The Cake Diaries: Black Forest Gateau

The Blogger Bake Off: Black Forest Gateau by Poppy alla Norma

As soon as I saw the first episode of the Great British Bake Off this year, I knew I was going to make my own version of the Black Forest Gateau Showstopper. Cherry and chocolate is always a winning combination, and being a relatively simple cake to make there are plenty of options for customisation.

I started off with a Nigella recipe for Black Forest Cake, and as part of that recipe she includes instructions for making chocolate ganache. I chose to add raspberries to my gateau because I love the combination of cherry and raspberry, and I added Chambord instead of the traditional Kirsch to intensify the raspberry flavour.

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The Cake Diaries: Rhubarb & Custard Mini Sponges

The Cake Diaries: Rhubarb & Custard Mini Sponges

With the Great British Bake Off starting its sixth series on Wednesday, Britain is about to go cake crazy once again. I never fail to find inspiration when I’m watching the Bake Off, and I for one can’t wait to see what the contestants come up with this year.

Although I enjoy every week of the Bake Off, especially Pie Week and Bread Week, the showstopper cakes are always the highlights for me. With this in mind, and my cake-loving boyfriend’s frequent requests for more home-baked goodies in my ears, I have been bitten by the baking bug. Want to see what I’ve been making? Read on to find out!

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