21 September 2011

Flowers and cake

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We went to the Caledon Wildflower Show last weekend. I took close to a hundred photos, so I'll only add a few of the most interesting ones here.


I love proteas.








These ones look so much like little people to me: 



 We bought stone ground cake flour from the Bio-Wheat stall and I baked a cake yesterday using the easy recipe on the back of the bag. Here it is:

Bio-Wheat "Eezy-Peezy" Chocolate Cake

Ingredients
  • 750ml (3 cups) Bio-Wheat Cake flour
  • 20ml (4 tsp) baking powder
  • 5ml (1 tsp) bicarbonate of soda
  • 80ml cocoa
  • Pinch of salt
  • 500ml (2 cups) sugar
  • 250ml (1 cup) oil
  • 500ml (2 cups) boiling water
  • 50ml vinegar
  • 10ml (2 tsp) vanilla essence
The owner told us his wife only uses 1.5 cups of sugar, so I used less too.

Method
  • Sift dry ingredients together.
  • Mix liquids together and pour slowly into dry ingredients.
  • Whisk mixture until smooth.
  • Pour into greased cake pan.
  • Bake in a preheated oven at 180°C for 20 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and cool.
  • Decorate to taste
This is a very quick and easy recipe and it's even vegan. I made icing by melting dark chocolate, coconut cream and cocoa butter. I then added some whisked egg-replacer. I wanted to try using a piping bag to decorate it, but I only had enough icing to cover it, so I just sprinkled some almonds on top.



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