs large
- 3 tbsp Milk
- 275 g Self raising flour
- 3/4 tsp Baking Powder
- 65 g Ground almonds
- 200 g Glace Cherries
For the decoration
- 250 g Marzipan
- 1 kg White icing
- 2 tbsp Jam
- Red food colouring
- Green food colouring
Pre-heat your oven to 160C Fan/180C/350F/Gas Mark 4, grease and line a 12" x 9" traybake tin
To make the sponge cream together the butter and golden caster sugar. Then whisk in the eggs and milk. Finally fold in the self raising flour, baking powder and ground almonds
Toss the glace cherries in some flour to coat them then add them to the mixture
Pour the batter into the tin and smooth it out
Bake for 30 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Leave to cool fully
Split the marzipan in half and knead green food colouring into one half and red food colouring into the other half. Dust the work surface with icing sugar and roll them out into strips, connect them by slightly overlapping the edges and using a rolling pin to roll over them and seal the edges together
Use the cherry plunger from Bake Box to cut out the cherry decorations. Lay them on some baking paper to set
When the sponge is cool, brush it all over with the jam
Roll out the white icing, either onto cling film or onto a icing sugar dusted work surface
Cover the sponge with the white icing, trim the edges, then cut the traybake into squares - 4 by 6. Brush water onto the back of the cherry decorations and stick them down onto each square