Last week it was my turn along with two others to provide supper for all the ladies at my local WI meeting. When we sort out the supper rota at the beginning of the year I always volunteer to do my turn depending on when the school holidays are. Luckily this time I managed to do April’s meeting as it fell during the Easter holidays. This means it’s easier to get things ready, like baking a few little goodies.
Though I’m glad I had time to experiment in the kitchen this time. I wanted to try out some more recipes from Mary Berry’s Baking Bible as part of my Cooking The Books Challenge, so I planned to bake a Frosted Walnut Layer Cake. To help even more I was lucky to have both my daughter and her friend in the kitchen with me. My daughter’s friend is working towards her Duke of Edinburgh Award and wanted to gain some baking skills and more knowledge. So I got them both involved with tasks and it helped the baking go with a swing.
My daughter’s friend set to chopping up some walnuts to go in the filling of the cake.
Two 20cm/ 8″ diameter sandwich tins were greased and lined.
All the ingredients (butter, sugar, eggs, self raising flour, baking powder and the chopped walnuts) were all added to the mixing bowl and beaten until thoroughly blended.
Here are the two Walnut Cakes turned out to cool on the wire rack.
By this time it was getting busy in the kitchen. I was trying to rush through each stage of the various cakes I had to make and then upon reading the recipe I realised I had to make a meringue frosting. The egg whites and caster sugar had to be continually whisked over a bowl of hot water, which took a very long time. It was meant to thicken up but it just didn’t. No matter how hard I whisked it, it just stayed runny. By the time I had got round to making the frosting I had baked all the other things and I hadn’t got any eggs left to start again from scratch. I was even low on butter so I couldn’t even make another batch of icing like a buttercream. In the end I tried more whisking and after another ten minutes it finally thickened a little. It still wasn’t enough to spread on the cake, more like to pour it on as you’ll see from all the following pictures.
Spreading the frosting on one of the layers of the cake.
The finished cake, filled sandwiched and topped with more walnut frosting. The cake was finished with walnut halves.
A cut slice of the walnut cake.
The Walnut Layer Cake with some slices cut out of it!
I was so disappointed with the cake that I didn’t dare take it along to my WI meeting. I was so ashamed of it and it looked so messy. It went into the fridge and there it stayed. Over the weekend a couple of days later when my mum was staying she had a piece and said it was lovely. I tasted a mouthful and thought the icing was very sweet but I did like the walnut cake part. I’ll definitely try and make it again when I’m not in a rush as it looks such a delicious cake.
Love Sam xx