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No one ever quotes Marie Antionette correctly. She actually said “Let them eat cake… there are some Mini Cheddars in the cupboard I’ll trough instead.”
Some of us are never going to do the cake thing properly because our love of savouries is all consuming. I wasn’t brought up to do cake. Shortbread (millionaire’s or pov’s), tablet, maybe. A slice of fruit loaf with butter on it. Presbyterian puddings. But fancy cake that you have to bake? Or get some poor woman in City Bakeries to construct a box for? Nope.
Then @carriecardiff twiptpiced her Courgette and Lime Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting and Pistachio and suddenly, I got a cake fixation. I have to make this. HAVE TO. (If you do too, the recipe is here http://www.rivercottage.net/recipes/courgette-and-lime-cake
Yes, it’s one of his. Big up the Hugh Fearnely-Whotsit! As Carrie says, it’s a “piece of piss” to make. And it counts towards your five a day. Win-win.
So what about you?
“Tarta Bailey’s, served at Cafe Alfalfa, Seville, 1996,” tweets @siriolg, which sounds like it might count towards my other five a day. (Alcoholic bevs.)
“Carrot, but ONLY if there’s a little icing carrot on top,” says @louisejones_x Indeed, a tiny fake vegetable gives any slab of fat and frosting a stamp of healthiness, I find.
@soul_of_twit drowns in her own slevvers, groaning “Cake. ALL cake. I love cake.”
My Words With Friends nemesis @ecarboni tweets from Philadelphia with her selection of fancy buns. “I must say my favorite cake is my grandmother’s recipe- Italian cream cake. Butter pound cake is awesome too.” She’s sent me the recipes, pals. AMAZE. When I can work out how to covert cups and quarts to handfuls and sloshes, I shall also be making them.
But wait, just when I think I’m a total cake convert, something comes along to send me scuttling back to the Frazzles multipack.
“Random,” admits @nicolaridings, “but Green Festival Gateaux from Morrisons. Sponge cake with custard and fresh cream filling encased in green marzipan.”
NICOLA. Marzipan is wrong. This is a WART in a box. I think I’ve been cured.
Tune in tonight for another Bedtime Question @lesleyjones