Happy June! There are so many fun things to do now that exams are over, I made a HUGE list while I was revising… and I’m glad I did, because it’s so easy to finish working and be at a loss wondering what all those things were that you were planning to do when you were working. Luckily I had already booked lots of trips, the first of which was a day out with Warwick Mountains to the Malvern Hills!
It was a gorgeous day, but not too hot for walking either, and our slow but steady small group managed to walk over 10 miles. It was the perfect escape from the pressure-cooker-campus environment, to get some well-deserved and much-missed in the confines of the library fresh air!
Freeedoommm! Walking and cake-making. Dual passions of mine, you might say. And so I decided to make a cake inspired by the Malverns. I used this recipe for Lavender cake, which I baked last month and was such a smash-hit that I had no need to get creative with recipes to please my house-mates…
For a more creative twist though, I made it into a marbled cake. This means I divided the cake batter into two bowls, coloured one with green and one with yellow food colouring.
Sort of supposed to be reminiscent of these beautiful hills. Then I spooned the batters into the loaf tin, two outer thirds of yellow, and the central third in green. Then you get a cocktail stick and gently swirl them together. Don’t overdo it too much.
When cooked, I decorated it with lavender, freeze-dried fruits and lemon icing… to give it a sort of heather-y appearance. Sadly, I have no photo of the cooked marbled centre, as it looked so good, but tasted better! It turned out so well, I’ll just have to make some more marbled cakes in future!