Baked Goods & Sweet Treats Recipes

Bake Off Bake Along: Week 1 (Cakes)

I can’t believe that it’s this time of year again! And just like last year, I’ll be baking along with the fabulously talented people in the tent at the Great British Bake Off. And also just like last year, I’ll have the occasional guest star in to judge my bakes. The only difference is that this year Ala and I are hosting a link up where you can share that week’s bakes with fellow bakers! #Bakeoffbakealong 

Because summer is my busiest season at work, I hadn’t actually baked anything in ages, so I was quite nervous, to tell you the truth. Especially considering what I was baking for! My choice of bakes was kind of made for me by the show: I don’t like walnut cake, Sam doesn’t like black forest gateau, so madeira cake it was. 

I made an almond madeira cake, and I fully admit that I started out simple. I thought, “Hey, let’s show Mary that I can bake a classic.” As you can see, maybe she penalised me for being too simple…. I really need to up my game next week! Regardless of the results, I’m ecstatic that we are back in action! (We being me, Sue, Mary and Paul). 

Almond Madeira Cake
first bake off 2015

Almond Madeira Cake
3434 calories
386 g
954 g
190 g
60 g
100 g
1043 g
362 g
221 g
6 g
76 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 3434
Calories from Fat 1660
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 190g
Saturated Fat 100g
Trans Fat 6g
Polyunsaturated Fat 16g
Monounsaturated Fat 60g
Cholesterol 954mg
Sodium 362mg
Total Carbohydrates 386g
Dietary Fiber 12g
Sugars 221g
Protein 60g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 175 g of unsalted butter
  2. 175 g of sugar
  3. 3 large eggs
  4. zest of 1 lemon
  5. 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  6. 1/2 teaspoon of almond extract
  7. 200g flour
  8. 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder
  9. 50 g ground almonds
  10. dash of milk * optional *
  11. thinly sliced almonds
  12. powdered sugar for dusting
  1. Preheat your oven to 170C. Line and grease your baking tin.
  2. Beat together your butter and sugar until they are light and creamy, then beat in the eggs one at a time. Then mix in the lemon zest, vanilla extract and almond extract. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and ground almonds.
  3. Slowly add the flour mixture into your egg mixture a bit at a time, stirring thoroughly between pours. Do this until the flour mixture is fully incorporated. Your batter should be thick but if it seems too thick loosen it with a dash of milk.
  4. Pour your batter into your prepared tin. Lightly sprinkle sliced almonds over the top of your batter. Bake for 55 minute to 1 hour. Once baked, let it cool in the tin before removing your cake to a wire rack to cool completely. Then lightly dust with powdered sugar.
Rhyme & Ribbons

flicking towel
Flicking Sam out of the kitchen and out of my way! 

sprinkling sugar
almond madeira cake

close up on almond madeira cake
mary judging
Mary cuts into the cake, while I await with baited breath.

not star baker
Not good enough! 

sliced cake
bake off bake along
But really, I’m just happy to be back! But I know I have to try harder next week.

Link up your posts below- I can’t wait to see them! You have until next Monday at midnight (GMT) to link up your madeiras, walnut cakes and gateaus. 

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