The Big ‘Saved by Cake’ Bake-Off #2 – Rock Cakes

Hello and welcome to my second Saved by Cake Bake-Off post! This ‘challenge’ was inspired by Mama J’s Saved by Cake challenge at Mama J Hearts Chick Lit. For more information about this feature and more recipes click here.


Rock Cakes

Marian Keyes rock cakesIf you saw last month’s post then you might remember that the very first cakes I started this challenge with were the strawberry cupcakes.  This month I was experimenting with another simple but delicious cake – something you’re guaranteed to fall in love with.

The most important thing I need to tell you in connection with rock cakes is: don’t be put off by its name or the way they look. I know they look simple and I know you think ‘who would want to eat a cake that’s like a rock?’ but trust me – they’re really good. I’ve never actually tried rock cakes before so it was a pleasant surprise.

Usually I’m not a big fan of sultanas or mixed peel but funnily enough I still liked rock cakes. Actually, I didn’t have any mixed peel when I decided to try these so I replaced them with dried cranberries (and sultanas) and I also replaced demerara sugar (which you’re supposed to sprinkle the cakes with) with .. you know, normal sugar. Other than that I followed Marian’s recipe and they turned out to be fantastic!Marian Keyes rock cakes

If you’re always in a hurry, or if you’re a beginner, I would definitely suggest that you try these cakes first because they’re very easy to make (it literally takes 20 minutes). They’re not the most spectacular, extravagant or spicy cakes you’ve ever had but they’re buttery and comforting and they’re perfect if you want to curl up in bed with a good book and a mug of tea or hot chocolate and some snacks. :)

For more recipes, see Marian’s brand new recipe book, Saved by Cake. Or if you’d like to hear what I think about the book, click here and check out my review. :)

The Big ‘Saved by Cake’ Bake-Off #1 – Sweet & Simple Strawberry Cupcakes

Hello and welcome to my very first Big Bake-Off post. The Big ‘Saved by Cake’ Bake-Off was inspired by and is in fact my re-interpretation of Mama J’s challenge at Mama J Hearts Chick Lit.

I received my copy of the lovely Marian Keyes’ newest book, Saved by Cake in May and have been experimenting with her recipes ever since. Since I’m a huge fan of cakes and…well, everything that involves sugar, I thought it would be a great idea to change things up a bit with this new feature and treat you (and myself) to some lovely biscuits and cakes.

Just like Mama J, I challenged myself (it’s not really a challenge since I get to eat the cakes) to bake at least one cake or biscuit from Marian’s book each month. I will showcase the different cupcakes and goodies along with some pictures as frequently as I can. Mind you, I’m not a pro at baking, I’m far from it. I’m just a beginner but baking is fun and cakes are delicious, so here we go!

Sweet & Simple Strawberry Cupcakes

These strawberry cupcakes caught my attention right away. I was flicking through the book one day, trying to decide which cake I should start with and these cupcakes seemed to be the easiest. And indeed, they are very easy to make! All you need basically is just the basic eggs-flour-sugar combo and voilà.

It’s definitely one of those cakes that you just can’t go wrong with AND it only takes about 40 minutes to make it. (including the 30-minute baking time) I’ve tried them a few times since I got the book and they’ve always been a huge success. I used a bit more strawberries the second time (about 230g instead of 200) and I preferred them that way because it was a bit more fruity. But I think it’s totally up to personal taste, really.

Apart from the amount of strawberries I used, all I changed was the icing. You can put icing and some sort of a decoration on top of your cupcakes if you feel like it but it’s not necessary. I personally left them the way they came out of the oven – and the best thing is: they are still delicious. I’ll probably try them with icing as soon as I find a proper pastry bag but even if you’re in the same boat as me, there’s no need to worry: they’re perfectly all right without any extra decoration. :)

And the finished cupcakes…

But what happens if you don’t have any strawberries left?
(a.k.a. you’re so obsessed with strawberry cupcakes that you just can’t stop…believe me, it does happen)

Try an alternative. I ran out of strawberries last week and had no choice but to use preserved cherries instead. I was quite sceptical at first but it actually works! It will be different from the strawberry ones, obviously, but it’s a great alternative if you don’t have anything else left. It’ll be a bit sweeter and less fruity I think, but other than that, it’s still delicious. You can serve them with a cherry on top or some icing, if you like. :)

For more recipes, see Marian’s brand new recipe book, Saved by Cake. Or if you’d like to hear what I think about the book, click here and check out my review. :)