I love cooking and baking, we know this, right?! That's why I feed my friends as often as possible, I've come to understand that there's a joy in giving something wonderfully home made to friends at the end of a hard day or baking a cake so that when they arrive they feel you've done something special, personal and just for them even though it might only take minutes to bake. There's a story I've not told yet but I will now, a little while ago, I went on a first date, I took with me in a slice in small box and put it in my handbag, first dates are all about showing someone you've really thought about this and what better way to a man's heart (and tummy) than a slice of vanilla custard magic cake. When I arrived for the date we took our dogs for a walk and I discovered that he didn't like cake so I never got to give it away, I ate it myself when I got home because you can't let a good cake go to waste! I never told the guy about the cake but there's a good chance that if I go on a date with someone I want to impress I'd definitely take along some cake! Oh, and if you're wondering what happened to the guy ("Mr Adorable with Puppies") there's a whole other article just here about the lessons I've learned from dating so far!
For many years, I've wanted a stand mixer for my kitchen, I love kitchen gadgets and have had a food processor for a while but it's just not the same as a benchtop stand mixer and until a couple of weeks ago I'd never even attempted meringues because they're impossible without a mixer so when one day out of luck and chance Savisto offered to send me their bright red beautiful stand mixer in return for an honest review, well I snatched their hand off, stalked the postman and jumped up and down with glee when it was finally set up on my bench.
I've since made many many things with my stand mixer including meringues, sponge cakes, Eton mess, pastry, scones, I could use this wonderous piece of retro tech every single day!
My two favourite recipes so far though have been a Goats Cheese and Sweet Potato Pie which comes in the recipe book you get with your machine, I made it with a spelt and parmesan crust for Kelly and Harriet when they came for dinner a couple of weeks ago and it went down splendidly!
The recipe I want to share with you now though is just my favourite new discovery, part cake, part custard tart, you have never tasted anything like this in your lives, it's like magic, if this cake was a man, you would marry them within 30 seconds and be happy forever!
Vanilla Custard Magic Cake
I used an 8 inch square silicone baking tray and this recipe will feed 8 of only your loveliest friends!