Is there a word that applies to baking that is the equivalent of good gardeners having green fingers? Sponge-fingered maybe??
Whatever it is, I am not it.
I have never quite mastered the art of cake-making, my key weakness being an inability to make my sponges rise to anything other than the height of a Frisbee, no matter how high I sieve my flour from. My most infamous attempt at making one of my children a birthday cake resulted in me having to make two cakes – four whole layers of Victoria sandwich – just to make the cake normal height. I could have probably sliced it up and marketed it as one of those calorie-dense foods they send to countries experiencing famine.
I blame my mother of course. I don’t remember much from my childhood, but the pink fire engine she once made will stay with me forever.
If you’d like to learn how to be a little more sponge-fingered in the kitchen, then why not enter my competition to win a spot for you and a friend on the Vale House Kitchen’s Children’s birthday cake course with professional celebrity cake maker Sandra Monger? By the end of the day you’ll have created this amazing monster cake!
The course takes place on June 13th at Vale House Kitchen, near Bath. I’ve actually been on a course there already, and can vouch for its awesomeness. The Vale House Kitchen team are all lovely and the venue is gorgeous – even if you’re not that fussed about cakes it’s worth entering purely for a wonderful day out and a yummy lunch.
To enter, simply complete as many of the actions below as you can. The more you do the better your chances. The competition will close at midnight on May 19th. Full T&Cs apply.
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Has to be lemon drizzle cake, so sweet and tangy
I love chocolate cake and cheesecake!
I love Red Velvet Cake, but that monster cake has to be the coolest cake I’ve ever seen!
Can I just love allll the cakes?! I think my favourite ever has to be the cheesecake I had at a friends wedding, I swear it was lighter than air!
I love a traditional Victoria Sponge… Or anything that includes coffee!
It’s got to be red velvet!
My nutella cake is pretty good!
does cheese cake count =)
My favourite type of cake is Lemon Drizzle
Coffee cake… preferably with a latte on the side! :)
cake any cake will do!! x
Oh my, I love cake! If I had to narrow it down, my favourites are banana muffins, classic victoria sponge, and ginger cake. Delicious!
I love ginger cake, coffee cake, cheese cake and virtually all cake
Pear, hazelnut and chocolate cake is my favourite, a friend gave me the recipe! Yum! x
Lemon butterfly cakes and carrot cake
Victoria Sponge, traditional but delicious
Chocolate Fudge cake!!!!
Coffee & Walnut
Red velvet cake
my favourite cake is coffee and walnut
death by chocolate cake yummy
Its got to be death by chocolate. A great excuse to be naughty.
chocolate cake x
To choose one favourite type of cake when there are so many! Its hard to beat a good, homemade victoria sponge with icing inside of course, not just jam!
Favourite cake umm…oooh…ummm coffee & walnut if I have to choose! Love the Monster cake, it look brilliant! On my list to do is to make a fancy looking cake big or small!
I really enjoy fruit cake, with an apple & cinnamon recipe being my fav!
angel cake or choc chip
tbh any type of cake. its probably my favourite food
chocolate fudge cake yummy :D
Lemon drizzle cake.
Oh, I should win this as my new years resolution is to make a cake for each member of my family this year!
I have made Riley one and Megan too, just Adam to go!!
I am rubbish at it though :)
I love all cake but especially carrot cake and lemon cake as they contain one of my 5 a day :)
Grandma always said Victoria Sandwich does the trick – no question about it and Grandmas always knew best! we like it best with homemade raspberry jam and butter cream filling! Yum!
Raspberry and Almond Madeira
Cake, I love me the cake. Most cake will do as long as it doesn’t have sultanas or raisins in!
Red velvet cake…yum!!
I love lemon poppy seed cake – mmmmmm!
Lemon I think, it’s a tough one! x
Lemon crunch cake …. **sigh**
Coffee and walnut, or carrot cake, or chocolate cake… a slice of each please!
Banana and chocolate, mm mmmm
My daughter’s chocolate and banana cake was legendary (I’ve just noticed Charlotte – above still rates it herself). My squiggy brown sugar meringues never stay long on the plate and are light on the tongue but I have never been happy with my sponges.
ooo its a tough one but it would ahve to be fruit cake!! mmmm
oooohhhh cake! yum yum yummmmm!!! espesh a nice gooey chocolate cake ooohhhh!!!! x
Chocolate Fudge Cake!!
Red velvet cake :)
Love a Victoria Sandwich but untraditionally with fresh cream!!
Black Forest Gateau
I love cake but my favourites have got to be lemon drizzle or carrot cake :)
I love coffee cake, yummy.
i adore coffee and walnut cake heaven xxx
I love Red Velvet Cake fab giveaway
Coffee and chocolate
carrot cake definitely! :)
I love the Victoria spong cakes
Has to be lemon drizzle cake.
Molton chocolate cake