Sunday 19th May was World Baking Day and was also the theme for this month’s Calendar Cakes challenge.
The principle was simple: go on the WBD’s website, pick and bake a recipe of your choice.
The recipes are rated from 1 “I bake and cross my fingers” to 100 “I bake therefore I am”. The recipes come from food bloggers, chefs, cookbook authors…and are from different countries but surprisingly, none are from France. Anyone knows why?
I hard quite a hard time deciding what I was going to make as I wanted to bake something I'd like. I’m not fussy but there are a few things I don't really like like the mix of chocolate and fruit. I’m not a big fans of nuts in cakes either. I also didn't want to buy any special ingredient that I would only use for this recipe and never again.
With that in mind, I went through the cakes and then I got a bit confused by the rating. For example Red Velvet cupcakes are rated 73/100. I’m not disrespecting the author the Red velvets are quite easy to make.
After quite a lot of thinking ;) I decided to go with #63: Renuka's Malva Pudding, a recipe from Renuka Lallbahadur, a South African amateur baker.
The recipe was pretty easy but again, I wouldn't rate it that high. It is a plain cake that reminded me of a Pain de Savoie, cake I used to make nearly every Sundays when I was younger. I also really liked the sauce, which reminded me a bit of a salted caramel sauce.
You can see I’ve pocked the cake to let the sauce sink in.