Now, I know this is a travel blog, but I have decided, since I am not at the stage where I can travel constantly (unfortunate, but I am working on it!), I have decided to turn this blog into a travel and lifestyle blog and include recipes and other lifestyle stuff (or whatever it’s called).
I have set myself a challenge. After watching Julie and Julia a couple of years ago, I got it into my head to reproduce Julie Powell’s idea and work my way through a cookbook in a year, but I never actually got around to doing it. That time is now!
Now, I’m not being as ambitious as Julie’s 524 recipes in one year – instead my book of choice is Claire Clark’s 80 Cakes From Around the World, which, obviously, means that I’m aiming to make 80 cakes in one year. It might not sound like much to some people but, for me, this is a big deal, as I go through phases where I bake all the time, and phases where I go months without doing anything. With this book, it means that I am aiming to make at least one cake a week and I’m really hoping that I stick with it and don’t get bored and stop (which I am wont to do sometimes…).
Plus, I’ve just realised, each of these cakes is from a different country and this was initially just a travel blog, so it’s related, right??
At first, I decided that I would work my way through the book, starting from Cake 1 and making my way to Cake 80. But then I realised that I don’t own 13cm cake pans and nowhere near me sells them (it seems people in the North East of Scotland are not fans of making tiny cakes), so I had to order some online…
Since I was determined that I was going to make a cake that day I looked through the book to see which cakes included ingredients and equipment that I already had in the house, and this resulted in Cake Number 38: Pineapple Upside-Down Cake (which the book tells me is from England. I already knew, but I’m including it here, as some people might not have known where it’s from).
Now, you may have noticed that I have not actually included a photo of my pineapple upside-down cake. This is because I messed up. My oven has a faulty thermostat and so the cake didn’t cook properly and I didn’t find this out until I tipped it out of the tin (and then I had to put it back in the tin to put back in the oven, which resulted in a huge mess). It ended up being more like pineapple-pudding than cake but my family ate it anyway (it tasted lovely with ice cream). As a result, I ‘forgot’ to take photos, as I was more concerned with how I didn’t want anyone to see how badly I messed up and thought I could hide it by quickly dishing it into bowls…
I was thinking about posting the recipes but then I realised that, if I did complete this challenge, then I would have posted the recipes to all of the cakes in the book and that would defeat the purpose of your buying the book, which wouldn’t be fair to the author. So I highly suggest buying the book!
I might make the cake again once I’ve made all of the other cakes (or, possibly, while I’m making the other cakes?) and, hopefully, that one will turn out better and I will be able to include a photo that will not scar all of your children.
Wish me luck! (With all of the cakes, not just the pineapple upside-down cake!)
(…I’ve just decided. I might take photos of all of my cakes, no matter how crappy, and post them on here. One, it means I will have a photo of my bake to post on here and, two, it will either amuse or annoy people, and, possibly, make some people feel better about their bakes! Sorted! 😀 )