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Cover me in cream and eat me!

This recipe is adapted from the one on the Lurpak website. I did want this to be a loaf, but since I only own a ‘normal’ sized loaf tin and not the special Lurpak one, you’ll have to find a big tin, or maybe half the recipe (although that of course would be total guesstimation).

My cake ring was from Sainsburys, the cake fit in perfectly (but I still would have preferred a loaf – but I think this is semantic, I REALLY just like the word loaf). To make the cake you will need:

275g caster sugar

175g butter

2 eggs

200g self raising flour

50g cocoa

280ml sour cream

100g dark chocolate (chips or a bar) – my current favourite way of breaking up a bar of chocolate into chips is to break the chocolate up with my hands, and then wrap it in a tea towel and beat the hell out of it with a rolling pin. Therapeutic AND cost effective.

Grated zest of 1 orange

For the syrup:

100g caster sugar

Juice of 1 Orange

Let’s do this! Butter whatever tin you are using (and line with paper if you can), and preheat the oven to 160c/ Gas 140c / Gas Mark 3.

Cream together you butter and sugar until smooth and creamy.

Add the eggs one at a time (I always add 1 tbsp of the flour after each egg to stop it curdling) and mix in until well combined.

Mix in the flour and cocoa, followed by the chocolate chips/chunks. The original recipe says to fold in the flour and chocolate, but mine immediately started forming into balls, so I abandoned the folding and carried on with the mixer.

Mix in your orange zest.

Bake in the centre of the oven for 1 hour and 15 minutes, until the cake has risen and is springy to the touch. You could stick a skewer in it, but if you hit a piece of chocolate that will stick to your skewer, so it’s not entirely accurate.

When cooked, remove from the oven and allow to cool in the tin for about 5 minutes. While the cake is cooling, heat your orange juice in a small pan and melt the icing sugar into it to form a (sort of) syrup.

Your cake should still be a little bit warm, so poke a few holes across the top of your cake, and pour the warm syrup over as evenly as possible so it soaks through into the sponge.

You’re all done!

A piece of cake!

We ate it while it was still warm, but I bet it would be lovely warm with some cream on top. I do have a bit of a ‘thing’ about flavoured chocolate. I am tempted to have a go at mint brownies this weekend.

I’ve also been shopping this week… (I only went out for a walk and a sandwich for lunch!).

Quilting is something on my ‘to do’ list, and I’m at that age where all my friends seem to pregnant! I’d rather not put into a collection thanks, I’ll make something!

Similar to The Works, have you heard of The Book People? They do new releases at bargain prices.

So heavy it can also be used for self defence if needed.

I recently got DK Dressmaking (a huge hardback monster of a book, good investment for keen dressmakers, and a steal at £8.99) from them. AND if you order from them before Midnight tonight and use the promo code PUMPKIN at the checkout, you can get free delivery! Go, quick!

All for just £4.98!

I also bought these bedsheet sets from a charity shop (the same shop as it goes). Sorry about the rubbish picture by the way! I’m not entirely sure what I’m going to do with them. The yellow one is so 70’s I think it will have to be made into a dress of some sort. I think I am going to use the pink one for a Colette Sorbetto (which is a free pattern by the way!), but with a peter pan collar and sleeves, just because I can’t do anything without making it even more complicated!

Image taken from BurdaStyle.

Before I go, have you seen the pattern for these Sailor-style trousers at BurdaStyle?! I want them, I just don’t know if I want to make them, trousers seem hard! But I do love trousers with pockets. I feel like Coco Chanel in trousers with pockets. That’s just how weird I am!