The Cookie Cuckoo went Cake Crazy yesterday in honor of World Baking Day today!
I bought a Bundt pan recently and I have been wanting to try it out, so what better time than World Baking Day? As I said before, the only dilemma was whether to bake a lemon cake or a chocolate cake. A quick browse through my recipes in Evernote (it’s my 21st century recipe box) and I decided on Perfectly Chocolate Bundt Cake, which I had saved from Cookie Madness (another cookie nut with a penchant for cakes, apparently!).
This cake could have been called Perfectly Easy Chocolate Bundt Cake. Most of the ingredients were standard cupboard items and the technique was as simple as any boxed mix. But the results were far from quotidien — a moist, decadent crumb turned out in that most elegant of forms, the Bundt pan, then robed in a silky ganache (with its secret ingredient of marshmallows), did me proud.
I’ve already given away half of the cake since there are only two of us here to enjoy it this weekend. And it’s that tempting that I could eat the whole thing myself. There was leftover batter (only fill a Bundt pan 2/3 of the way full), so I made miniature cupcakes, which I then dipped in the ganache. Those little buttons practically pop themselves into your mouth!
Even if you don’t try this cake, I hope you will bake something today for World Baking Day. There are plenty of recipes here to inspire you. It won’t take as long as you’d think and the results will be stunning because you made it yourself!
Bake Brave! That’s this year’s challenge on World Baking Day, which is being observed on Sunday, May 19. The idea is to test yourself with a recipe that challenges your skills in the kitchen. To that end, 100 recipes have been compiled by Bake Brave Ambassadors (baking enthusiasts from around the world) at worldbakingday.com.
The interactive website encourages you to “step out of your comfort zone and bake something you’ve never baked before.” From the homepage, you are prompted to select your baking level, from “I bake and cross my fingers” to “I bake, therefore I am.” If your particular skill set can’t be categorized, feel free to skip that step and head straight for the recipes, which are ranked from 1 (Banana Muffins) to 100 (The Ultimate Challenge Cream Puff Cake).
There doesn’t seem to be many recipes aside from cakes, though. I might be a cookie cuckoo, but I love baking cakes too. In fact, I recently bought a new bundt cake pan that I cannot wait to use. So, I would think that the website would include a greater variety of baked goods, with more cookies, breads and pies. There is a recipe for chocolate chip cookies (level 3) and a treacle tart (71) but you’ll find greater choice if you decide to bake a cake.
Once you select a recipe, you click on a bar that says what level you’ve chosen. This takes you to a badge that you can download and share. I chose No. 53, Cream Cheese Brownies (they pass for cookies) along with 29 other people (so far).
I’m also going to bake a cake using my new bundt pan, which makes such an elegant presentation. The only thing left to decide is whether I’ll make lemon or chocolate. Then I’ll simply drizzle the top with a vanilla glaze, letting it drip down the sides and slice according to the number of guests – hunks or slivers!
I’ll be writing more posts about World Baking Day here through Sunday, so check back often for more recipes and information. And let me know what you’ve decided to create for World Baking Day.