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Bake Off Bake Along: Week 1 (Cakes)

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Recently, Sam and I made the switch to a more plant based diet (vegan but without as many moral qualms – like we still eat honey). So one of my main challenges for the #bakeoffbakealong this year is to make as many of my bakes are vegan as possible. 

But here it was. The Great British Bake Off was back. Without Mel, Sue, and beloved Mary. But still retaining that snake Paul Hollywood. Except that once Paul Hollywood really liked my sticky toffee puddings – not a euphemism – and tweeted me saying as much. It was my proudest moment.

The first episode still gave me all those excited feelings. Prue Leith is a knowledge powerhouse so I look forward to learning from her. I like Noel. I find him funny most times. He didn’t get into his groove in the first episode and seemed a bit awkward but I’m willing to bet that it was a bit of “first day” jitters and that he’ll find his own pace and voice within the Bake Off tent.

It’s only when I went back and rewatched some of the first season of the original Bake Off that I was reminded that it wasn’t as sleek and cuddly as we’ve known it to be over the past few years. It grew into it and I suppose we should give Channel 4  the benefit of the doubt for its teething pains as well. 

And I don’t mind ad breaks. They give me a chance to get more cake. 

But back to this week’s bakes: I made a vegan blueberry and lemon cake. And let me say, we are off to an auspicious start. The cake was light and moist and the frosting was creamy. I would have never guessed in a million years that there was no butter, cream or eggs in it. (I mean, I wouldn’t have guessed it had I not been the one to bake it.) 

I’ve been experimenting with replacements in the sponge, and right now, I’m really liking the substitute of soy yogurt. Though I’ve also experimented with flax seed as well.  

Vegan Blueberry and Lemon Cake
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For the cake
  1. 1/2 cup of soy yogurt
  2. 3/4 cup of oat milk
  3. 3/4 cup of granulated sugar
  4. 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  5. 3 tablespoon of vegetable oil
  6. 3 tablespoons of lemon juice
  7. zest of 1 lemon
  8. 2 cups of plain flour
  9. 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder
  10. 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda
  11. 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  12. 1 cup of blueberries tossed in 1 tablespoon of flour
For the frosting
  1. 1 can of coconut milk
  2. 250 g of coconut yogurt
  3. 1 tablespoon of maple syrup
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 365 F (185 C). Line your cake tin.
  2. In a small bowl, toss your blueberries in the reserved flour. Set aside. In medium sized bowl, sift together all your dry ingredients (flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder). In your mixing bowl mix together all your wet ingredients (yogurt, milk, vanilla, lemon juice, oil, lemon zest). Gradually mix the dry ingredients into the wet ones. When your batter is thoroughly mixed, fold in your blueberries.
  3. Bake for 55-60 minutes. Set aside on a wire rack and let your cake cool whilst you make your frosting.
  4. Scoop the solid part of the coconut milk out of the tin and add it to your bowl. Then add yogurt and maple syrup and whip until smooth. (Refrigerate until you are ready to frost your cake.)
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  1. If you'd like to add some colour to your frosting, muddle in a bit of blueberry.
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Harold loved this cake. He gave it 5 licks (out of 5 licks). 

Next week is biscuit week, and I’m already excited!

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  • Cate in the Kitchen

    I am *loving* the moodier photography this year, I’m gonna have a crack at a vegan bake at least once I think, good on you for the commitment to the whole season – it’s tricky!!

    • Thanks so much Cate! I’m going to try to stick to the vegan idea as much as possible. I’ve even been researching that fact that apparently you can make macarons and meringues with the water from chickpea cans instead of eggs (which sounds crazy but I’m excited to try it!) x

  • looks great!:)

  • But, do Prue & Paul not judge it anymore? I have to be honest insofar as aside from the cake, I was in it for the sideburn spotting 😉

    • Hahaha I didn’t want to give Paul any more airtime and it turns out that it’s hard to find Prue (or a Prue wig). Instead Harold might get to be the deciding judge this year 😉 xx

  • I love that you’re committing to vegan bake off! Do you remember we had a blogger take part two years ago who made every bake vegan? I’ll certainly be cooking up some of your recipes for my vegan brother who often misses out on sweet treats (though he will eat our eggs from our pet chickens as they live very happy lives, drink rainwater and eat from the garden so are pretty sustainable!) Thanks so much for hosting again, I’m full of bake along love!! Alice xxx

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    • Ohh – I had forgotten that until you just mentioned it. I can’t remember who it was off the top of my head so I’ll have to go back and look. (I’d definitely still eat eggs like your brother does if I was raising them or a close friend / family member) xx

  • Hey… is no one wearing a wig any more? I live for this every year, Amanda 😉

    Also, I love, love love blueberrys. They might be my favourite fruit. But then I feel like I’m cheating on cherries.

    • Prue wasn’t as accommodating as Mary was in terms of availability to come guest judge… But that’s not to say that she might not make an appearance in the future. 😉

      PS- Nigel Slater had a pie recipe in the Guardian this summer that was 80% cherries, 20% blueberries xxx

      • … Harold can wear a wig… he’d be quite the dashing usurper 😉

      • Also, I’ve never had a sweet pie, but I have had a lot of clafoutis… I might have to look into this

        • Wait. This is a joke that you’ve never had a sweet pie, right? RIGHT? Sweet pie is the way forward. Apple. Cherry. Blackberry. Blueberry. I’m an equal opportunity pie lover.

  • Sad that Mel and Sue have departed, but I’m actually really enjoying watching Prue judge the bakes so far. This looks delicious and I look forward to seeing the rest of your vegan bakes! xx

    • I think Prue is really great! I just want Sandi and Noel to get into a slightly better groove but it might take a bit of time – they have big shoes to fill and it must be an intimidating project to take over from someone! xx

  • This cake looks so good! I am yet to watch the first ep of GBBO so I’ll have to watch it on catch up before the next one. Loving the Harold photo at the end of your post he just looks so adorable! 🙂 x

    Kayleigh | http://www.anenthusiasmfor.co.uk

    • Thanks so much Kayleigh! Let me know what you think of the episode when you catch up, for sure! Harold’s such a little cutie and he loves posing 😉 xx

  • The North Left Blog

    I can’t believe this cake is vegan!
    Like everyone I think, I was nervous about the new GBBO but I liked it! I like all the new presenters and I’m definitely going to watch.
    I wish I could join in on the bake along, but I’m a terrible baker!

    • Sam claimed that he had no idea it was vegan until I told him that it was, so that’s a pretty good sign! Maybe if you ever think there’s a challenge you could attempt you could join in one week? xx

  • This cake looks like the most delicious thing ever! For real!
    Lucie, xx

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  • This looks delicuois! You would definitely not think it was vegan! I’m still a bit half and half about this years Bake Off, I’m hoping I’ll warm up to it a bit more with each episode. Thanks for hosting as always! 🙂

    P.S Harold is just the cutest sitting on the counter looking at the cake. Can we have a Harold lick rating every week please?

  • Omg yes Harold with every baking post pls! x

  • Sounds like a cake my eldest daughter would love

  • I have done a grand total of one vegan bake since being vegan (so in 2017) and that is frankly pathetic…I NEED TO MAKE THIS. It sounds delicious! xx

    Sophie | Sophar So Good

  • Looks delicious! Vegan baking totally intimidates me although I have so many friends with various allergies I’d like to give it a try! You make it look easy 🙂 also, please can Harold be the new Bake Off mascot?? He’s just the cutest!

  • I have to say I’m not a fan of Channel4 in general, but I’m liking this new GBBO and the new people on it! Though the contestants are a bit lacklustre, but it’s only the beginning! I wanted to try making the mini swiss rolls but ran out of time. We’ll see what’s going on this week 🙂

    • Watching the show made me so hungry for swiss rolls! I wonder if there was a massive surge in people buying them the next day? x